Call For Entries For 2017

Call for entries OPEN!

Poetry Matters Project Ltd.

Poetry Matters Project is set to receive entires from poets for our 2017 Lit Prize. We are now using Submittables to process entries. For a complete update on entering visit http://poetrymattersproject.submittable.com/submit/51511/general-submissions.

We look forward to hearing from you. Happy 2017!

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Call For Entries For 2017

Why Does Poetry Matter?

Thanks so much for all who sent a response! Looking forward to working with you this year!

Poetry Matters Project Ltd.

In this post, we address Poetry Matters Project’s central question, “Why does poetry matter?”  In an attempt to answer this question, we asked a variety of poets and people critical to the Poetry Matters Project why poetry mattered to them.  This is what they said: 

“I have been an advocate for poetry, reluctantly at first, for over sixteen years. I learned early on that a great number of people suppress their inner poet. The excuses are many — I can’t write poetry, I don’t understand poetry, I can’t make money with poetry, and so on. Once, I was one of these people. However, I began to see that the love of this great art form wells up in us as children, for example through nursery rhymes, only to be bullied out of us as we move onto ‘real life responsibilities’. 

When we started the Poetry Matters Project, our…

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Why Does Poetry Matter?

Why Does Poetry Matter?

In this post, we address Poetry Matters Project’s central question, “Why does poetry matter?”  In an attempt to answer this question, we asked a variety of poets and people critical to the Poetry Matters Project why poetry mattered to them.  This is what they said: 

“I have been an advocate for poetry, reluctantly at first, for over sixteen years. I learned early on that a great number of people suppress their inner poet. The excuses are many — I can’t write poetry, I don’t understand poetry, I can’t make money with poetry, and so on. Once, I was one of these people. However, I began to see that the love of this great art form wells up in us as children, for example through nursery rhymes, only to be bullied out of us as we move onto ‘real life responsibilities’. 

When we started the Poetry Matters Project, our mission was to give back to a community which was reluctant to accept poetry as an important form of self expression.  I discovered the incredible importance of poetry as the project grew and we discovered more poets.  The poets even began thanking us for providing this art form as an outlet.

Poetry matters because without it there would be no way to describe what we experience, feel and observe in our world. I believe that poetry has an impact on the psyche. It moves the reader or listener, whether the stirring is positive or negative. It is one of the few subjective experiences left in our ever growing tech-soaked world.”

Lucinda Clark, Poetry Matters Project Founder 

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“Poetry matters because it captures remotest feelings and thoughts. It takes the mind and soul to a place where others fear to tread. Poetry allows us to be ourselves, to speak our mind, to laugh the healthiest laugh and cry the deepest cry. Poetry reveals who we are and how we want our space, our world, to be or become. As God’s creation, we speak and think and act poetically. Therefore we are poetry and poetry matters.” 

Emmanuel Kane, Author of Theaters of War (2006) and Growing Flames, Fury and Lavender (PRA Publishing, forthcoming)

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“Poetry matters because it is the most direct, succinct and beautiful expression of emotion or thought in words. It is the one verbal medium that allows the reader to see straight into the heart of the poet.”

Geza Tatrallyay, Author

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“because it treasures the history left behind by forgetful people

memory fragmentized in time by careless ones, and

fears unspeakable

regret never combed

loss not understood, or

anger can’t be appeased

as well as

LOVE relieves them all”

–  C.J. Anderson-Wu吳介禎, Author

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“Poetry has always been an outlet in my life. It is a way in that allows me to put my feelings in black and white.  

Poetry is like a deep river that runs through my soul. It is always there for me. Whenever I am thirsty, I can always dip my cup into the flowing water.”

– Sharon Schroeder, Author 

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“On a personal level, poetry is an outlet for me for thoughts, frustrations, emotions, feelings, etc. Things I have been mulling over in my mind find their way into my poetry.  Poetry is consequently often a healthy outlet. It matters to me. And I like to think I can write poetry that matters to others. 

On a broader level, poetry can be a powerful means of expression, carry a significant message, and often “stop you in your tracks”.

For something to matter, it should be of consequence, make a difference, and perhaps cause you to think or reflect on something in your life or the world. We are not alone. Poetry connects us. 

It has always been somewhat difficult for me to explain why poetry matters so much. It ‘s like asking “what is the meaning of Life”? It’s roots run deep, straight through the heart. Poetry is like the jig saw puzzle of life as it connects us in a way nothing else can.

