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A Beckett Reader

Posted 01-23-2014 at 10:13 AM by Steve Bucknell
Updated 01-23-2014 at 11:42 AM by Steve Bucknell
I put Beckett’s “Dieppe” among the prayer-poems that Janice called for on the New Year’s Eve ‘Musing on Mastery’ thread. I’m pleased with how it sits small in white space amid all the other eloquent supplications:

again the last ebb
the dead shingle
the turning then the steps
towards the lighted town

I think no more of it, pleased to add a mark of brevity and stillness at the threshold of the New Year. I remember a stray word of Becketts' : “calmative”;...
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The Spicileging Art

Posted 01-14-2014 at 06:01 AM by Steve Bucknell
Updated 01-14-2014 at 07:48 AM by Steve Bucknell
I wake at three in the morning feeling alert , as if listening for something. Then I start to think of Steve Marr’s question in response to critiques of his poem The Universe Impresses “How would you express the vastness and beauty of the universe making a strong impression on you?” After turning this question over for a few restless minutes I find I’m in my study, pulling out books in which I think I can find distant stars.

Words and Days ‘A Table Book of Prose and Verse’ by Bowyer...
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New Able Muse, Winter 2013 (Print Edition) & The 2014 Contests Now Open

Posted 12-13-2013 at 02:27 AM by Alex Pepple
The NEW ISSUE of ABLE MUSE, Print Editon (Number 16) - Winter 2013, has just been released, with order/subscription information (for print & Kindle, NOOK, Kobo, & iBooks editions), with online excerpts at: The digital edition of the complete issue (available to the print edition subscribers only), is also available now online at

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Translation Bake-Off: CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS - 2013 Edition

Posted 08-15-2013 at 11:12 PM by Alex Pepple
Dear Eratosphereans,

Here comes The Translation Bake-Off!

I'm excited to let you know that I'm bringing you an exciting Host & Distinguished Guest (DG) for this year's event! But, more on that later.

*** TO ENTER :
send email one translation to . Include the original and a prose crib. If the original text is in an unfamiliar script, it would be very helpful to include a transliteration...
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SUBMIT NOW: Sonnet Bake-off 2013

Posted 07-05-2013 at 09:21 AM by Alex Pepple
... details here ...

Gail & Cathy tell me there's not been much submission from Eratosphereans (even though there's been a good deal of external submissions). What are you waiting for, Sphereans!? Time's running out ... submit submit submit!!!

( only 5 days to submission deadline!) ...

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