Monday, April 29, 2013

Poetry Metagenics at the Pulitzer Center

Original article here --> Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting 

Inspired by the serendipitous algorithm-generated poetry of the New York Times Haiku, we're hoping to feed our own award-winning writing through a concept of similar but more human design: the staff and readers of the Pulitzer Center website.  

Our resident poet, Jennifer Nguyen, got the ball rolling: 


A dividing line
of walls, mines, wire, land and men,
unites Korea.

We write on behalf
those who may risk death for words
this Poetry Month.

When given the "choice"
sick, ailing Cambodians
prefer HIV.

What is a haiku?

Haiku is poetry in three short lines using a 5-7-5 syllable structure. Typically haikus contain strong sensory or synesthetic words and images. 

Poetry Month: Telling Untold Stories:

Haikus about international untold stories help interpret global issues for a wider audience. 

in and of shadows 
the stateless stumble, ever 
the nowhere people.

Bones emitting truth 
stack, one atop another 
collocating flies.

Poetry can help us reflect and see things we might have missed in everyday life. 

Poetry can be a call to action or, as Pulitzer Center grantees Eliza Griswold and Seamus Murphy found in Afghanistan, a way to express dissent when self-expression is dangerous. 

© Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting

Thursday, April 18, 2013

For Boston from Buffalo

A Message from Our Unity of Buffalo Prayer Ministry

Dear Unity Friends,

We are saddened by the tragic events at the Boston Marathon, and we send healing prayers to all the injured, knowing that they receive the very best of care, and that they are being healed from within by mighty currents of God’s healing love abundantly flowing through each one.  

We send prayers of comfort and peace to the loved ones of those injured and those whose loved ones have made their transition.  

We know that the Holy Spirit draws near to each person who is grieving or worried about their loved one, and whispers comforting thoughts that uplift each one.  

We send prayers of gratitude to the first responders who so effectively and efficiently cared for the injured, knowing that they too are comforted and uplifted.  

We send calming thoughts to all who are frightened.  

Today’s Daily Word reminds us that the power of God works through one and all, and we are blessed and protected. 

Thank you for praying with our prayer ministry.

Unity of Buffalo Prayer Chaplains
1243 Delaware Ave.
Buffalo, NY 14209
(716) 882-0391

Friday, April 12, 2013

Thoughts While Sleepwalking

On Audio --> here 

it leaps and bounds
climbing vines towards Heaven
zinging past stars, galaxies
meteors flashing
supernova stargaze falling embers
like a waterscape canvas
melting nightscape backdrop
settling upon blooms
springing forth
from each bud
an electrical buzzzzzzzzzz
a bumblehum
of drones
leaving the air
thick and heavy
like buttercream frosting.

If you look to the sky, you will see the energy
electrical lines quake and quiver 
a sonic boom
like static
traveling down one arm
to the fingertip
that touched Gods' own
on the ceiling of the Sistine.

Michelangelo knew about love. 

Aboriginals knew.
They needed no speech.

They felt the Earth
pull their chests
a throbbing ache
of telepathic temple
told presence of
Mother Earth
The Great Spirit

The bum in the gutter
has knowing eyes.
I bet you never took
the time to see.


the iris
the freedom
of knowing
the same crazed stare
of a driven soul
escaping through 
tunnels of poetry
waiting to flood
the city streets
and drown 
the foolhardy.

The Genesis 
of an Apocalypse.  

© Susan Marie 

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

the most beautiful songs

On Audio --> Here

the obscurest birds
the most beautiful songs.

Like a child,
placing blocks,
letters faded, atop another.

Oh . . . so carefully.

Or in the kitchen,
where one woman,
with her hair tied back,
and silently hums to herself,
her family, waiting,
in the other room.

And the man,
viewing his child below him,
placing worn blocks with such intent
then shifting his gaze to the back of his wife,
in the kitchen,

And there is no music.

No words are spoken.

It is simply understood
that sometimes
the obscurest birds


the most beautiful songs.


© Susan Marie and Shivpreet Singh

*Shiv said to me, "Sometimes the obscurest birds sing the most beautiful songs."  

Monday, April 8, 2013

2013 Buffalo Small Press Book Fair

According to the website, "The Buffalo Small Press Book Fair is a regional two-day event that brings booksellers, authors, bookmakers, zinesters, small presses, artists, poets, and other cultural workers (and enthusiasts) together in a venue where they can share ideas, showcase their art, and peddle their wares."

Attending and performing at the fair in 2013 proved to be one of the most outstanding weekends I have experienced in a long time. Held yearly at Karpeles Manuscript Library and Museum in Buffalo, New York, 2013 was the first time the book fair was a two day event. This event is free and open to the public. 

This year there were over 4,500 visitors with events beginning on Thursday evening to kick start the weekend, 25 poets reading at the event on Saturday, bookmaking workshops for children and adults on Sunday, two after parties on Saturday, over 27 main sponsors of the event, and over 122 vendors.

The entire list of vendors can be seen here --> Participate

Photos of the museum and vendors can be seen here --> Photos

I were lucky enough to read at the event

The Buffalo Small Press Book Fair is an integral event for Western New York, as Buffalo is, literally, the epicenter of poetry, literature, and the arts. This event utilizes the historic buildings in Buffalo, as well as providing the independent author, artist and press a place to sell their books, crafts, photography, and various fine works of art. 

If you missed the event this year, you must attend in 2014. If you wish to vend during and/or sponsor the event, get on the mailing list HERE as it fills up quickly. 

Thank you to Chris Fritton for managing to make the 2013 Buffalo Small Press Book Fair a massive success. 

See you next year!