Welcome to Jen’s Poesy World!

A glimpse inside my head (ah, that’s sorta scary).

Oooh fie! The ides of March have come and gone without even so much as a sigh. I can hardly believe another year is moving along so quickly, that my daughter is now three and a half years old. Time indeed seems to be a mystery. Elusive. Confusion, somewhat frightening in its intangibleness. Which leads me, of course, to poetry:

–noun
1. the art of rhythmical composition, written or spoken, for exciting pleasure by beautiful, imaginative, or elevated thoughts.
2. literary work in metrical form; verse.
3. prose with poetic qualities.
4. poetic qualities however manifested: the poetry of simple acts and things.
5. poetic spirit or feeling: The pianist played the prelude with poetry.
6. something suggestive of or likened to poetry: the pure poetry of a beautiful view on a clear day.

Origin:
1350–1400; ME poetrie < ML poētria poetic art, deriv. of poēta poet, but formation is unclear; prob. not < Gk poiētria poetess

—Related forms: po·et·ry·less, adjective

—Synonyms: POETRY, VERSE agree in referring to the work of a poet. The difference between POETRY and VERSE is usually the difference between substance and form. POETRY is lofty thought or impassioned feeling expressed in imaginative words: Elizabethan poetry. VERSE is any expression in words, which simply conforms to accepted metrical rules and structure: the differences between prose and verse.

—Antonyms: prose.
(Source: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/poetry)

Let’s face it, poetry has a bad rap. About the worst. Ooooh fancy schmancy. Too hard to understand. Vague, aloof, only for intellectual snobs like my uncle (sorry but I do love you), Oleg or anyone who reads the New Yorker (so busted). Ah hem (don’t forget): poetry is only read by poets, scholars, or other elite academe! Fuck that. Poetry is a heartbeat put down on paper. It is “time” captured and spit out onto a paper or electronic canvas with a pen or computer or friggin’ old and worn out typewriter (wouldn’t it be SO romantic to use a typewriter? If only I weren’t such an incredibly lazy speller – I heart Spell Check). OMG I’m already over my word count. I haven’t said anything yet! Arrgh. Let me cry a million+ tears for poetry.

If only it could be taken out of Academia and put back into the souls. That’s where it belongs. Not in some workshop where you’re told Right or Wrong or Sucky or ‘Ah, you shouldn’t even try it’. No, no! Poetry is really the everyone of writing. It’s intangible like time itself, it is simply a glimpse, a shimmer, and a sense of story that alludes to or tells you a story in tight, neat lines. I once had an MFA teacher who said I should never write. “You are so bad, you should really just stop. It’s embarrassing really.” Nice. Woman hater, it can’t be that I’m that bad. Or maybe I am. Regardless. It’s passion. It’s my passion. I might as well kick it. Because it is that thing that kicks in me. Ooooooh so happy to write about my true love (other than Sophie my baby and Susan my partner). Thanks for stopping in. Let’s learn together. Let’s bring poetry back! (sung to the tune of Sexy Back).

Later! Jen

Jennifer Harris

Author of PINK! and resident Poetry Editor, Jennifer Harris, is an active literary organizer and served on the Board of Trustees for the Poetry Center of Chicago. She earned her MFA in Writing from The School of The Art Institute of Chicago.

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A Warm Welcome To

We are absolutely delighted to be able to announce that poet and author of PINK, Jennifer Harris, has agreed to join the staff here at KBV as a Poetry Editor. Jennifer will be covering all aspects of poetry, whether literary, humorous, or slam, and how poetry affects and moves us.

So I hope you will join us all in welcoming her to the fold, and show your support for her column, here at Kissed By Venus!

Welcome, Jennifer, it’s a pleasure to have you on Staff.

Alexandra Wolfe

Alexandra is the founder, owner, and publishing editor of the Kissed By Venus web site and magazine.

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Canadian Nominees

Following on from yesterdays post about the Lambda Literary Award nominees, among the finalists we were more than happy to see four Canadian titles:

• LGBT SF/Fantasy/Horror:
Fist of the Spider Woman, by Amber Dawn (Arsenal Pulp Press)

• Gay Erotica:
I Like It Like That: True Tales of Gay Desire, edited by Richard Labonté & Lawrence Schimel (Arsenal Pulp Press)

• Transgender:
The Nearest Exit May Be Behind You, by S. Bear Bergman (Arsenal Pulp Press)

• Lesbian Fiction:
This One’s Going to Last Forever, by Nairne Holtz (Insomniac Press)

Our congratulation to all concerned, on the nominations!

Alexandra Wolfe

Alexandra is the founder, owner, and publishing editor of the Kissed By Venus web site and magazine.

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Lambda Literary Awards

We’re a little late in joining others in covering this, but here we are: the finalists for the 22nd Annual Lambda Literary Awards have been announced. Our congratulations go out to all the nominees.

The full list can be found here: Lambda Literary Awards Finalists.

Winners will be announced at the 22nd Annual Awards, May 27 in New York at the School of Visual Arts Theater, 333 West 23rd Street. Click here for tickets and information.

Alexandra Wolfe

Alexandra is the founder, owner, and publishing editor of the Kissed By Venus web site and magazine.

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Amy Dawson Robertson Interview

We’re delighted to have first-time author, Amy Dawson Robertson, talk to us about the first in her new thriller series, Miles To Go, which debuted with Bella Books last month.

KBV: First question, out the gate, could you give our readers a little background about yourself, and why you started writing?

I grew up in Virginia. I went to a variety of schools including a classics oriented prep school and a fundamentalist Baptist school – about as far at either end of the spectrum as you can get. But I ended up in an Air Force academy for high school where I got to toss around an M1 After a sabbatical from formal education I headed off to St. John’s College in Annapolis where I read a lot of things I never would have otherwise like Thomas Aquinas and Leibniz and Hegel and other horrors, but also lots of interesting stuff too. Writing always seemed a given to me. Though I didn’t get serious about it until four or five years ago. It’s hard to say what the initial appeal was. I’ve always been a big reader and I’m drawn to narrative in every form but perhaps I’m most addicted to controlling that narrative. There’s a delicious kind of power in manipulating every aspect of the world as it lives in your imagination.

Alexandra Wolfe

Alexandra is the founder, owner, and publishing editor of the Kissed By Venus web site and magazine.

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