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New Collection by Nettie Farris: The Wendy Bird Poems
Author Update



A new collection by Nettie Farris has been released from Dancing Girl Press. The Wendy Bird Poems continues the short-line style we saw in Communion (Accents Publishing, 2013). Here are some comments about the chapbook by Jeremy Paden and Katerina Stoykova-Klemer:

Indeed! I simply adore these slender poems. Farris knows how to spin and craft and shape the smallest of poems, how to turn the word as on lathe to shave away all that is unnecessary. It is not that she has grown accustomed to the diminished size, it is that she works with the tension between what is said and unsaid, with the tiniest of head nod and wink, and in the smallest of spaces she lays bare great psychological drama that opens up into insight. Do not think because the line is minimal and the poem short that you can skim across the surface of these words.

-Jeremy Paden,
Author of ruina montium
(Broadstone Books, 2016)

The Wendy Bird Poems is a truly unique book, and Nettie Farris is a truly unique poet. The collection encompasses a tender love story, so delicate, that it needs to be told not in sentences, not in words even, but in syllables. The content is distilled to such an extent that we need to be aware of the importance and the weight of every sound. Nettie Farris gives us a huge gift with this book – not only does she present a new kind of poetry, but also she teaches us to read in a new way, to see poems anew. Dear reader, enjoy this work, read it slowly and multiple times. These poems will teach you about sound, lineation, intention.

-Katerina Stoykova-Klemer,
Senior Editor/Founder Accents Publishing

Nettie’s book is currently available at the Dancing Girl Press & Studio website.


Communicating with a Fat Crayon: Nettie Farris on Lexington Poetry Month, Miscommunication, and Contemporary Poetry
Interview



Let’s talk about Fat Crayons!

Fat Crayons by Nettie FarrisYou’re a jewel!

The manuscript was produced largely during Lexington Poetry month. (I’ve produced 2 chapbooks and 1 full-length manuscript over the course of 3 Lexington Poetry Months!)

I began writing the Fat Crayon poems after I’d been writing sonnets, so they have the sonnet form embedded in them, even though they are prose. I consider them prose sonnets. I’m still using this form now, after several years, after several other series of poems have spun off. Sometimes I wonder if I will ever use a line break again, but of course the line breaks came back for The Wendy Bird Poems, so I’m not sure what I’m worried about. Maybe it’s because I feel that prose is underrated in the same way that chapbooks are underrated.   (more…)


“she prepares a romantic dinner” by Yordanka Beleva
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Accents-published poet Nettie Farris reads “She prepares a romantic dinner” by Yordanka Beleva. This poem was translated by Katerina Stoykova-Klemer.

Clip from the North American Premiere of The Season of Delicate Hunger: Anthology of Contemporary Bulgarian Poetry (Accents Publishing) at the Morris book shop. The reading took place on Saturday, January 24, 2014.


Holler 92: DaMaris Hill, Nettie Farris, The Woodsheep
Poetry Readings





The 92nd Holler Poets Series will feature readings from DaMaris Hill and Nettie Farris accompanied by music from The Woodsheep.

DaMaris Hill is an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing and African American and Africana Studies at the University of Kentucky. Her latest poetry collection, \ Vi-zə-bəl \ \ Teks-chərs \ (Visible Textures) (Mammoth Publications, 2015) are inspired by GPS technology and deal with the space in Kansas of a 2013 highway that was, in 1854, an Indian reservation.

Nettie Farris LexPoMo 2015Nettie Farris is the author of Communion (Accents Publishing, 2013) and—most recently—Fat Crayons (Finishing Line Press 2015). According to her 2015 LexPoMo bio, Nettie spends her spare time writing poems, practicing yoga, attending mass, praying the rosary, and, like Alice, going to tea parties.

The Woodsheep bandcamp album coverThe Woodsheep are Andrew Preston and Austin Tackett. Hailing from Morehead, Kentucky, The Woodsheep “aim to highlight the diversity, creativity, and storytelling that abound in their ever-evolving eastern Kentucky home by shoring up their own roots” (source).

Open mic sign-ups start at 6:45. Also, don’t forget the cold, hard cash for books, albums, and donations into the Holler Bucket.

Along with the announcement of the 92nd Holler Poets Series reading, Eric Scott Sutherland announced that the 100th show would be the last monthly installment of the series.

Facebook Event page.

When: Wednesday, January 27, 2016 @ 8pm
Where: Al’s Bar
601 N. Limestone
Lexington, KY 40508
(859) 309-2901

Accents Publishing Best of the Net Nominations
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Accents Publishing is happy to announce our recent nominations for the Best of the Net.  Poems were selected from the Lexington Poetry Month Writing Challenge 2015.


Bigger Than They Appear Reading summary (Part 2)
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In 2012, the Lexington Public Library recorded and produced a reading held at the Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning. This event featured readings from Bigger Than They Appear: Anthology of Very Short Poems.

For the full list of videos, click here.

The poets were asked to read one of their poems as well as someone else’s. Below are the poets, the time stamp where they appear in the video, and the poems they read. Katerina Stoykova-Klemer is the emcee between poets.


“Birthday” by Nettie Farris
poem

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1.

n
bakes
a cake

2.

n
arranges
candles
in
the shape
of an s

3.

n
grants
a
special
wish

4.

n
swishes
her
skirt

Nettie Farris,
Communion
Accents Publishing


“Incognito” by Nettie Farris
poem

Communion1.

n
wears
a hat

2.

n
wears
a wig

3.

n
wears
a
feathered
mask
with
ribbons
in
her hair

Nettie Farris,
Communion
Accents Publishing


“Desire” by Nettie Farris
poem

Communion

1.

n
wants
a
red
bal-
loon

2.

n
wants
a
shiny
red
bal-
loon

3.

n
wants
a
shiny
red
bal-
loon
in
the
shape
of
an s

Nettie Farris,
Communion
Accents Publishing


“Winter Harvest” by Nettie Farris
poem

Bigger Than They Appear

A field remembers:

every spade,
potato, fungus,
and famine
sows its own
little mound
of sorrow;

the grazing of the cows
and the plowman,

leaving.

Nettie Farris,
Bigger Than They Appear:
Anthology of Very Short Poems
Accents Publishing

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