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22
Jun
12

in pursuit of the juiciest wine: day 115 – Colonia Las Liebres Bonarda 2011

Colonia Las Liebres Bonarda 2011Not much is new in the world today except the Miami Heat are the NBA champions and Germany crushed Greece 4-1 in Euro Cup 2012. Man, Germany got pissed off after Greece scored on them and knotted it up 1-1 early in the second half.

What’s new for me are this bottle of Colonia Las Liebres Bonarda 2011 from Mendoza, Argentina, and the Bonarda varietal. I’ve never heard of it. The wine guy at Mahan’s said, “It’s local to Argentina. It’s like their version of Tempranillo.”

According to The Real Argentine blog, Bonarda is Argentina’s second most planted grape variety and it “may be the same as a Californian grape called Charbono.” Actually, the post “The Mysterious Travels of the Bonarda Grape” gives a good history and details of the grape.

Wine Searcher gives slightly different information. The first sentence of its Bonarda entry description reads, “Bonarda is the name used for four entirely distinct red grape varieties; three from northern Italy, and one from Argentina.” The first Italian verions is “Bonarda Piedmontese.” The second Italian version comes from northern Italy, where it is often referred to as “Croatina,” which “refers to its origins in Croatia.” The third Italian version is referred to as “Uva Rara,” or the “the rare grape.” In Argentina, where the majority of Bonarda grapes are grown, it is mainly used for blending.

That should be enough education. Now, let’s get to some tastification of the Colonia Las Liebres Bonarda 2011.

The wine guy at Mahan’s said this opens tight, so it’s been decanting for about an hour.

The color is a dark purple with a bright purple/pink meniscus.

The nose is sharp and with cranberries and provolone cheese, which makes sense because I was thinking of pizza when I poured the first glass. I also get cherries and dry Argentinian dirt. My companion also gets leather.

It’s very fruity and big and juicy. And with juicy, purple plums. Is there chocolate too?! Wow, I really like how it plays in my mouth. My mouth is doing a little tasty dance of juicy joy.

My companion gets mushroom paste, pesto, and a parmesan cheese.

The finish is slippery and peppery.

SlideThis wine is like a playground for the mouth. It’s like a spin-around carousel of big fruits swirling, spinning, and getting dizzy in my mouth. And then it staggers over to the slide, climbs up and up, and then, wheeeeeeeeeeeeeee, slides down with its arms raised high.

But then it slams into thee ground. There’s a slight sour after finish, but that’s something some food can easily cure, especially pizza with red sauce. Yum.

For $8, which is what I paid, it’s damned good.

However, the longer it stays open, the drier and less juicy it is on the taste and the more sour on the finish.

I’d say this an 88 wine, and mayeb 89 with food.//

16
Jun
12

Presses with Open Readings for Full-Length Poetry Manuscripts

In the past, I have created such lists as all the Small, Independent, and University Press Poetry Book Publishers (which was up-to-date as of 3-6-10 with 687 presses) and all the Journals with “Review” in Their Title, Who Accept Poetry, and Who Have a Website (which was up-to-date as of 2-29-12 with 344 journals.) The first lists I made were Poetry Book Contests with Spring & Summer DeadlinesPoetry Book Contests with Fall & Winter Deadlines (scroll down), and Poetry Chapbook Contests (scroll down).

Now, it’s time to start a new list, and I’ll keep it here and I’ll update it as I can. Currently, these are the only ones I remember or that other kind people have reminded me of. The list will grow, and if you know of any open readings, please note them in the comments and I’ll add them to the list. I’m trying to limit this list to free readings, but I’ve listed a few that charge a reading fee.

Press with Open Reading for Full-Length Poetry Manuscripts

All the Time Open Readings (last updated 6-2-20.)

