Tami wrote this poem in return for my support of Wasatch Word Smiths slam team in 2013. “Language, My Lover” is a beautifully written piece inspired by Rumi.
These gifts of poetry go on forever! I love going back to listen to these great local poets who make it a point to give back with words.
Anatomy of an Overdose “contains 13 poems detailing an EMT’s experience with overdose victims. Each poem is specific to the drug the victim took. This book of poetry is as entertaining as it is haunting. Free album track with purchase. Featuring the cover art of Chris Bodily.”
RJ Walker packs emotion into each recitation with the voice of a practiced, performance poet—both strained and quiet, both believable and engaging.
Specifically, “A Type of Sugar” has a notable sense of place, with references to the Great Salt Lake and the Wasatch mountains and includes uniquely original imagery—“the whiskey heart of a thousand suicide butterflies,” while “The Heroin” is a wild ride of metaphor from ballerina to addict.
Each track plays with well-selected background music, from blues artists such as Leroy Carr and Scrapper Blackwell to Beethoven’s Fur Elise.
According to RJ’s bandcamp page and Facebook page: RJ Walker is a Professional Presenter and Spoken Word artist on Salt Lake City, Utah. “What’s a spoken word artist?” you maybe thinking. Well, RJ Walker is proficient in multiple mediums of spoken word. Voice Over, Voice Acting, Creative Writing, Storytelling, Stand-Up Comedy, Performance (slam) Poetry. He also has experience as a Pitch Artist, and Product Demonstrator.
A lovely mention by Asian Review of Books for Desde Hong Kong: Poets in Conversation with Octávio PazPosted: December 19, 2014
Back in October my poem “My Monkey Grammarian” was published in a beautiful anthology and tribute to Octavio Paz. For details or to purchase, go to http://chameleonpress.com/octaviopaz/. (See original post: It’s official… I’ve been published in Hong Kong!)
Recent press includes a review of Desde Hong Kong: Poets in Conversation with Octávio Paz in Asian Review of Books and a mention in Wen Wei Po, a Chinese-language newspaper.
Specifically about my poem, Asian Review said:
“What I see Paz teaching the poets in this anthology is the immateriality of home. Trish Hopkinson’s poem asks:
Is this path the poem — the journey
that dissolves into nothingness?
Such a nothingness is not absence, nor is it mere subtraction. It is the way
the shadow of Splendor recites verse
more naked than herself.”
Additionally, Desde Hong Kong was included in the Mexican Consulate-General’s official commemoration of Octavio Paz’s centenary. At the event, they opened a new gallery named after the poet and contributed a number of copies of the book to Hong Kong Public Libraries.
This unique format journal provides poets with the first line for each of their quarterly issues.
From their site: “We love the fact that writers around the world are inspired by our first lines, and we know that not every story [or poem] will be sent to us. However, we ask that you do not submit stories starting with our first lines to other journals (or post them online on public sites) until we’ve notified you as to our decision (usually two to three weeks after the deadline). . . . We do not – nor will we ever – charge a submission fee, nor do we rank our stories in order of importance. Occasionally, we run contests to help come up with new first lines, or we run fun, gimmicky competitions for free stuff, but the actual journal is not a contest in the traditional sense.”
Below are their upcoming issues and first line prompts with deadlines:
Fairy tales hardly ever come true for quiet girls.
DEADLINE: February 1, 2015
Laura liked to think she was honest with herself; it was everyone else she lied to.
DEADLINE: May 1, 2015
The old neighborhood was nearly unrecognizable.
DEADLINE: August 1, 2015
George pressed the call button and said, “Mrs. Whitfield, you have a visitor.”
DEADLINE: November 1, 2015
Need a poetry fix or share your work with a world audience? World Poetry Open Mic is your cure . . .Posted: December 17, 2014
Every Friday night at 8pm MT / 7pm PT tune in online to hear poetry or read your own. This show is in it’s third year and you can check out archive shows to see if it’s the poetry forum you’re looking for. (It appears they play music for about the first 30 minutes of the archived recordings, so you may need to skip ahead to the poetry show). The hosts are experienced and entertaining. Definitely worth a listen!
If you’re going to read your work on the air, there are only a few basic rules:
1. Poems should be 1 to 3 minutes in length
2. No F-bombs
3. No hate speech
You can also follow WPOM on Facebook.
Watch the news clip about Utah’s local slam poetry scene and check out the interview with Jesse Parent.
If you’ve never been to a SLC slam poetry event, you’re missing out… even if you don’t consider yourself a lover of poetry, these events are pretty interactive, engaging and entertaining. Not to mention, Jesse Parent is one of the kindest and most spirited people I know. He’s been a great support of all things poetry/spoken word, etc. in Utah for years. Get out and support these talented locals! You won’t regret it.
From the Slam This! article:
“Parent said: ‘You go to a Slam poetry reading and you’re going to see everything from really literary poetry that you would recognize in any classroom to big political rants to folks that are just pouring their story out on the stage. . . . I’ve had mostly positive responses. The best possible response you can have is for someone to come up you and say ‘Your words matter’ and that’s just brilliant.’
Slam poetry events are at Greenhouse Effect Coffee and Crepes, 3231 S. 900 East, Salt Lake City, on Sundays at 7:30 p.m. Call 801.466.3273 for more information.”
For more from Jesse:
- check out the many videos of his performances on YouTube