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December 17, 2014

We’ve had a good year with the new Canopic Jar segment “Featured Voices,” and we are extremely proud to announce that the final Featured Voice of 2014 is David Greenberger. As mentioned in the intro, the work of David Greenberger (and his magazine The Duplex Planet) has been an inspiration for Canopic Jar for 20+ years. There’s a lot of material in this one —writings, drawings, recordings, video — so it’s not something that can be devoured with just one click. Think of it like an art gallery that you can visit whenever you want. Because it is.

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December 15, 2014

Canopic associate editor Virginia Smith Rice recently posted  “Following the Trail: In Memory of Mark Strand,” a tightly composed tribute on the Sundress Publications Blog. The passing of this brilliant light serves to emphasize his continuing influence on art, and particularly on poetry. His collected works was recently published, which, he smilingly said, “will serve as my tombstone, I suppose.” No, indeed. The Collected Works of Mark Strand, as Virginia so aptly describes, is not a tombstone, but a well into which one may drop the bucket again and again without ever being parched. Safe travels Mark, and thank you.

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November 30, 2014

An inspirational piece was added to the Home Place Suite: In Search of Welcome by Charles E. Rice, a short essay/prose poem from The View from My Ridge (Canopic 2003).  The elder Rice was known for his ability to compose tight, flowing prose with intense focus, and “In Search of Welcome” wonderfully demonstrates these traits. As an added bonus, an audio file of Phil Rice reading the piece is included.

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November 23, 2014

Our Canopic Jar Suite: Home Place has drawn some marvelous works over the past few month. And just as we’d hoped, the contributions have included poetry, prose, and photographs. No sound bytes or videos yet, but it’s an organic venture.

As the year winds down we would like to ignite the third Canopic Jar Suite: On the Train. As always, take it where you will, or let it take you. While poetry tends to be the meat of these suites, we remain open to any genre —basically anything that can be sent electronically. And remember, there should be something about the piece that reflects the prompt “On the Train.” How it reflects it is up to the artist.

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Guidelines: While our emphasis tends to be literary, we encourage submissions of any genre or media that can be transmitted electronically. Poetry, prose, photographs, drawings, audio, video — artist’s choice. Please send submissions or inquiries to editor@canopicjar.com with “On the Train” in the subject line.  Writing can be sent within the email or in an attachment (Word doc preferred). If you have other questions, please send us a note.

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November 15, 2014

The poetry of Dana Guthrie Martin has graced Canopic Jar in previous incarnations, and now she joins us a Featured Voice. As editor Rethabile Masilo says in his intro, “a poem should leave the reader with something: a taste, a smell, fear, mirth, wonder, any feeling, whether the poet intended it so or not. These poems win that bet.”

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November 4, 2014

Long-time followers of Canopic Jar have often been treated to the artwork of Alan Phillips along the way, sometimes unidentified, such as the website banner above. Alan’s work has also graced the cover of two Canopic Publishing books, most notably the wonderful painting used for Between the Bones by Mary Sue Koeppel. We’ve been very fortunate to have the friendship and the availability of the talents of such a brilliant artist, and we’d like to take a moment to say “Thank You” Alan. To paraphrase a recent fan, “You’re a freaking great artist.”

Alan has a new blog going, with a new website on the horizon. Follow him here and give him lots of love:  http://alanlovesart.blogspot.com/

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September 29, 2014

The Canopic Jar Suite: Home Place proudly welcomes two new additions:  “Four Walls” by Cheryl Snell and “Fields of Asphodel” by Yann Rouselott. We’ll be adding a new Suite prompt in October, but we’re still accepting submissions for the Home Place. Visit the Home Place Suite or contact us at editor@canopicjar.com for more info.

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September 18, 2014

Evan Knight, a Nebraska-born poet who of late has been creating positive energy among the spoken-word shows of Paris, joins the Canopic Jar Featured Voices. (Rethabile, himself a frequenter of Parisian cafes, is always paying attention, listening for Voices.)

