Saturday, October 27, 2012

poetry submissions from countries other than the U.S.

  Every now and then (and not often enough) I receive poetry for consideration from countries other than the United States (usually from Canada) - how a poet presents accepted poetry has seemed (and still is) important (handwritten or typed, font, even typos if not too many, a coffee spill or so, preferably no blood stains, etc), but, it is much easier to communicate via email with poets of other nations and I encourage your doing so (that is, if you live in another nation, and if this blog reaches any/many of you) - do include mailing address, of course.  
  And! 48-page issues can be mailed with one first class stamp (except to other countires) so am increasing page numbers from 36 to 48.  bear creek haiku started as a 12 page print pub (in '91) (maybe it was 8 pages, I have lost my copies of many of the early issues).  The first issue presented the poems of three poets (Don Wentworth was one, Denver Stull another, a third was a brief quote attributed to the Mohawk Native American nation as best I recall - was Dorothy McLaughlin the third poet?)  
  For many years now, have included mostly my own squiggles ( I dare not call it artwork) and it has become a meditative practice for this editor beyond writing poetry (fascinating).  Eva Alexander, originally from Prague,  Czech Republic, very much a worthy artist in her own right, was the contributing artist for the first several issues - she returned to her native country 15 or so years ago and I have lost touch with her (unfortunately).  Laurel Starkey, Michigan (?) was the artist for a number of years, and have also lost touch with her (my fault, I think, also unfortunate).  Currently Robert D O'Rourke (Fort Collins CO) has contributed his art forms and they are truly appreciated (the smiling bear which has been in most recent issues is his) - Bob is in his nineties, I published some of his poetry (and art forms), a new experience for him, and he now teaches 'writing haiku as a meditative practice' at the Senior Center in Fort Collins. 

  Enough!  (well, not quite)  I will relate one episode especially appreciated about a past issue.  Perhaps it has a less than civil aspect, but, you have been forewarned.  Some time ago, I decided I could serve our homeless population (so many, and so many of them veterans) by giving them copies of bear creek haiku to sell as they stood on their street corners (maybe some folks would be inclined to exchange spare change for a few poems).  I chose two homeless fellows for an initial experiment (they had been around a long time), they agreed.  One fellow I never saw again.  When I asked the second fellow if anyone had given him spare change for poetry, he stated, 'well, not so much, but it made good asswipe'.
  Perhaps bear creek haiku is the only poetry publication around that also is 'good asswipe'.  
  An aside, 2-3 months later, an entire article in our local paper was written about this fellow's life and his passing (he was a well-known presence on our streets).

  Some poems for you

any moonlit night
if no one’s looking
bristlecone pine
zumba and salsa
(the raven says so)

this morning just before waking - mystical 
guardians!  grey-whiskered beaver build
circular pathways through thought, action 
and word - “the strengths of your heart”
trills grandfather beaver “revealing it’s gifts” 

eight crows caw
while old crow
squats and sulks
and just what have 
you done this time?


of writing
among wild things

see you in a moment - ayaz daryl nielsen

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