January Open Readings (Checked and updated 1-3-20.)
February Open Readings
March Open Readings
April Open Readings (last checked and updated 4-2-18)
May Open Readings
June Open Readings (last checked and updated 5-31-20)
July Open Readings (last checked and updated 7-4-19)
August Open Reading (last checked and updated 8-1-17)
September Open Readings (Last checked 9-1-17)
  • Arktoi Books (lesbian poets) (At the moment, Arktoi is not accepting submissions.)
  • Bat Cat Press (“We welcome the submission of complete manuscripts throughout the year. We read in the fall (September-December) and typically send out accept/decline letters in December and January.”)
  • Cherry Castle Publishing (“Our submission period is currently closed.”)
  • Deerbrook Editions (“Suspended until further notice. . . . The normal reading period is August 1 to October 1.” Checked 1-3-20.)
  • FutureCycle Press (They read July through December. Checked 1-3-20.)
  • Harpoon Books (For 2019. $10.)
  • Kore Press (July 9 through October 31. “Open to any women, gender queer, and transgendered artist writing in the English language, whether living in the United States or abroad, and regardless of prior publication history.” Updated 1-3-20.)
  • McSweeney’s Books (“Submissions are currently closed. We don’t have an exact date when they’ll reopen, but we’d suggest checking back in a few months. Thank you for considering McSweeney’s. (3/1/20).”)
  • Sidebrow Books (Through October 31, 2017. “In lieu of a reading fee, we are asking each of you to kindly support our press and authors by buying the book of your choice from our catalog in conjunction with this reading period.”)
  • Tarpaulin Sky Press (“Will we open for unsolicited submissions again, anytime soon? Most likely. But we’re not sure when.”)
  • University of Pittsburgh Press (Pitt Poetry Series. For poets who have previously published a poetry book.)
  • Willow Books (2017. $25.)
October Open Readings (Last updated 10-2-18)
  • Arktori Books (lesbian poets) (“At the moment, Arktoi is not accepting submissions. Check back for changes.”)
  • Apocalypse Party
  • boost house
  • Bat Cat Press (“We welcome the submission of complete manuscripts throughout the year. We read in the fall (September-December) and typically send out accept/decline letters in December and January.”)
  • Black Ocean (“We are currently accepting submissions *for first poetry books* only from October 1 through October 31, 2017.”)
  • Carnegie Mellon University Press (Not open to previous Carnegie Mellon University Press Poets. $15 reading fee.)
  • co-im-press (“Likes works in translation that are strange, transgressive, visceral-mystical, or “unpublishable” through traditional means.”)
  • Counterpath (Begin with a query and a short sample.)
  • Deerbrook Editions (“Suspended until further notice. . . . The normal reading period is August 1 to October 1.” Checked 1-3-20.)
  • El Balazo Press
  • FutureCycle Press (They read July through December. Checked 1-3-20.)
  • Gold Wake Press (Open reading begins March 1. There is no specified end date. Next open reading begins October 1 with no specified end date. Checked 1-3-20.)
  • Harpoon Books (For 2019. $10.)
  • Inside the Castle
  • Kore Press (July 9 through October 31. “Open to any women, gender queer, and transgendered artist writing in the English language, whether living in the United States or abroad, and regardless of prior publication history.” Updated 1-3-20.)
  • McSweeney’s Books (“Submissions are currently closed. We don’t have an exact date when they’ll reopen, but we’d suggest checking back in a few months. Thank you for considering McSweeney’s. (3/1/20).”)
  • Milkweed Editions (“Milkweed Editions does not anticipate holding open submissions periods in 2018.”)
  • Orison Books (Poetry in translation.)
  • Nine Arches Press (October 1-31, 2018.)
  • Sidebrow Books (“We are currently closed for book-length submissions.”)
  • Tavern Books: The Wrolstad Contemporary Series ($15 reading fee. “The Wrolstad Contemporary Poetry Series is only open to female poets aged 40 years or younger. Entrants must be US citizens..”)
  • Unicorn Press (April 1 – June 30 and October 1-December 31.)
  • University of Pittsburgh Press (Pitt Poetry Series. For poets who have previously published a poetry book.)
November Open Readings (Last updated 11-14-18)
  • Arktori Books (Lesbian poets. At the moment, Arktoi is not accepting submissions. Check back for changes.”)
  • Bat Cat Press (“We welcome the submission of complete manuscripts throughout the year. We read in the fall (September-December) and typically send out accept/decline letters in December and January.”)
  • Black Lawrence Press
  • Copper Canyon Press (The Fall/Winter 2019 open reading is: November 1 – 30, 2019.)
  • FutureCycle Press (They read July through December. Checked 1-3-20.)
  • Harpoon Books (For 2019. $10.)
  • Mason Jar Press ($4 submission fee. Presently no calls.)
  • McSweeney’s Books (“Submissions are currently closed. We don’t have an exact date when they’ll reopen, but we’d suggest checking back in a few months. Thank you for considering McSweeney’s. (3/1/20).”)
  • Tavern Books: The Wrolstad Contemporary Series ($15 reading fee. “The Wrolstad Contemporary Poetry Series is only open to female poets aged 40 years or younger. Entrants must be US citizens.”)
  • Unicorn Press (April 1 – June 30 and October 1-December 31.)
  • WordTech Communications (Includes the following imprints Cherry Grove Collections, CW Books, David Robert Books, Turning Point, Word Press, and WordTech Editions.)
December Open Readings
  • Bat Cat Press (“We welcome the submission of complete manuscripts throughout the year. We read in the fall (September-December) and typically send out accept/decline letters in December and January.”)
  • Brick Road Poetry Press (75-100 pages. December 1, 2019 – January 31, 2020.)
  • FutureCycle Press (They read July through December. Checked 1-3-20.)
  • Future Poem Books (December 1 through January 15.)
  • Green Lantern Press (December 1 through January 30.)
  • Harpoon Books (For 2019. $10.)
  • Mason Jar Press ($4 submission fee)
  • Tavern Books: The Wrolstad Contemporary Series ($25 reading fee. “The Wrolstad Contemporary Poetry Series is only open to female poets aged 40 years or younger. Entrants must be US citizens.”)
  • Tinderbox Editions (December 1-7 fee-free open reading period. December 1 – January 30 $22 donation period.)
  • Unicorn Press (April 1 – June 30 and October 1-December 31.)
  • WordTech Communications (Includes the following imprints Cherry Grove Collections, CW Books, David Robert Books, Turning Point, Word Press, and WordTech Editions. Closes December 15.)

