Poets in Maine Review – The newspaper for ALL poets

https://paper.li/f-1415815684# – Click this link to go to Poets in Maine Review

I (Valeri Beers) have started a newspaper to help poets have access to PoetryPasta, WordsofTheVal2000, Poem A Day, poets.org and whatever else I find that is of interest ;)  If you are interested in checking the paper out, click the link above to go to Poets in Maine Review. If you want to receive it in your inbox every Saturday (which is the day the new edition comes out) just put in your email address :)

I welcome suggestions about what I should add to the paper :)

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3 more days until National Poetry month :)

cropped-large-blue-rgb-national-poetry-month-logo.jpgWhile we celebrate poets and poetry year-round, the Academy of American Poets was inspired by the successful celebrations of Black History Month (February) and Women’s History Month (March), and founded National Poetry Month in April 1996 with an aim to:

  • highlight the extraordinary legacy and ongoing achievement of American poets,
  • encourage the reading of poems,
  • assist teachers in bringing poetry into their classrooms,
  • increase the attention paid to poetry by national and local media,
  • encourage increased publication and distribution of poetry books, and
  • encourage support for poets and poetry
  • There are many ways to participate. Here are just a few:

    • Follow the thousands of National Poetry Month celebrations taking place using #npm15 and follow the Academy of American Poets on Twitter @POETSorg.
    • Use the new National Poetry Month logo to promote your events. It can be downloaded here.
    • Order a free National Poetry Month poster designed by Roz Chast and display it proudly.Poetry poster 2015
    • Invite K-12 students to participate in our Dear Poet project by writing letters in response to poems shared by award-winning poets serving on our Board of Chancellors.
    • Attend Poetry & the Creative Mind, a celebration of poetry from the reader’s perspective featuring leading and luminary actors, artists, and public figures, on April 15, 2015, in New York City.
    • Participate in National Poem in Your Pocket Day on April 30, 2015.
    • Sign up for Poem-a-Day.
    • Join the Academy of American Poets and show your support year-round for poets and poetry.
    • Share your photos and feedback about your National Poetry Month celebrations with the Academy of American Poets by emailing npm@poets.org.

    Here at PoetryPasta, we will be posting a poetry prompt every day if you would like to participate in National Poetry month :)  One poem is good, more poems are even better :D  I understand that these poems will most likely be rough first drafts and that’s totally fine, (we still want to show off your poems!) mine are rough first drafts also (Valeri Beers)  Just write and I promise you will get better!

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Waiting Around (after Walking Around by Pablo Neruda) by Trish Hopkinson

It so happens, I am tired of being a woman.
And it happens while I wait for my children to grow
into the burning licks of adulthood. The streaks
of summer sun have gone,
drained between gaps into gutters,
and the ink-smell of report cards and recipe boxes
cringes me into corners. Still I would be satisfied
if I could draw from language
the banquet of poets.
If I could salvage the space in time
for thought and collect it
like a souvenir. I can no longer
be timid and quiet, breathless
and withdrawn.
I can’t salve the silence.
I can’t be this vineyard
to be bottled, corked,
cellared, and shelved.
That’s why the year-end gapes with pointed teeth,
growls at my crow’s feet, and gravels into my throat.
It claws its way through the edges of an age
I never planned to reach
and diffuses my life into dullness–
workout rooms and nail salons,
bleach-white sheets on clotheslines,
and treacherous photographs of younger me
at barbecues and birthday parties.
I wait. I hold still in my form-fitting camouflage.
I put on my strong suit and war paint lipstick
and I gamble on what’s expected.
And what to become. And how
to behave: mother, wife, brave.
–originally published by Wicked Banshee Press. Issue #2 Fall 2014.
This wonderful poem was submitted by Trish Hopkinson, who keeps us all (including me) in the loop of where to submit, open mics, call in shows and answers writing questions.
Here is her writing page:  http://trishhopkinson.com/
You can also connect with Trish on Facebook and Twitter :)
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Interview With Poet & Author Valeri Beers


Thank you Malobi :)

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Recently I got to spend some time with Valeri Beers, a published poet from Maine in the USA. Using the opportunity, I asked her to give us some insight into her writing style.

MS: Valeri, you are a published author. Why do you write?

Valeri: Because I feel like I have to write these ideas, poems, lines or words down or I will lose them.

MS: What has had influence on your writing?

Valeri: Music has always been a huge influence on my writing. I have always been inspired  to write when listening to music.

MS: Who are some of your favourite authors?

Valeri: I really like Erica Jong, Dorothy Parker, Maya Angelou, Nicholson Baker, Stephen King

MS: What is your latest publication and where can it be purchased?

