Riddle Poem

Missoula Writing Collaborative    
April, 2012
Jim Bob from Hawthorne School reads his work
Riddle Poem

It is a lake, reflecting the mountains
in the distance 
upon snow, upon rain, it protects me. 
On the worst of days, on the worst 
of nights it stays clean.  Clean as 
the water in the bottle. 
It’s as smooth as, smooth as the best 
leather shoe.

By Jim Bob, Fifth Grade, Hawthorne Elementary School, Missoula, Montana

(What is it?  Click on the video to find out.) 

 Happy Poetry Month from the
Missoula Writing Collaborative

   

                         
Riddle Poem

High Plains BookFest “The Nature of Poetry, the Poetry of Nature”

Readers and writers can celebrate their love of poetry and nature this fall at the 9th annual High Plains BookFest. The YMCA Writer’s Voice is pleased to host this year’s BookFest which will be held October 13-16, 2011, at various locations around downtown Billings.
Our book of choice is The Poetry of Robinson Jeffers (1887-1962). The poetry of Robinson Jeffers is emotionally direct, magnificently musical, and philosophically profound. No one has ever written more powerfully about the natural beauty of the American West. Determined to write a truthful poetry purged of ephemeral things, Jeffers cultivated a style at once lyrical, tough-minded, and timeless.
Our book of choice is The Poetry of Robinson Jeffers (1887-1962). The poetry of Robinson Jeffers is emotionally direct, magnificently musical, and philosophically profound. No one has ever written more powerfully about the natural beauty of the American West. Determined to write a truthful poetry purged of ephemeral things, Jeffers cultivated a style at once lyrical, tough-minded, and timeless.
The four-day-long celebration includes presentations by published authors, panel discussions, poetry workshops.
Panel discussions offer the public a chance to meet authors and provide dialogue between writers and readers. Audiences can learn how writers find inspiration and develop their craft. The ensuing discussion between a panel of authors and the audience is often a lively, informative examination that enlightens the audience about each author’s unique way of writing.
Readings involve authors reciting passages from their books and interpreting, discussing and answering questions from the audience. 
Workshops offer students and aspiring poets opportunities to work directly with published professional writers to help fine tune their own creative work. Workshop instructors and readers include Montana and Wyoming poets Hank Real Bird, David Romtvedt, Greg Keeler, Danell Jones, Bernie Quetchenbach, Cara Chamberlain, Tami Haaland, Sam Western, Dave Caserio, Lowell Jaeger, Roger Dunsmore and many others.
The BookFest is held in conjunction with the 5th annual Parmly Billings Library’s High Plains Book Awards and banquet featuring authors nominated in six categories. Nominations for the 2011 High Plains Book Awards are now open. Awards will be presented in six book categories, and an Emeritus Award for an author or writing team to recognize a body of work. Nominated works must have been published for the first time in 2010. All nominations must be received by March 11, 2011. http://www.highplainsbookawards.org/
For information on participating in the 9th annual BookFest, please contact Corby Skinner at corby@skinnerbenoit.com
High Plains BookFest “The Nature of Poetry, the Poetry of Nature”

Lowell Jaeger

Go read the acceptance speech of Governor’s Humanities Awards Honoree Lowell Jaeger.

And, if you want to know more, go read his bio page.

I can also tell you he makes beautiful jewelry.

Here’s a sample of his poetry:

An Awakening

It’s quiet as death. Till a renegade wolf in the dark

scents his prey. Dances under starlight and howls
a quarter mile away. Chills the forest
a blacker black. You blink. Listen. Stare.
The pulse of your empty house skips a beat.
In the barn, the horses nicker and kick.

The mare is ready to foal. She’s sick
with fear, panting, soaked in sweat.
So you lace your boots and snipe out there
toward the yawning ache of the hungriest
need in you to face whatever prowls
with cleft foot, claws, or Satan’s bark.

Just beyond the fence line you find the track.
Yours are acres the wild wants back.

Published in South Dakota Review 2008
Lowell Jaeger

Nominations for the 2011-2013 Montana Poet Laureate Are Open

For Immediate Release
Contact: Kim Baraby Hurtle, Montana Arts Council
khurtle@mt.gov
(406) 444-6639

MONTANA POET LAUREATE NOMINATION FORMS NOW AVAILABLE

The Montana Poet Laureate is a position created by the Montana legislature, which recognizes and honors a citizen poet of exceptional talent and accomplishment. Applications for the state’s next Poet Laureate are due Friday, April 29, 2011 at 5 p.m.

In 2005, Sandra Alcosser became our first Montana Poet Laureate and served for two years. Greg Pape was selected as the second Poet Laureate in 2007 and he served through the summer of 2009. Henry Real Bird was selected in 2009 and will serve into the summer of 2011.

The Montana Arts Council encourages nominations of poets from all walks of life, and all poetry forms are welcome. Montanans may nominate a poet for the Poet Laureate position, or learn more about eligibility requirements, the application process and the Poet Laureate program at: http://art.mt.gov/resources/resources_plposition.asp

The term of service for the position is for two years and the award is honorific. The Montana Arts Council will convene a panel of poets and literary experts, among others, to select three finalists from among the nominations. These names will be submitted to the Montana Arts Council for approval and finalization. The Poet Laureate of Montana will then be chosen by Governor Schweitzer from among these nominees in the summer of 2011.

The Poet Laureate will be chosen on the basis of three criteria:
•Excellence as evidenced by the submitted poetry samples.
•Exemplary professionalism as evidenced by an established history of substantial and significant publication and special honors, awards, fellowships, or other recognition.
• Advancement of poetry in Montana communities.

For further information, please call or email Kim Baraby Hurtle: (406) 444-6639, khurtle@mt.gov.

Nominations for the 2011-2013 Montana Poet Laureate Are Open

Montana’s Talented Youth


A friend called today to say she’d been to see the Student Art Exhibit in the State Capitol Rotunda, which we’d helped Lt. Governor Bohlinger arrange for National Arts and Humanities Month.

She mentioned one poem in particular that had struck her, and how she’ll remember it for a long time to come. I thought I should share it.

Bringing Summer to an End

The moon’s gate swings wide.
A woman steps between the open doors,
leaves falling, orange and red, at her bare feet.
Hair white as rabbit’s fur wraps her.
She reaches toward the Earth,
fingertips swirling the clouds below.
here breath chills the ground as the sky
fills with icy flakes, each a crafted star,
a gift from the moon.
Her lips, blue and frozen,
kiss the lakes and ponds.
Frost crawls across the waters.
Snow covers the mountains.

James Keller
Big Sky High School, Missoula, Grade 12

I realize I can’t share all of the poetry and the artwork
from: Signatures From the Big Sky 2010,

or the amazing array of work from local Helena schools, but I hope this small representative collection of the talent of Montana’s youth will inspire each of you to visit the rotunda before the end of October.

I offer a big thanks to all the students, teachers, parents, and schools that participated in arts and literature projects over the past year. I’d also like to thank Pearl Pallister for her artistic hand in the exhibit, Brian and Stefanie Flynn for the design and construction of the portable display units, and General Services Administration for the loan of easels and some heavy-lifting.
KBH
Montana’s Talented Youth