Wilderness Interface Zone’s Spring Poetry Runoff has begun. It’s packed with festivities, including, of course, the Spring Poetry Runoff Contest, a haiku chain in which anybody may participate, music, and non-competing guest posts. This week we have scheduled poetry by Davey Morrison, Karen Kelsay, Gabriel Aresti Jr., and Mary-Celeste Lewis–all very vernal in nature and quite engaging. On Tuesday, March 23, an mp3 of Arthur Hatton’s song “You’re Better Than That” will post–well worth hearing.
Poets: there’s still plenty of time to enter the Spring Poetry Runoff Contest. Entries will be accepted until March 31, and each poet may submit up to three poems. All poems should have at their heart thoughts of spring, or they should at least mention spring among other musings about the human/nature story. The winner will be determined by readers’ choice and he or she will receive as a prize his or her choice of Lance Larson’s Backyard Alchemy or Scott Hatch’s Mapping the Bones of the World. Entries will post until all poems have been posted. Following that, a poll that will go up on WIZ to allow readers to vote for their favorite poem.
Beside the Readers’ Choice prize, we at WIZ have decided to add a second prize”“the Admin Award, for the poem we like best. The winner of the Admin Award will receive the same prize as the Readers’ Choice Award winner”“his or her choice of the aforementioned books of verse.
As mentioned before, non-competing poems and other verse-oriented submissions are welcomed during the Spring Poetry Runoff. So please come by WIZ and join the fire ring. Tell a story, sing a song, comment, or just read and wander off into the nearest park, canyon, or garden.
In celebration not only of the coolest holiday season but also of the arrival of the winter solstice on Monday, December 21st, A Motley Vision’s companion blog Wilderness Interface Zone has launched a haiku chain, an open thread whereon haiku-ers might skip and dance together in 17-syllable jigs.
My American Heritage Dictionary tells me that “haiku” comes from Japanese hai, “amusement” (from a middle Chinese word) and ku, “sentence” (also from middle Chinese). For such small parcels of language, they pack tightly, which makes them them linguistic jacks-in-the-boxes, bursting out big to surprise and delight.
Also, haiku can be restorative, in the way that concentration on small things, like a spider’s web or light on snow, can cool the mind with beauty or open it up in connexion.
But haiku is especially well suited for social mingling. The subjects at WIZ include wintertide, the happy lengthening of the day that follows the solstice, Christmas, the beauty of the moment, the turn of the weather–anything related to winterality. So if ye have a mind to, come over and toss in your 17-syllables’ worth.
Happy Solar New Year! Hurrah for the lengthening of the light!
I’m pleased to announce the launch of Wilderness Interface Zone, a new blog headed up by Patricia Karamesines devoted to literary nature and science writing. Or as Patricia describes it: “A Mormon literary backcountry where words and place come together.”
WIZ’s intent is to foster the development of a tradition of nature literature written by Mormons as well as to help build a community of writers and readers interested in nature lit. WIZ hopes to support exploration of the concept of stewardship through the telling of stories. Furthermore, it will feature reviews, essays, poetry, news, regular posts such as “field notes” and miscellaneous other fun expeditions into the realm of natural history writing. Also very exciting: besides spotlighting the writing of regular bloggers and invited guests, WIZ will eventually open to submissions from its readers.
So head on over to wilderness.motleyvision.org and check it out. I’ll be hanging out over there from time-to-time as well.