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This past weekend I took several large framed photos to a local Wichita gallery, Three Pea Gallery, who will be selling them along with my books. We are putting the finishing touches on a book signing/wine tasting evening at Three Pea during a monthly event called “Final Friday.” It is planned for April 30th, and two other artists, plus the gallery owner, will be showing their work as well. I’ll have several copies of my new book (“Aspects Long Forgotten”) available and I’ll personally sign them ala Rick “Castle.”

Final Friday, sponsored by Downtown Wichita and the local art districts, is known for its “art crawl,” in which several galleries and museums are open late and serve refreshments so that art lovers can move slowly from one gallery to the next. If you live in the Wichita vicinity, I hope you’ll stop in. For more info about my book, go to http://www.jackhuber.com/aspects.htm, and please feel free to add yourself to my guest map.

One last note: I am sponsoring a continuing 4-line poetry contest on the Ryze network and the latest inspiration is posted today. It’s free to enter, but you must be a member of the Ryze group, which is also free. This is a great group, so if you have a mind to enter this semi-monthly contest, please join us at http://www.ryze.com/networkindex.php?network=wordmeisters and look up the latest Quatrain City contest thread. The rules are also included.

Hope you are all having a wonderful week.

Jack

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“Aspects Long Forgotten” is now released and available at http://www.jackhuber.com/aspects.htm.  My latest book of poetry and photography, named for a poem within, was a year in the making.

The local gallery carrying my work, Three Pea, is planning an “Aspects” book-signing for Final Friday, an evening art crawl in the gallery district. Watch for that announcement.

JackHuber.com is also sponsoring a poetry contest to assist poets fine-tune their skills. Twice monthly, a photo is posted on the Ryze forum, “Wordmeisters, Poets and Writers Unite!” Members then compose a quatrain, or 4-line poem, inspired by the photograph. The first winners have been posted on my website at http://www.jackhuber.com/quatraincity.htm and will be automatically entered in a grand prize contest at the end of the year.

Only members of this Ryze group may enter the contest, but to join is free. Quatrain City Contest rules are posted in the forum. For more information, go to http://www.ryze.com/networkindex.php?network=wordmeisters.

Have a great week!

Jack

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In good form…

 Once again I have an article published in the Poetic Monthly Magazine. In this month’s column, which was released today, I discuss how and when I choose a poetic form. You can find it on Page 47 of the “View Free PDF” link partway down the front page of http://www.poetstage.com/poeticmonthly.htm . Also selected and included in this issue are two of my submissions, “Kindred Souls” and “Judging Without Knowing.”

You can find last month’s column, “The Scene of the Rhyme,” on Associated Content: http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/2771980/the_scene_of_the_rhyme.html?cat=47 .

 My new book, “Aspects Long Forgotten,” is in its final stages before release. I’ve corrected a few minor typos and ordered my (hopefully) final proof, which is on its way. With any luck, my new release will happen around April Fool’s Day. I hope that’s not an omen…

 Jack

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I just finished placing my poems in my new book’s template and in order to write the preface, in which I describe the forms I’ve used, I had to make a list of them. It is a surprisingly long list:

quatrains
triplets
Italian sonnet
English sonnet
triolet
Rondeau
haiku
senryu
tanka
sijo
ruba’i
villanelle
terza rima
diamante
kyrielle
double Etheree
quintana
roundelay
standard Habbie
Pleiades
prose
pantoum
quatern
villanelle

Good thing my book is limited to 100 pages…

For a description on any of these forms, please go to http://www.associatedcontent.com/user/202741/jack_huber.html

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I’ve been working on my next book, which should be complete and available by the end of March. I hope your Valentine’s Day was special, as Mexican dinners with my Valentine always are.

My latest article, “The Scene of the Rhyme”, was published today on Poetic Monthly Magazine. You can find it at http://www.poetstage.com/poeticmonthly.htm on page 46 using the “View Free PDF” link about half a page down. I am asked about rhyming poetry all the time and this column attempts to explain my thoughts on the subject.

I’ve been mentioned again in February’s “Staff Picks” on GotPoetry.com for my participation in the “Blair Pentathlon,” which requires a poet to write five poems in five specified styles in five days. My quatern, “Subtle Clues,” was highlighted in the article. Read more at http://www.gotpoetry.com/News/article/sid=49208.html.

Since my last poetic form article on AC about how to write a “Blitz” poem (http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/2671473/poetic_form_the_blitz.html?cat=42), I’ve been in contact with the form’s inventor, Robert Keim, and he has given me some great background on the reasoning behind it. AC has agreed to let me post an updated version of the piece that will include comments and more detail from Mr. Keim’s correspondence. I’ll announce when the updated article is available.

 Thanks to everyone for their wonderful support. I really appreciate it.

Jack

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In today’s issue of the Hutchinson News, an article appeared about me and my relationship with Greensburg, KS, and the 5.4.7 Arts Center. “Poet, Arts Center ‘Splendid’ Partners,” describes my new book as well as my interest in the small town’s rebuilding efforts. About two hours west of Wichita, Greensburg was obliterated by an EF-5 tornado in May 2007.

‘Splendid’ refers to the title of my book, “A Splendid Alternative” and the title poem inspired by Greensburg’s phoenix-like re-emergence from a state of debris. The 5.4.7 Arts Center is the first LEED Platinum-certified “green” building in the state.

Hutchinson News developed the article after receiving a joint press release about my donation to the Arts Center of all profits from sales of ‘Splendid’ at the Center and at Greensburg’s Big Well, a tourist attraction.

Hutchinson, Kansas, is about 60 miles northwest of Wichita and has a large regional presence. For the story, go to http://www.hutchnews.com/Preview/poet2009-08-06T21-59-23.  In print, the column includes color pictures of the Arts Center, my book’s cover, and my friendly mug. Unfortunately, online articles don’t include pics.

For further information regarding “A Splendid Alternative,” go to http://www.jackhuber.com/splendid.htm.

Thanks, everyone, for your support.

Jack

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This week I am highlighted on the Author and Book Event Center, a website devoted to “Book Reviews, Book Trailers, Author Events, Live Forum and Chat.” The Event Center allows readers and fans to communicate with some of their favorite authors and keep up with literary events.

For more information, go to http://bookeventcenter.ning.com and consider joining (it’s free).

Enjoy!

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