Terry Conrad at Opalka Gallery in Albany

Interstitial Plains by Terry Conrad

Read more https://opalka.sage.edu/exhibitions/

2021 Rhysling Awards Eligibility

Hi all,

If you are nominating poetry for this year’s Rhysling awards, here are my eligible poems:

Short poem 

“Chaos Theory: The Butterfly Wings Set”

Abridged 0-60: Echoes, Summer 2020, https://www.abridged.zone/echoes-3-chaos-theory-the-butterfly-wings-set

Long poem

“An Offering”

Line of Advance: 2020 Col. Darron L. Wright Memorial Awards, September 2020

https://www.lineofadvance.org/blog/2020/9/21/an-offering

So long, 2020!

A cold December night

Someday, 2020 will make sense. As the year draws to a close, there are a few pre-pandemic “lasts” to remember.

  • Last movie at a movie theater: “1917” on Feb. 2 — Glad I saw it in a theater on a big screen. At the theater I often go to, there is rarely a big crowd for the movies I want to see (and by then “1917” had been out for a while).
  • Last meal in a restaurant: Le Colonne Restaurant at the Hilton Hotel at Leonardo da Vinci International Airport on March 11 — The food was fine — I can’t remember what we had, but tables had been spread apart for social distancing, and there were diners at only about four other tables. We were only there to be sure to get our morning flight out of Rome, leaving the country early as more and more flights were being canceled, including our flights out of Genoa.
  • Last workout at the gym: Feb. 29 — I did some warmups and cooldowns, with a 5K run on the indoor track in between at a time of 33 minutes and 22 seconds
  • Last day working in person at the office: Tuesday, March 3.
  • Last time I had a cold: Maybe sometime in 2019
Continue reading “So long, 2020!”

Merry Christmas!

Figgis Zlotsky Janairo

Video poem: Mami Wata by Linda Addison

My latest purchase: Ruth Asawa stamps

Fighting fascism with capitalism

Will this help USPS?

Are you familiar with Ruth Asawa? Get to know more about this great American artist here: https://ruthasawa.com/

Also check out the exhibition from David Zwirner Gallery in 2017 here https://www.davidzwirner.com/exhibitions/ruth-asawa

Video poem: Tend by F.J. Bergmann

Line of Advance Announces Winners of 2020 Col. Darron L. Wright Memorial Awards

Some great news today: Line of Advance, a nonprofit literary journal founded by three veterans of the war in Afghanistan, wrote me this morning to say I poem I wrote inspired by stories of my Lolo during World War II is a winner in the 2020 Col. Darron L. Wright Memorial Awards. The poem will be published online in September and in print in October in an anthology called Our Best War Stories.

I have always been proud of my family members’ military service, my uncle Raymond, killed in action in World War II, and my Lolo, father, and Uncle Tony — all three of them West Point grads. You can read a little bit more about my Lolo in a previous post.

Now I am also proud to be among the first group of civilians to be honored with this award, for both poetry and prose. This year was the first year military family members were invited to submit to the annual contest. I’m glad they expanded who is eligible. When you are part of a military family, a lot of your daily life is defined by the military experience—everyday things like where you live, where you shop, changes in schools and places of worship.

Thank you to Line of Advance, editor Christopher Lyke, and guest judge Katey Schultz, and congratulations to all the winners!

Among the winners, here are all the prize-winners in my category: poetry by a military family member:

  • First-prize: “Pursuit” by Lisa Stice
  • Second-prize: “Dancing with my Father” by Ellyana Gomez
  • Third-prize: “An Offering” by Michael Janairo

You can read the award announcement here.

New poem just published in Abridged

Check out my latest experiment in language, a poem called “Chaos Theory: The Butterfly Wing Set” recently published in the online poetry/art journal Abridged, out of Northern Ireland.

You can find the poem here: https://www.abridged.zone/echoes-3-chaos-theory-the-butterfly-wings-set/

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