Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Report from Baltimore AND Current Events Poetry

Back from a weekend in Baltimore, where I accompanied Steve on a business trip. So…not as much freedom to explore Baltimore’s excellent eats, but I did have incredible veal marsala—the best I’ve had in Little Italy—at Caesar's Den (you have to love that Rat Pack-ish name!); luscious fried oysters at my favorite old-time bar—established in 1934: Burke's, where, yes, I was called, “hon” along with “sweetheart” and “baby”; and wonderful pierogis at Ze Mean Bean in Fells Point. Okay—and we also squeezed in Italian pastries from Vaccaro's. And Steve got the perfect crabcake from Faidley's, at Lexington Market. It seems that in spite of the scheduled business dinners, we did all right for ourselves….

Note: If you’re feeling hungry, both Vaccaro’s and Faidley’s ship their products!


Knowing the preponderance of news junkies in the DC area, I thought this call for submissions might be of interest:

Online Journal Seeks Current Events Poetry

THE NEW VERSE NEWS covers the news and public affairs with poems on issues, large and small, international and local. It relies on the submission of poems (especially those of a politically progressive bent) by writers from all over the world.

The editors update the website every day or two with the best work received.

See the website for guidelines and for examples of the kinds of poems THE NEW VERSE NEWS publishes. Then paste your submission and a brief bio in the text of an email (no attachments, please) to Write "Verse News Submission" in the subject line of your email.


DC-area author Leslie Pietrzyk explores the creative process and all things literary.