My found poem “You’ll Feel Unstoppable” published in The Rain, Party, & Disaster Society today . . .

This creative and unique lit mag has published two of my poems so far, a language poem back in August of last year “Barbershop Protest” and the found poem they published today “You’ll Feel Unstoppable.”

They are currently closed for submissions, but definitely watch this one for upcoming submission calls. According to their Duotrope page, “The basic purpose of The Rain, Party, & Disaster Society is to publish works that are unlikely be published by more mainstream publications. The RP&D Society strives to give representation to new ideas and thoughts, to challenge the reader and to question commonly accepted opinions, values, etiquette and ideas.”

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Here are the details on how I originally composed this homosyntaxism poem as part of the Found Poetry Review’s 2014 NaPoMo project entitled “Oulipost.” If you have any questions regarding found poetry or other poetry forms, please post them in the comments below and I’ll be happy to answer or research them for you.

The Prompt

Homosyntaxism is a method of translation that preserves only the syntactic order of the original words. To give a rudimentary example, if N=noun, V=verb and A=adjective, the outline NVA could yield solutions such as “The day turned cold,” “Violets are blue,” “An Oulipian! Be wary!”)
Option 1: Choose a sentence from your newspaper source text and write as many homosyntaxisms as possible based on that same variation.
Option 2: Complete a homosyntaxism of an entire paragraph or article found in your text.

My Restrictions

Wow, let’s see if I can describe the process that produced this poem. I looked for a passage or sentence to transform and found a handful of short sentences in the horoscopes. My favorite became the title for the poem. I then sourced an article for words and listed in the order found the nouns, verbs, adjectives, and adverbs. I then replaced those same words in the horoscope sentences in order, repeated three times. I then took my favorite sentence (which was from my own horoscope incidentally), replaced the auxiliary verb from a list of them that I found on the internet, and then in the order they were found, replaced the verb and adjective. This created the second section of the poem. I made no changes to punctuation. It’s not a masterpiece, but I forced rigidly into these random rules I made for myself as I went along, and well, it is what it is!

Source Text

Tap into your knowledge and listen to what is being said.
You might be overly concerned about a situation.
You can take a great idea and make it conform later.
Make an effort to get past this issue.
You’ll feel unstoppable.

Call for Submissions: Where I Live Poetry & Photography Series


Submit an original poem or photo to Silver Birch Press for their next blog series with a theme of “Where I Live.”

DEADLINE: Sunday, March 15, 2015

Their last series was incredible and included several gorgeous poems inspired by Ferlinghetti’s poem “I am Waiting.” Click here to see my poem “Reconstructed Happiness” and then click to read previous or next poems in the series.

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Here in Los Angeles we’re grateful that each day people from around the world visit the Silver Birch Press blog — and we’d  like to get to know you better through your poetry about and/or photographs of the place where you live.

PROMPT: Tell us about where you live in a poem — and especially how you feel about the place and what it means (or doesn’t mean) to you. Or show us where you live in a photo.

WHAT: Submissions can be original or previously published poems or original photographs. You retain all rights to your work and give Silver Birch Press permission to publish on social media and a potential print edition.

WHEN: We’ll feature the work in the Where I Live Poetry & Photography Series during February and March 2015.

HOW TO SUBMIT: Email one poem to as an MSWord attachment — and in the same file…

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Paying Markets List from new blog Poetry Has Value

Poetry Has Value is a new blog by professor and poet Jessica Piazza. The blog description reads:

“Recently, I was inspired by the poet Dena Rash Guzman’s personal challenge to send her poetry to paying markets in 2015. I was so inspired, in fact, that I decided to spend the next whole year submitting poetry ONLY to paying journals and markets, and recording what happens in this blog. I also decided to use this space to simultaneously explore deeper questions of poetry’s value and worth (monetary or otherwise.)”

There are several interesting posts from other authors on the site already, including one from friend and fellow poet E. Kristin Anderson on her experience with a speculative fiction mag. The articles explore issues whether or not poetry is a commodity, why prose pays more, etc. Jessica has also added a great resource for all poets looking to submit to paying markets and has asked that her readership continue to add to a public Google doc list.

I haven’t had a chance to see if any on my Paying Markets for Emerging Poets list aren’t listed, but I’ll be checking that out next week and making sure to add them on. Make sure to support this project, add any paying markets you know of to the list, and follow Poetry Has Value for upcoming articles and experiences from authors.

Click here for the list: Journals That Pay For Poems

Click here for the article: Journals That Pay For Poems: A Resource

Click here to see my list and download the spreadsheet: Paying Markets for Emerging Poets

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“Create an Author Website” is currently FREE to download

Thanks to Aerogramme Writers’ Studio for posting this on their Facebook page today! Follow them on Facebook for other writerly tips and news.

Create an Author Website by Caimin Jones is currently FREE to download via (limited time only).

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Just click Buy Now and download the Kindle version for FREE. I’m not sure how long these offers usually last, so go ahead and get it downloaded today if you are interested.  If you don’t have a Kindle app on your computer or other device, you can download it for free from the same page on Amazon.

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Two poems published in Switch (the Difference) by Kind of a Hurricane Press

“Prima Facie” and “The Day You Were Born” were selected for this Switch (the Difference) by Kind of a Hurricane Press. Check it out and download a free e-copy or order a paperback on Amazon for $8.

Kind of a Hurricane Press always has submission calls lined up for upcoming anthologies. The next anthology is Twice Upon a Time and the deadline for submissions is January 31, 2015.

Next in line is Objects in the Rear View Mirror with a deadline of March 31, 2015.

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Bite-Size Poetry – Notable Utah Poets Video Poetry Readings

The Utah Division of Arts and Museums is running an amazing poetry reading video series this year and will release a new video each month featuring notable Utah poets. The January poet is one of my local favorites, a previous professor of mine–Rob Carney.

Watch January’s Bite-Size poetry reading video here.

You can subscribe to the Utah Arts & Museums youtube channel here.

For more Rob Carney poetry and his recent publications, visit Escape into Life here.

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Call for Submissions – Degenerates: Voices for Peace anthology

This call is for the second issue of Degenerates: Voices for Peace. You can purchase the first anthology in print or read it for free here and includes my poem “Breast-giver” on page 33. The editor is a pleasure to work with and I’m looking forward to submitting again. I received a printed copy as payment, with beautiful art on the cover that I’m proud to display with my other publications.

Note: Accepts reprints, as long as the author retains rights.

Deadline: March 6, 2015

According to their site: “The purpose of the project is to awaken, enlighten and maybe even provide a bit of shelter to those who need it. Poetry has some immense power in the world, either through healing its readers or inspiring them to become involved. We’re looking for Poetry, Photography, Artwork, Prose Poetry, etc with passion. We need to be able to feel and experience your work. There is a wealth of social justice and other topics that we are looking at to put this anthology together. Things such as: Bullying, sexuality, Homelessness, Free Speech, Animal Rights, Rape Culture, and much more. Artwork and written work does not have to be strictly political but must address something that would be a voice for peace.”

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Click here to read their submission guidelines carefully and then submit your best work. 



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