The Poetry Society of New Hampshire is collecting poems about aging and its issues to be published in an anthology tentatively called You Must Remember This: Poems about Aging and Memory. While many poems will concern the effects of aging on memory, the aim is to take an expansive look at the process of aging and its effects on others.
Ilsa: Play it once, Sam. For old times’ sake.
Sam: [lying] I don’t know what you mean, Miss Ilsa.
Ilsa: Play it, Sam. Play “As Time Goes By.”
Sam: [lying] Oh, I can’t remember it, Miss Ilsa. I’m a little rusty on it.
Ilsa: I’ll hum it for you. Da-dy-da-dy-da-dum, da-dy-da-dee-da-dum…
(From Casablanca, 1942)
Blame it on improvements in health care, on healthier lifestyles, or simply on those aging baby boomers, but you can’t argue with census statistics: our population is aging. Already, people aged 60 and above comprise one fifth of the US population. And this percentage is growing. Most of us are dealing with aging in one manner or another—either the aging of our own bodies or the aging of those we love.
In recognition of this common bond (and preoccupation), the Poetry Society of New Hampshire is collecting poems about aging and its issues to be published in an anthology tentatively called You Must Remember This: Poems about Aging and Memory. Certainly memory and its difficulties—sometimes manifested as Alzheimer’s or dementia—will be frequent themes in this anthology, but the aim is for a more expansive look at the process of aging and its effects on others.
The Poetry Society of New Hampshire seeks new, unpublished poems in English from poets around the world. Submission is free, but is limited to three poems per poet. Poets published will receive a single author’s copy in payment.
Gordon Lang, editor
Barbara Bald, assistant editor
RULES FOR SUBMISSION
- Poets may submit up to three (3) original, unpublished poems concerning some aspect of aging.
- Poems should be single-spaced and typed in Times New Roman 12 pt font (or a reasonable equivalent).
- Poems longer than 3 pages will not be considered.
- Poets may submit by mail or by e-mail. All poems must include the poet’s name, address, and e-mail address. When submitting by e-mail, attachments should be in RTF format. When submitting by mail, enclose 2 copies of each poem and include name, address, and e-mail address on each. Contributors without e-mail must enclose a SASE for acknowledgement of acceptance.
- Poets should also submit a brief (75-word) biographical statement, which could mention recent publications, awards, contacts, or perhaps an early memory concerning aging.
- Submissions should be made by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail to
170 Browns Ridge Road
Ossipee, NH 03864
- Poems selected for publication will be edited cooperatively by the editors and the author.
- There is no fee for submission. Poems will not be returned. Poets published will receive a single author’s copy in payment.
- The selection and editing of poems for inclusion will be an ongoing process. However, all submissions must be postmarked or e-mailed by June 30, 2012.
- All poems published will be protected by the copyright of the publication; however, rights revert to the author upon publication.