Where the cities end, the
dumps grow the oil-can shacks
from Portland, Maine,
to Seattle. Broken
cars rust in Troy, New York,
and Cleveland Heights.
On the train, the people
eat candy bars, and watch,
or fall asleep.
When they look outside and
see cars and shacks, they know
they're nearly there.
We're nearly there! Fire up the flivver for a ROAD TRIP on Monday, Oct. 26 from 7:30-10 PM as we all travel over to HQ for the Arts, 25th & R Sts., Sacramento (in the California Stage complex at 25th and R) for Rattlesnake Press's release of the new SPC anthology, Keepers of the Flame: The First 30 Years of the Sacramento Poetry Center. By a delightful piece of serendipity, the celebration will take place on (by then Mayor Anne Rudin’s proclamation) Sacramento Poetry Day. Editor-in-Chief Mary Zeppa and her helpers (Emmanuel Sigauke, Kate Asche, Charlie McComish and Richard Hansen) have put together many, many documents and photos from SPC's history, and the resulting anthology (and SPC's 30th anniversary!) will be celebrated that night. Mary says:
Our goal is to give the reader a series of glimpses into the first 30 years of the Sacramento Poetry Center. Think of it as the in-print version of a highlight reel, brought to on-paper life by the remarkable generosity and amazing tech savvy of Photographer Charlie McComish and Graphic Designer Richard Hansen.
It’s going to be a festive night, a relaxed and celebratory gathering, light on formal presentation. The Editors plan to talk a little about SPC’s history and about the project. Contributors to Keepers (which includes an interview with Theresa Vinciguerra and brief essays by Julia Connor, MerryLee Croslin, Victoria Dalkey, Patrick Grizzell, Heather Hutcheson, Susan Kelly-DeWitt, Bob Stanley and Stan Zumbiel), Publisher Kathy Kieth, Graphic Designer Richard Hansen and Photographer Charlie McComish have also been invited to join in the discussion.
Libations and light refreshments will be provided. And, in the spirit of the occasion, the walls of SPC will display a sampling of photos, posters and “artifacts” from the Center’s first 30 years.
Theresa Vinciguerra, Patrick Grizzell and Mary Zeppa will also be interviewed by Jeffrey Callison on that morning’s (10/26) "Insight".
THE BLUE OF THE SKY
—Carol Louise Moon, Sacramento
When looking up past trees
you wonder how the painted sky
remains so see-through blue.
You wonder how the painted sky
was painted, whether by brush
or splash of periwinkle tear.
Painted, whether by brush
of angel wings or stroke of
luck, or luck-of-Welsh blue.
Angel wings or stroke of
hand on the Eternal Clock
all play a part in how
the sky remains so see-through blue
with splash of periwinkle,
teardrop paint, and luck-of-Welsh.
Blue plays all the parts.
SOME THOUGHTS ON HORSE FACES
—Carol Louise Moon
Horse faces are larger than other faces. Let's
look at a horse face, but not up too close,
after all, these animals bite. Their nostrils
are too big. Their teeth are stones with
some kind of sauce. The moisture of their
nostrils is unseasonable, while the space
between their eyes is unreasonable.
While riding in Spain in the rain, remember
the reins. The reins fall mainly on the mane,
although partly on the upper back, as well.
Consider the backpack of a pack animal which
horses sometimes pack. The pack is almost as
large as its face.
Consider the little burro. Consider the long
and the short of it.
Hold fast to dreams
For if dreams die
Life is a broken-winged bird
That cannot fly.
Hold fast to dreams
For when dreams go
Life is a barren field
Frozen with snow.
RR23 is now available free at The Book Collector,
and contributor and subscription copies
have gone into the mail—you should've received yours;
let me know if you haven't.
You may also order a copy through rattlesnakepress.com/.
Deadline is November 15 for RR24: send 3-5 poems, smallish
art pieces and/or photos (no bio, no cover letter,
no simultaneous submissions or previously-published poems) to email@example.com or P.O. Box 762, Pollock Pines, CA 95726.
E-mail attachments are preferred, but be sure to add all contact info,
including snail address. Meanwhile, the snakes of the on-going Medusa
are always hungry; keep that poetry comin', rain or shine!
Just let us know if your submission is for the Review or for Medusa,
or for either one, and please—only one submission packet
per issue of the quarterly Review.
(More info at rattlesnakepress.com/.)
Also available (free): littlesnake broadside #46:
Snake Secrets: Getting Your Poetry Published in Rattlesnake Press
(and lots of other places, besides!):
A compendium of ideas for brushing up on your submissions process so as to
make editors everywhere more happy, thereby increasing the likelihood
of getting your poetry published. Pick up a copy at The Book Collector or
write to me (include snail address) and I'll send you one. Free!
NEW FOR OCTOBER:
Now available at The Book Collector, 1008 24th St., Sacramento:
A new chapbook from Brad Buchanan (The War Groom)
and a new Rattlesnake LittleBook from
William S. Gainer: Joining the Demented.
WTF!!: The third issue of WTF, the free quarterly journal from
Poetry Unplugged at Luna's Cafe that is edited by frank andrick,
is now available at The Book Collector,
or send me two bux and I'll mail you one.
Deadline for Issue #4 was Oct. 15;
it'll be released at Luna's on Thursday, Nov. 19.
Next deadline (for Issue #5) is Jan. 15.
Submission guidelines are the same as for the Snake, but send your poems, photos, smallish art or prose pieces (500 words or less) to firstname.lastname@example.org (attachments preferred) or, if you’re snailing,
to P.O. Box 762, Pollock Pines, CA 95726 (clearly marked for WTF).
And be forewarned: this publication is for adults only, so you must be
over 18 years of age to submit. (More info at rattlesnakepress.com/.)
Then gear up the flivver for a ROAD TRIP on Monday, Oct. 26 at 7:30 PM
as we all travel over to HQ for the Arts, 25th & R Sts., Sacramento
for Rattlesnake Press's release of the new SPC anthology,
Keepers of the Flame: The First 30 Years of the Sacramento Poetry Center.
Editor-in-Chief Mary Zeppa and her helpers have put together
many, many documents and photos
from SPC's history, and the resulting anthology (and SPC's 30th anniversary!)
will be celebrated that night. Be there!
COMING IN NOVEMBER:
Join us on Wednesday, November 11
for a new chapbook from Dawn DiBartolo (Secrets of a Violet Sky);
Rattlesnake Reprint #2, this one from frank andrick (Triptych);
plus our 2010 calendar from Katy Brown (Wind in the Yarrow)!
That's 7:30 PM at The Book Collector. Be there!
Medusa encourages poets of all ilk and ages to send their POETRY, PHOTOS and ART, as well as announcements of Northern California poetry events, to email@example.com (or snail ‘em to P.O. Box 762, Pollock Pines, CA 95726) for posting on this daily Snake blog. Rights remain with the poets. Previously-published poems are okay for Medusa’s Kitchen, as long as you own the rights. (Please cite publication.) Medusa cannot vouch for the moral fiber of other publications, contests, etc. that she lists, however, so submit to them at your own risk. For more info about the Snake Empire, including guidelines for submitting to or obtaining our publications, click on the link to the right of this column: Rattlesnake Press (rattlesnakepress.com). And be sure to sign up for Snakebytes, our monthly e-newsletter that will keep you up-to-date on all our ophidian chicanery.