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A few weeks ago I completed a small series of Tarot-inspired poems.

Though there are 78 poems in the series, they do not closely adhere to the actual layout/distribution (suits, major or minor arcana) of a conventional Tarot deck. Rather, what I wanted to accomplish was to create poems on/using the idea of divination, using domestic objects and experiences as thematic starting points.

The series, which I have called Chance: A Poetic Tarot is available for reading/viewing in its entirety at Via Negativa

Thinking a little bit more today about “divination,” I am reminded that the root word is “divine”— meaning, all that lives in and comes from mystery, which we immediately recognize when we are thrown into its presence, but over which we do not really exercise any human influence or power.

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Before I go further, a digression— Three years ago (on November 20, 2010) I began writing at least a poem a day and posting these on Dave Bonta’s Via Negativa website.

Without initially intending to do so, I have since become fully engaged in and by the daily practice of writing poems. Not only has “running with my muse” daily made me more limber and given me much valuable biofeedback about my writing; it has also taught me many lessons about fear and anxiety, my habits (both good and bad), the many little (and big) excuses that the self seems to conveniently find when confronted with things it is afraid of and/or that must get done…

Three years later, I realize with so much gratefulness: not only have I written many poems which I can return to in order to revise and gather up into books— I have also “met” and made so many new friends thanks to the collaborative spirit of electronic communication.

This leads to the next part of my idea—

To commemorate my three years of daily poems, I thought of making a chapbook of the Tarot poems with illustrations, which will be produced as POD (print on demand) copy perhaps via a service like Peecho

Furthermore, Pennsylvania-based poet and publisher Dave Bonta and UK-based writer Rachel Rawlins have kindly offered to produce PDF/iBook templates of the book and publish the chapbook under the Via Negativa Press imprint.

There are 78 “Tarot” poems in all, and if they are laid out 6 to a page, Dave and Rachel suggested that we could have 13 illustrations in the chapbook.

Dear artist friends, this is where you come in-

I would like to invite you to (1) choose one of the sets of 6 Tarot poems, and to (2) submit for consideration, original art work inspired by one or all of the six you chose together, to fill one facing page that will go with the poems.

(Please also send to luisa dot igloria61 at gmail dot com a 3-6 sentence artist’s bio, along with your name, postal mailing and e-mail address, and phone number.)

Deadline to submit original art work for consideration is DECEMBER 31, 2013: submit clear resolution digital copies in 300 dpi or better; we will make our final selections of art work before January 15, 2014.

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We have not laid out all the fine details yet for the physical book and for pricing, but I want to see how we can donate any sales of the book toward Typhoon Haiyan relief and rehabilitation funds in the Philippines.

In other words, friends, this will not be a for-profit venture, but I am hoping it will be something we will find fulfilling in so many other ways.

Copies of the finished chapbook will be mailed to contributing artists.

Mil gracias/Maraming Salamat/Thank you so much!

With all good wishes,

Luisa

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