Circadian Poems to Launch on October 3

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Author Devon Ellington launches site to encourage poets and poetry lovers.

Author Devon Ellington will launch a new site for poetry readers and writers called Circadian Poems, set to debut on Monday, October 3, 2005 on http://circadianpoems.blogspot.com. New poems will appear on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays; essays and articles will go up on the site on Tuesdays; Thursdays are reserved for news and information on the poetry world.

“I love poetry. I think poetry is part of our innate rhythm – as essential to us as a heartbeat,” says Ellington. “I wanted to have an inclusive, anthology-type, positive, active place for poets and readers to congregate. The blog style seems to serve that desire.”

Poets are encouraged to submit original work up to 30 lines. Although she wants to keep a strong feeling of open community, there still are some poems which get rejection notices. “I need a poem to make me see and feel the poet’s vision,” she says. “Some of the submissions don’t have images that are crystalline enough for the format – they ramble, or they’re vague or clichéd. I want strong imagery and emotion. A few more poems about joy would be nice, too. It’s hard right now, with our country in such a mess, but we have to inspire hope and positive change as well as bear witness to what isn’t working in order to make our situation better.”

Poetry lovers are encouraged to submit essays and articles on their view of poetry, their favorite poet, or their love and need of poetry, up to 800 words. Ellington also encourages writers working on projects for A Passion for Peace (http://www.apassionforpeace.com) to submit work they’ve done for the “Write a Piece for Peace” challenge. Submission guidelines are available on the site. Response time is generally 2 – 4 weeks.

Ellington herself is a prolific author, publishing under a half a dozen names. Her work has appeared in publications as diverse as Grit, Thema, Rose and Thorn, Emerging Women Writers, Wild Child, Toasted Cheese, FemmeFan, The Rye Sound Shore Review, Hampton Family Life, The Crafty Traveler, The Armchair Detective, and Elle. For two years, she wrote four internet serials in four genres under two different names. She’s currently revising a novel about the ice hockey world and working on a fantasy novel. Her blog on the writing life, Ink in My Coffee (http://inkinmycoffee.blogspot.com), has an enormous and ever-expanding readership. She is also the founder of The Thirteen Traveling Journals Project (http://13travelingjournalsproject.blogspot.com). Her website is: http://www.devonellingtonwork.com.

She hopes that the project will continue to grow over the next several years. “I love poetry. I think it’s an important part of not only our creative process, but our life process. I want to share the good work that comes my way, and encourage other people to read and write poetry.”

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