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September 5, 2014

Our web presence continues to expand with the launching of jeffbumpus.com, the website and blog for Jeff Bumpus, author of Becoming Taz: Writing from the Southpaw Stance. We’re very excited for Jeff, and we’re looking forward to the continuing development of his writing career. Write on, Taz.

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September 1, 2014

Anna Polonyi joins the Home Place Suite with two well-crafted poems: “Couscous” and “K.U.K.

Photo of Anna Polonyi by Sabine Dundure

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August 27, 2014

Very pleased to add two poems by Amy Spence to the Canopic Jar Suite: Home Place. “How to Build a Vivarium” and “Fireflied” are marvelous additions and keep the Home Place energy flowing. Thanks Amy!

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August 25, 2014

Canopic Associate Editor Virginia Smith Rice‘s “[like a default, pre-programmed absence]” is in the current issue of the Cimarron Review. Virginia is currently hard at work putting together Recollections of My Father, poems by Gene Kimmet, Canopic Publishing’s next title. More on that exciting news coming very soon.

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August 24, 2014

Very proud to get this endorsement for Becoming Taz: Writing from the Southpaw Stance from “Amazing” Layla McCarter, a champion boxer whose tremendous athleticism is eclipsed by her strength of character and intelligence. Thank you Layla!

“I enjoyed this book by Jeff Bumpus so much! I recommend it to all my friends who are involved in boxing, fans of boxing, or anyone who enjoys a good book. Insights, humor, and truth. Get it NOW!” — “Amazing” Layla McCarter, Six-time World Champion

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August 21, 2014
Canopic Jar co-editor and resident poet Rethabile Masilo is featured among the Centre for African Poetry’s list of Contemporary African Poets, as are the talented Michelle McGrane (CJ27) and CJ Featured Voice Rustum Kozain. Salute!

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August 19, 2014
The latest additions to the Canopic Jar Suite: Home Place are “Upping Stakes,” a poem by Bruce McRae; and “unrenovated” a prose poem by Canopic Jar favorite Dawn Promislow.  We’re still accepting submissions at editor@canopicjar.com (check the Suites page for guidelines).

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August 3, 2014
The Canopic Jar Suite: Home Place continues to breathe and grow. “Thief Knot, Fastening,” a short story by Doro Boehme, and two poems by Wanda Morrow Clevenger (“drought of twenty-twelve” and “gray“) are the most recent additions, with more scheduled to be posted in the coming days. 

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July 26, 2014
Pansy Maurer-Alvarez joins the Featured Voices, and we’re quite sure you’re going to enjoy this poet’s work. In addition to five poems, the presentation includes  an exclusive interview of the author with Canopic Jar editors and a video from a live reading.

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July 3, 2014
The Canopic Jar Suite: Home Place continues to grow and gather positive moss as it expands. The most recent additions are “18 Copies of the Odyssey,” an excellent poem by Linda Flaherty Haltmaier, and “The Uninvited,” an excerpt from the novel She Rises Crying by Vic Sizemore. We’ve got more submissions to post soon. Keep ‘em coming folks. We’re digging the energy this suite is feeding.

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June 5, 2014
Becoming Taz: Writing from the Southpaw Stance
by Jeff Bumpus is now available from Canopic Publishing, both in print and as an eBook. Becoming Taz is a boxing memoir but more than that, it’s a tale of youth filtered through the wisdom of middle age and told with the literate voice of a seasoned storyteller. Canopic Jar’s Phil Rice wrote the Introduction. We’re very proud of this latest book to bear the Canopic imprint.

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May 21, 2014

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Reminder: The next Canopic Jar Suite will be based around the prompt Home Place.

This prompt is open to liberal and organic interpretation — wherever the artist takes it or it takes the artist.

While our emphasis tends to be literary, we encourage submissions of any genre or media that can be transmitted electronically. Poetry, prose, photographs, drawings, audio, video — artist’s choice.

We will post contributions as they are accepted by the editors, so the suite will be built gradually. This will give each piece an opportunity to be featured individually as the suite itself progresses.

