Honourable Mention!

Pleasantly surprised and delighted to report that a haiku I entered in the Vancouver Cherry Blossom 2015 Haiku Invitational received an “Honourable Mention”!

Judges were Michael Dylan Welch, Katherine Munro, and Allan Burns.

Read it here.

Please scroll down to read my poem. “Control F(ind)” on “McBride” will take you right to it. (But then you’ll miss so many fine poems!)

Blessings to all.

Andrew

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“The Great Salish Sea” by Dana Lyons

My grateful thank you to Suzanne G. for sharing this magnificent video and song, “The Great Salish Sea” by Dana Lyons.

Orcas, salmon, kelp forest, the Salish Sea and the voice of Dana Lyons.

Watch it here.

What are you helping save today?

With warm regards, Andy

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The writer chooses privacy…

Grateful appreciation to a friend I shall name Jackie who told me about Elena Ferrante, an Italian novelist who wrote a letter to her publishing house explaining why she *would not* participate in the marketing of her novel.

Jackie and I were talking about writers and privacy.

Here’s a great blog post about Elena Ferrante’s letter. Read it here.

I sympathize with the novelist, and am delighted that her novel Troubling Love is doing so well.

To the novelist, congratulations!

Cheers, Andrew

(errr, I mean Matt)

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Feature at poetrynight September 21!

I am delighted to note that I will be the featured poet at poetrynight September 21st!

Doors open and sign-up begins at 7:45 p.m.

poetrynight

A grateful “Thank you!” to the poetrynight Board.

I don’t have a poetry chapbook or book yet (I’m shopping a couple of manuscripts around, hoping that one will be picked up.). I’m optimistic. Please stay tuned.

I hope to see you there at poetrynight!

Best wishes, Andy

AKA Andrew Shattuck McBride

P.S. Press on with YOUR writing!

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Untitled, for Nine

After an altar call

Rev. Clementa C. Pinckney
Cynthia Hurd
Rev. Daniel Lee Simmons, Sr.
DePayne Middleton-Doctor
Ethel Lee Lance
Myra Thompson
Sharonda Coleman-Singleton
Susie Jackson
Tywanza Sanders

Do you hear the poetry?
Do you hear the music
and love in these names?

These women and men are sisters and brothers,
mothers and fathers, aunts and uncles,
grandmothers and grandfathers.

These blessed women and men are ours.

All lives matter.
Black lives matter.
These lives matter.

These blessed people
are poems
taken away from us.

Rev. Clementa C. Pinckney
Cynthia Hurd
Rev. Daniel Lee Simmons, Sr.
DePayne Middleton-Doctor
Ethel Lee Lance
Myra Thompson
Sharonda Coleman-Singleton
Susie Jackson
Tywanza Sanders

Do you hear the music
and love in these names?
Do you hear the poetry?

These blessed people
are poems
taken away from us.

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One-Line Haiku

I wrote this in 2011, in response to the mass shooting in Norway.

another mass shooting mourning doves

Blessings to the memory of the nine blessed people we just lost in Charleston, South Carolina.

~*~

Originally popularized by Jim Kacian, the one-line haiku form seems to be increasing in popularity.

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First print issue of Mud Season Review!

Imagine my pleasant surprise in checking my mailbox this afternoon and finding my contributor’s copy of Mud Season Review!

The issue–Mud Season Review‘s first print issue–is gorgeous. Volume 1 features cover art by Nance Van Winckel. It’s packed with fiction, poetry, nonfiction, art, and interviews.

Oh–and the issue includes my poem, “I Take the Son I’ll Never Have to His First Baseball Game.” I’m thrilled to have my poem appear in such a lovely literary journal!

My grateful THANK YOU to Mud Season Review Editor-in-Chief Rebecca Starks and Managing Editor Danielle Thierry and to their staff members. And thank you for a contributor’s copy!

Please read Mud Season Review and consider subscribing!

Here’s a link!

With warm regards, Andy

P.S. Press on with YOUR writing!

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