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There are still a few more days until the Sept. 15, 2013 deadline for the Silver Birch Press NOIR Erasure Poetry Anthology, a collection of passages from hardboiled detective novels — by Raymond Chandler, Dashiell HammettRoss MacDonald, and others — with sections marked out to create poems. If you’re unfamiliar with erasure poetry, check out our posts that feature erasure poems by james (w) moore and  Cathy Dee. For more about hardboiled fiction, visit Wikipedia.

TO SUBMIT: Photocopy a page from a noir/hardboiled novel, mark out passages with magic marker or whiteout (or another form of your choosing) to create a noir poem. On a separate sheet, list your name, address, phone, and email, along with the title of the novel, author, edition, publisher, page number, and any other identifying information. Include your one-paragraph bio along with a typed version of the poem(s).

SEND TO: Silver Birch Press, P.O. Box 29458, Los Angeles, CA 90029 (DO NOT FOLD, AS WE WILL FEATURE THE ORIGINAL SUBMISSIONS IN THE BOOK) or email as an attachment to silver@silverbirchpress.com.

DEADLINE: September 15, 2013

PAYMENT: All contributors featured in the book will receive a paperback copy of the Silver Birch Press NOIR Erasure Poetry Anthology

We look forward to reading your inspired NOIR erasure poems! 

And thank you to everyone who has already submitted. We plan to review all submissions by the end of September and release the book in late fall.

Cover art: Guy Budziak, filmnoirwoodcuts.com.

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We are extending the deadline to Sept. 15, 2013  for the Silver Birch Press NOIR Erasure Poetry Anthology, a collection of passages from hardboiled detective novels — by Raymond Chandler, Dashiell HammettRoss MacDonald, and others — with sections marked out to create poems. If you’re unfamiliar with erasure poetry, check out our posts that feature The Great Gatsby erasure poems by james (w) moore and  Cathy Dee.

TO SUBMIT: Photocopy a page from a noir/hardboiled novel, mark out passages with magic marker or whiteout (or another form of your choosing) to create a noir poem. On a separate sheet, list your name, address, phone, and email, along with the title of the novel, author, edition, publisher, page number, and any other identifying information.

SEND TO: Silver Birch Press, P.O. Box 29458, Los Angeles, CA 90029 (DO NOT FOLD, AS WE WILL FEATURE THE ORIGINAL SUBMISSIONS IN THE BOOK) or email as an attachment to silver@silverbirchpress.com.

DEADLINE: September 15, 2013

PAYMENT: All contributors featured in the book will receive a paperback copy of the Silver Birch Press NOIR Erasure Poetry Anthology

We look forward to reading your inspired NOIR erasure poems! 

Cover art: Guy Budziak, filmnoirwoodcuts.com.

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Announcing the Silver Birch Press NOIR Erasure Poetry Anthology, a collection of passages from hardboiled detective novels — by Raymond Chandler, Dashiell HammettRoss MacDonald, and others — with sections marked out to create poems. If you’re unfamiliar with erasure poetry, check out our posts that feature The Great Gatsby erasure poems by james (w) moore and  Cathy Dee.

TO SUBMIT: Photocopy a page from a noir/hardboiled novel, mark out passages with magic marker or white out (or another form of your choosing) to create a noir poem. On a separate sheet, list your name, address, phone, and email, along with the title of the novel, author, edition, publisher, page number, and any other identifying information.

SEND TO: Silver Birch Press, P.O. Box 29458, Los Angeles, CA 90029 (DO NOT FOLD, AS WE WILL FEATURE THE ORIGINAL SUBMISSIONS IN THE BOOK) or email as an attachment to silver@silverbirchpress.com.

DEADLINE: September 1, 2013

PAYMENT: All contributors featured in the book will receive a paperback copy of the Silver Birch Press NOIR Erasure Poetry Anthology

We look forward to reading your inspired NOIR erasure poems!

Cover art: Guy Budziak, filmnoirwoodcuts.com

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In this excerpt from The Paris Review interview with Haruki Murakami — bestselling author of The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle — the writer discusses the influence of hardboiled detective fiction on his work.

INTERVIEWER: … hard-boiled American detective fiction has clearly been a valuable resource. When were you exposed to the genre and who turned you on to it?

MURAKAMI: As a high-school student, I fell in love with crime novels. I was living in Kobe, which is a port city where many foreigners and sailors used to come and sell their paperbacks to the secondhand bookshops. I was poor, but I could buy paperbacks cheaply. I learned to read English from those books and that was so exciting.

INTERVIEWER: What was the first book you read in English?

