I love poetry.
I love poetry. A LOT.
All poetry. And especially that great outlier. . .
April is National Poetry Month. To celebrate the literary art which uses aesthetic and rhythmic qualities of language to evoke meanings in addition to, or in the place of the prosaic ostensible meaning, we're hosting a BIG SHOE DIARIES POETRY CONTEST. So, pull out your quills and ink! It's time to get started.
The contest will be open from April 1st to April 30th at 11:59 p.m. Any type of poem is welcome, but keep in mind that I'm one of the three judges so #ISEEPENIS-shaped concrete poems are probably going to catch my attention, as well as ekphrastic poetry about your favorite erotic novels or sex scenes from Battlestar Galactica. But I want it all! Send your entries with the subject "BSDPOETRY" to Minster of Propaganda, Karl Marxxx at firstname.lastname@example.org by April 30th!
Don't worry though-I'm not the only judge. To keep this contest legit and to help me figure out which poems are truly the best, we have two INCREDIBLY TALENTED American poets, Mark Wunderlich and Carmen Giménez Smith, who will graciously serve as our celebrity poetry judges. I'll be featuring some of their work on the blog throughout the month of April.
But wait, there's more! The winning poems will be pulled together into a contest anthology and e-pubbed by Sibling Rivalry Press later this summer (July/August). That's right, if selected, your work will appear in an epub format with a cover that probably features my naked torso or goofy glasses! A small donation will be required to buy the book, and all the proceeds from the epubbed poetry will be donated to the Lambda Literary Foundation's Writer's Retreat for Emerging LGBT Voices.
But wait again, there's even more. . .
Each week, we'll hold a special mini-contest that features one specific type of poetry (erotic haiku, ekphrasis, concrete and possibly one other). These mini-contests will be judged by Big Shoe Diaries' Minister of Propaganda, Karl Marxxx and the winner of each mini-contest will have the honor (or dishonor depending on how conservative your peers are) of seeing their poem turned into a video poem read by me, Colby Keller. To give you a sense of how badly I might butcher it, I offer the below rendering of some famous Robert Burns poem. All mini-contest entries will be entered into the main contest.
So, get started and watch the blog and social media (@colbykeller and #BSDPOETRY on Twitter) for updates and links to information about the mini-contests and don't forget to celebrate all the poetry, real or evoked this special month!