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Meridian Poetry Contests And Lyrical Ballads
November 20, 2008
Hello Poets and Poetry Lovers

This week's Hyperbole features a new contest and the poetry market of the week. Plus, performance poetry in LA. Enjoy!

Table of Contents

  1. Poetry Contests from Manuscript Hub
  2. American Life in Poetry by Ted Kooser
  3. Duotrope's Poetry Market Of The Week
  4. Poetry.LA
  5. Hyperbole Call For Submissions
  6. Are You Subscribed?
  7. World Class Poetry Networking

Poetry Contests from Manuscript Hub

Meridian is hosting its second Prose Poem Postcard Prize Contest. Submit 1-2 prose poems and a $3.50 entry fee. Poems must fit on a standard postcard. The winner will receive $100, 100 postcards, and 100 stamps. Submit through Manuscript Hub no later than midnight December 5, 2008.

The Meridian Editor's Prize Contest is also accepting entries. The prize: $1,000. Entry fee: $16. The fee includes a one-year subscription to Meridian. Submit up to four poems by midnight January 7, 2009 through Manuscript Hub.

American Life in Poetry: Column 190


Occupational hazards, well, you have to find yourself in the occupation to know about those. Here Minnie Bruce Pratt of Alabama gives us an inside look at a kind of work we all have benefited from but may never have thought much about.

Cutting Hair
She pays attention to the hair, not her fingers, and cuts herself
once or twice a day. Doesn't notice anymore, just if the blood
starts flowing. Says, Excuse me, to the customer and walks away
for a band-aid. Same spot on the middle finger over and over,
raised like a callus. Also the nicks where she snips between
her fingers, the torn webbing. Also spider veins on her legs now,
so ugly, though she sits in a chair for half of each cut, rolls around
from side to side. At night in the winter she sleeps in white
cotton gloves, Neosporin on the cuts, vitamin E, then heavy
lotion. All night, for weeks, her white hands lie clothed like
those of a young girl going to her first party. Sleeping alone,
she opens and closes her long scissors and the hair falls under
her hands. It's a good living, kind of like an undertaker,
the people keep coming, and the hair, shoulder length, French
twist, braids. Someone has to cut it. At the end she whisks
and talcums my neck. Only then can I bend and see my hair,
how it covers the floor, curls and clippings of brown and silver,
how it shines like a field of scythed hay beneath my feet.

American Life in Poetry is made possible by The Poetry Foundation (, publisher of Poetry magazine. It is also supported by the Department of English at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Poem copyright (c) 2003 by Minnie Bruce Pratt. Reprinted from "The Dirt She Ate: Selected and New Poems," University of Pittsburgh Press, 2003, by permission of the publisher. Introduction copyright (c) 2008 by The Poetry Foundation. The introduction's author, Ted Kooser, served as United States Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress from 2004-2006. We do not accept unsolicited manuscripts.

Duotrope's Poetry Market Of The Week

Lyrical Ballads is a new kind of literary magazine, dedicated to introducing new and aspiring writers whose work is as entertaining as it is thought-provoking. We strive to present our readers with monthly installments of new and exciting material from today's best undiscovered authors, as well as fresh work from those who have already begun to make their mark on the literary world. Our mission is to begin a refreshing return to Lyricism - "The character or quality of subjectivity and sensuality of expression in the arts." We welcome you to help us in this endeavor by reading, submitting, and telling others.

Learn more about Lyrical Ballads at Duotrope's Digest.


Press release:

Poetry.LA is an online video showcase featuring established and emerging poets filmed at various venues throughout Southern California. Itís an up close look at a variety of poetic voices, including interviews with poets and publishers. The venues where poetry readings are held are also spotlighted to share with the poetry audience.

Poet/Artistic Director Hilda Weiss and Videographer/Producer Wayne Lindberg started Poetry.LA in January 2007 as a way to expose poets to a much larger audience beyond the intimate spaces of coffeehouses, cafes, bookstores and cultural art centers, where the readings are often taped. Poets can post the video links (uploaded to YouTube) in their emails and on websites, blogs, or social networking pages. Currently, there are more than 150 poets featured on Poetry.LA and the videos have received more than 70,000 viewings on YouTube.

Learn more about Poetry.LA

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