Valentine’s Day is over, but the good ship LONNOL is still available for booking. Perhaps you yet have tokens of affection you would like to ship out. If they have even the slightest touch of nature about them, we’re longing to publish them. Please search your files for poems, short fiction, short essays, mp3s of readings of your work or of other work that’s in public domain, your original artwork, etc. and share them with us and our readership. Less than two weeks remains in February, but if need requires, we will keep things afloat through March.
Along with submissions from our readers, we’ll have a fond feelings haiku chain, to be initiated soon.
Also, February 24th is WIZ’s birthday. We’ll be five years old. To celebrate, we’ll be offering one or more of WIZ’s old movie giveaways. Giving our readers presents on our birthday is something we really enjoy doing. To “win” an old movie, all you’ll have to do is read each movie’s review and comment in the comment section. WIZ will contact you with further instructions about how to receive your free DVD.
In the Northeast, winter has been ridiculous harsh and relentless. Here in the Four Corners region, we seem to be trembling on the brink of an early spring. What the world needs now is love, sweet love. Full steam ahead.
We’ve received a few tokens of affection but are longing for more. Please search your files for poems, short fiction, short essays, mp3s of readings of your work or of other work that’s in public domain, your original artwork, etc. and send them winging our way.
Along with submissions from our readers, we’ll have a winter wonderland/fond feelings haiku chain, to be initiated soon.
Also, February 24th is WIZ’s birthday. We’ll be four years old. To celebrate, we’ll be offering one or more of WIZ’s old movie giveaways. Giving our readers presents on our birthday is something we really enjoy doing. To “win” an old movie, all you’ll have to do is read each movie’s review and comment in the comment section. WIZ will contact you with further instructions about how to receive your free DVD.
It has been a hard, difficult, overlong (some would say interminable) winter. Let’s use February to warm things up.
It’s another LONNOL Month, WIZ’s traditional month-long celebration of love and the natural world.
We’re issuing an open call for nature-themed, love-laced writing and visual arts: original poetry, essays, blocks of fiction, art, music (mp3s), videos or other media that address the subject of love while referencing nature, even if lightly. By the same token, we’re interested in nature writing raveled up with themes of love.
If you’ve written artsy Valentine wishes to someone beloved—or perhaps created a video Valentine or made a live reading of a sonnet or lyric poem that’s original to you—or if you’ve written a short essay avowing your love for people, critters, or spaces that make you feel alive, please consider sending it to WIZ. Click here for submissions guidelines.
We hope you’ll join our month-long celebration combining two of the most potent natural forces on the face of the planet–love and language.
Starting February 1st, Love of Nature Nature of Love Month will open its heart at Wilderness Interface Zone. We’re issuing a call for nature-themed love stuff. Got messages of companionship, connectionship, or of loveship you’d like to send someone? Are you weird like me and your nature is to be crazy about people AND nature? WIZ is looking for original poetry, essays, blocks of fiction, art, music (mp3s), videos or other media that address the subject of love while making references to nature–including to that work of nature as earth-moving and variable as any other natural force, human language.
We’ll take the other side of the coin of affection, too: We’ll publish work about nature spun up with themes of love. And as always, you’re welcome to send favorite works by others that have entered public domain.
Some of us have been around long enough to have the authority to urge you to let people you care about know how you feel at each opportunity that flies up in front of you. So if you have a sweet song or sonnet you’ve written to someone beloved–or perhaps a video Valentine or an essay avowing your love for a natural critter or space near and dear–please consider sending it to WIZ. We’ll publish it between February 1 and February 28. Click here for submissions guidelines.
Our fondest hopes for LONNOL Month: Putting into the currents of language flowing around the world some of the deepest, warmest, freeze-busting words we can find. And if things work out, we’ll also be running one of WIZ’s DVD giveaways, a Pre-Hays Code movie, King of the Jungle, starring loincloth-clad Buster Crabbe as Kaspa the Lion Man.
We hope you’ll join us for this month-long celebration combining two of the most potent forces on the face of the planet–love and language.
We love the things we love for what they are. ~Robert Frost
One touch of nature makes the whole world kin. ~William Shakespeare
Besides being an excellent poet, William Reger plays Native American style flutes. William says that this piece, titled “In the Woods” was “recorded in the woods with the birds and squirrels and some unnamed individual crashing through the weeds on his way to somewhere. It uses a High Spirits high E “Kestrel” flute.” “In the Woods” is a spontaneous improvisation.
Of his introduction to flute playing, William writes, “I was first introduced to the Native American flute in 2005 when my children gave me a Jonah Thompson flute for Father’s Day. It was a small flute made of pine with a carved eagle on the block. After two years of lessons and practice with the bagpipe chanter with its harsh double reed sound, the sound of the flute was so pleasing I could not get enough of it. It led me to become interested in the history and culture of aerophones around the world. There are surprising similarities in the traditions and practices surrounding flutes wherever they are played. The Native American flute is unique, however, in its construction. It is one of the few flutes that utilizes a second, slow air chamber which helps give it its more meditative sound. Since picking up the Native American flute, I have also played around with the quena from South America, the bansuri from India, the zhaleika (not strictly a flute because it has a reed) from Russia (Siberia), the xiao, bawu (also a reed flute), and hulusi from China, the melodica (more of a piano you blow into), and the Irish whistle. Of all of these, however, I would have to say that the Native American flute has been the easiest and most satisfying flute to play improvisationally.”
Will Reger was born and raised in the St. Louis, Missouri area. He has a Ph.D. in History from the University of Illinois and currently teaches history at Illinois State University. He lives in Champaign, Illinois, with his wife and two youngest children. He began writing poetry in the 7th grade and never quite stopped. As this post demonstrates, he also plays the Native American Flute. He has recently had poems published in Fire in the Pasture and songs /cycles.