The New Age of the Poet

There is a great push, energetic with a life all its own. In all forms of art, poetic voice is giving wonderment to the age-old questions of life. There has only been times like this, when the poets are singing the origins of consciousness, when the ends necessitate the means. These times are impressive as interesting. The entire paradigm of reality and status quo buzzing with change, we begin to hear the sound of the light. The answer is in the process of the soul as displayed into art form via the poem. That is the main context Virgogray takes in sharing the work of others. Above form and structure, whether manicured or not, but maintained within the wellness of basic grammar, the content, the truth spoken in the artists words is the driving force. I have seen a spectacular display of such poetic art these past few days in the bustling period that is National Poetry Month. From the marathon that is the Austin International Poetry Festival to the continued poetic mayhem at the Austin Salon Poetic to the new faces of poetry I bore witness to at the Fresh Meat Poet Showcase to the independent TV broadcast celebrating poetry and Austin poets, the East By Southeast (EXSE) Poetry Showcase, to the poets slamming it around town at such venues as Spoken and Heard at Kick Butt Coffee and Ruta Maya Poetry, there was much to do in the month of April, and that’s not all. There’s much more I’ve not even mentioned. If there is one art form that is thriving in the city of Austin it is poetry. Of course, all art forms are, I just get higher doses of this one. But one thing I did appreciate, as at the venues I attended at this years Austin International Poetry Festival was the wealth of loving insightful, enlightened-like poems that were all about spreading light and being aware. And they are not new age type poems or sentiments, either, they are direct rays of truth shattering societal paradigms. Now that is art. Anyway. The richness is vast and growing still. As the influence of the artist is to surface the hidden and stifled conscience of man, and even as that has been seemingly compromised, that is why we turn to the local and the independent.  It merely takes an individual willing to share that with the community, and there are several examples out there. One mark I’ve always found important is a lack of consideration for the style or skill level versus the paramount message and content is the key equation when considering a fair and consistent standard among poet talent. Because not all of us are fortunate to have Harvard Masters in poetry, and that is not to malign the dignity of suffering such programs the academic dictates, but it is a truth we must all consider. The insightful work I’ve been exposed to, delivered in fashions all over the spectrum of poetry reading and performance, and its writing, naturally, have satisfied the desire of a deeper understanding to arise in the majority of humanity. It starts inside the hearts and souls of a few who burn as beacons and as candles, and spreads to the minds of many through the hidden net of consciousness and extols itself through the art and poetry of those who create. And it recycles becoming greater. I am looking forward to the many messages to come and to their deliverance, the voices to come.

 

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VGP National Poetry Month Anthology

VGP Chapbook Anthology: National Poetry Month 2010 Edition


Virgogray is proud to announce the release of its newest chapbook anthology, The National Poetry Month 2010 edition! Several poems have been compiled by poets and writers the world over to bring a fine anthology celebrating National Poetry. Once a year we are given a month to revel in the written word and we’re releasing this anthology as a commemoration of that revelry. The National Poetry Month VGP chapbook anthology contains several fine contributions to the written word from poets, including: Michael McAloran, Kyle Ferguson, Paul Bralower, Dr. Ehud Sela, Christa Pandey, Anna Coakley, Brian K. Ladd, D.L. Rose, Saroj Gartaula, Felino Sorriano, J.J. Steinfeld, Kevin Reid, Kristina England, David S. Pointer, and Glenn D’Alessio. A wonderful addition to the Virgogray library, Virgogray has not released a finer gathering of voices yet, so get your copy today!

National Poetry Month

 

National Poetry Month 2010 Poster, art by Marian Bantjes

National Poetry Month started in 1996 by the Academy of American Poets and is held every April. Poets, publishers, booksellers, lit organizations, colleges, libraries and schools celebrate poetry through readings, workshops, performances, festivals, writing and sharing poetry and it’s role in our culture. This year Virgogray celebrates with the release of The National Poetry Month Chapbook Anthology which will include the work of several writers from around the globe. Also we will be publishing a new chapbook by Michael Aaron Casares entitled “Dusking’ that will be available for free, so be sure to let us know if  you want one. 

Dusking by Michael Aaron Casares

Dusking is a brief collection poems and includes: The Hour of the Star, Merge, In Approaching the Sun, The Watchers, Sentiments of Afterthought Reparations, Unrest, See Itself Eternal, Full of Laughter, and Contentious. It is a bit romantic, with a subtle longing that is the essence of a poet’s journey and observation.

 

Contentious

This is where I stand today,
I am lost in limbo, I am on a
trip, and my destination
is the resignation of all reality.
Today, I see things differently.
Today, my eyes are not transfixed
upon the prize or security or the means.
Today, is not the day I’ve come to expect,
this day is trapped in a black hole,
some distant void designed to eat my future
& reality. Should I fight this gravity?
Or should this day be lost like the felon
who created it and then ceased to exist?
 


Virgogray will also have some presence at The Austin International Poetry Festival. Michael will be reading on Sunday April 18, 2010 at Book People in downtown Austin, TX at 3 PM as part of the festival. You may also catch him at Mohawks on Red River for the open mic at noon, too. Virgogray chaps will be available for purchase during the festival, just talk to Michael and we’ll get you set up.  For more info on AIPF check out their website: www.aipf.org

Lastly, AWP is happening this month, too! And Virgogray will be there in the midst of all that poesy as well.  Unlikely Stories and Ahadada books will be hosting an off-site reading event to take place Saturday April 10, 2010 at Michelangelo’s Wine and Coffee Bar (1 Broadway Suite B; Denver, Colorado) from 7 – 11 PM. Virgogray authors Anne McMillen and Donna Snyder will be reading at this event and you can bet they will have copies of their work with them, so be sure to check it out! 

Saturday, April 10, 2010
7:00pm – 11:00pm
Michelangelo’s Wine and Coffee Bar
1 Broadway Suite B

Denver, Colorado 

Poets reading will be Janée J. Baugher, Wendy Taylor Carlisle, Amy Catanzano, León De la Rosa, Adam Halbur, Judy Halebsky, Michael Harold, Deb Hoag, Anne McMillen, Jared Schickling, Judith Skillman, Jeffrey Spahr-Summers, Donna Snyder, Dayana Stetco, Violetta Tarpinian, Donald Wellman, Lawrence Welsh and Joe Zanghi! It is quoted as being “funky, avant-garde and transgressive literature by eighteen writers from Japan, Germany, Mexico, and the U.S.!” It is sure to be a stellar evening! 

And as always, join us at Carcinogenic Poetry for verse old and new with an edge to it. We will be taking submissions throughout April for our next anthology, String of Pearls which will be out in May. Visit our submissions page for details. And also be sure to check out all the titles available in our catalogue! Don’t forget, the fourth book is free!