This link to 8 signs of a good poem comes to us courtesy of my sister Zona Rosan Claudia Schlottman, herself a fine poet:
Here are two of her own blogs
http://cjschlottman-mypoems.blogspot.com/ - her own poems
http://theredsweater.blogspot.com/ - her internet diary on moving through the grief of losing her husband Clint.
In addition to our website. we are now have the paperback version of Venusification and Red SIlk Sari on Amazon. If you have read these books, please feel free to leave comments there as well as email us. And - our deepest thanks to everyone who has already purchased Red Silk Sari and Venusification. As writers, both Joe and I are humbled by your appreciation of our work.
As you will see, Amazon charges shipping, while we do not charge shipping to you from our own site. Whether you use Amazon (because, for instance, you are purchasing other gifts from that site) or come to.masondixonpublishing.com, Joe and I will be grateful for your patronage and will send the book out as soon as we get your request.
We hope to hear from you on November 30: National Small Business Saturday!
Support November 30 is Small Business Saturday, in time for the holiday season. This year, give the gift of literature from Mason-Dixon Publishing.
Unlike corporate store chains, a small business can offer unique gift items. For instance, here in Savannah my husband Marty knows I’d love anything from Zia Boutique, a jewelry shop on Broughton Street. I will hint (not so subtly, here in this blog!) that I yearn for a signed first edition of Natasha Tretheway’s Native Guard, which is behind glass at The BookLady. on Liberty Street.
Books are the appropriate, affordable gifts of literary art for Chanukah, Christmas. the winter solstice, and Kwanzaa. Instead of a commercial offering at the local mall bookstore, a more thoughtful gift would be a book from an independent press like Mason-Dixon Publishing. For literary science fiction, pick the collection Venusification. From the burgeoning field of Asian-American literature, get Red Silk Sari, poetry of the Indian-American experience.
Books are lovely for host/hostess gifts or company or club gift exchanges, But consider a Mason-Dixon Publishing book for a writer investigating independent presses.for her book, or for an aspiring book reviewer assembling a sample portfolio.
1. If you belong to a book club, why not get everyone a copy of Red Silk Sari or Venusification as the next reading selection?
2. Stuff a stocking with either Both Red Silk Sari or Venusification,
3. What about a book basket? Add either book to a basket with such great reading accompaniments as wine, chocolate, cookies, or a tin of cocoa, coffee, or tea.
Joe and I have gotten involved in the past few months in activities involving the interests which had initiated Mason-Dixon Publishing. Jore has been working in the Green Party for city council elections in Bowling Green, OH. I have attended book festivals as part of our marketing strategy for Red Silk Sari.
However, in addition to our usual Mason-Dixon news and general blogs, there will be a roughly rotating series on science writing, science fiction, and poetry. These are the main areas which Mason-Dixon Publishing champions, although we love to read all great writing! In the future, the topic will appear in the title
We begin this series with science writing. In this provocative column, the writers suggests several ways that the public can influence the course of science research, so that it is not wholly determined by government and business (Grant) money.
Responses to this blog are encouraged, especially to counteract the cranky comments in The Guardian!
Whew! I DID NOT mean to be away for so long from this blog!
The Local Poets stage was quite a treat. I got there an hour or so before my stage time to listen to some wonderful Atlanta poets, and I stayed for a couple of hours afterwards. As turns out, Atlanta has quite an active poetry scene.
The Decatur Book Festival itself certainly must have hit the expected turnout of 70,000 people, and I could see why. Stages of famous authors, an art exhibit, dance and music performances, and a huge book fair. There is an extensive independent author/publisher book tent, for which the author does not even have to be there. The festival volunteers handle it all.That table was a mix of both self-published and true independent press offerings. This year a place in that tent was $180 per publisher, so while I missed it this year, I will be sure to send copies of Venusification and Red SIlk Sariill.
My poem “Air India Poster of Mother Kali” was a semifinalist in the 2013 competition, which is also referred to as Words and Music. That was an honor indeed.
And here is my nugget of advice: The goal of writing a poem is not to publish it or win an award, but to write the poem the best way you can. After that, all we can do is work consistently and regularly to get work out there, by reading our poems in a public forum, by entering contests, by submitting work to publications. I keep the submission process as simple as I can with a spreadsheet to track my submissions. Since 2010 I have submitted 111 poems in 49 venues. As for actual publications,some of my poems were published a couple of decades ago, but since 2009 I have had 3 publications, Iif you know of a more efficient way to promote your poetry , come share your experiences to this blog!
And how many new poems have I written?:Well, I am less sure of that, so I suppose I could track that better, Since 2011, I count 66 poems, apparently 61 poems previously (that I can retrieve from faded notebooks). along with 38 haiku and 10 tanka. That is actually a slow rate, but I would rather take my time with each poem.
Order a copy of our latest offering. These poems explore the complexities of being part of two cultures, Indian and American by looking at such universal experiences as childbirth, death, love, and joy.
Click this link to read "The Old Spaceman," an award winning story included in the book.
These provocative short stories will challenge you, taking you to exotic places and times.