Tuesday, March 23, 2010

In the future comment streams will be neutral

And optimism shall reign.

The Torontoist's Book Page and Vox Populism Present:
THE OPTIMISMS PROJECT: A National Poetry Month Thing

-we'd like to cobble together 30 or so poets, all under the age of 30, and give them some space (100-150 words) to express, in whatever way they choose, what makes them feel optimistic about the future of poetry in Canada. The word Optimism is pluralized in the project title for a reason, we hope to have diverse, surprising, and even contradictory aspirations. Submissions could be prose, poetry, specific, general, practical, fantastical, whatever. Again: diversity, and surprise, are our hopes. We're "optimistic" we'll get some of both.

-each day in April would feature the optimism of a separate poet, published on The Torontoist's Book Page with a photo, a short (25 word max) bio, and any linkable internet connection they may desire.

-in terms of eligibility, it's wide open (published, unpublished, etc) and will run under something of a first-come, first-serve basis. If we have to double up, we may. I’m thinking a birth year of 1980, or later. But we’re flexible. University Teachers: I’m relying on you folk for leads. High School Teachers: You too. Young, established (or establishing poets): Submit yourselves. Everyone else: I had a hunch you might know someone who’d be a great fit.

-If you could please forward this Call for Submissions as widely as possible, I'd be grateful. April approacheth quickly. Submissions should be mailed, as soon as humanly possible, to optimismsproject@gmail.com. Though it's the "Torontoist" book page, we hope to have submissions from all over the country.


voxpopulism said...

Thanks Sina.

I'm finding way fewer optimistic young poets than I had hoped. Hopefully we didn't lose them in the studious downerism of the internets. :)


Lemon Hound said...

My students are seriously not downers.

Careerism is a big downer, not poetry.

alexleslie said...

What is meant by optimism?

Hopefulness? Or an actual belief that things will be better?

Roz said...

i can see clearly now, the rain is gone

good day, sunshine!

o what a beautiful morning

good morning, good morning!

the sun'll come out tomorrow, tomorrow

everything's coming up roses

something's coming, something good

better things will surely come our way

stuck like a dope on this thing called hope

i'm only a cockeyed optimist

Lemon Hound said...

Optimism is a bit of a leaky boat, isn't it?

I like me some optimism, but it's more of a side dish.

Never underestimate the relationship between optimisms and delusion.

Things grate.

I listen to optimism's grind.

Roz said...

Things grate and grind, yes you are right about that.

Blind optimism is a leaky boat. The delusion that you can stay afloat by pretending the sinking doesn't exist.

Rousseau's boat isn't leaky, but I still hear notes of hopefulness in Lisa Robertson's sentences/lines. A hopefulness tempered by gravity and various modes of critique.

Optimistic? Embarking again and again, on this river or ocean of poetry & discourse, is that optimistic?

Robertson and others refresh the moment of beginning.

Maybe there's a difference between blind optimism and this other kind.