Friday, May 28, 2010

Poetry Potpourri

I thought I’d take a moment to share a pile of miscellaneous poetry news that I’ve collected recently. Just FYI…

***Paul Kelsey has created Launch Pad, an online publishing venue for young people. He writes, “We publish works selectively from young authors, and then invite young artists to illustrate our stories and poems.”

***Check out Steven Withrow’s The Feather of Memory, his first experiment in writing a short novel in verse for young adults at his blog, Crackles of Speech. He bills this work as “a time-travel science-fantasy adventure for young adults told in blank verse.” He notes that “the main narrative is written in blank verse -- unrhymed iambic pentameter -- and each installment includes an audio file of me reading the poem aloud.”

***Singer Natalie Merchant’s new album, Leave Your Sleep pairs lyrics from near-forgotten 19th-century poetry with evocative melodies delivered in her unmistakable voice. Check out a clip of her performing here. In a similar vein, folk musician Kris Delmhorst took various works from well known poets and put them to music (some of them altered slightly).

***GPR Records released Poetic License, a three-CD set that features 100 poems performed by 100 famous names. (The disc is also available on Amazon and iTunes.) Each star picked a favorite poem to read on the spoken-word compilation, including Lewis Carroll’s “The Walrus and the Carpenter” (Jason Alexander), Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s “The Day Is Done” (Florence Henderson), Emily Dickinson’s “Because I Could Not Stop for Death” (Kate Mulgrew), and Edward Field’s “New Yorkers” (Paige Davis). Here’s a clip of Cynthia Nixon reading “Vespers” by A.A. Milne.

***HarperCollins Children's Books has announced the fall 2011 release of a collection of never-before published Shel Silverstein poems and illustrations. Not yet titled, the book will share the same format as the late author's previous poetry collections, Where the Sidewalk Ends, A Light in the Attic, and Falling Up. Senior executive editor Antonia Markiet is currently working with Silverstein's family to select poetry and artwork for the new collection, which she says "will contain between 120 and 130 poems, in line with Shel's previous three poetry collections."

Happy Poetry Friday!

Posting (not poem) by Sylvia M. Vardell © 2010. All rights reserved.

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Laura said...

What a great list, Sylvia! I will add Launch Pad to my publication places for young people,if you don't mind. I figure it is good to get the word out to as many people as possible.

Laura Evans
all things poetry

Jeannine Atkins said...

I love that Natalie Merchant album. Not only wonderful songs with echoes of fairy tales as well as poetry, but the two cd album is a joy to behold with a graphic of colorful antique book spines.

Karen Edmisten said...

Great links -- thanks. I'll look into Launch Pad for my younger writers, and the new Natalie Merchant sounds great.

Short Poems said...

Great and useful links, Sylvia :)

laurasalas said...

Great stuff, Sylvia! Thanks for the links.

Short Poems said...

Hi, Sylvia

I really like your blog and have linked to it on my homepage. I would appreciate it if you could do the same.

Thank you for your support!