For the July Issue of tiny poetry: macropoetics, we seek place-based poetry, image-art, photography, paintings, and other media art forms, whether rooted in the rolling plains of the Palouse or the steel buildings in the city.
Feature poet Michael Landreth writes about place in Scrapbook Marginalia, where he pens,
Let’s do this again, go back to the pasture
and get drunk watching horses. Let’s throw up
in the weeds and kiss anyway while summer
drops fruit all around us, our thumbs
in the hollow of its throat.
Why place-based poetry? Scholars say that through place we can know intimacy. Writes Julia Shipley in Aubade,
This spot of blonde grit that isn’t a spot, the way the river isn’t the same river with water sluicing through it at every moment, is part of it. But what I pick is the middle of the road where we sank to our knees to look at a broken shell, then lowered further till the sand shifted and filled the space between the backs of our knees.
Why a road, why the middle of the road, why the middle of a one-lane, sand-packed track? Because it was ours. Our concentration enveloped it, and it absorbed us, offering us one ant hole and a stunted prickle of grass.
Send your place-based poetry to email@example.com by July 1st, and our team of readers will get back to you. We hope to read your work soon.