Women + Poetry

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Cleromancy Poetry Game # 2, "cup-like lilies" : CHRISTINA ROSSETTI, curated by JESSICA SMITH

Now available at Etsy.

******six word dice for poetry, divination, and play******

*Cleromancy Poetry Game # 2, "cup-like lilies," is sourced from the work of Christina Rossetti
*Curated by Jessica Smith
*Six dice; each side of each dice has a different word (for a total of 36 words)
*Comes in a hexagon shaped box
*Dice and box are pyrographed and inked by hand
*Roll the dice to make poems or divinations

Cleromancy is a form of divination using sortilege, casting lots or casting bones in which an outcome is determined by random means, such as the rolling of a dice.


Cleromancy Games are published in *very* limited editions (there will only be six of each). Due to their handmade nature and differences in the patterns and texture of the woodgrain, each Cleromancy game is entirely unique.


Jessica Smith edits Outside Voices Press, an umbrella for Outside Voices Books, Take-Home Project chapbooks, and FOURSQUARE magazine. Her first book, Organic Furniture Cellar, is available from the Press website at outsidevoices.org


There will be MORE cleromancy poetry games from Hex Presse. Each game will be sourced from "woman-authored texts"** and contemporary poets will be invited to "curate" the dice. Cleromancy #3 also will be curated by Jessica Smith and sourced from the work of Christina Rossetti. Cleromancy #4 will be curated by Michalle Gould and sourced from the work of Virginia Woolf.

**open to interpretation :)

Tuesday, July 3, 2007


Dear Lovely People,

1.) Womb is open for submissions throughout July.

2.) I am updating the blogroll. If you identify as a woman + make poems + blog, please leave a link to your blog in the comments if you do not see your name in the sidebar. Also, if you know of a blog that I have missed, please leave a link.

xoxoxo Michelle

Sunday, July 1, 2007

Call for Submissions: Summer Mini-issue

~*~W_O_M_B~*~, a new, online journal of poetry by women, seeks submissions for a summer mini-issue, scheduled to launch in August 2007.

~*~W_O_M_B~*~ is intended to showcase the innovative and intriguing and electrifying work of contemporary poets who self-identify as women. We also hope to provide links to resources that are of particular interest to women poets, and to build a comprehensive blogroll of women poets who blog. If you'd like to suggest a link, please e-mail femme feral at gmail dot com. We believe this will be a vital contribution to the exciting world of online poetry journals and to the community of poets who blog.



*WOMB publishes the work of people who self-identify as a woman

*Please send 3-6 poems as inline text (in the body of an e-mail) or as .doc or .rtf or .pdf attachment.

*We also welcome submissions of audio, visual, tactile, and collage poetry. To submit poetry of this nature, please attach a sound file or jpeg/pdf image of your work. If the work is hosted online, you can also just send us a link. If you think the file is too large to send via e-mail, please contact us to obtain a snail mail address.

*If you are interested in submitting hypertext or video poetry or poetry that requires a flash player, please send a file that is viewable using quicktime or real player. Again, if you think your file is too large to send via e-mail, please contact us to obtain a snail mail address.

*Collaborations and translations are also welcome.

*If you are interested in submitting something that does not fit into any of the above descriptions, that's fine. Just help us out by providing us with a brief description of the piece.

*Please query if you are interested in doing a book review. We can't offer review copies at the moment, but we would love to hear from you if you would like to share your thoughts about a book.

* Send all submissions to
wombpoetry at gmail dot com


* We are open for submissions from July 1, 2007 to July 30, 2007. Issue 1.5 will launch in late August 2007.

*Please put your name and date in the subject line of your e-mail. Please also include a cover letter with a brief bio so that we can get to know you a little bit.

*Simultaneous submissions are allowed, just let as know asap if a piece has been accepted elsewhere.

*Please note that we do not consider previously published work (however we are willing to consider work that has been posted to a personal blog; if this is the case, please make a note in your cover letter).

*Expect a response by the first week of August. Since this is a mini-issue, we'll only be accepting a small handful of submissions. We'll begin reading for our super-sized annual issue in October.