Carnival of Poets

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Thursday, January 05, 2006

Carnival Four

And one more poet, with several poems. J. Andrew Lockhart submitted his haiku and tanka
clouds glow
from the full moon
at midnight...
his memories
awake the crickets
spanish moss
drips down the limbs
hiding secrets
she sleeps..
unguarded beauty
melts the ice
skips over the brooks..
shimmering sunset
paper airplanes
swirl with leaves
in the wind
as chained dogs
demand freedom

Thats all for now people! As always, copyright of a given poem belongs to its author. Feel free to link, but ask permission before copying. Carnival of Poets is listed in the Truth Laid Bear's ÜberCarnival. The next carnival will happen when I get a total of ten posts at carnivalofpoets at gmail dot com. To submit, either mail me directly at that address or use the Carnival Submit Form at The Conservative Cat.

Friday, December 02, 2005

Carnival Three!

Infrequent as ever, we trudge on nonetheless.

As always, copyright of a given poem belongs to its author. Feel free to link, but ask permission before copying.

Carnival of Poets is listed at the TTLB ÜberCarnival.

Submissions to this carnival can be made by sending email to carnivalofpoets at gmail dot com, or by using the Carnival Submit Form at Conservative Cat. Submissions are posted once I have at least 10 entries, so the only way to make them more frequent is to write more, and encourage your friends to write more.

Wednesday, August 17, 2005

The Highly Delayed Carnival of Poets Number Two!

An explanation is in order.

When I first conceived this blog, I thought there was a lot of interest in poetry, enough to sustain a blog. I went around collecting the poetry I could find, and after the first one was posted I realized just how much work it was. Given my responsibilities at home and at work, I decided to wait for submissions instead of actively seeking them out.

Boy, was I in for a shock.

As you can guess by now (if this site isn't completely off your radar screen), it has taken a while to collect enough links to justify another carnival. Nevertheless, I remain faithful enough to keep checking the inbox, so without further ado, Carnival of Poets, number two.

Carnival of Poets can also be found at The Truth Laid Bear's ÜberCarnival.

That's all for now. Future submissions can be sent to carnivalofpoets at gmail dot com. See you later, but hopefully not too much so.

Friday, April 15, 2005

Carnival Number One!

Well, here we go. Lets start off with a couple bloggers whose work I noticed on alt.arts.poetry and rec.arts.poems. I asked them if they wanted some of their work published here, but they preferred to post on their own sites.
Another poet, Leila, doesn't have a blog, and asked that her poem be published here.

Arizona Rez
I met a woman once
her name was pawnee
her boots were lizard
she kicked stories out of crossroads dust
and made flutes from sparrowbones.

They fascinate, these people bred
Into the rock and the twisting dry wind
As though we can't comprehend
Sacred anymore.

It's this terracotta earth
That spawns them
People of the mesas
made of adobe.

Her crows-feet ran deep
As irrigation channels,
Still-nimble hands knotted as sage
That burns prayers to the four winds.

She knew my name when I came.

She made me hot sweet tea in her airstream
Where a twist of herbs burned
Under a fleamarket picture of Mary
Full of grace.

Smiling, she fingered the eagle feather in her hair.
The spirits did not leave us,
She said,
We only renamed them.

Interesting visuals, and especially interesting to me, since I know a number of First Nations People who became Christian.

Also found only on a rec.arts.poems, Ilya Shambat posts a recreation of twinkle twinkle little star.

Of course, what posting on Tax Day would be complete without a poem about soaking the rich? From DoggerelPundit we have this gem of a first stanza:
Tax the Rich! Tax the Rich!
The fat sheep flee the herder!
Call your Senator! —sire or bitch—
They’re getting away with murder!

As always, Stephen measures up with great lines, so go and read it all.

We also have some Milblogger poetry. Russ Vaughan gets a poem of his posted by Greyhawk over at Mudville Gazette, inspired by this editorial. We also have American Soldier with Crazy Talk - Shadow, which describes (in part) the monotony of an Army Sniper. True, its a bit morbid, but then again, Army life can do that to you, sometimes.

In the "Shameless Self Promotion Dept.", Kathryn Jean Lopez flogs the National Review meetup in Atlanta using limericks and haiku.

Speaking of haiku, we close with three insightful entries from Anthroblogology.

insert dictator
claim victory in failure
tout deadly results

Che Guevara
Killed a lot of people
face on a t-shirt

Mao Lenin Stalin
Which was the Economist
Maybe Trotsky was

That's it for this carnival, hope you enjoyed it. The next will be here at Carnival of Poets, on April 30th. Entries are due Friday the 29th at high noon MST to carnivalofpoets at gmail dot com. Posting will be on the 30th at noon(ish).

Wednesday, March 30, 2005

What kind of poem could I write?

Personally, I prefer rhymed poetry, but the more modern unrhymed poetry is also accepted for the carnival. What kinds of poetry could you write? Well, you could try a
  • Pentameter - A line of verse consisting of five metrical feet.
Of course, that begs the question, what is a metrical foot? Well, one type of metrical foot is an
  • iamb - A metrical foot consisting of an unstressed syllable followed by a stressed syllable or a short syllable followed by a long syllable, as in delay.
Other types of poetry you could write:
  • psalm - A sacred song; a hymn.
  • haiku - A Japanese lyric verse form having three unrhymed lines of five, seven, and five syllables, traditionally invoking an aspect of nature or the seasons.
  • limerick - A light humorous, nonsensical, or bawdy verse of five anapestic lines usually with the rhyme scheme aabba.
  • sonnet - A 14-line verse form usually having one of several conventional rhyme schemes.
All these definitions are from

Tuesday, March 29, 2005

Resources for poets

Here are a couple links that I find useful in composing my own poetry.
Remember, the due date for Carnival #1 is April 14th, at noon MST. The Carnival will be posted 24 hours later.

Monday, March 28, 2005

Welcome to the Carnival of Poets! Carnival #1

Carnival of Poets is a blog for the twice-monthly exhibition of poetry talent. The Carnival is published on the 15th and the last day of the month. Entries are due by noon Mountain Standard Time the day before.

All entries regarding poetry are welcome, be they individual poems by unknown (or well known) authors, discussions about poetry, or reviews of poetry, or something else. Please, no adult topics (sex, drug advocacy, etc), as this is intended to be a G-rated blog. Use your own discretion, but all linkage is subject to review.

Speaking of linkage, links to blogs are preferred, but if you don't have one, I'll be glad to publish your poem here.

The first Carnival of Poets will be posted April 15th 2005, Tax Day. Submit your poems to carnivalofpoets at gmail dot com. Entries retain the author's copyright.