Saturday, November 20, 2010

Saturday Sharing (My Finds Are Yours)

Not only do you get to read Japanese in translation today; you also can be teleported to a literary event, hear Sylvia Path read "Daddy", learn about the fabulous colored barks Cedric Pollet has photographed the world over, and find a wonderful resource for promoting your chapbook.

✭ Some bemoan our everything-digital world. I don't. It makes possible a project such as Jane Austen's Fiction Manuscripts Digital Edition, some 1,100 pages of fiction in Austen's own hand. Not only can we now access, read, and compare images of Austen's original manuscripts, we can search them to uncover the usage and occurrence of specific words and phrases across her ouevre. This project offers an exceptional opportunity to explore "a unique visual record of [Austen's] imagination".

✭ If you're a poet and have published a chapbook, make sure you check out The Chapbook Store, which offers an unparalleled opportunity to publicize your chapbook. . . for approximately a dollar a month. In addition to providing for photos, reviews, and links related to your chapbook, the movers-and-shakers at The Chapbook Store send out notices to industry contacts, advertise on networked sites, and continually augment their mailing list. 

✭ The nonprofit Nippon Foundation has launched the Read Japan project to promote translation of Japanese originals into English and make the translations available to foreign audiences. An article about the initiative is here.

Cedric Pollet is a fabulous photographer and his site is a "don't miss" (the site is in French and English; simply click the icon at top right for the preferred language). If you're looking for a special gift, you cannot go wrong with his extraordinary book Bark, which features the results of his botanical explorations of bark around the world. The 192-page book, published in English by Frances Lincoln in 2010, has more than 400 color photographs representing approximately 220 different species. Go here to view some close-ups of the white, pink, green, blue, yellow, and red barks Pollet has photographed. Close-ups of pages from the book may be viewed here.

✭ Here's a great list of publishers that accept electronic submissions of poetry.

✭ You do not have to be in school or a teacher to appreciate The Voices & Visions instructional series on American poetry, which "interprets" through dramatic readings, archival images, dance, performances, and interviews the lives and works of 13 American poets: Elizabeth Bishop, Hart Crane, Emily Dickinson, T.S. Eliot, Robert Frost, Langston Hughes, Robert Lowell, Marianne Moore, Sylvia Plath (including a recording of Plath reading her famous poem "Daddy"), Ezra Pound, Wallace Stevens, Walt Whitman, and William Carlos Williams

✭ If you've ever despaired of being able to attend the kind of exciting literary readings scheduled in big cities such as New York and San Francisco, take heart and participate in Teleportal Readings. The monthly multimedia series features fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, both live and virtual, in addition to video transmissions from independent presses and literary magazines. Some featured videos are here.

Limbo Trailer from Monofonus Press on Vimeo.

Teleportal Readings on FaceBook and Twitter

My thanks to the Godine blog for this find.


Deborah Barlow said...

I so enjoy the range of your interests Maureen. Thanks for the heads up on the Bark book as well.

Joyce Wycoff said...

Maureen ... thanks so much for introducing me to the Bark book ... I've passed it along on my blog.

Anonymous said...

running out of reading time for now...but, i would like to get back to snarf this one.

Anonymous said...

bark nice

A. Jay Adlerh said...

To miss you for a few days is to miss a ton - and now the Austen manuscripts. Great.