Charlie Bondhus, past winner of the Stonewall Chapbook Competition, is looking for submissions for The Good Men Project‘s but poems with a certain perspective. If you’ve written a poem dealing in some way about men or masculinity, submit your poetry to The Good Men Project. Even though the poem should be about men or masculinity, the poem can also be from women and people of all gender identities and expressions. For more information on their guidelines, check out their website here. And for a taste of their poetry check out their archive here. Good luck!
Charlie Bondhus’ second poetry book All the Heat We Could Carry won Main Street Rag’s Annual Poetry Book Award for 2013. Bondhus has also published How the Boy Might See It which was a finalist for the 2007 Blue Light Press First Book Award. His chapbook What We Have Learned to Love won BrickHouse Books’ 2008-2009 Stonewall Award. Congrats Charlie!
Chamber Four, a blog that provides a plethora of information about publishing, literature, and ereading technology, has reviewed All the Heat We Could Carry by Charlie Bondhus. The review does a wonderful job of providing background on the author and book along with providing their favorite lines from All the Heat We Could Carry.
Short preview of Chamber Four’s review:
Winner of the 2013 Main Street Rag Poetry Book Award, Charlie Bondhus’ All the Heat We Could Carry is a meditation on war, the effects of war, particularly on gay soldiers, specifically with regard to the endless war in Afghanistan in the 21st century. Shifting scenes from the home front in America to Afghanistan and back again, these poems expose the emotions and perspectives of soldiers, in the midst of conflict in the strange, alien terrain of war and in the familiar, but now no less alien, environs of home.
The title comes from a line in “April,” the final poem in the middle section, a poem about the beginning of the end of a romantic relationship. For one of the storylines in this collection is about the break-up of two lovers affected by the war.
Make sure to check out Chamber Four’s full review here and to check out their blog overall! Another great resource for book lovers. Many thanks to Chamber Four for their beautifully written review.