IMAGISTE: make it new POETRY contest & fundraiser
iN A STATION AT THE METRO
by Ezra Pound
The apparition of these faces in the crowd;
Petals on a wet, black bough.
In support of The Writers Place, we have started a monthly writing contest and fundraiser. All submission fees go directly to the support of The Writers Place.
Submission deadline: January 31, 2018
The fee to submit is $15.
December Poetry Contest: "IMAGISTE" MAKE IT NEW Fundraiser. Using the visual images provided, write an original, unpublished 2-line imagistic poem. There is no limit on submissions but each submission carries a $15 donation to The Writers Place. Winners will receive recognition on social media, our website, and will be awarded 2 free workshops of their choice. All poems are eligible for display in our mezzanine gallery as well as publication on our web page.
Helps us reach our goal of $1500 by submitting by December 31, 2017. Winners and finalist will be announced in January.
How this works:
Mixing genres with imagiste poetry and surrealist images, we can create a fresh way, through language and dreamstates, to view the world.
1. Choose an image from the gallery--see images below. Use the title of the image as the title for your poem.
2. Write your 2-line imagistic poem.
3. 12 pt font. Times New Roman.
4. Create a title page with your name and email information. Include a short, 3rd person bio. (50 words or less.)
5. The poem should not have any identifying information on the page. One 2-line poem per submission.
6. You may submit as many times as you wish. Unpublished, original work only.
3. We are looking to weird the nouns and verbs, twist language in unconventional ways. Stun us with your distillation of language. Avoid abstraction, as Pound stated: Man reading [writing] should be man intensely alive.
4. To submit go to our Submittable page here.
A Few Don'ts by an Imagiste
By Ezra Pound
An “Image” is that which presents an intellectual and emotional complex in an instant of time…
It is the presentation of such a “complex” instantaneously which gives that sense of sudden liberation; that sense of freedom from time limits and space limits; that sense of sudden growth, which we experience in the presence of the greatest works of art.
It is better to present one Image in a lifetime than to produce voluminous works.
Use no superfluous word, no adjective, which does not reveal something.
Don’t use such an expression as “dim lands of peace.” It dulls the image. It mixes an abstraction with the concrete. It comes from the writer’s not realizing that the natural object is always the adequate symbol.
Go in fear of abstractions. Don’t retell in mediocre verse what has already been done in good prose. Don’t think any intelligent person is going to be deceived when you try to shirk all the difficulties of the unspeakably difficult art of good prose by chopping your composition into line lengths.
What the expert is tired of today the public will be tired of tomorrow.
Don’t imagine that the art of poetry is any simpler than the art of music, or that you can please the expert before you have spent at least as much effort on the art of verse as the average piano teacher spends on the art of music. Use either no ornament or good ornament. For full essay as it appeared in the March 1913 issue of Poetry click here.