Sunday, December 4, 2016

GIVE YOURSELF A POETRY GIFT!

Sign up early for POETRY in the PARK, coming March 3, 2017 at Zion Park Lodge from 9 am-4 pm featuring the Colorado Western Slope Poet Laureate ROSEMERRY WAHTOLA-TROMMER teaching a workshop on Metaphors Everywhere. Free park pass and naturalist guided walk.Bring a picnic lunch or eat at Redrock Grill in the lodge. See poetry-in-the-park.com for registration information or contact Lin Floyd lin at sunrivertoday dot com

Come early for a free Poetry Reading lecture by Rosemerry on Thursday March 2 at 7 pm in Springdale's Canyon Community Center. Bring a poem to share.Signup now for super deals on overnight lodging in Springdale on March 2, 2017 at Bumbleberry Inn. Delta airlines flies into St. George from SLC, Denver and Phoenix or carpool or take a shuttle.

Make arrangements to stay over in nearby St. George on Friday night to participate in the Redrock Creative Writing Seminar on Sat, March 4, 2017 from 9 am-1:15 pm with Rosemerry discussing Paradox in Poetry-How a Poem Turns, Joel Tucker Rhythm and Muse and Tanya Parker Mills-Finding the Poetry in Prose. More details and registration info at redrockwriters.org

Sunday, November 13, 2016

CHAPARRAL POETRY CONTEST deadline


Time is running out DEC. 1, 2016 is the deadline for entering the Chaparral Poetry Contest sponsored by Redrock Writers, a chapter of UTSPS in St. George. Unlimited entries welcome:  Details at: http://redrockwriters.org/adult_chaparral_poetry_contest_rules http://redrockwriters.org/adult_chaparral_poetry_contest_ruleshttp://redrockwriters.org/adult_chaparral_poetry_contest_rules

ENTRY CATEGORIES:
1. CHOLLA Division: any subject, any form, 42 lines or fewer
First prize $200, Second Prize $100, Third Prize $50
2. CHAQUETA Division: Southwest theme—nature, people, history, etc. any form 42 lines or fewer
First Prize $100, Second Prize $50, Third Prize $25
3. CHAPAREJOS Division: Rhymed and metered poem, any subject, 42 lines or fewer
First Prize $100, Second Prize $50, Third Prize $25
4. CHIMERA Division: Imaginative or absurd/humorous, any form, 42 lines or fewer
First Prize $100, Second Prize $50, Third Prize $25

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Meet CRYSTIE COOK of Valley Winds Chapter

Crystie Cook was born in Salt Lake City, Utah and grew up in Sandy, Utah. She has a B.A. in English with a Creative Writing Emphasis and a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Utah and has lived in Puerto Rico, Arizona, California, and New Mexico. She is bilingual in Spanish and enters an average of five to six poetry contests a year. She figures she has written between 900 and 1000 poems and has won 188 awards, with an emphasis on music, birds, and nature, but sometimes she will write on other subjects. She works with caption calls for the hard of hearing, teaches piano part time, and has three funny parakeets who don't write any poems.

Mourning Doves Wait

All summer long, on the treble clef staff
of five utility lines, mourning doves
perch in a tentative melodic line
of thin, quiet notes. They might change position,
up a third, down a third,
wings fluttering like flute keys.
The doves are plain, brown shadows,
faint commas in a mystery novel
sweetened by the last of summer’s peaches.
Slender vines reach with tired fingers
to flick feathers from a long-abandoned bird nest
in the cherry tree.
Mourning doves live with making indecision
delicate and delightful, small heads wondering
over each breeze and long-limbed tree for the taking.
Still, the title “mourning” becomes them,
since no matter how strong the summer,
all sweet songs end with emptiness and silence.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Don't miss hearing DUANE RYGH presentations

Well, it's that time to celebrate the publication of UTSPS poet  of the year Duane Rygh's winning collection of poetry, MY BRIGHT RED SCREAM. He will be reading his book at the Orem Public Library on Sat-Oct 8 at 2 pm. Come and enjoy Duane's first published book of poetry. If you live in Southern Utah, there are two events planned on Mon-Oct 10th at 11 am at the Southern Utah Veterans Home in Ivins or Tues, Oct 11th at 1:30 pm at the St. George Public Library. All events are free and paid members of UTSPS can pick up a complimentary copy of this new book.