Valeri: My latest publication is my poetry book …details… , which can be purchased on Amazon as an e-book or…

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30 Ways To Celebrate National Poetry month

  1. Order a free National Poetry Month poster and display it at work or school.
  2. Sign up for Poem-a-Day and read a poem each morning.
  3. Deepen your daily experience by reading Edward Hirsch’s essay “How to Read a Poem.”
  4. Memorize a poem.
  5. Create an anthology of your favorite poems on Poets.org.
  6. Encourage a young person to participate in the Dear Poetproject.
  7. Buy a book of poetry from your local bookstore.
  8. Review these concrete examples of how poetry matters in the United States today.
  9. Learn more about poets and poetry events in your state.
  10. Ask your governor or mayor for a proclamation in support of National Poetry Month.
  11. Attend a poetry reading at a local university, bookstore, cafe, or library.
  12. Read a poem at an open mic. It’s a great way to meet other writers in your area and find out about your local poetry writing community.
  13. Start a poetry reading group.
  14. Write an exquisite corpse poem with friends.
  15. Chalk a poem on the sidewalk.
  16. Write a letter to a poet thanking them for their work.
  17. Ask the United States Post Office to issue more stampscelebrating poets.
  18. Recreate a poet’s favorite food or drink by following his or her recipe.
  19. Read about different poetic forms.
  20. Read about poems titled “poem.”
  21. Read the first chapter of Muriel Rukeyer’s inspiring book,The Life of Poetry.
  22. Subscribe to American Poets magazine or a small press poetry journal.
  23. Watch Rachel Eliza Griffiths‘ latest Poets on Poetry video.
  24. Watch or read Carolyn Forche’s talk “Not Persuasion, But Transport: The Poetry of Witness.”
  25. Read or listen to Mark Doty’s talk “Tide of Voices: Why Poetry Matters Now.”
  26. Read Allen Ginsberg’s classic essay about Walt Whitman‘s “Leaves of Grass.”
  27. Watch a poetry movie.
  28. Sign up for a poetry class or workshop.
  29. Get ready for Mother’s Day by making a card featuring aline of poetry.
  30. Celebrate National Poem in Your Pocket Day on April 30, 2015. The idea is simple: select a poem you love, carry it with you, then share it with coworkers, family, and friends.

(from poets.org)



you could send PoetryPasta one of your poems :)

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Books for Women’s History month

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What I Know by Rita Recine

What I Know

A book begins with one word, one sentence one chapter at a time

There is a force, an energy ….

Somewhere by the rainbow

With a multihued of wonderful colours

What I know

There is always some sunshine in darkness.

Even on the longest day of the year..

life is the longest ride…..

It is given to us …….

We may live it or we may dream about it

We need to live the dream,

What I know

Good Samaritans still exist….

People everywhere are facing their own daily obstacles.

They need to be repaired..

As beautiful as angels, as soft as cotton candy…

What I know

I know that a smile is at times considered by many the international language.

I know that when we write we are captured in the moment.

I know that every image is vague until we expand it to tell a story.

What I know

The bird sings tunes of happiness.

We all have purpose.

In all our lives there is meaning.

I know we should treat others the way we want t be treated

I know that love at first sight does not exist.

Physical attraction is the primary factor.

There is like.

Then love

I know that we should be grateful everyday for our blessings.

For there are others who carry heavier challenges,

We must weather the storm and move forward.

What I know

We can teach , yet we cannot tell our students which road to take…………….we must wish they will follow what was taught , for knowledge is priceless….

What I know

Education is the biggest gift a parent can offer their child.

Love should be unconditional, with no borders.

We must not judge by first impressions….

What I know

I know we do not know everything.

There is abundance in further knowledge.

What I know
I know that nothing is simple. In all that we do there is work to be done.

We need to look at its simplicity in fragments, like puzzle pieces until it is all done.

Every piece in its proper place

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8 pm TONIGHT :) I am the guest poet on The Power of Poetics :)


we’ll be listening ! congratulations Valeri !

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As part of #WomensHistorymonth, I will be reading selected poems from my book   …details… probably along with some poems you HAVEN’T heard :)  If you call in, I am taking requests for poems to read.

the phone number is 646 716 8754.  8 :00 pm Eastern time. It’s only for 1 hour.  Please call and listen!

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The Girls in Steno, 1970 by Donal Mahoney

When it’s break time
the girls all walk together,
cigarette-protector cases
clasped between their index
tapers and their thumbs.
On each girl’s fingers glow
iridescent lacquers.
When break time nears,
they peek at each other,
twinkle, giggle, nod.
When break time comes,
a bell rings and the girls rise
like Lazarus. High on heels
they click in couples down the hall
to fill an elevator.
They get off at One. There
they float across the cafeteria,
men everywhere,
eyes everywhere.
(Is he the one?)
When a new girl’s hired
the old girls
put her to the test:
Will she join them
for the coffee break?
If she does, she joins them forever,
even after she marries,
retires or expires.
Nominated for Best of the Net and Pushcart prizes, Donal Mahoney has had poetry and fiction published in various publications in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa. Some of his earliest work can be found at http://booksonblog12.blogspot.com
I thought this was a great poem about women.  The Subject Line of the email submission caught my eye:

How it was before Hillary and Women’s Independence Day

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Happy International Women’s Day :)


you go girls! #makeithappen

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It’s today ! March 8th :)

You can read the whole article HERE:


Here are some stats that will make your day (according to UN Women website):

1) Education: Since 1995, we’ve reached a point where girls and boys worldwide are enrolling in primary school at almost equal rates. That is a huge step forward. The next step is secondary school, where the gender gap widens again.

2) Maternal Mortality: In the last 25 years, maternal mortality has dropped by 45%, which means that half of the women who survive childbirth today wouldn’t have made it in a different time. But there’s still more work to do — 800 women a day die from basic pregnancy complications, mostly in the developing world.

3) Water access: Water is an important issue for women, since in many developing countries girls are responsible for fetching water, a task so time-consuming and…

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