Catherine Chandler's Poetry Blog

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Biblioasis Event

Atwater Library, Westmount, Quebec

Had an amazing time at last evening's event. I recited three poems, Waiting, Edward Hopper's "Automat", and "Intervals".

Thanks to Dan Wells and his team at Biblioasis (publishers of my new book, Glad and Sorry Seasons) and to co-sponsors of the event, the Quebec Writers' Federation.

Monday, September 15, 2014


Able Muse Write Prize, 2011 Winners

~ Able Muse Write Prize (for Poetry & Fiction) ~

2014 Contest Winners Announcement

Able Muse is pleased to announce the winners of the Write Prize for poetry & fiction (judged anonymously throughout by the Able Muse Contest Committee and the final judges, Amit Majmudar  for fiction, and Dick Allen for poetry).

Write Prize (for Poetry), Final Judge: Dick Allen

Scott M. Miller

POETRY WINNER: Scott M. Miller - "Costanza e Preziosa"
Here is what Dick Allen has to say about Scott M. Miller's winning poem:
The two-column poem, ideally made to be read straight across the columns as well as down one column and then the other, is notoriously difficult to compose.  Almost always, its tour-de-force element overwhelms its subject and theme.  Not so here.  “Costanza e Preziosa” cries out to the reader.  It sends us back to the famously scandalous sculpture by Bernini.  Its passionate imagery—that hair!—reminds us of how each female lover can be, separately and together, “model, mistress, muse” and of how great passion sculpts the ages.  Crafted with notable devotion, this is one of the finest ekphrastic poems I now know.
Dick Allen observed of the finalists that "their different merits seem to me to make them pretty equivalent." These finalists are a good representation of the outstanding quality of the poems entered in the contest. I have to add that some of the poems which did not make the finals were also quite good—especially, the poems that made the shortlist, mentions further down below.

Eric BerlinEric Berlin - "For Lack of What Is Found"

 Catherine Chandler - "Discovery"

Marilyn L. TaylorMarilyn L. Taylor - "River II: Accidental Reflection"

- The winning and finalist poems will be published in the Winter 2014 issue of
Able Muse, print edition.
Here are the shortlisted entries, which were good indeed, and top the unusually large number of quality poems that were entered in the competition.

Eric Berlin - "Aire Libre"
Eric Berlin - "Legacy"
David Culwell - "Glory"
William E. Rogers - "The Decline of the Bourgeoisie"
William E. Rogers - "Twins"
Safiya Sinclair - "Center of the World"
Safiya Sinclair - "How to Be a More Interesting Woman: A Polite Guide for the Poetess"
David Southward - "Wallace at the Office"

Subscribe now to Able Muse to read the fine work of the contest winners and finalists in the forthcoming Winter 2014 issue.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

The Poetry Storehouse: 5 Poems with audio

CLICK HERE to read and hear my audio recordings of my poems:

White Night
Lost and Found

The Poetry Storehouse team is a collaboration and remix in itself, bringing together a group of people who have worked together in different roles before and who are united in our desire to a) promote innovation and diversity in poetry delivery methods and b) broaden poetry’s appeal and audience by facilitating partnerships between poets and other visual and sound artists. (from The Poetry Storehouse masthead)