Coming soon...

If you're checking back for the giveaway, I'll be posting about that this weekend. Promise.


If you haven't heard, Mark Doty won the National Book Award. I was kind of hoping for Patricia Smith to win (author of Blood Dazzler), but Mark was a very close second. So my congratulations to them both. And to all the nominations. I love to see poets recognized for their good work.


I just received my copy of Sojourn and I have a poem in it called "Sleeping with the Magician." Though I haven't well, slept with a magician. But a girl can dream and I guess a few of us do because Nin Andrews has a fantastic book called Sleeping with Houdini and I've read a few other female poets (Marjorie Manwaring for one) who have magician poems.

(Writing exercise: If you haven't written a poem about a magician, do so now. And extra points--if you're a man, write about a female magician and you are the male magician's assistant.)

Anyway, Sojourn is accepting poems until Dec 31 and I recommend them. It's a great looking journal (with full color art images inside) as well as fine work from other poets and writers. So give it a shot.

I'm off to pull a rabbit out of a hat.


  1. will you be choosing who's the lucky winner?

  2. I actually have in fact written a poem (at least one) about a magician.

    As I recall, the magician I wrote about was a male one. Not quite sure if I've written ever about a female magician, though I've certainly written about women who have cast a spell on me... ;~)

    Many years ago, I did some volunteer teaching for a couple of months -- the only classroom teaching I've ever done -- teaching poetry writing to sixth graders. One of the writing exercises we did once was to write a poem about a magician (a magician they created/made up themselves). It was a pretty fun and wild writing day.

  3. Hmmm...have written about many things but never a magician...though I have worked as a magician for a few years.

    Thanks for putting the idea out there...

    As an aside, I've been quietly lurking around Book of Kells since reading some of your work in IMAGE 57 and it is always a pleasure to read your thoughts and insights. Thanks...

  4. Hi Maya,

    I've been thinking about this. I think I'll just have everyone who is interested in the prize leave a post and they I'll put all the names in a hat and draw from it.

    Lyle-- Yes! Another magician poem! you know you're going to have to write about a female magician now. (and I like the "cast a spell" note). ;-)

    Hi Eric-- how cool you are a magician. I think you should definitely write about it. Speaking for everyone, those of us who aren't magicians, are intrigued by the behind the scenes aspects of the job/life. I would definitely be interested in reading about that!

    Thanks for leaving a note. It's always nice to hear who is reading this blog and how you got here. IMAGE is a fantastic journal too!

    Thanks all!


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