Poetry Update #8

I had two poetry magazine deadlines this month that I wanted to meet.

First, Gusts, Canada's tanka magazine, had its deadline on February 15. I managed to email in three tanka the day before -- on Valentine's Day. I went looking through my pictures from China for inspiration.

Second, NoD, a journal from the University of Calgary in Alberta, has its deadline on March 1. I sent in three poems by email tonight. The issue they are reading for is: "viral-themed; send work that is parasitic, replicative, related to computer viruses, sickness or epidemics." I can't say that my poems were exactly on topic. But I never want to second guess an editor.

I've been in Gusts three times before, NoD once. Both are fine journals.

Poetry Update #7

The poetry workshop I belong to, the Algonquin Square Table, started up again in October of 2007. We meet every two weeks or so at Hart House at the University of Toronto. I've made it to most of the meetings so far, and brought some poems written in/inspired by the Yukon.

Poetry Update #6

Tonight, at 7:30pm, was my poetry reading at the Dawson Public Library.

Since I hate reading my poetry aloud for 15 minutes in a row, I asked that this be set up as a round robin reading, and invite all the poets of Dawson.

There were notices posted around town, with my picture on them, inviting people to come out.

Including Rob and me, there were 13 people there. Which was more than I expected! And I knew the names of 4 of the people! Plus the woman who won the poetry prize for the Writers on Eighth was there.

Poetry Update #5

Well, it's time to berate myself for not writing enough poetry while up here at Berton House. On the other hand, I usually write no poetry in the summer, and while up here I wrote and submitted 6 poems, one of which was accepted (by the POEtry Anthology).

And just this week I sent off an acrostic poem to the New York Review of Science Fiction. It's about the Chengdu SF Conference we attended at the end of August. And, in theory, it's humorous. We'll see if they take it.

Day 81 in Dawson

September 22, 2007

At 4:30 this morning, I finally got to see the northern lights here in Dawson.

I first saw the northern lights in 1967. It was on a deserted stretch of highway in Saskatchewan in the middle of the night. My father pulled the car over and woke everyone up. We hustled out onto the shoulder of the highway and looked up. I did not think it would be 40 years until I would see them again.

Poetry Update #4

My sonnet for the POEtry Anthology was accepted! Woohoo!

The editor, Stephen M. Wilson, is starting his own small press so that he can publish this project (as well as other projects).

The list of poets for this Anthology is unbelievable!:

Poetry Update #3

August 14, 2007

Today I emailed my poem in to the POEtry project. Hopefully he'll take it. Which would be cool because the payment is $1/line with a minimum payment of $20. It's a sonnet, 12 lines, so I'd get the $20.

Mainly I'd be pleased because it's a who's who of fantastic poets. And I'd love to be on that list.

Day 44 in Dawson

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Dan & Betty very kindly drove us around the gold fields today in their moose-struck SUV. This is definitely 4W-drive territory. We visited the gigantic dredge #4, the discovery claim (where the gold rush started), and Gold Bottom.

At Gold Bottom, we got to pan for gold. Rob didn't get any flakes in his pan. I got 3! We were being shown how to pan by Andrea, a very lovely 14 year old. She's a real pro at panning for gold — she's won awards.

Day 42 in Dawson

August 12, 2007

Suzanne arranged complimentary tickets for us on the Yukon Queen II round trip from Dawson to Eagle, Alaska.

We had to get up early to get to the dock for the 8:30am boarding. We are not morning people. We were a little late.

The boat was really nice. A catamaran hull, but similar to the ill-fated fast ferry from Rochester, NY to Toronto. [Both boats were built in Australia] They fed us lunch on the way up, and dinner on the way back. The food was excellent. The coffee & tea were free!

Day 33 in Dawson

Saturday, August 4th.

I entered the 25th Annual Dawson Women's Poker Tournament. It was Texas Holdem, but not no-limit. About 40 women paid $65 each to enter, which got you $200 worth of chips and a free t-shirt.

I was at table #5 with 6 other women and a professional dealer supplied by Diamond Tooth Gerties. Whoever finally won the tournament got something like 60% of the entry fees, and the percentages went down to 10th place getting 2%. I didn't pay attention as I arrived at 2pm and they were just starting.


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