My thoughts as of today. They might change tomorrow.”

– Roger Brock, Author 

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“Poetry matters because it accesses the inner dreams and fears of the human condition. Many of us are afraid of the truth. Poetry offers an outlet, letting the fearful know that they are not alone when it comes to being consumed by vices and worldly concerns. Poetry opens conversation, allowing us to share viewpoints on how we as people can make things better for the next generation, while at the same time, fulfilling our God-given purpose.”

– Calvin Pennywell, Author 

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Today, in this era of instant gratification, many people look at poetry as an unnecessary and antiquated art form.  Why read and analyze the written word when the same story can be experienced with less effort on the computer and television screen?  Faced with this difficult question, many people decide to shun poetry.  They lie, like defeated and dry sponges on the shore of a rising tide, and let technicolor stories wash over them, content not to experience what poetry may have to offer.

However, many people stress that there is something truly powerful and unique about poetry.  For example, in this post, our contributors persuasively speak about poetry’s ability to powerfully reflect the poet’s innermost thoughts and feelings.  In this way, poetry can serve as a creative outlet for those writing and, also, as a source of wonder and inspiration for those who read it. 

Personally, poetry has always mattered to me because it is exhausting.  Though poetry is often short in length, it requires a disproportionate amount of time and patience to truly appreciate.  However, by giving poetry the attention it deserves, the true beauty of the art form is revealed.  The responses from our contributors serve as testament to this. Poetry can change how you view yourself and the world around you.  It is a powerful and beautiful art form if paid attention to.  If you don’t believe me, simply discuss poetry with poetry enthusiasts.  Nowhere have I found a more passionate community. 

— Hudson Diaz

Why Does Poetry Matter?

Georgia Writers Call for Exit 271

The Georgia Writers Association’s digital magazine, Exit 271: Your Georgia Writers Resource, is looking for poetry, short fiction (under 4000 words), and cover artwork. We are calling all quirky, humorous or edgy writers, writers with some Southern grit, writers who surprise us or inspire us, writers who weave stories or poems that engage our fives senses and our intellects. For guidelines and to submit, go to https://georgiawriters.submittable.com/submit

Exit 271 is both a writer’s resource magazine and a literary journal. Four times a year, we bring you a motivational kick to get you writing more, publishing more, and living the writer’s life–Georgia style. Plus, with every issue, we showcase short story authors, poets, and artists who call Georgia home. Please take a look at our winter 2016 issue: http://issuu.com/exit271georgiawritersresource/docs/winter-2016

All writers and artists must currently live in Georgia. Feature articles (1000 – 2000 words) pay $50; the Writer’s Path column (under 800 words) pays $25. Short fiction, poetry, and artwork are on a rolling submission basis; however, the deadline to be published in the spring issue is March 19.

 

Georgia Writers Call for Exit 271

Interview Geza Tatrallyay Cello’s Tears

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1. How did you come up with the title for your book?                                            Cello’s Tears is an image I use in one of the poems in the collection. The cello for me is the most evocative instrument, one that when playing a melancholic tune seems to be crying. The notes the cello produces are like tears.
2. What kind of reader were you as a child? And what were your favorite childhood books?
I was a voracious reader. I loved authors such as Jules Verne (Around the World in 80 Days), Alexandre Dumas (The Three Musketeers), Baroness Orczy (Scarlet Pimpernel), James Fenimore Cooper (The Last of the Mohicans), Rudyard Kipling (The Jungle Book), Daniel Defoe (Robinson Crusoe). As a young child, I read a lot of Hungarian classics in the original; Hungarian literature is fabulously rich, with only some of it available in translation.

3. What are your current projects?
I am trying to get a trilogy of memoirs based on Cold War escapes I was involved in published. Two of these are completed and the third one still requires a lot of work. I am also working on a thriller that involves a coup d’etat in France; a first draft of this is three-quarters done. As well, another thriller―the second in a trilogy the first of which is currently being published―is in the works. I also might rework ARCTIC MELTDOWN, the e-thriller I published electronically in 2011 since much of what I envisaged in that novel is playing out today. When inspired, I also write poetry and will eventually put these together in a collection.

4. What was the last truly great book you read?
The Swerve: How the World Became Modern by Stephen Greenblatt. It teaches and at the same time thrills. It is history, literature and thriller all rolled into one. It talks about the rediscovery of one of the great epic poems of antiquity, Lucretius’ De Rerum Naturae, in the early Renaissance and how that influenced modern thought thereafter.

