New! – “Poetry in LA, 2: LA vs LA”
Return to more poems about LA, Lenoir Area, in this second book featuring poetry from the Facebook page, @poetryinla. This time poems cover our local arts scene such as our murals and the famous Dirt Circle (“Across the Grain” sculpture by Thomas Sayre.) Poems go back in time to what our area was originally known as “Tuckers Barn” and to days of local raw honey and homemade molasses, the old Blue Bell plant and Lenoir High School. Current outdoor sculptures as well a local popular fresco get a nod in this second book, a sequel to “Poetry in LA – Only in LA (LA Poems)” published last year, 2017. There’s also a follow up to the poem “Hibriten Mountain” from the first book with the new poem “Mill Mountain to Hibriten Mountain.” If you enjoyed the first book “Only in LA,” you’ll want to read the follow up book with the new poems, too!
Writing is a difficult business, if you are trying to make a living of any sort with it. As many writers tend to be working on their own, if you can’t find writing opportunities then you need to try to make your own. Poetry is also a difficult business if you want to have any sort of success with it at all. You have to create your own opportunities with it as well. That’s what Whitman did with his poetry – he created his own success. His poems and his methods with publishing his poetry are the inspiration for the lead essay and this book. The lead essay involves how to read Walt Whitman, a must read for would be poets and poetry lovers to read and digest. His very approach and success to poetry can teach would be poets and current poets a lot about how to succeed in this art, this field even today. My essays in this book, offer different insights into writing, publishing, editing and surviving as a writer and/or as a poet.
Save the Date – a poetry reading from the new poetry book “Words and Bones” by LB Sedlacek. Sunday, Nov 11th from 2-4pm – @1841 Cafe
The event is Free and open to the public.
A Q&A and Book Signing will commence after the reading.
Do you love the beach? Love the ocean? Then check out this chapbook of Beach Poems by our Publisher, LB Sedlacek.
It’s a chapbook with travel beach poems about the North Carolina coast: Ocean Isle, Sunset Beach, Bald Head Island and the ever popular South Carolina beaches: Myrtle, North Myrtle, and Cherry Grove. Some of the poems mainstream and well some are not! Sit back and relax and imagine being by or near the ocean, the water and the sounds of the soothing waves are so soothing, or sticking your feet in the sand. Please join in on this new poetical ocean adventure!
FINISHING LINE PRESS CHAPBOOK OF THE DAY:
Words and Bones by LB Sedlacek
LB Sedlacek is a poet, author, editor, poem critic and publisher. She has had poetry and short fiction published in numerous journals and zines. Her poetry and short fiction have won several awards. She co-hosted ESC! Magazine’s podcast for the small press, “Coffee House to Go” with Michael Potter. She also served as a Poetry Editor for “ESC! Magazine.” She is the Publisher of “The Poetry Market Ezine” a poetry resource newsletter just for poets. In her free time, she enjoys reading, swimming, and volunteering for her local humane society. Her website is www.lbsedlacek.com Find her on Facebook @lbsedlacekpoet or Instagram @poetryinla
”Words and Bones” is an apt title for LB Sedlacek‘s fine chapbook for words are the scaffolding in these pages; words which both come from and go to the marrow. The author’s craft here has a simplicity, an elegance in clarity which makes even the complex, the scientific, not only accessible but familiar as a memory shared by a particularly American yet, ultimately, universally humane collective unconscious. What a fine mineral of many facets she has brought from her depths into the light of day.” –Stephen Mead, Visual Artist/Author
“You’d never think a skeleton is a complete person. I would have said the same thing about a poem until LB Sedlacek‘s “Words and Bones” came along. It’s a work which truly strips its poems down to their bare bones with all the un-necessary words nowhere to be found, leaving a manuscript of complete and wonderfully brief pieces. These poems expose the often overlooked remarkable details in the every day mundane which can only be seen when a poet’s eyes gaze upon them. The heartbreak, the wonder…you’ll begin to see it in your bones too.” –Rick Lupert, author of “God Wrestler”
Preview poem from “Words and Bones” forthcoming from Finishing Line Press
by LB Sedlacek
He moved his lips this morning.
There was no sound, but I’d
turned it down, but when I
turned it up all I could hear
was the hum of the signal.
It was faded and blocked by the trees
and those eyesore cell phone
towers that never send a signal
when you need it. I whacked the
TV but that didn’t help. My
eyes seized on a caption that
explained why there was no
sound. I took my cell phone
and whacked it on the counter.
I dropped it in the sink to see
if it would float. I dropped
one in a toilet two years
ago and it sank like my
hand did when I spotted a
fish and tried to grab it.
His lips keep moving and I
watch them transfixed. I look
up “transmogrification” in
the dictionary and think there
are more words than I could
ever imagine that start with
“ex.” I stare at his mouth,
his beard, his curly black
and white hair and realize
that I heard every word.