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waiting for the dawn
turning over a new leaf
In honor of the March 8th International Women’s Day 2014 theme of Inspiring Change
Iowa City Branch, IA
Included in this year’s International Women’s Day theme:
“Inspiring Change for equal representation of women in the arts…”
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As The Wind Approaches
Climbing roses pull their petals
flat against the fence.
Not one tentacle of crabgrass,
creeping prostrate along mown grass,
Newly-plowed ground sacrifices dust
in hopes of holding furrows.
If this wind had human qualities,
it would whirl with joy
at any outstretched arms,
which it does — for me.
by Cleo Griffith
Modesto Branch, CA
Wind talks to me
speaks of Sioux
full of deer trails
cones tumbled through
thunking the ground
to roll downhill
by Sheryl Nelms
Dallas Branch, TX
The Pen Woman magazine, free to NLAPW members and available for purchase to the public, has just gone to press and will be arriving in members’ mailboxes in the coming weeks. Visit our Bookstore to purchase the magazine or our other Pen Women Press publications.
Poetry followers will notice a change in the formatting of the poems in the magazine: the byline now appears below the poem. One reason for the change is that because we include the branch information of our members, having the byline after the body of the poem prevents that additional info from breaking up the flow between the title and the body of the poem.
Another question I have been asked is whether a title should include the form of the poem in parenthesis after the title, such as Mad Girl’s Love Song (a villanelle) by Sylvia Plath. My personal opinion is that in common forms, such as villanelles, sonnets, and haiku, it is not necessary, and you’ll notice Sylvia Plath didn’t include it. For more “obscure” forms, such as a sestina, or to specify a specific form, such as Petrarchan sonnet or a Mason sonnet, it might be a good idea, depending on the audience. Some editors find it distracting (Would you put Free Verse next to a title?) or even insulting (Really? I wouldn’t have known this was a sonnet if you hadn’t told me). On the other hand, the form might also be an integral part of the title. as in Sonnet for a Rainy Day, or see A Kind of Villanelle by Joyce Sutphen).
What do you think? What have you done in your own poetry? What do you like, not like?
Here are the latest offerings from our Bookstore:
Spring 2014 issue of the Pen Woman Magazine
The Spring 2014 issue of the Pen Woman Magazine is now available for purchase. This issue includes new Poetry, a profile of Mississippi Delta artist Jamie Tate, what’s happening in our branches and features on creativity and more.
To purchase multiple copies of any issue, add to cart and adjust number on the payment screen. Pricing will adjust accordingly. Past issues may also be ordered; please add a note on the date of the issue when you order.
Spirit, Peace and Joy
Poetry Anthology Available
Pen Women poets from across the country share their unique voices in this collection.
Their poems are powerful and peaceful, thought-provoking and calming. They embody the vibrancy and diversity of contemporary women.
The Pen Women Press of the National League of American Pen Women, Inc. invites you to enjoy this book. We hope it lifts your spirit and brings you peace and joy.
$10 plus shipping
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Happy Birthday, Mr. Lincoln
In 2009, the Pen Women Press published Happy Birthday, Mr. Lincoln: A Commemorative Collage, a collection of music, art, drama poetry and writing from Pen Women members. This anthology is endorsed by the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission. The ALBC was established by Congress in 2000 to commemorate Lincoln who remains, as they state “…the embodiment of the highest ideals and values of our nation…” This outstanding book is available for purchase. See our Pay Pal link here:
Editor’s note: This is a continuation of our series on the NLAPW’s honorary members–all notable women in their fields.
The NLAPW celebrates the lives and works of creative women in Art, Music and Letters. Our nonprofit mission is to promote creative work of a professional standard. To find out how to join us, visit www.nlapw.org.
by Devan Daly
JoAnn Falletta is a two-time Grammy award winning conductor and musician. Falletta began her musical career studying guitar at Mannes College in New York City. During her first year, Falletta began conducting the student orchestra. She eventually persuaded the school to allow her to switch from guitar to a focus in conducting, despite their hesitation at allowing a female student to do so. Upon graduating, Falletta went on to study at Julliard where she received both a Master of Music and Doctorate of Musical Arts in Orchestral Conducting. She has been the director of the Virginia Symphony since 1991, director of the Buffalo Philharmonic since 1999, and is also the principle conductor of the Ulster Orchestra in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Her work with the Buffalo Philharmonic has earned her five Grammy nominations and two wins. Falletta is highly dedicated to her town of Buffalo, NY and also regularly visits some of the top music schools in New York City. There she makes guest conducting appearances and works with some of the young, up and coming musicians. She is also extremely devoted to aiding in the growth of women in the musical world, for example leading seminars for female conductors and releasing albums of the works of female composers. To read more about Falletta’s achievements visit: http://www.joannfalletta.com/biography.html
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Simple soft wind, protected grace, intuition
Inside- A child innocent, enters lush fragrant meadow, silken soft yellows, twirling leaves shape tiny fingers
A taste to follow, she dares to cross the border, as shushing willows warn
Outside— You can hear it. It is nearly lost in the rushes of the weeds, the clank of industry, the boisterous voices of the bosses, the cry of hungry babies. In the language of face, pain, joy, and complacency abound. But, I insist, be still and listen. She will teach about the thin thread of love, ribboning worlds, sometimes disguised under naked rules that bind her feet, force her to carry weapons, marching on bloody soles, and she shudders under the images of the impossible.
Read her silence, be with her
Cape Cod Branch, MA
author of Birds of Paradise, A Novel
A World of Love and Envy, Short Stories, Flash Fiction and Poetry