For Mac users the audio works best in Safari and cuts very short in Firefox for some reason….
If there’s anything I’ve learned from the Dodge Poets and poetry event’s I attend it’s that sometimes you can get more from a poem without reading it and hearing it be read out loud to you….
So I won’t be posting the poem in this draft (of course you can always find it in the current issue)
- We liked the lines about “the heart that can’t control its destination of its beats” and the “sleeping back rise and fall like overthrown countries in turmoil”. There’s a certain flow to this poem that exists when she reads it out loud and if you are looking at the piece you see how that works with her stanzas and line breaks. All the stanzas are 4 lines each except for the first one which has an additional line which draws focus to the title of the piece within the poem.
- The shorter lines at the end help create a conclusion for the poem and gives an additional sense of isolation from the short 2 word lines unlike the rest of the piece which is more concrete and descriptive. Even the last three images we are given, the pen stopping, the books toppling, the trucks racing prepare us for the lonely ending.
- The contradiction of asking an uncle in prison for a soft hand is unpredictable, but fitting for the next line talking about “misguided morality”.
and don’t forget tomorrow is Flashback Friday where we will be celebrating Flag Day and Maurice Sendak’s Birthday with an original picture from Where the Wild Things Are that featured an Idiom flag….
Aleathia sent us a clip of her explaining where her poem Inherent Topography came from
You can check out the rest of the issue here
We also have a few new events listed on The Idiom Magazine’s Main Site so check those out….come say hi and pick up a copy of the current issue….
and stay tuned for our Flashback Friday for this week….its gonna be a good one!
It’s Flashback Friday everybody! Here’s a picture going way back of Einstein reading The Idiom Magazine! Have a good weekend….
We have Ron Kolm back again…well not back again but the second half of our first interview with him.
We are releasing this now because he is coming out with a chapbook entitled Divine Comedy which is the three part poem we talk about in this interview.
the book launch will be at Gathering of the Tribes (Fly By Night Press is a tribes imprint): 285 E. 3rd Street New York, on Saturday, May 18th, at seven in the evening.
Thad Rutkowski, Chavisa Woods, Carl Watson, Bonny Finberg, George Spencer, Tsaurah Litzky, Rob Hardin and Steve Dalachinsky will be reading poems from the book. As always, Jim Feast will be the MC. There will be copies of the book for sale; it should also be in St. Mark’s Books by then — eventually autonomedia will put it up on amazon —
So this is our new blog for the site!
Through here I want to interact more with our readers by
- providing polls
- posting articles about writing
- creating writing prompts
- and positing poems and pieces from current issues of The Idiom and from Piscataway House Books where people can comment on them.
For the first post I’ll just let you know that our website is www.theidiommag.com and through there you can find an interactive current issue to flip through and some of the books we have for sale and also information on how to submit your own work to be considered for our magazine.
Tonight I’ll post the first writing prompt and look forward to see who responds and submits a piece….As shown through our site any submissions or questions can be put in the comments section or sent to firstname.lastname@example.org