 

More to come. 
Ultimate update: 6-2-20:
  • Added to All the Time Open Readings:
    • 8th House Publishing
    • 11:11 Press
    • A.B. Baird Publishing
    • A15 Publishing
    • All Things Matter Press
    • Andrew McMeel Publishing
    • April Gloaming Publishing
    • bd-studios
    • Better Than Starbucks
    • Biblioasis
    • Black Mountain Press
    • Caitlin Press Inc.
    • Cephalo Press
    • City Lights Books
    • Clash Books
    • Coach House Books
    • Coteau Books
    • Encircle Publications
    • Fragmented Voices
    • Fremantle Press
    • Giramondo Publishing
    • Grey Borders Books
    • Holland Park Press
    • Invisible Publishing
    • IF SF Publishing
    • Luath Press
    • New Meridian Arts
    • Peepal Tree Press
    • Penteract Press
    • Plough Books
    • Propertius Press
    • Rebel Mountain Press
    • Red Dirt Press
    • Shanti Arts
    • Shearsman Books
    • Slant
    • Threadsuns Press
    • University of Saint Katherine Press
    • University Professors Press
    • Unsolicited Press
    • Urtica Press
    • Victoria University Press
    • Wesleyan University Press
    • Whiskey Tit
    • Word West
    • Xi Draconis Books
  • Added Close-Up Books to April, May, July, and August
Penultimate update: 5-31-20: Removed Short Flight/Long Drive Books from May and June
Antepenultimate update: 4-25-20: Added Black Centipede Press to All the Time Open Readings.
Preantepenultimate update: 1-3-20:
  • Removed from All the Time Open Readings:
    • Alabaster Leaves Publishing.
    • A-Minor Press
    • boost house
    • Choose the Sword Press
    • Field Translation Series
    • Hiraeth Press
    • HVTN
    • Jellyfish Highway
    • Keyhole Press
    • Letter Machine Editions
    • Mid-List Press
    • Milk Press
    • Mongrel Empire Press
    • Oberon Press
    • Red Bridge Press
    • Shire Reckoning Publishing House
    • Skylight Press
    • Upper Rubber Boot Books
  • Removed Graywolf Press from January, May, and August.
  • Removed H_NGM_N BKS from December, January, February, and March.
  • Removed Steel Toe Books from January, February, and October.
  • Added to All the Time Open Readings:
    • Another New Calligraphy
    • Baobab Press
    • Open Letter
  • Added Green Lantern Press to December and January
  • Added Milk and Cake Press to January, February, March, and April
 
