SpeakEasy 27 update

Thank you to the poets, Dayna Patterson, Susan Alexander, Luther Allen, Jennifer Bullis, and Bruce Beasley, for a series of thought-provoking poems, and thank you to the poetry audience who showed up for the five Zoom readings. The video recordings of the five sessions are now available on the SpeakEasy 27 page.

Please note that the DATE for the SpeakEasy 27 response reading has been changed from Saturday, March 27, to Sunday, March 28, 2021, 7:00pm Pacific. See the complete guidelines on the SpeakEasy 27 page. We look forward to reading your poems inspired by SpeakEasy 27: A Spiritual Thread.

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SpeakEasy 27, Round 5

The fifth round of SpeakEasy 27: A Spiritual Thread will be held on Saturday, February 27, 2021, at 7:00pm Pacific, as poets Dayna Patterson, Susan Alexander, Luther Allen, Jennifer Bullis, and Bruce Beasley share their linked explorations. The poets’ bios and video links to Rounds 1 through 4 are available on the SpeakEasy 27 page.

The Zoom reading is free and the link is included in Luther Allen’s announcement email or you may request the link (or ask to be added to his announcement list) by sending a note to othermindpress@gmail.com.

NOTE: A final, audience-response round has been added to the SpeakEasy 27 schedule, to be held Saturday, March 27, 2021, at 7:00pm Pacific. Poems must be directly linked to a readily identifiable phrase, line, or theme from a poem or poems presented in one of the first five rounds.
To have your poem considered for inclusion, send no more than two original poems to othermindpress@gmail.com as a Word or PDF attachment and clearly explain the linkage for each poem. Approximately 20 poets will be selected to read their poems and explain the connection to the earlier poem(s) during the hour-long March 27 program, which will be video recorded. Submitting a poem acknowledges that it is your original work, that you have Zoom audio and video capabilities, and that you will be available to read on March 27 if selected. The deadline for submissions is Saturday, March 13, with selections and notifications by March 21.

We look forward to seeing you on February 27.

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SpeakEasy 27…Round 4

Round 4 of SpeakEasy 27: A Spiritual Thread will be Zooming your way at 7:00pm Pacific on Saturday, February 6, 2021. Please join Dayna Patterson, Susan Alexander, Luther Allen, Jennifer Bullis, and Bruce Beasley for this next-to-last round of linked poems. We have had an enthusiastic response to this unique project and each round has brought forth more personal and incisive poems.

The poets’ bios and video links to Rounds 1, 2, and 3 are available on the SpeakEasy 27 page.

The Zoom link is included in Luther Allen’s announcement email or you may request the link (or ask to be added to his announcement list) by sending a note to othermindpress@gmail.com. The readings are free.

The final round from the five poets of SpeakEasy 27 is scheduled for Saturday, February 27, 2021, with a session of audience response poems slated for Saturday, March 27.

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SpeakEasy 27…Round 3

Please join us on Saturday, January 16, 2021, at 7:00pm Pacific, for the third round of poems from SpeakEasy 27: A Spiritual Thread. As with Rounds 1 and 2, Susan Alexander, Luther Allen, Bruce Beasley, Jennifer Bullis, and Dayna Patterson will each read one poem linked to the previously written poem (or poems), discuss the linkage, and whatever else is on their mind. At the end of the reading there will be a group session with further discussion and questions from listeners.

The poets’ bios and a video links to Rounds 1 and 2 are available on the SpeakEasy 27 page (video links appear just above the graphic for that event).

The Zoom link is included in Luther Allen’s announcement email or you may request the link (or ask to be added to his announcement list) by sending a note to othermindpress@gmail.com. The readings are free.

The final two rounds of SpeakEasy 27 are scheduled for Saturday, February 6, 2021, and Saturday, February 27, 2021.

PS: Go to the SpeakEasy 27 page for a link to the video for Round 3, now available.

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SpeakEasy 27….round 2

Please join us on Saturday, December 12, 2020, at 7:00pm Pacific, for the second round of poems from SpeakEasy 27: A Spiritual Thread. As with Round 1, Susan Alexander, Luther Allen, Bruce Beasley, Jennifer Bullis, and Dayna Patterson will each read one poem linked to the previously written poem (or poems), discuss the linkage, and whatever else is on their mind. At the end of the reading there will be a group session with further discussion and questions from listeners.

The poets’ bios and a video link to Round 1 are available on the SpeakEasy 27 page (video link is at the very bottom).

The Zoom link is included in Luther Allen’s announcement email (dated December 5) or you may request the link by sending a note to othermindpress@gmail.com.

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SpeakEasy 27: A Spiritual Thread

Almost a year ago we started a linked poem project with five poets — Susan Alexander, Bruce Beasley, Jennifer Bullis, Dayna Patterson, and myself (Luther Allen). Several years ago we did a similar SpeakEasy with a different set of poets that seemed quite successful. The difference this time is that we would have a theme — spirituality. The other difference was the advent of COVID early in the project. This meant we would not have the usual type of SpeakEasy event to present the poems, plus it injected an unanticipated and penetrating theme. We weren’t sure how the logistics would work out, but all of us became highly invested with the process, eagerly awaiting the previous poet’s work to link with a new poem. After 9 months or so we completed the fifth round, with over 60 pages of manuscript.

Well, that’s a bit long for a single reading! We have decided to make each round of five poems a separate Zoom event, leaving time for commentary by the poets and questions from the listeners. We will have five rounds, each round roughly a month apart. The first round will be Saturday, November 14, 2020, at 7:00pm Pacific and the second round will be Saturday, December 12 at 7:00pm.

There will be a limit of 100 participants, first come, first serve. There is no pre-registration, but a password will be required to enter the meeting. The reading will be videotaped and will be available for viewing on the SpeakEasy page after the event.

The poets’ bios are posted here.

I won’t attempt to characterize the poems, other than to say the poets were selected not on the basis of any answers or dogma they might have, rather on the quality of questions they struggle with. Seems like a timely project.

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failed haiku

failed haiku, A Journal of English Senryu, has included one of my poems in Issue 56, page 197.

If you’re curious about senryu, here’s a useful article from The Atlantic online.

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right hand pointing

Thanks to right hand pointing for including my poem in Issue 139, the sky is a black canvas.

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Outlaw Poetry

Thanks to Outlaw Poetry (formerly The Malpaís Review) for publishing “the very large array & two other new [sic] poems by Luther Allen.”

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