July 12, 2014
"I read poetry to save time."

— Marilyn Monroe

May 18, 2014
"I often carry things to read
so that I will not have to look at
the people."

— Charles Bukowski, The Last Night on the Earth Poems.

March 18, 2014

Poetry by Justyna

Poetry by Justyna

March 7, 2014

Girls Who Read

Written and performed by Mark Grist http://markgrist.com/
Directed by Guy Larsen http://guylarsen.com/
Produced by Or Something Similar http://orsomethingsimilar.com

Submitted by elrolfo

February 3, 2014
"

When you are old and grey and full of sleep,
And nodding by the fire, take down this book,
And slowly read, and dream of the soft look
Your eyes had once, and of their shadows deep;

How many loved your moments of glad grace,
And loved your beauty with love false or true,
But one man loved the pilgrim soul in you,
And loved the sorrows of your changing face;

And bending down beside the glowing bars,
Murmur, a little sadly, how Love fled
And paced upon the mountains overhead
And hid his face amid a crowd of stars.

"

— W. B. Yeats - When You Are Old

January 28, 2014

BAT EYES: The power of poetry explored in this ode to first love (and W. B. Yeats). ‘Take down this book, And slowly read, and dream of the soft look’. 

Starring: Mia Morrissey as Bat Eyes, Ben James as Adam.

Director: Damien Power

Adapted by Jessica Bellamy and Damien Power 

via thelanguageoflovefilm

January 25, 2014
"Why do I read?
I just can’t help myself.
I read to learn and to grow, to laugh
and to be motivated.
I read to understand things I’ve never
been exposed to.
I read when I’m crabby, when I’ve just
said monumentally dumb things to the
people I love.
I read for strength to help me when I
feel broken, discouraged, and afraid.
I read when I’m angry at the whole
world.
I read when everything is going right.
I read to find hope.
I read because I’m made up not just of
skin and bones, of sights, feelings,
and a deep need for chocolate, but I’m
also made up of words.
Words describe my thoughts and what’s
hidden in my heart.
Words are alive—when I’ve found a
story that I love, I read it again and
again, like playing a favorite song
over and over.
Reading isn’t passive—I enter the
story with the characters, breathe
their air, feel their frustrations,
scream at them to stop when they’re
about to do something stupid, cry with
them, laugh with them.
Reading for me, is spending time with a
friend.
A book is a friend.
You can never have too many."

— Gary Paulsen - Shelf Life: Stories by the Book

January 14, 2014
"

where it says “he escaped from himself as
from a prison cell” (page such and such
verse whatever)
it could say “the tiny tree grew and grew”
or some other error
as long as it has rhythm
is certain or true

and so sidney west wrote these lines that
will never love him
in the freshness of a dry dark well
on top of a world blinded by sun
or alone alone alone

where it says “if we were or we were/as
human faces”
(page such and such verse whatever) it is
as the ox that ploughed there
not rotted by pain or fury
disguising much of the time in solitude

ah sidney west! here ends (hopefully)
your wretched aspimos leanings
what tiny bit round this man
and what animal within

all those birds that knew how to invent ate
sidney west
ponina and nino especially
greedy from their state and passion
open sweet as useless

where it says “one day the following happened”
(page such and such verse whatever)
sadness had happened by before
and that is fatal for the poet
or it was fatal for west’s pain

hey tiny bugs horseflies brilliances greeting
in the Oak’s cemetery!
there they put sidney west let him sleep
where it says “let him sleep sleep sleep” (page
such and such verse whatever)
it should say let him sleep and nothing more

and so when west with his first love
headed for sidney sailor
sidney the last in history
spun with west as a water wheel’s donkey

let him sleep and nothing more should be said
(page such and such verse whatever)
and nothing more let him sleep and nothing
more
let him sleep sleep sleep
let sidney west sleep sleep sleep

until his feets grow wings please
let sidney west sleep
until we love one another well
let him sleep sleep sleep

the father breathes it if he really wants to
breath it
here they lie as before
but let him sleep sleep sleep
let sidney west sleep

where it says “curtains with birds so morning
enters singing” (page such and such verse
whatever)
sidney west should turn himself off in the
morning
let him sleep sleep sleep

"

Juan Gelman - Final Poem [errata]

Gelman wrote The Poems of Sidney West who was supposed to be an american poet who’s work Gelman was translating.

Source, more poems and translators notes here.

January 14, 2014

CACTI magazine is now accepting submissions for issue two: aka the postcard issue!
What does this mean? What do we want?  It’s simple:
EXPLANATION: all accepted work will be published in the form of a bundle of postcards.  Included will be a chapbook as well as a virtual code for other content.WHO: you, the artists, the banshees among us, and the upstream salmonWHAT: your visual art, your poetry, your flash fiction, anything that we can fit on the back of a postcard. Hell, even if we can’t, even if it’s an audio file of you humming to your goldfish or a video of you dancing with a garden gnome, we want it. We want your stories for the chapbook that will be coupled with the postcards. Please shock us, please turn our eyeballs inside out so that all we can see after reading your stuff is the inside of our own head.WHEN: between today and May 6th 2014
 click here for submission guidelines
(photograph copyright Anna Marcell ; issue two visual art contributor)

CACTI magazine is now accepting submissions for issue two: aka the postcard issue!

What does this mean? What do we want?  It’s simple:


EXPLANATION: all accepted work will be published in the form of a bundle of postcards.  Included will be a chapbook as well as a virtual code for other content.
WHO: you, the artists, the banshees among us, and the upstream salmon
WHAT: your visual art, your poetry, your flash fiction, anything that we can fit on the back of a postcard. Hell, even if we can’t, even if it’s an audio file of you humming to your goldfish or a video of you dancing with a garden gnome, we want it. We want your stories for the chapbook that will be coupled with the postcards. Please shock us, please turn our eyeballs inside out so that all we can see after reading your stuff is the inside of our own head.
WHEN: between today and May 6th 2014

 click here for submission guidelines

(photograph copyright Anna Marcell ; issue two visual art contributor)

November 26, 2013
"If I read a book and it makes my whole body so cold no fire can warm me, I know that is poetry. If I feel physically as if the top of my head were taken off, I know that is poetry. These are the only ways I know it. Is there any other way?"

— Emily Dickinson