Welcome to the first Monthly Poetry Feature at Moonrabbit Blues! Each month you will find exciting, fresh, and exclusive poetry features, selections, reviews and news at the Moonrabbit Blue Monthly Poetry Feature, so bookmark your browsers, and please enjoy!
I am so pleased to introduce the inaugural feature poet for the June Moonrabbit Blues Poetry Feature, Robert A. Roripaugh. Robert Roripaugh grew up in California, West Texas, and Wyoming, where he has lived since 1950, with the exception of intervals spent in the Southwest and Japan. Along the way, he obtained some experience in cowboying, soldiering, rodeoing, and the academic life. His college training was taken at the University of Texas, Wyoming, and New Mexico, and in between periods of study, he ranched with his parents along the Wind River Mountains near Lander, Wyoming. A retired Professor of English at the University of Wyoming, Robert Roripaugh taught courses in creative writing, Native American Literature, and Western American Literature.
Robert Roripaugh is not only the current Poet Laureate for the State of Wyoming, he is also my very own father! A fiction writer and poet, Robert Roripaugh's numerous published works include two novels -- A Fever for Living, set in postwar Japan, and Honor Thy Father, which received the Western Heritage Award from the National Cowboy Hall of Fame as the Outstanding Western Novel of 1963 -- as well as one volume of poetry, Learn to Love the Haze. His poetry and short stories have appeared in Atlantic Monthly, Descant, Epos, Fiction, Paintbrush, Rocky Mountain Review, South Dakota Review, and West Coast Poetry Review, among other others.
It is with great pleasure that I bring you two poems by Robert Roripaugh: "Yellow Willow" and "Skull," both from Learn to Love the Haze.
Yellow Willow, by Robert A. Roripaugh.
Skull, by Robert A. Roripaugh.
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Learn to Love the Haze, by Robert A. Roripaugh.
Historic Ranches of Wyoming, by Judith Sandoval, T.A. Larson, and Robert Roripaugh.
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My Shining Archipelago, by Talvikki Ansel.
Selected by James Dickey as the 1996 recipient of the Yale Series of Younger Poets Prize, Talvikki Ansel's My Shining Archipelago is an absolutely mesmerizing debut book of poetry. In his introduction to the book, Dickey writes: "Ansel's poetry is refreshingly original. . . . the jungle has never been very well rendered in poetry, but Ansel changes all that. She renders the heat, the closeness, the mystery, and the terrible fear of the undisclosed, the lurking, the waiting to happen. This is true imagination, true craft." In these masterfully crafted poems, Ansel combines the keen precision of the ecologist's eye with an innate artistic sense. The voice in these poems is hypnotically subtle and meditative -- a voice which gives the richness and mystery of the imagery room to resonate. It is, at the same time a voice that is piercingly intelligent, generous, and frequently laced with a tantalizingly quiet, wry humor. These are wonderful poems, and this is a book that I have returned to several times with increasing appreciation and pleasure.
Selections from "In Fragments, In Streams", by Talvikki Ansel.
Spell, by Talvikki Ansel.
"Shadows of a River" and "Manzanar Scorpions", by Wataru Ebihara.
"take some comfort e.e. cummings" and "Short And Sweet, The Light Fantastic", by Don Jeffries.
"I Was a Child", by Raven Suzanne.
"All The Time" and "The Wait Of An Answer", by Clarity.
"Love Prevails Death" and "Lonely in Sanity", by Peter Turner.
"Thunder in an Empty Shell" and "The First Time", by Greg Lawson.
"The Flood" and "Colors", by J.P.W.
Thanks so much to all of the poets who contributed your terrific poems to the Moonrabbit Blues Open Mic this month! I hope you will return again to share more of your work. It is always so amazing to see the breadth and range of artistic activity taking place on the internet. For visitors who are new to Moonrabbit Blues, click [HERE] to visit the Moonrabbit Blues Open Mic and share some poems of your own!
Call for Submissions, by Crab Orchard Review
Special Issue: The World of Music, the Music of the World
BLUEGRASS POLKA OPERA RAP MERENGUE ZOUK TAIKO R&B COUNTRY&WESTERN RUMBA GOSPEL RAI JPOP CHA CHA FOLK REGGAE FLAMENCO JAZZ HIGHLIFE CLASSICAL CELTIC SALSA DISCO MAMBO ALTERNATIVE JUJU BLUES TEJANO ZYDECO ROCK CALYPSO
CRAB ORCHARD REVIEW is seeking submissions for our Spring/Summer 2000 issue focusing on writing inspired or informed by music. There are no limits to the areas we hope writers will explore in their poetry, fiction, and literary nonfiction for this issue. All submissions should be original, unpublished writing in English or unpublished translations in English (we do run bilingual, facing page translations whenever possible). Submissions should be mailed to:
CRAB ORCHARD REVIEW
Southern Illinois University at Carbondale
Carbondale, IL 62901-4503
The deadline for this issue is October 15, 1999. We will be reading submissions during the summer and hope to complete the editorial work on the issue by mid-December. Writers whose work is selected will receive $5 (US) per page ($50 minimum for poetry; $100 minimum for prose), 2 copies of the issue, and a yearŐs subscription.
Address correspondence to:
Richard Peterson, Editor
Jon Tribble, Managing Editor
Carolyn Alessio, Prose Editor
Allison Joseph, Poetry Editor
We appreciate any effort on your part to let writers in your community know about this opportunity, and we look forward to seeing your work. If you would like to find out more about CRAB ORCHARD REVIEW, visit our home page at http://www.siu.edu/~crborchd/.
Well, that's it for the first Moonrabbit Blues Monthly Poetry Feature. I hope that you enjoyed it. In the meantime, do you have any favorite books you would like to see reviewed, suggestions for featured writers, poetry websites, or poetry news that you would like to suggest for the upcoming months? Please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know your thoughts!