Saturday, May 28, 2011

The Revolution Will Not Be Televised

You will not be able to stay home, brother.
You will not be able to plug in, turn on and cop out.
You will not be able to lose yourself on skag and skip,
Skip out for beer during commercials,
Because the revolution will not be televised.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Santiago Roncagliolo Wins The Independent Foreign Fiction Prize 2011

The Independent Foreign Fiction Prize 2011 has been awarded to Peruvian author Santiago Roncagliolo for his third novel, Red April (Atlantic Books). Roncagliolo beat off competition from a strong shortlist including Nobel Prize-winning Turkish author Orhan Pamuk and former Independent Foreign Fiction Prize winner, Norwegian Per Petterson, to win the Prize.

At 36, Roncagliolo is the youngest-ever author, as well as the first from Peru, to win the Prize.

The £10,000 award is shared equally with Roncagliolo's American translator, Edith Grossman, who is also a first-time winner. She was previously shortlisted for the Prize in 2003.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

The Little Vagabond

Dear mother, dear mother, the church is cold,
But the ale-house is healthy and pleasant and warm;
Besides I can tell where I am used well,
Such usage in Heaven will never do well.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Learning a New Language

I am a clown
Walking like Charlie Chaplin
Down some ridiculous street
Saying absurd things
Usually at the wrong time

Asking whether trees have leaves
And birds have wings
And what is the color of the sky
Learning how plants grow
And how water flows

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Poetry is Dead For Javier Sicilia

The world is not worthy of words
they have been suffocated from the inside
as they suffocated you, as they tore apart your lungs ...
the pain does not leave me
all that remains is a world
through the silence of the righteous,
only through your silence and my silence, Juanelo.

Those words comprise the last poem that Javier Sicilia has written and will ever write.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Color Our World

Bar None Group publishes a limited amount of artwork in black and white and colour by a single artist or photographer in each issue, including on the front and back covers. We are looking to publish work of all styles. We are looking for cool/strange photography, paintings, and drawings. Work may be color or black and white. However, the interior of our print issues reproduces only in black and white.

Friday, May 13, 2011

J. Patrick Lewis Named Children’s Poet Laureate

CHICAGO — The Poetry Foundation is pleased to announce that poet J. Patrick Lewis will serve as the nation’s third Children’s Poet Laureate: Consultant in Children’s Poetry to the Poetry Foundation for a two-year tenure. The award, which includes a $25,000 cash prize, aims to raise awareness that children have a natural receptivity to poetry and are its most appreciative audience, especially when poems are written specifically for them.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Las Mañanitas

Estas son las mañanitas,
que cantaba el Rey David. 
Hoy por ser día a las madres
se las cantamos aquí

Monday, May 9, 2011

First Lines Second Thoughts — The Catcher in the Rye

The Carousel in Central Park served as the cover art for The Catcher in the Rye.

First Lines Second Thoughts is a look at the first lines of well known literary works. On second thought, do these opening words stand alone as poetry? Today we look at The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger (1919-2010). Published in 1951.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

For A Mother

photo © Mark Butkus 2010
A flower blooms like a mother's love.

A mother is more than a night in a delivery room
She is there when needed
Soothes away pain
With a smile or a touch
Provides lessons in life
And especially lessons in laughs

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Boo-Hooray Unearths Angus MacLise

“Angus MacLise was the Velvet Underground's first drummer. He withdrew when he found out that at a paying job he had to start and stop playing when told to. No one told Angus to stop playing. So the job of a working musician was impossible for Angus, and he taught us all a lesson about purity of spirit.” - Lou Reed

Angus MacLise was an American artist, poet, percussionist, and composer active in New York, San Francisco, Paris, London and Kathmandu from the 1950’s through the 1970’s. Best known as the original drummer of the Velvet Underground, MacLise’s lifework included music, calligraphy, performance art, poetry, drawings, plays, and limited edition artist’s books.

Monday, May 2, 2011

The Monster Under the Bed

On the night that bin Laden died
 — with a bullet in his head —
A beeping phone awoke me
from a restless night's sleep
 — there were two messages