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Rabbit Heart Poetry Film Festival Is Happening!


Movies have been made and submitted, judging has been completed, a delicious venue has been secured (Nick’s Bar – with the fancy fancy red curtains!) and the night of October 12th picked out – and now it’s that time. TICKETS ARE NOW ON SALE for the very first Rabbit Heart Poetry Film Festival Viewing Party and Awards Ceremony. I’m pleased as punch to report that emceeing that night will be handled by my favorite duo, Tony Brown and Melissa Mitchell!
You can order your tickets from the Doublebunny Press store, right here.


Are You Making Your Movie?


OK! So it’s been a little while, and I wanted to check back in – everyone’s making their movies, right? You know about the Rabbit Heart Poetry Film Festival, yes?

Well, there have been some osm new developments for RHPFF, and I totally want to tell you all about them – check this stuff out:

♦First of all, submissions are now FREE! There is no longer an entry fee associated with submissions to the festival – yessiree, Bob, you can now submit your poem film to the festival for the mere price of postage. So much win \o/ Thank you to everyone who contributed to the Go Fund Me campaign* – we raised almost $600 last month, and covered pretty much all of the prize money. This baby is free now – please take advantage of that delicious little fact.

♦Secondly, do you know about the Venue Challenge? The venue that submits the most poem films (or you can call them videos, of course), with a minimum of five submissions, gets one of the awards named in its honor. So at the awards ceremony and viewing party this autumn, we might be announcing The Boston Cantab Award for Best Animation. Or the Slam Free Or Die I Shot It On My Lawn Phone Award. Or the Louder Arts Award for Best Music or Sound. How about the Busboys and Poets Best Valentine? The winning venue gets to pick the prize they want to call their own. Think about it – how cool would it be if your venue could claim that kind of bragging right? (And also a full page ad in the program!) And, because you were wondering, yes, you can totally rep the Poets’ Asylum – do it!

♦And perhaps the coolest news on the radar is the addition of the Shoots! Youth Prize. Through the contributions of an anonymous donor, RHPFF was able to set up this prize for poets and filmmakers 17 and under. It will be its own $100 prize category, and all submissions to Shoots! will also be qualified for the other prizes..

Which means that now, in addition to the $200 prize for Best Overall Picture, RHPFF will be awarding  $100 prizes in categories for Best Animation, Best Music in a Video, Best Smartphone Production, Under 1 Minute, and Valentine and the Shoots! Prize!

Are you stoked now? I’m so stoked! Time to make some movies! (Rules recap beneath the fold.)

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Closing Up


Friends & Fans of the Worcester Poets’ Asylum,

It is with a heavy heart that we announce that, after October 6th, the Poets’ Asylum will no longer be hosting a weekly reading. We are going on an extended hiatus & will return sometime next year, but in a new & smaller form.

For almost 25 years we have striven to provide a space for both new & established poets to share their work. We have presented over 1,200 open mics, over 600 feature poets (& paid out over $35,000 to them), hosted iWPS & NorthBeast, & fielded 15 slam teams. When we started there were no weekly poetry readings in Worcester County. Now there is a reading almost every night. We hope that you will continue to support the growth of poetry in the area.

The Worcester Poetry Slam will be transferring to the hands of our friends at The Dirty Gerund. Over the next few months they will be announcing the new format & telling you about some very exciting things they have planned. There are some wonderful things ahead for the Worcester Poetry Slam, so keep your eyes open.

As for now, the Poets’ Asylum will host two more readings:

September 29th we will be featuring Adam Stone & having an open mic.

October 6th will be our final night. We will be having an extended open mic & final send-off.

On the night of the 6th, we’ll also be selling off all of the Asylum merchandise (tee shirts, CDs, stickers, books) to help pay off our bills. This is our last waltz, so we hope you’ll come dance with us one last time.

Thank you to everyone who has supported us through the years, read on our stage, listened in the audience, shared our words, offered us a home, & been a family to us. You are the reason we have done this for so long.

Thank You to the Worcester Artist’ Group, Lucky’s Café, Eleni’s Midnight Café, Java Hut, The Q, The Nu Café, & WCUW-FM for providing us a space to be who we are.

Thank You Worcester for being our Home. We hope we did you proud.

With Love & Gratitude,

-The Poets’ Asylum Staff.

Seamus Heaney 3 April, 1939 – 30 August, 2013


So every time I think of Seamus Heaney, I hear Star St, Germain in my head, yelling, “Oh, gawd – can’t we just skip ahead to the part where the monster gets his arm ripped off?!” That’s because Heaney did the best translation of Beowulf, freaking ever.* But truly, his own work shows brightest.

Today we remember Seamus Heaney, who passed away this morning at the age of 74. He was often spoken of as the greatest Irish poet since Yeats, and in 1995 won the Nobel Prize for Literature.

The New York Times says this:

After he gained fame with “Death of a Naturalist,” Mr. Heaney never eased his pace. Publishing more than a dozen major collections between 1966 and 2010 — his later volumes include “The Spirit Level,” “District and Circle” and “Bog Poems” — he became acknowledged as a major literary voice of the 20th century. Robert Lowell, for one, called him the “most important Irish poet since Yeats.”

He also wrote two plays, four works on the process of poetry and a well-regarded translation of “Beowulf.” He won dozens of accolades, among them the French Commandeur de l’Ordre des Arts et Lettres in 1996 and the T. S. Eliot Prize in 2006.

Mr. Heaney was that rarity among modern poets: not only critically praised but also widely read. Millions of readers bought his books, finding his verse eminently accessible, with its familiar images and universal thoughts.

Read the whole obituary here. Poetry after the cut.

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Our Stickers Came In!


(x-posted from Apple Tells All)

And they’re beautiful! Check out these babies –

We’ll be selling them at the Sunday reading starting this weekend. If you’re out of town and would like one (or two, or three, or five, or ten), you can order one from the Doublebunny Press store – we’ll mail it right to your mailbox.

4″ round, vinyl, $3 each (+shipping and handling for mailing, natch), with all profits going to defray hotel and registration costs associated with getting the 2013 Worcester Slam team to NPS in August. And it almost goes without saying that one of these will totally fancy up whatever you put it on.

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