In 2015, after a 20-year career, Duane retired from United States Air Force active duty.  Duane credits his experiences in the military for broadening his world view.  Visits to Saudi Arabia, Korea, China, Iraq, Kyrgyzstan, and most recently Afghanistan helped to provide depth to his poetry.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Meet NIKKI ANNE SCHMUTZ-newest member of UTSPS


Welcome to Nikki Anne Schmutz who is very active in the online poetry scene and wanted to check out what was happening in her local community and Utah state poetry circles. Nikki s the author of Open Soul Window, In Speaking of… A Poetic Journey from Dark to Light, and Found, a novel. She is a poet, novelist, produced screenwriter, freelance poetry editor, admin of FACEBOOK poetry groups, TBI survivor, and advocate against sexual violence. She has served as magazine editor-in-chief, literary web site poetry editor, recited poetry for the Eat Sleep Write podcast, and reads poetry for her YouTube Channel, Perfectly Written Pictures. She lives in Layton, Utah where she serves as the Utah Representative for the World Union of Poets based in Italy. She will be attending the Rhyme and Reason Chapter in Bountiful.
Butterfly Stroke
By Nikki Anne Schmutz

Life lived upon me,
resembling an ocean.
I cast my boat
haphazardly
on its white-tipped
frenzy, navigated
storms without maps -
clouds obscuring
the heavens.
I held on with
white-gripped knuckles
as my vessel
came apart in the surge.
I sank into the depth,
it claimed me as its own
until I realized…
I could swim.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Meet ERIC READ of Ben Lomond Chapter


Born in Nebraska into a family of eight children, Eric Read enlisted in the Army right after high school graduation. For the next 20 years, he roamed around the world going first to Germany and France, then a tour in Italy followed by two tours in Vietnam, and another tour in Germany. When his military career was over, he worked for the Pocatello Post office retiring in 2001. His earliest memory of writing poetry is while he was on his first tour in Vietnam. Honing his craft came after he moved to Brigham City and joined the Ben Lomond Poets. Eric says, Clarence Socwell, La Von Carroll and others too numerous to mention have helped him grow as a poet. A member of UTSPS since 2004, Eric currently serves as our treasurer (second time), has been our president, Chapters Coordinator, and served as treasurer for Ben Lomond Poets for several years. He feels that the association of the many members in UTSPS has helped him become a better poet. 
Winter Night Solitude
    The night is darkening round me,
    The wild winds coldly blow;
    But a tyrant spell has bound me
    And I cannot, cannot go.  Emily Bronte
The sound of wind disturbs my sleep,
its moaning awakening old memories.
Limbs brush against cabin walls -
scratching, scraping.
Wrapped in my blanket, I stir the coals

and build up the fire.
 

Ghosts arise in the flames,
dancing with the wind. For a moment
your face appears, and a finger of flame
beckons me to join you.
I slowly succumb to forces I cannot
resist. Closer, closer to the flames.


The door crashes open, startling me. |
When I turn back, you are gone.
Like the trees obscured by falling snow,
you vanish in the night wind.

Eric H. Read

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Meet CLARENCE SOCWELL of Ben Lomond Chapter


CLARENCE P. SOCWELL, a native Utahn and graduate from the University of Utah, is a poet who has won over 1000 prizes in national contests including second in  the prestigious  grand prize contest of the National Federation of State Poetry Societies and the grand prize in the 1995 Iliad Literary Awards.   He was named Utah State Poet of the Year in 1977 for his book Intrinsic Tapestries.  He is a past president of League of Utah Writers, Utah State Poetry Society, and The National Federation of State Poetry Societies as well as holding many other positions in these organizations.

He tells us:  My mother had scrapbooks full of poems as newspapers and magazines printed a lot.  She taught me poems to recite before I could read.  Once, at about four years old, I recited one on the radio at a dance-a-thon.  My fifth grade teacher encouraged me to write when I had finished my other work.  I filled many notebooks with my verse, stories, and essays.  In high school, I took creative writing in addition to regular English. Later, a fellow poet Maxine Jennings told me about UTSPS which I joined.  So that is how it was and is still.
A DAY FOR BURNING by Clarence P. Socwell

Smoke spins in gray vertiginous swirls
from dry sticks, leaves, and grass that I toss
in the pit used for firing burnished pottery.
Flames burst through the tangle as cinders
catch the breath of oxygen in the tender breeze.
An occasional gray segment of burned bark
flutters skyward before diving again, 
a winged Icarus flying too close to the sun.

Now, three magpies, cousins of Syberian crows, 
black symbols of isolation, demiurgic powers, 
spiritual strength, swoop from pine to spruce 
before cawing and rasping on the silent air.
As I add more tinder to the fire, I wonder what
messages Icarus and crows have spun for me
like smoke from past vertiginous swirls.