Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Bring Out Your Rodent Poems
To coincide with the beginning of the twelve year Chinese zodiac cycle, Poetry Macao takes this opportunity to announce an ambitious twelve year anthology project. The intention is to collect poems for an annual supplement based on the year of the reigning animal in the Chinese zodiac.
The years ahead are as follows:
2009 – ox
2010 – tiger
2011 – rabbit
2012 – dragon
2013 – snake
2014 – horse
2015 – sheep
2016 – monkey
2017 – rooster
2018 – dog
2019 – pig
For Poetry Macao 2008 we therefore now open submissions for poems in any way connected with mice, rats, or rodents of any description or conception.
About Poetry Macao
regions) will always be a priority for the journal. Although translation is an important feature, Poetry Macao is primarily an English language journal and one of its key goals is to bring Macao’s Chinese and Portuguese language poets to an English-reading audience. Poetry Macao’s first number – in 2007 – coincides with the November 6 Australia-Macao poetry evening being held at the University of Macau. Therefore the first issue has strong participation by Australian poets, something Poetry Macao hopes to continue into the future.
In general terms, ‘Macao’ is the thematic focus of the journal. The idea is intended to be taken broadly. Macao is not just a single point on the map; associated with a long history of east-west communication (and confusion), Macao is a name suggestive of cultural crossing of all kinds, and of the accommodation of cultures for each other. Poetry Macao encourages contributions consonant with this idea and is especially interested in western engagements with (and responses to) Chinese culture, and the converse (Chinese engagement with the west).
Contributions of various kinds are sought – poetry of course but also dialogue, artwork, photography… Macao is an opening between worlds and following that idea, we – at Poetry Macao are open to suggestions.
Beyond this general call, Poetry Macao will make specific calls from time to time for themed supplements or for participation in activities such as dialogue or responses to particular poems or poets. The first of these specific calls relates to the animal rulers-of- the-years in the Chinese zodiac.
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