Journal Spotlight: Thrush

Happy New Year!

The January edition of Thrush Poetry Journal offers an opportunity to give a couple shout outs to the Poetdelphia community. Poetdelphian Valerie Fox has work in the new issue, as does friend of Poetdelphia Craig Moreau. Check it out at the link. Thrush has distinguished itself in only a few years as a journal to watch. Kudos to Valerie (and her collaborator Arlene Ang) and to Craig! Valerie and Craig have books out if you are curious for more. Valerie’s books include The Glass Book (Texture Press, 2011). Craig is the author of Chelsea Boy (Chelsea Station Editions, 2011). Thrush is named after the songbird whose cry is among the most distinctive and beautiful. It’s published six times a year online in alternating months.


Image from the Audubon Index.


Winston Smith was Black

Philadelphia novelist and educator Simone Zelitch tackles the Orwellian state of police-citizen relationships in this thoughtful and provocative essay. Check it out! #ICantBreathe #GeorgeOrwell #1984

Simone Zelitch

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I’m always afraid to teach George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-four. Frankly, I feel too close to the book. Full disclosure: my husband gave me a facsimile edition of the original manuscript as an engagement present.   It’s the size of a coffee-table and has insertions in Orwell’s spidery handwriting.   We quote lines of the novel to each other like a secret code.

What motivated me to teach it last Fall?   I’d read an excerpt from David Eggers’ The Circle, a the-circlesatirical novel about the seductive power of internet transparency, and I decided that the only way to help my students understand that novel’s  ironies would be to open with the Orwell. I thought I’d teach the first hundred pages of Nineteen Eighty-four, show the film version to fill in the narrative gaps, and move on to the breezier, easier world of Eggers’ social-media addicts.


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Open Letter to White Poets

Poets, what is an artist’s responsibility to the political moment? Poet Danez Smith raises that issue here.
Read his powerful, succinct poem “juxtaposing the black boy & bullet” here:
#DanezSmith #Ferguson #poetry

Danez Smith, from Split This Rock

Musehouse: Fall Catalog

Check out the fall offerings from Musehouse.

Poems for the Writing: Prompts for Poets


Check out the fall offerings at Musehouse in Mt. Airy.

Lynn Levin is offering two four-week courses in October, one on working with prompts for poetry writing, and the other in writing poems using short forms (triolet, rondel, and so on).

Amongst others offering workshops this fall are Kristina Moriconi, Grant Clauser, and Leonard Gontarek.

Here’s their full catalog:

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