Thursday, 15 May 2014

Week 3: Vallum's Cryptographic Adventure!


And our hint of the week: Happy Days are FGGH again!

Be sure to cross reference your clues with Week 1 and 2 in order to break the cipher!

Wednesday, 7 May 2014

Week 2: Vallum's Cryptographic Adventure

Here we are, all you spies and double agents. Can you be the first person to crack the code and solve who the mystery poet is? The first person to correctly guess our mystery poet will win a free entry to the Vallum Award for Poetry 2014:

This week's cipher: ZGKDBMG MEG AXWWBCL KCUS

And our hint of the week: A box without hinges, key or lid and yet golden treasure inside is hid. GLL

Be sure to cross reference your clues with Week 1 in order to break the cipher!

Happy Hunting Detectives!

Monday, 5 May 2014

Congratulations Patrick Lane for your National Magazine Awards nominations!

Congratualtions to Patrick Lane for his two nominations for the 
National Magazine Awards 2013 in the category of poetry!

Vallum: Contemporary Poetry is proud to have published Lane's 
"Arroyo" and "Soft and Moist, Hard and Dry" in our issue Reflections

NMA winners will be announced at the gala June 6, 2014. 
To see a complete list of the nominees, you can visit the National Magazine Awards webiste here.

Saturday, 3 May 2014

Mood, and Robert Creeley's, "Some"

The manic weather this year has taken its toll on people. More than one is whispering "apocalypse." Hopefully our cryptographs will provide you with some respite, and distract you from a world of turmoil. Thanks to Vallum intern, Devon Gallant, for his brilliance with brain challenges.

Here is a poem by Robert Creeley that filled the void I was in today, the only thing that settled. And even though the poem ends with separation, its words form an alliance between poet and reader that is based on mutual self-understanding. And that is what makes one feel better. That is what poetry does for those who can hear it.      /ez 

(c) Robert Creeley

You have not simply
insisted on yourself
nor argued
the irrelevance

of any one else. You
have always wanted 
to be friends, to be
one of many.

life even
in its largeness
might be brought

to care, you
tried to make it
care, humble, illiterate,
awkward gestured.

So you thought,
as inevitable age approached,
some loved you, 

You waited for
some wind
to lift, some 
thing to happen,

proving it finally,
making sense more
than the literal,
still separate.

Published in 2006 by University of California Press. The Collected Works of Robert Creeley 1975-2005.