5. The last book that made you cry?
Thomas Snyder’s Badlands: Europe between Hitler and Stalin. It truly brings home the brutality that the peoples of the countries between Germany and Russia suffered under those two dictators.

6. List five words that you feel best describes your book.
Multi-cultural, translations, experimental, musical, pictorial.

7. If you could only bring three books to a desert island, which would you choose?
Goethe’s Faust, Lucretius’ On the Nature of Things, Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe (to get some tips)

8. Who is your favorite novelist of all time? Your favorite novelist writing today?
Graham Greene, Philip Kerr. Greene writes wonderfully, creating rich characters, dripping with suspense, evoking time and place. I love the thriller genre, particularly literary thrillers like Greene’s The Third Man. It is also my very favorite movie. Philip Kerr’s books are based on extensive research, and are a fun read with lots of intrigue; his detective character, Bernie Gunther, is brilliant. again, he evokes time and place so well that you are transported.

9. What are your literary guilty pleasures? Do you have a favorite genre?
I love thrillers, historical fiction and well-written history. Poems. Some erotica.

10. Which book might we be surprised to find on your bookshelves?
The Onion Book of Known Knowledge. I don’t know how it appeared on my shelf, but this book spoofs facts and knowledge – sort of like Monty Python or Saturday Night Live. I think it is a rare book; I haven’t seen it anywhere else.

11. What were the most influential books you read as a student?
Charles Darwin, The Origin of Species; Joseph Conrad, The Heart of Darkness; Karl Popper, The Open Society and its Enemies; James Joyce, Ulysses; D.H. Lawrence, Lady Chatterly’s Lover

12. Who or what has influenced the writing?
Some poems are influenced by the time I spent in different countries―Japan, Canada, Germany, France Hungary, USA etc. Artists such as Henry Moore, John Turner, Michelangelo, my good friend Jeremy Smith among others, musicians such as Mahler, Ravel and Schubert to name just a few, and other poets such as Bassho, Goethe and Nelligan (a French Canadian poet) have all been influencers.

13. If you could require the president to read one book, what would it be?
Arctic Meltdown (my e-thriller)―not because of the writing, but because it addresses a critical issue and is a fun read at the same time (also selfishly, beacuse if he read it and piad attention, others might as well.)

14. What kind of books do you like to read before bed?
Thrillers. Books that provide excitement / suspense and learning at the same time.

15. What’s the worst book you’ve ever read?
Fifty Shades of Gray. Boring. There is no plot to speak of, not even any good sex.
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Geza Tatrallyay was born in Hungary before his family escaped the Hungarian Revolution by fleeing to Canada. After graduating from Harvard University and studying at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar, he went on to earn a master’s degree in economics from the London School of Economics. An avid fencer, he represented Canada in the 1976 Olympic Games.  Cello’s Tears, his debut  poetry collection, is the culmination of his longtime fascination with poetic verse and human emotion.

Interview Geza Tatrallyay Cello’s Tears

Geza Tatrallyay Shares His Thoughts on Writing Poetry

The Joy of Writing

I have always loved language, experimenting with words, sounds, and combinations of these building blocks of communication. How they encode ideas and feelings, based on a common understanding chiseled over eons and still evolving, daily. Different languages will express the inner self differently; hence my passion for learning tongues, for the wonder of playing with their ability to convey thought and emotion.
Poetry was for me always the purest form of this game, where I could sit down, and with words, tease what was inside me onto a piece of paper, creating something of beauty. Then refine the product, sleep on it, rework the dough again, until―either as an incomplete fragment or as a fully rounded thought picture―I would stash it away in a drawer, or more recently, a file on my laptop.
Rediscovering these snippets from the inside of a self that was months, years, decades younger when these were crystallized, is akin to the wonder of love, and the older me would then relive these acts again, taking much pleasure in a slightly altered line, a more fitting word, a poised comma. And further delight would come at some point when I would take these disparate joggings, and assemble them into a coherent whole, a symphony of movements made up of melodies, phrases, and ultimately combinations of notes.
Thus was my collection of poems, CELLO’S TEARS, brought into the world. The sheer joy of creating it epitomizes what writing means to me. And many thanks go to Lucinda Clark and Rashida Weedon at PRA Publishing for serving as the very capable midwives for this birth.

Cello’s Tears will be released June 2015

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Geza Tatrallyay Shares His Thoughts on Writing Poetry