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MURAKAMI: The Name Is Archer, by Ross Macdonald. I learned a lot of things from those books. Once I started, I couldn’t stop. At the same time I also loved to read Tolstoy and Dostoevsky. Those books are also page-turners; they’re very long, but I couldn’t stop reading. So for me it’s the same thing, Dostoevsky and Raymond Chandler. Even now, my ideal for writing fiction is to put Dostoevsky and Chandler together in one book. That’s my goal.

INTERVIEWER: At what age did you first read Kafka?

MURAKAMI: When I was fifteen. I read The Castle; that was a great book. And The Trial.

INTERVIEWER: That’s interesting. Both those novels were left unfinished, which of course means that they never resolve; your novels too—particularly your more recent books, like The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle—often seem to resist a resolution of the kind that the reader is perhaps expecting. Could that in any way be due to Kafka’s influence?

MURAKAMI: Not solely. You’ve read Raymond Chandler, of course. His books don’t really offer conclusions. He might say, He is the killer, but it doesn’t matter to me who did it. There was a very interesting episode when Howard Hawks made a picture of The Big Sleep. Hawks couldn’t understand who killed the chauffeur, so he called Chandler and asked, and Chandler answered, I don’t care! Same for me. Conclusion means nothing at all. I don’t care who the killer is in The Brothers Karamazov.

INTERVIEWER: And yet the desire to find out who killed the chauffeur is part of what makes The Big Sleep a page-turner.

MURAKAMI: I myself, as I’m writing, don’t know who did it. The readers and I are on the same ground. When I start to write a story, I don’t know the conclusion at all and I don’t know what’s going to happen next. If there is a murder case as the first thing, I don’t know who the killer is. I write the book because I would like to find out. If I know who the killer is, there’s no purpose to writing the story.

Read the rest of The Paris Review interview here.

Photo: Haruki Murakami and cat friend.

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Thank you to the 136 poets from 16 countries and 31 states who contributed their writing to the Silver Birch Press I AM WAITING Poetry Series, which ran from 12/1/14 to 1/31/15 to honor Lawrence Ferlinghetti‘s 1958 poem of the same name and celebrate the author’s 96th birthday on March 24, 2015.

Our appreciation to…

Terry Adams (California)
Jose A. Alcantara (Colorado)
Tobi Alfier (California)
R. Allinson (California)
Sylvia Ashby (Texas)
Suzanne Bailie (Washington)
Michael Baldwin (Texas)
Magdalena Ball (Australia)
Alessandra Bava (Italy)
Bear (New York)
RK Biswas (India)
Michele Bombardier (Washington)
Brenton Booth (Australia)
Carly Bryson (Texas)
Kathy Buckert (New York)
Brinda Buljore (France)
Eric Burke (Ohio)
Jeff Burt (California)
Fern G. Z. Carr (Canada)
Alexandra Carr-Malcolm (United Kingdom)
Sarah Chenoweth (Kansas)
James Ciletti (Colorado)
Joan Colby (Illinois)
Dawn Corrigan (Florida)
Anthony Costello (United Kingdom)
Matt Daly (Wyoming)
Lynn DeTurk (California)
Maureen E. Doallas (Virginia)
Marcie Eanes (Wisconsin)
Barbara Eknoian (California)
Merrill Farnsworth (Tennessee)
Merlene Fawdry (Australia)
Claire T. Feild (Alabama)
Paul Fericano (California)
Jennifer Finstrom (Illinois)
Diane Funston (Nevada)
Jerry Garcia (California)
Tim Gardiner (United Kingdom)
Kerianne Methe Gardner (New Mexico)
Anggo Genorga (United Arab Emirates)
Phillip Giambri (New York)
Gary Glauber (New York)
S. Darlene Gray (Alabama)
S.Eta Grubešić (Croatia)
Mike Gullickson (Texas)
Joyce Gullickson (Texas)
Gabor G Gyukics (Hungary)
Hedy Habra (Michigan)
Stephanie Barbé Hammer (California)
Marianne Hales Harding (Utah)
Alan D. Harris (Michigan)
Nancy Jean Hill (New Hampshire)
Trish Hopkinson (Utah)
I.B. (Bunny) Iskov (Canada)
Rosemarie Horvath Iwasa (Ohio)
Richard D. Houff (Minnesota)
Mathias Jansson (Sweden)
Sonja Johanson (Massachusetts)
Daniel Kaczmarek (New York)
Laura M Kaminski (Missouri)
Jane Karina
Sasha Kasoff (California)
Mignon Ariel King (Massachusetts)
Merie Kirby (North Dakota)
Karissa Knox Sorrell (Tennessee)
Laurie Kolp (Texas)
Paula J. Lambert (Ohio)
Katelyn Leboff (Tennessee)
John B. Lee (Canada)
Kate Leigh (New Hampshire)
Charles Levenstein (Massachusetts)
Lennart Lundh (Illinois)
Laura MacDonald (Canada)
Susan Mahan (Massachusetts)
Ricki Mandeville (California)
Adrian Manning (United Kingdom)
Katie Manning (California)
Gloria Denice Manthos (Maryland)
Michael Mark (California)
Susan Marsh (Wyoming)
S. A. McCormick (Canada)
Catfish McDaris (Wisconsin)
Daniel McGinn (California)
Stephen McGuinness (Ireland)
Carlos E. Mijares Poyer (Venezuela)
Cameron Miller (Vermont)
Mark J. Mitchell (California)
Sarah Frances Moran (Texas)
Robbi Nester (California)
Perry S. Nicholas (New York)
Lawrence James Nielsen (California)
Honey Novick (Canada)
Lindsay Oberst (California)
Suzanne O’Connell (California)
Dustin Pickering (Texas)
David S. Pointer (Tennessee)
Nalini Priyadarshni (India)
Jennifer J. Pruiett-Selby (Iowa)
Misti Rainwater-Lites (Texas)
Patrick T. Reardon (Illinois)
Alexandra Rebuck (Pennsylvania)
Brad Rose (Massachusetts)
Roslyn Ross (Australia)
Daniel Eduardo Ruiz (Florida)
Ki Russell (Oregon)
Rizwan Saleem (United Arab Emirates)
Shloka Shankar (India)
Sheikha A. (Pakistan)
Ronald E. Shields (New York)
e. smith sleigh (Kentucky)
J.J. Steinfeld (Canada)
Massimo Soranzio (Italy)
Carol A. Stephen (Canada)
Caitlin Stern (Texas)
Scott Stoller (Illinois)
Price Strobridge (Colorado)
Debi Swim (West Virginia)
Lynn Tait (Canada)
Jeri Thompson (California)
Jari Thymian (South Dakota)
Bunkong Tuon (New York)
Mark Tully (Rhode Island)
Richard Vargas (New Mexico)
Prasanta Verma (Wisconsin)
Lourdes Veronica (Italy)
Daniel von der Embse (California)
Larry Wahler (Illinois)
James Walton (Australia)
Mercedes Webb-Pullman (New Zealand)
Lynn White (Wales)
Connie Wieneke (Wyoming)
Lisa Wiley (New York)
Martin Willitts Jr (New York)
Melissa A. Wood (New York)
Fred Zirm (Maryland)

