You probably didn't notice, 'cos it's quite a low-key, marginal, cult-ish affair, but Valentine's Day took place last week, so there may be one or two allusions to it in this week's A Week in Words. If poetry be the food of love, read on.
Poem of the Week:
Afterward, the compromise. Bodies resume their boundaries. These legs, for instance, mine. Your arms take you back in. Spoons of our fingers, lips admit their ownership. The bedding yawns, a door blows aimlessly ajar and overhead, a plane singsongs coming down. Nothing is changed, except there was a moment when the wolf, the mongering wolf who stands outside the self lay lightly down, and slept.
Maxine Kumin, Pulitzer Prize winning US poet.
Featured Image: Grey Wolf via National Geographic
A Darned Good Read:
50 Sexy Books to get you in the mood for Valentine's Day (no, 50 Shades of Grey did not make the cut)
Love: Lost and Found on Craiglist - Illustrations by Sophie Blackall
Armistead Maupin on how he wrote Tales of the City - The Guardian
'A Hummingbird, Your Heart' Chapbook by Doireann Ni Ghroifa - beautiful collection of poems.
Tiny Beautiful Things - Dear Sugar Advice Column (The Rumpus) - the best advice you never had.
Submissions & Competitions:
Tupelo Quarterly Poetry Competition - Judge: Alice Ostriker, Prize: $1000, Deadline - 19th Feb
Sentinel Literary Quarterly - Poetry Competition - Judge: Bob Beagrie, Prize: £200, Deadline - 20th Feb
Listowel Writers' Week - Literary Competitions - various awards for fiction, poetry, memoir and more - Deadline: Mar 1
Advice for Poets & Writers:
How to Speak Poetry: Billy Ramsell Poem & Interview - The Ash Sessions
Upcoming Literary Events in Ireland:
Lingo Spoken Word Festival - new literary event taking place in Dublin - Oct 2014
List of Regular Music & Poetry Events in Dublin - compiled by The Monday Echo
Dublin Writers Forum - Every Thursday at The Workman's Club, Dublin - 7.30pm
Quote of the Week: Susan Sontag
“To be an artist or a writer is to be this weird thing — a hand worker in an era of mass production”