Yet to come off that heady 30-day celebration of National Poetry Month, I find I'm still in a literary mood. Consequently, I've rounded up five sites that never made it into my April poetry-related posts and added a sixth on the wondrously talented mosaic artist Mel Miller. If it's raining where you are, you'll thank me for providing so much good reading material.
✭ Anyone who's ever tried to write a sonnet knows this form takes a certain special talent. Beard of Bees, an independent free press in Chicago, Illinois, recently released its "latest human-authored chapbook", an e-book of sonnets titled "Sonneteering: Specimens from an Evening of Sonnets".
✭ You'll find a long list of poets and selections of their work at The Argotist Online. And for those of you who constantly protest that you don't "get" poetry, read "Poetry in Turbulence (or how to enjoy poetry without really understanding it). It's written by a poet, Jeffrey Side.
✭ Mosaic artist Mel Miller, who recently completed some studies with the "best" mosaicists in Italy, debuted her Website a few weeks ago. Based in South Africa, Miller creates extraordinary contemporary mosaics that show off her "feel" for the stones. She's a marvelous artist. Take a look at some of her work here, especially "The Bird of Fire" and "Water Woman". Keep up with her work-in-progress at Mel's Mosaic and Glass World, her blog.
✭ Kim Roberts, editor of the anthology Full Moon on K Street: Poems About Washington, D.C., and the author of two poetry collections, undertook a survey of 27 anthologies dedicated to poets from the Washington, D.C., area or containing poetry about the District of Columbia. What she's given us is a small treasure.
✭ Zorba's Daughter, a collection of poems by Elisabeth Murawski of Alexandria, Virginia, recently was awarded the prestigious May Swenson Poetry Award. The collection will be published by Utah State University Press this summer.
Go here to read about the book and here to read Murawski's "How We Learned About the War", which appears in the "Poland" issue of the photography journal Private.