Photo of Lawrence Ferlinghetti by Christopher Michel (2012).

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At the Silver Birch Press blog, one of our favorite topics is noir — novels (anything by Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler, or Ross MacDonald) and films (especially Double Indemnity, directed by Billy Wilder, with a script by Chandler and Wilder). That’s why we were intrigued when we learned about THE NIGHT GOES ON ALL NIGHT: Noir Inspired Poems, edited by Rick Lupert (Ain’t Got No Press, November 2011) published in conjunction with the Los Angeles Poetry Festival’s “Night and the City” Noir Festival.

The collection features work from 24 poets who, according to the book description, explore “their own noir-de-vivre with humor, grit, nostalgia, and the requisite fedora.” The book includes an introductory note about noir from Los Angeles Poetry Festival director Suzanne Lummis.

CONTRIBUTORS INCLUDE: E. Amato, Michael C. Ford, Michael Cluff, Brendan Constantine, Mike Daily, Gloria Derge, Peggy Dobreer, Jerry Garcia, Joelle Hannah, Kris Huelgas, Elizabeth Iannaci, Jack Bowman, Ruth Nolan, Marc Olmsted, Kevin Patrick Sullivan, Angela Penaredondo, Douglas Richardson, Anthony Seidman, Eric Steineger, Eric Tuazon, Mehnaz Turner, Wyatt Underwood, Wanda VanHoy Smith and Florence Weinberger.

Here is a sampling from the collection…

PANORAMA CITY (Excerpt)
by Brendan Constantine

We started wearing
dark glasses between the house & the garage.
Panorama City had no view; from any window
we saw another window.

ABOUT THE EDITOR: Rick Lupert has been involved in the Los Angeles poetry community since 1990. He served for two years as a co-director of the Valley Contemporary Poets, a non-profit organization that produces readings and publications out of the San Fernando Valley. His poetry has appeared in numerous magazines and literary journals, including The Los Angeles Times and Chiron Review. He edited A Poet’s Haggadah: Passover through the Eyes of Poets anthology and is the author of thirteen books. Since 1994, he has hosted the long-running Cobalt Cafe reading series in Canoga Park and is regularly featured at venues throughout Southern California. Rick created and maintains the Poetry Super Highway, a major internet resource for poets. (PoetrySuperHighway.com) Currently Rick works as a music teacher and web designer and can be reached by email at Rick@PoetrySuperHighway.com.

Find the 56-page THE NIGHT GOES ON ALL NIGHT: Noir Inspired Poetry at Amazon.com.