FruitShare is made up of some nice people in the St. Croix River valley trying to promote organic fruit that you can get delivered to your doorstep all year long. The contest seeks short poems–though not necessarily haiku–with a focus on fruit:
This time around, we’re changing up the rules a little. Instead of requiring a haiku, you are free to write any kind of poem, as long as it is 10 lines or under. Choose your favorite fruit or two from our Currently Shipping tab, and start writing. Submit your completed poem as a comment to this post, or send it to firstname.lastname@example.org to be posted. Poems are due by May 10th, so the judges have time to review them and announce the winner in time for May 12 – National Limerick Day!
I hope you, reader, will give the contest a shot. It’s just a fun little way to celebrate poetry and healthy, tasty fruit. I look forward to judging you!
Me and Gary Snyder, City Lights Books, October 2004
A new documentary features Gary Snyder and Jim Harrison wandering around California’s Central Coast talking about poetry, art, Zen and God:
This film, borrowing its name from one of Snyder’s most eloquent non-fiction books, revolves around a life-long conversation between Snyder and his fellow poet and novelist Jim Harrison. These two old friends and venerated men of American letters converse while taking a wilderness trek along the central California coast in an area that has been untouched for centuries. They debate the pros and cons of everything from Google to Zen koans. The discussions are punctuated by archival materials and commentaries from Snyder friends, observers, and intimates who take us through the ‘Beat’ years, the years of Zen study in Japan up to the present — where Snyder continues to be a powerful spokesperson for ecological sanity and bio-regionalism.
You can keep up-to-date on the film (and hopefully showings around the country after its premiere in San Francisco in May or at least a DVD release) by becoming a fan on Facebook.