Friday, December 23, 2011

The Poetry Cheerleader

Hey, you know how I am always calling myself  "the poetry cheerleader" here in my goofy blog/life? Well, now I am one! Officially. I'm it! Over at Prick of the Spindle, in the newly redesigned site just up today with the new issue!

This means that even though I could never really do the tiger jump, I can be a cheerleader!

The Poetry Cheerleader is my new poetry-review column! First up is The Unemployed Man Who Became a Tree, by Kevin Pilkington. I also have a couple reviews in the regular review section: Ghost, by Gaylord Brewer, and Four of a Kind, by Mark Neely.

Plus, you can read a bunch of other reviews, poems, stories, interviews, essays, and even drama, as you can see from this table of contents page! I do like the new design at Prick of the Spindle! Very easy even for somebody as click-challenged as I am. So, congratulations to editor Cynthia Reeser on all her hard work!

Now I want to tell you about a random coincidence (which, yes, is redundant, right?) involving epigraphs. Killing the Murnion Dogs, by Joe Wilkins, reviewed over in the Escape Into Life blog, begins with this quotation from Bruce Springsteen:

Everything dies, baby, that's a fact.
But maybe everything that dies someday comes back.

The Unemployed Man Who Became a Tree, by Kevin Pilkington, begins with 3 epigraphs, one of which is this, by Ben Jonson:

Time will not be ours forever;
He at length our good will sever.
Spend not then his gifts in vain,
Suns that set may rise again.

This kind of thing makes sparks fly out of my poetry cheer-leader origami brain. Thanks to Phillip Compton (EIL store artist) for the spider mums that resemble cheerleader pom pons. And to Sports Bag Blog for these silver and gold ones and fabulous advice on "How to Choose the Right Poms Poms."


Hannah Stephenson said...

Oh Kathleen.....congratulations!! I'm so excited for you--you are the perfect lady for the job.

Sandy Longhorn said...

It's official! Awesome! (Everybody knows that cheerleaders get to use exclamation points more than the rest of us!)

Thanks for all you do for poetry and poms poms!

Maureen said...

Congratulation! Lots to like at Prick of the Spindle, starting with your reviews.

Kathleen said...

Thanks, Hannah and Sandy!

Kathleen said...

Thanks, Maureen!

ron hardy said...

Wonderful Kathleen. I am envious. Now you'll have to dress like a columnist.

Kathleen said...

Thanks, Ron. You mean with pom pons, right? If you get some pom pons, you can be a columnist, too.

ron hardy said...

I can do a split, but only mentally. Last time it put me in analysis.

Kathleen said...

Oh. Well, clearly, then, your pom pons will resemble Woody Allen's hair.

Anonymous said...

That is so cool Kathleen! I enjoyed your review. May I say sincerely that the first line of it ('solid employment') sounds like the beginning of a poem in itself?
happy holidaying.

Kathleen said...

Thanks, Sarah. In a way, it's already been done--by him! Yes, he got the job of the tree, and he wrote that fabulous poem.

Anonymous said...

a good fit! you+prick of the spindle! and not only have i been click-challenged, but pom-pom challenged. this post helps me with both.