You probably didn’t notice, ‘cos it’s quite a low-key, marginal, cult-ish affair, but Valentine’s Day took place last week, so there may be one or two allusions to it in this week’s A Week in Words.
If poetry be the food of love, read on.
Poem of the Week:
Afterward, the compromise.
Bodies resume their boundaries.
These legs, for instance, mine.
Your arms take you back in.
Spoons of our fingers, lips
admit their ownership.
The bedding yawns, a door
blows aimlessly ajar
and overhead, a plane
singsongs coming down.
Nothing is changed, except
there was a moment when
the wolf, the mongering wolf
who stands outside the self
lay lightly down, and slept.
Maxine Kumin, Pulitzer Prize winning US poet.
Featured Image: Grey Wolf via National Geographic
A Darned Good Read:
50 Sexy Books to get you in the mood for Valentine’s Day (no, 50 Shades of Grey did not make the cut)
Love: Lost and Found on Craiglist – Illustrations by Sophie Blackall
Armistead Maupin on how he wrote Tales of the City – The Guardian
‘A Hummingbird, Your Heart’ Chapbook by Doireann Ni Ghroifa – beautiful collection of poems.
Tiny Beautiful Things – Dear Sugar Advice Column (The Rumpus) – the best advice you never had.
Submissions & Competitions:
Tupelo Quarterly Poetry Competition – Judge: Alice Ostriker, Prize: $1000, Deadline – 19th Feb
Sentinel Literary Quarterly – Poetry Competition – Judge: Bob Beagrie, Prize: £200, Deadline – 20th Feb
Listowel Writers’ Week – Literary Competitions – various awards for fiction, poetry, memoir and more – Deadline: Mar 1
Advice for Poets & Writers:
How to Speak Poetry: Billy Ramsell Poem & Interview – The Ash Sessions
Upcoming Literary Events in Ireland:
Lingo Spoken Word Festival – new literary event taking place in Dublin – Oct 2014
List of Regular Music & Poetry Events in Dublin – compiled by The Monday Echo
Dublin Writers Forum – Every Thursday at The Workman’s Club, Dublin – 7.30pm
Quote of the Week: Susan Sontag
“To be an artist or a writer is to be this weird thing — a hand worker in an era of mass production”