The Virgin Mary long ago transcended her religious origins to become an instantly recognizable icon. From pop art to pop music, Mary’s status as the Mother of God continues to inspire the faithful and the secular. A statue of Mary weeping blood or appearing in a piece of toast still has the power to make front page news and bring the devoted running with candles and eBay bids. In “Mother Mary Comes To Me,” poets will explore the intersection of the sacred and the larger than life persona that Mary has become throughout the ages and how she still holds sway in the 21st century as a figure to be praised, feared and mined for pathos and humor.
Submit 1 to 3 poems on the anthology’s theme along with a 100 word bio in a Microsoft Word document by January 1, 2020 to firstname.lastname@example.org. Poems may be previously published, but you must have permission to republish the work and please acknowledge the originating publication. Poets selected for the anthology will receive one free copy.
If you’ve been following us for a while, you will have seen our calls for submissions to the Dancehall Poetry Anthology.We are happy to announce that it has gone to press, and we hope to have copies available at AWP! Editor Janet Lowery named the collection By the Light of a Neon Moonand Jacqui Davis created this eye-catching cover for it. We are humbled by the quality of the poetry we received, and we cannot wait to share it with everyone. The contributors are already discussing the fact that the launch party should include a dance. We aren’t sure how we’ll pull that off, but we love the idea!
We had several poets laureate contribute to the collection as well as many other award-winning poets from around the country. Have a look at the Table of Contents.
Introductionby Janet Lowery
Beloved, After These Thingsby Alan Birkelbach Like People in Loveby Kimberly Parish Davis A Thing About Rhumbaby Gianna Russo Pretty Womanby Luanne Smith Not That Sallyby George Drew Dear Will’s Pubby Pj Metz Rose-Coloredby Janet Lowery Old Flameby Winston Derden Music for Arms Like Oursby Mike Schneider Oh, That Buckskinby Christine Cock Dancing Foolby John Grey Always Openby Karen Head Words from My Fatherby karla k. morton One Way Trafficby Alan Birkelbach Dancing at Dirty Frank’sby Lisa Naomi Konigsberg
The Bull Riderby Katherine Hoerth The Archaeologist Dreams of Sleepby Kimberly Parish Davis Chevy Pick-Up, Loadedby Ed Ruzicka Integration 1964by Dave Parsons Dallianceby Ruth I. Healy Triple-Two at the Danceby Janet Lowery Prickly Pearby Katherine Hoerth Partnerby Sarah Cortez You Ain’t the First Singed Hash Browns on My Plateby R. Gerry Fabian Just Believe Her!by Alan Birkelbach Rodeo Exchangeby karla k. morton Backby Juleigh Howard-Hobson I May Not Be Drunk, But I’ll Get Thereby Herman Sutter Your Dancing Lessons Didn’t Pay Offby J. J. Steinfeld Little Hereticby Gerry LaFemina Waiting for Resurrectionby Leah Mueller Alwaysby Anusha VR The Way We Danced Before I Became Another Ex in Texasby Laurie Kolp Dancing with a Cue Stickby George Drew Death at the Dancehallby Janet Lowery Two Dogs Howling at the Moonby Dave Parsons Resurrection Maryby Carolyn Kreiter-Foronda
Standing on the Edge of the Roadhouse Charybdisby Alan Birkelbach Dancing Beforeby Lesley Clinton Zydeco Shindigby Dolores Comeaux Friday’s Danceby Mike Schneider Road House on the Way to Cheyenneby Rick Campbell Guitar and Mandolinby Gerry LaFemina Dress Code at the Dance Hallby Alan Birkelbach Here at Ransom’s Saloonby George Drew Hard Woodby Jerry Bradley Bootstrapby Winston Derden 6 a.m. Outside the Dance Hallby John Grey Empties by Gerry LaFemina