189 presses that print paperback and/or hardcover poetry books.//
13
Jun
12

in pursuit of the juiciest wine: day 114 – Filón 2010 Red Wine

I have so many things to say, but first I received my Samsung Galaxy S II, Epic 4G Touch – White from Credo Mobile today. I received it during the first half of the Germany-Holland Euro Cup 2012 game. But I didn’t do anything with it until after the game. Then I spent about two-and-a-half-mindless hours configuring it and setting it up with apps, such as ESPN radio, Pandora, Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo mail, and maybe something else. Who knows. Anyway, I was hungry before I started working on it, but then I forgot about the hunger. I’m not even hungry right now, and I haven’t touched it in 30 minutes. Maybe Androids are the key to losing weight.

Filón 2010 Red WineTonight’s wine is Filón 2010 Red Wine, which is 100 percent Garnacha. It’s produced by Bodegas Terra Sigilata and is from Calatayud, Spain. I picked it up because it was new at Mahan’s, and I’m always looking for the newest, especially when it’s $9.

Anyway. I need a drink to calm down from this Android distraction. So let’s get to this.

As I poured it from the decanter into a glass it smelled alcoholy and like a cheap wine. I also picked up some cherries, which were confirmed when wafted under my nose. Also, there are musty, musky mushrooms, my my.

Oh, the color is like a light maroon and is 75% opaque.

It tastes much better on the palate, but it finishes kinda cheap. There are juicy cherries on the palate and it’s kinda smooth and thick and musky. On the finish, however, it finishes with mushrooms, some bitterness, and a cheap wine feeling. The more I sip, the less cheap it tastes. But then again, the more I was on the Android, the less I thought about food and time and anything.

On the late linger, it’s like hard candy residue on the tongue, which is a good thing.

The Wine Advocate gave this 90 points. C’mon, Wine Advocate. Seriously?! I mean, if you didn’t swallow it, then I could see 90 points, but the finish brings down that point value. This is like 88 points, and for $9 it’s a pretty darn good wine. For a Garnacha, however, meh. It’s not luscious enough. I doesn’t taste like Spain. And it’s body is too small. If you want a pretty good $9 bottle of wine, then give this a try.

I wonder if Nathan Fillion would like this wine? Meh. Probably not. He can afford better.//




The Cave (Winner of The Bitter Oleander Press Library of Poetry Book Award for 2013.)

The Cave

Poems for an Empty Church

Poems for an Empty Church

The Oldest Stone in the World

The Oldest Stone in the Wolrd

Henri, Sophie, & The Hieratic Head of Ezra Pound: Poems Blasted from the Vortex

Henri, Sophie, & The Hieratic Head of Ezra Pound: Poems Blasted from the Vortex

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Pre-Dew Poems

Negative Time

Negative Time

After Malagueña

After Malagueña

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