Once more into the breach…IPM 2014 is open for submissions!

International Poetry Month 2014

once more into the breach…or fill the gap with poetry

I had been casting about for a theme for International Poetry Month 2014 for almost a year when my husband, Matthew Broussard, made a series of paintings on the theme of ambiguous and iconic gestures in December. As soon as I saw the painting “Leap” the phrase in the heading above came to mind.

After a year of listing to news packed with war and disaster, perhaps the unaltered quote from Shakespeare’s Henry V would be more apt – although a quick recap of the years news will tell us that the gap was filled with dead of every nationality: the building collapse in Dar es Salaam, the Fertilizer plant in West, Texas, the Boston Marathon bombing, the constant undercurrent of the financial and employment crisis in Europe, a devastating typhoon in the Philippines, drowning of migrants off of Lampedusa, the wars in South Sudan, Syria…does your heart feel like lead yet, are you about to click on a link to something else, anything else?

Poets are charged with throwing their works into the breach, paving the unseeable future with words that transform the painful, the splendid and the ordinary of where we are now and where we have been, into where we are going…making the leap, perhaps of faith or perhaps of desperation or even of joy. The future is there: blindingly dark, spattered with patches of dense brightness. We’re on the precipice, hanging above the clouds, now….LEAP

~ by bonniemcclellan on January 4, 2014.

9 Responses to “Once more into the breach…IPM 2014 is open for submissions!”

  1. I’m not a poet AND I do look forward to what poets will be submitting. And I will send this to all the poets I know.
    2014, I say yes.

    • Glad that you’re looking forward to this year’s IPM Mary Kathryn, I am too! Stay tuned, I’m sure that I’ll have 28 days of great poetry to offer in February.

  2. […] “Poets are charged with throwing their works into the breach, paving the unseeable future with words that transform and move forward from where we are now into where we are going…” (Bonnie McClellan: Once more into the breach…IPM 2014) […]

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  4. Great theme..stunning painting! xxx

    • Thanks Kate :). If you like the painting it may still be on show in London (along with a few other paintings by my husband) at Electric Dart Gallery: 167 Battersea High Street, SW11 3JS London. I’d love to know what you think of them.

  5. Noted – not a million miles away from me! I have email – I will reply xxx

  6. […] Follow this link to learn about this year’s theme, and for submission guidelines: https://bonniemcclellan.wordpress.com/2014/01/04/once-more-into-the-breach-ipm-2014-is-open-for-submi… […]

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