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Introducing: Poetry Space
photo by Jeff Fink

photo by Jeff Fink

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.

2 tone cloud by Jeff Fink

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

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8 responses to “ Introducing: Poetry Space ”
  1. Jérôme MARIEN
    Oct 21, 2013

    What about the french writing poems ?

  2. Ellen Berger
    Oct 18, 2013

    Oh, I think the second time it went through. Thank you

  3. Ellen Berger
    Oct 18, 2013

    Jeff, I sumitted 3 poems to [email protected], and got an “undeliverable” message back. What did I do wrong? (friday, oct. 18)

  4. Couple of responses-

    Preston, email me at [email protected] so i can a couple of questions about the site off line

    Stephen- FB generally isn’t considered “publishing”, so fire away!

    Jan- why not submit something? Our format is probably a monthly feature of sangha members’ work. We are also talking about a Poetry Space group on the Shambhala Network where we can have a more expansive discussion. Stay tuned!!

    To all- many thanks for your interest- we already have a couple of submissions, but we’d love to read more

    Yours in the GES


  5. What a great idea!
    Not that I will submit any poems but certainly do want to be able to read the works of others.
    Please let us know when the site is set up.

  6. Stephen Futral
    Oct 15, 2013

    I post my poetry on FB / will that be ok to send in some of those?

  7. Preston-

    I’m not familiar with it, but will take a look today. I suspect we can work with it, but let me get back to you.

    Thanks for your interest!!


  8. Preston McWhorter
    Oct 14, 2013

    Hi, Jeff,
    I submit most of my work to FanStory.com for peer review in order to have the best quality of work possible.
    Will this be considered prior publication for determining whether a work can be included in your column? If you are unfamiliar with this site please GOOGLE it.

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