Introducing: Poetry Space
NEW COLUMN: Poetry Space
introduction by Jeff Fink, Shambhala Times Poetry Coordinator
“Asking my father to tell me about basic goodness often led to poetry…Poetry, art, or gesture is used, because beyond intellectual understanding, each allows feelings to arise.”
~ Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, The Shambhala Principle, pg. 23
Since Alan Ginsberg and Chogyam Trungpa famously hailed the same New York taxi, poetry has held a special place in the Shambhala community. The conversation was robust (see this video for more on that conversation) and as the quote above from the Sakyong’s “Shambhala Principle” indicates, this conversation is ongoing.
At last February’s Enlightened Society Assembly in Karme Choling, I began to wonder, might we not expand upon the periodic publication of sangha member’s poems in the Shambhala Times and create a more expansive forum for Shambhala poetry of all stripes? With the help of Sarah Lipton, chief editor of the Shambhala Times, we’re ready to try.
The new Shambhala Times “Poetry Space” is intended to be a monthly column featuring original work from across the sangha. We’re asking poets of all kinds, from published professionals to those who cringe at the name, to submit their best work. From these, our board of editors will choose two or three each month for publication in the Poetry Space (see the Submission Guidelines, below.)
The Shambhala sangha is home to a vast array of voices, many of which lack a means of expression. This is your chance to speak up and share your own unique experience of sacred world. We sincerely look forward to hearing from you, and to beginning this voyage together.
Poetry Space Submission Guidelines:
The Shambhala Time seeks well-crafted, original poems written by Shambhalians for publication in “Poetry Space.” Please, no previously published work or simultaneous submissions.
Please submit no more than three (3) poems in the body of an email to [email protected]. We will remove the poet’s name from the submission before it goes to our editors for a blind review, and will make every effort to let you know whether your poem(s) have been selected for publication within three or four weeks. All rights revert to the author 30 days after publication.
“When my father had me compose poetry and walk in nature, he was teaching me that as a human being, I always have the ability to connect with goodness through my senses…As my father put it, ‘It unlocks something held prisoner for a very long time.’”
~ Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, The Shambhala Principle, pg. 31