8
March

Poets House

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about-buildingBeing relatively new to the world of poetry, I am constantly running across great resources for those who love poetry. Recently I came upon Poets House. Frankly, if I tried to write something to describe Poets House it would probably read about as well as my poetry. So I will let Poets House describe itself. The following paragraphs are from Poets House own “About” page. If you want to learn more, you can visit their website. It is packed full of information, resources and programs for poetry lovers of all ages and backgrounds. Check it out. I only wish I lived in NYC to visit the Poets House library in person.

Founded in 1985 by the late U.S. Poet Laureate Stanley Kunitz and arts administrator Elizabeth Kray, Poets House began a year-long celebration of its 25th anniversary of public programming this year, a celebration of our modest beginnings and growth to serving millions each year. Poets House continues to bring world-renowned poets to new audiences, welcoming poetry experts as well as those new to the art form, every day.

We invite you to visit our 50,000-volume poetry library in New York City. Poets House’s collection is among the most comprehensive, open-stacks collections of poetry in the United States. Attend our acclaimed poetry events and poetry workshops. Be sure to become a member today to receive special benefits and to support our ongoing work – Poets House documents the wealth and diversity of modern poetry and stimulates public dialogue on issues of poetry in culture.

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6
March

Do Amazon and Createspace rip off Indie publishers with failure to correctly report sales?

head-in-sand1Here’s some food for thought for all you Indie authors out there. I’ve heard reports of the issue of Amazon, Createspace and other companies incorrectly reporting sales from a number of sources but they were little more than rumors. However, John R. Clark, Managing Editor of AgeView Press makes a compelling and troublesome case in his guest post, “Do Amazon and Createspace rip off Indie publishers with failure to correctly report sales?” on Jeannette Vaughan’s blog.

Jeannette Vaughan is the subject of Mr. Clark’s post and her book, “Flying Solo” was published by AgeView Press. His post raises serious and troubling concerns for any writer considering publishing independently. If you are one of them, this post is a must read.

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1
March

Poetry Offers Outlet to Cancer Patients

iv_drip_2I stumbled across this fascinating article about using poetry as therapy for cancer patients on the Dallas Morning News website and thought to pass it on to you. Thankfully, I’ve never had cancer. Knock on wood as I rap my knuckles against my head! However, I have had several family members who’ve suffered and succumbed to this terrible disease. I vividly recall the conflicting and confusing emotions this disease caused them and their loved ones. Emotions that often found no healthy and therapeutic way of expression. The article discusses not only the psychological benefits of poem therapy but also that there may be benefits for pain management!

I began writing poetry almost 2 years ago as my own form of therapy. Not because I suffered from some horrible disease but simply because I suffered from life. Life, while a wondrous and precious thing, can also treat us terribly at times. During a particularly difficult time in my life I found an unexpected emotional outlet in the form of poetry. First in the reading and then writing it myself. It helped me cope immensely.

It seems to me that writing poetry would be a natural form of therapy for those suffering not only from cancer but any other life-threatening, life-changing or chronic disease. It could provide a healthy outlet for the myriad of fears and confusing emotions as people face their own mortality and the fragility of life. The article, written by Tara Parker-Pope of The New York Times, makes for an interesting read. Have a look! You or someone you know may benefit from it.

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