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New Frank Mundo Poem “re: Your Mother” Published Today

My new poem, “re: Your mother“, was published today for aaduna magazine’s National Poetry Month initiative: Four for the 4th.

It’s the second poem posted on the page (Be careful of the first poem. It has some adult language).

Check it out if you have a minute.

The poem is part of my e-pistle series that includes: “re: Your brother“, and more to come.

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Bars, diners and dives: poetry from the San Pedro River Review

San Pedro River Review Spring 2010 Poetry edited by Alfier and CogswellAs April and National Poetry Month come to an end today, the LA Books Examiner urges you to continue making poetry a part of your daily lives by watching videos, going to readings and, most importantly, buying poetry books and subscribing to poetry journals.

That’s why this week’s special Pause for Poetry focuses on the San Pedro River Review, a small poetry and art journal by Blue Horse Press in Tucson, Arizona.

Edited and published by Jeffrey C. Alfier and Tobi R. Cogswell, the San Pedro River Review is published twice a year with Spring and Fall issues for only $6 each.

The 2010 Spring Issue is called Bars, Diners & Dives, and features the work of 2 artists and an impressive range of 48 new and established poets, including Ellaraine Lockie and Larry D. Thomas, two contributors whose work really stood out this time to the LA Books Examiner.

With this in mind, let’s all hit the Pause button on our lives for a few minutes and check out these poets in action. 

To learn more about the San Pedro River Review, visit SPRReview.com. 

Three Poems by Ellaraine Lockie

Watch videos at the LA Books Examiner, Frank Mundo.

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Poetry reading highlights from the LA Times Festival of Books (slide show)

Poet Wanda Coleman reads at the LA Times Festival of Books, Photo by Nancy MundoTwo major themes this month at the LA Books Examiner are National Poetry Month and the LA Times Festival of Books, both of which collide this weekend for two full days of poetry reading events that you truly can’t find anywhere else.

On Saturday, April 24th, for instance, 15 very different poets each read from their respective work for about 20-25 minutes from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. That means every half hour you could watch a different poet reading his or her work throughout the day…for free…without tickets and without reservations!

In between various book panels (of which there were some 45 throughout the day), the LA Books Examiner sat in on 7 of these poetry readings (see slideshow), including actress and poet Amber Tamblyn; California’s Poet Laureate Carol Muske-Dukes; LA Times Book Prize Finalist Tom Healy; National Book Award Finalist Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon; California legend Wanda Coleman; LA Times Book Prize Winner Brenda Hillman; and Candace Pearson, the Liam Rector First Book Prize Winner for Poetry.

If you plan to attend the Book Festival today on the campus of UCLA, be sure to download the LATFOB map and stop by the LA Times Poetry Stage just north of the inverted fountain near the Schoenberg Music Building. Here is a list of Sunday’s performers:

Poetry Stage
10:00 AM Get Lit Players, Classical Teen Poetry Troupe

10:30 AM Ching-In Chen reads from The Heart’s Traffic

11:00 AM Beth Bachmann reads from Temper

11:30 AM Lytton Smith reads from All-Purpose Magical Tent

12:00 PM Molly Bendall reads from Under the Quick

12:30 PM Tony & Willis Barnstone reading from Tongue of War and Restored New Testament

1:00 PM Poets of What Books Press: Gail Wronsky, Karen Kevorkian, Alicia Partnoy, Ramon Garcia read from their works

1:30 PM B.H. Fairchild reads from Usher: Poems

2:00 PM Jan Beatty reads from Red Sugar

2:30 PM Ira Sadoff reads from Barter

3:00 PM Cathy Colman reads from Beauty’s Tattoo

3:30 PM Annie Finch reads from Among the Goddesses

4:00 PM Patty Seyburn reads from Hilarity

4:30 PM Collages & Collisions: A Braided Reading including: Molly Bendall, Sarah Maclay, Holaday Mason, Louise Mathias & Gail Wronsky

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Six Fun National Poetry Month Online Activities

Six National Poetry Month online activities:
1) Poem-A-Day: Every day in April, Poetry.org will share a poem from new books published this spring. Check it out here.

2) 30 Videos in 30 Days: Diesel Bookstores (Brentwood and Malibu) will share one poetry video a day on its website for the 30 days of April, National Poetry Month. See them all here.

3) Poem Flow: an iTunes app you can purchase that animates and reads to you your favorite poems. Get it here. Poets and authors available include Shakespeare, Chaucer, Milton, Donne, Bunyan, Swift, Johnson, Blake, Shelley, Byron, Keats, Wordsworth, Whitman, Dickinson, Thoreau, Emerson, Longfellow, Poe, Twain, Tennyson, and many others.

4) National Poetry Map: Also from Poets.org, helps you locate local poets, poems, events, literary journals, writing programs, and poetry organizations. Check it out.

5) Barnes & Noble Review: B&N shares poems throughout April that you can enjoy and forward to friends. Check them out here. Use the “newer article” tab at the bottom right to navigate to the latest poem.

6) Pause for Poetry: Take a quick break from your life for a few minutes and watch poetry videos here at the LA Books Examiner.

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O Captain, My Captain: Celebrate National Poetry Month with a reading by Poet Walt Whitman (Video)

Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass, National Poetry Month, LA Books Examiner, O Captain, My CaptainApril is National Poetry Month and, at the LA Books Examiner, this is a cause for celebration. What a great opportunity to share with you some of our favorite poets and, perhaps, to urge you to take some time throughout the month to discover some new poets on your own.

And what better way to kick things off than a reading of “O Captain, My Captain” by America’s premier poet, Walt Whitman. Best known for Leaves of Grass (1855), Whitman was a controversial figure and extremely influential artist who virtually unlocked standard poetic conventions and structure, opening the door for a more natural ‘speaking’ style of poetry writing known as free verse. 

With this in mind, let’s all hit the pause buttons on our lives for a few minutes and enjoy this reading of Walt Whitman’s “O Captain, My Captain”…which many of you might remember from the memorable climactic scene in the popular film Dead Poets Society with Robin Williams.

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