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Archives for August 2012
The story of Hedd Wyn, one of the many artists killed in the Great War.
The judges of the Eisteddfod, which was held at Birkenhead near Liverpool that year, were unaware that Hedd Wyn had died of his wounds at the age of 30 on July 31 at Pilkem Ridge during the battle of Passchendaele.
At the award ceremony the archdruid rose to summon the poet, in the traditional fashion, to come to take the chair, calling him three times to make himself known. But it then had to be revealed, to the consternation of the gathering, which included the prime minister, David Lloyd George, that Hedd Wyn had fallen while fighting with the Royal Welch Fusiliers “somewhere in France.” The empty chair was draped with a black shroud, and the festival of that year has ever since been called Eisteddfod y Gadair Ddu (The Eisteddfod of the Black Chair).
The New Orleans Review is accepting submissions for The Walker Percy Prize in Short Fiction. From their website:
Winner receives $1,000 and publication. All finalists considered for publication.
Enter previously unpublished original stories up to 7,500 words. The author’s name should not appear on the manuscript. Entries may be simultaneous submissions but the entry fee is nonrefundable if the story is accepted elsewhere. Please notify us immediately to withdraw a story that is taken elsewhere. There is no limit on the number of entries you may submit.
Contest open to all writers in English with the exception of current students or employees or others affiliated with New Orleans Review or Loyola University New Orleans. Writers who have a strong personal or professional relationship with the editorial staff or with the final judge are asked to abstain from entering the contest in order to prevent a conflict of interest. We comply with the Council of Literary Magazines and Presses (CLMP) Code of Ethics.
Deadline December 12, 2012. Winner announced and published in 2013.
There is a $15 fee per submission.
I’m enjoying taking a walk through Owen Swain’s site, which includes both artwork and poetry. This self-portrait with super-foamy-toothpaste is particularly whimsical. Owen’s doing a series of sketches as part of the Everyday Matters drawing challenge, which looks like a fun way to keep one’s creative juices flowing. Now I want to buy a Moleskine for some reason. – DS
September 20th is ‘Talk Like a Poirot Day’! Although, considering that the inimitable Belgian is zee greatest detective in zee world shouldn’t it be ‘Talk Like THE Poirot Day’?
We spotted Dappled Things contributor Micah Mattix reviewing Rainer Maria Rilke’s Letters On God, and critiquing his individualized, humanist take on Christianity:
In this second letter, written in 1922 in the guise of a factory worker and addressed to the deceased poet Emile Verhaeren, Rilke asks: “Who is this Christ that is meddling in everything?” For Rilke, Christ is holy to the extent that he embraced death and, therefore, life. He is an example of a life fully lived. “I cannot believe,” the poet writes, “that the cross was meant to remain; rather, it was to mark the crossroads.” People who worship Christ, Rilke writes, are “like dogs that do not comprehend the meaning of an index finger and think they have to snap at the hand.”
Still, whatever Rilke’s lack of orthodoxy, “The Birth of Christ” (included in the Sophia Institute Press anthology O Holy Night) is one of the loveliest of Christmas poems.
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- “On Truth and Trade: Economics and the Catholic Vision of the Good Life,” an enlightening exchange between a Catholic capitalist and a Catholic distributist;
- “Tulips for Elsie,” a poem by Jonathan Potter where the fact of our mortality makes beauty and sadness meet;
- “Old Grace and New Beauty,” a short story by Julie McGurn that explores the true nature of love;
- “Coming Awake in Love,” and interview with Heather King on on the struggle for holiness and the writing of Shirt of Flame: My Year with St. Therese of Lisieux;
- “Sacred Places,” a special feature from our fifth anniversary edition featuring Joseph Pearce, David Clayton, Fr. James V. Schall, Duncan Stroik, Joseph Bottum, and Dappled Things president Bernardo Aparicio García;
- “The Age of Faith and Reason,” a must-read article on the relationship between science and Christianity by award-winning science fiction novelist Michael Flynn;
- “Naming Sin,” an essay by Fr. Damian Ference on Flannery O’Connor’s mark on Bruce Springsteen;
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