Please send submissions or inquiries to editor@canopicjar.com with “Home Place” in the subject line.  Writing can be within the email or in an attachment (Word doc preferred). If you have other questions, send us a note. Or just flag Rethabile or Phil down if you see them roaming around the social media world or elsewhere.

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May 18, 2014
Selections from novelist and poet Patry Francis enliven the Canopic Jar Featured Voices, augmented by a short interview with the author.

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May 15, 2014
Becoming Taz: Writing from the Southpaw Stance by Jeff Bumpus is now available for pre-orders. Visit Jeff’s page for  videos and selected writings related to this marvelous little book.

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April 7, 2014
Call for Submissions:
The next Canopic Jar Suite will be based around the prompt Home Place.

This prompt is open to liberal and organic interpretation — wherever the artist takes it or it takes the artist.

While our emphasis tends to be literary, we encourage submissions of any genre or media that can be transmitted electronically. Poetry, prose, photographs, drawings, audio, video — artist’s choice.

We will post contributions as they are accepted by the editors, so the suite will be built gradually. This will give each piece an opportunity to be featured individually as the suite itself progresses.

Please send submissions or inquiries to editor@canopicjar.com with “Home Place” in the subject line.  Writing can be within the email or in an attachment (Word doc preferred). If you have other questions, send us a note. Or just flag Rethabile or Phil down if you see them roaming around the social media world or elsewhere.

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March 31, 2014 
Proud to add When I Wake It Will Be Forever by Virginia Smith Rice (Sundress 2014) to the shelves of the Canopic Bookstore. Visit Virginia’s website (www.virginiasmithrice.com) to read excerpts and to purchase a copy of this marvelous poetry collection. 

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March 28, 2014 
The Featured Voices is enlivened  by the poetry of Pamela Mordecai, author of numerous books, including the marvelous  Subversive Sonnets (TSAR 2012).  Ms. Mordecai’s eclectic verse offers the reader a sensuous journey buoyed by solid rhythms and a courageous willingness to “go there.”

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February 17, 2014
The first Canopic Jar Suite has been added to the Featured Voices. The poets include Virginia Smith Rice, Lana Rakhman, Rethabile Masilo, Tim Pfau, Aaron Delee, Christine Pacyk, Phil Rice, and C. Russell Price. This is the first in an ongoing series of “suites,” and while this debut was solicited, the next installment will be an open call for submissions. More details to come very soon. In the meantime, please take a look at Suite: High Ridin’ Woman. In our immodest opinion, it’s beyond solid.

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February 6, 2014
Canopic Jar proudly welcomes the addition of Dawn Promislow, author of Jewels and Other Stories, to the Featured Voices page. Her short story “Gleaming like light” is spotlighted, and links to other writings are also included. 

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January 1, 2014
The Featured Voices section launches with five poems by Rustum Kozain introduced by CJ co-editor Rethabile Masilo–a most auspicious beginning to an exciting new phase of Canopic Jar.

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Intro
Though primarily a literary based venture since its debut as a print journal in 1986, Canopic Jar has sought to be an organic forum for artists of whatever media or genre that strikes the moment. Over the years an emphasis has been consistently placed on substance rather than credentials, and in this light a wide-range of artists have been represented, from authors with bestsellers on their resume to retirees finally putting words on paper for the first time—and all in between. As one critic once described it, “Canopic Jar offers communal nourishment without walls.”

Unlike previous online incarnations, the current Canopic Jar will not be presented in “issues” but will instead be an ongoing presentation. We will post featured writings and art galleries periodically, as well as audio and/or video offerings. There is also a section devoted to classics and other artistic ventures that the editors post simply out of a desire to share work which for one reason or another has caught our appreciative eye. As always, we will be showcasing a mix of styles and voices, and the boundaries of content will remain organic and flexible.

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Print and eBook Canopic Jar projects as well as other books bearing the  Canopic Publishing imprint are also on the docket for 2014.

Along the way we will be uploading content from previous print and online issues as well as posting various bits of art from our archives—or whatever finds its way to the pages.  And comments and suggestions are welcomed and appreciated.

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