Introducing the Retro Pop Culture Contest October 15-December 25

(c) Geoffrey Wren

Welcome to the Retro Pop Culture Contest 1930s -1980 
You can enter a poem, prose, haiku, sonnet, short story, flash fiction, art, sketching, short essay, retro photography/or manipulated to look retro photography.    Each entry is $2 per submission you send to the paypal:    Winner will get $25 and each entry as long as it isn't offensive/obscene (which will be an auto DQ and no refund) will get an automatic post on this website.  The posts that get the most traffic and best posts will be in better contention to win the prize.   This is a contest to help pay for maintaining fees on this website and hopes to expand next year.  We will be running different style contests throughout year.  If you'd like to participate in this as a challenge (but not be in our contest) you can also submit poems on these subjects.  

Submissions e-mail is also:  Subject line should be Contest: Subject of Each piece.   A short 3rd person bio. Send only in word doc or in subject of an e-mail.   Will check if contest entry has been put in before considering work.    *Also, this contest doesn't effect our regular entries for General Themes, themes on front page, poetry showcases separate from contest, or interviews & reviews.  Those are all free for submissions to be considered for website. Subject line is very important in this case*

Examples but not limited to include the obvious idea behind this
- Andy Warhol & the Factory  (including the Velvet Underground/Lou Reed/Nico/Edie Sedgwick, etc)
-Muhammad Ali
-Leonard Cohen 60s & 70s
- Bob Dylan
-Phil Ochs
-Old Hollywood Themes - Movies, Actresses (Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe, Natalie Wood, Ava Gardner, Judy Garland, Rita Hayworth, Ann Margret, Jayne Mansfield, Vivien Leigh, Bette Davis, Joan Crawford, Katharien Hepburn, Lauren Bacall, Elizabeth Taylor, Sophia Loren, Greta Gabro, Ingrid Bergman, Sharon Tate, Shirley Temple, Grace Kelly, Jean Harlow, Marlene Dietrich, Lucille Ball, Mae West, Loretta Young, Gene Tierney, Ginger Rogers, Lana Turner, Carole Lombard, Jane Russell, Linda Carter, Barbara Stanwyck, Susan Hayward, Betty Grable, Raquel Welch, Jane Fonda etc)  Actors: (James Dean, Marlon Brando, Clark Gable, Humphrey Bogart, Fred Astaire, James Stewart, Henry Fonda, Peter Fonda, Gary Cooper, Spencer Tracy, Charlie Chaplin, Gregory Peck, Kirk Douglas, Orson Welles, Burt Lancaster, Sidney Poitier, Robert Mitchum, Jack Nicholson, Dennis Hopper, etc)  sorry no John Wayne please.

-Poets & Writers  (Sylvia Plath, Anne Sexton, Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, T.S. Eliot, Ernest Hemingway, Kurt Vonnegut, Ted Hughes, Dylan Thomas, Maya Angelou, Marianne Moore, James Joyce, Charles Bukowski, Rainer Maria Rilke, Roald Dahl, James Baldwin, Audrey Lorde, Richard Brautigan, Amari Baraka, William S. Burroughs, Tennessee Williams, William Faulkner, Aldous Huxley, Robert Frost, J.D. Salinger, Toni Morrison, e.e. Cummings, Albert Camus, Lorca, Adrienne Rich, Robert Lowell, Pablo Neruda, Elizabeth Bishop, W.H. Auden, Etheridge Knight, etc.)

-Other artists such as Keith Haring (although mostly 80's) Jean-Michael Basquiat (although mostly 80's) , Pablo Picasso, Jackson Pollock, Salvador Dali, Frida Kahlo, Marcel Durchamp, Anish Kapoor, Jeff Koons, Georgia O'Keefe, 

-Retro Photography or newer photos (your own) manipulated to look retro.

- Digital Poetry/art

Other themes 
-Retro tv (American Bandstand, etc) Old Horror Movies

- Activists/Movements (Gloria Steinem, Malcolm X, MLK, Woodstock, JFK, changing 60's, Vietnam War)

Of course other musicians/bands  including not limited to since I love so many (David Bowie, The Rolling Stones, The Beatles/John Lennon, Funkadelic, Bob Marley, The Who, Blondie, Loudon Wainwright III, McGarrigle Sisters, Joni Mitchell, Patti Smith, Tom Waits, Sandy Denny, Jefferson Airplane, The Grateful Dead, Syd Barrett/Pink Floyd, Townes Van Zandt, Frank Zappa, T Rex, Miles Davis, The Clash, Leadbelly, Woody Guthrie, Joy Division/Ian Curtis, Jimi Hendrix, Cream, Glen Campbell, Beach Boys, Prog Rock, Peter Gabriel, Kate Bush, Devo, Gary Numan, Nina Simone, Billie Holiday, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Led Zeppelin, Elvis, Fleetwood Mac, Loretta Lynn, Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, The Byrds, British folk music, Big Star, 70's Bruce Springsteen, 70's Elton John, Ramones, Black Sabbath, Alice Cooper, Queen, Allman Brothers Band, Eagles, Abba, The Carpenters, Simon & Garfunkel, Steely Dan, Wings, The Kinks, The Temptations, The Supremes, The Wall of Sound (Specter), Joe Meek, CCR, Roxy Music, Heart, Al Green, Curtis Mayfield, Janis Joplin, Dusty Springfield, The Doors/Jim Morrison, early Prince, Sam Cooke, Otis Redding, Robert Johnson, Aretha Franklin, Buddy Holly, Darby Crash of the Germs, Nick Drake, Bert Jansch, Patsy Cline, Tim Buckley, Bon Scott, Steve Earle, Jaco Pastorius, 

If you have any more and would like to question e-mail us at 

Several Haiku by Stephen Page

                                              willows droop
							with humid afternoon--
							the cicada drone

the gardener’s straw hat
		lifting and falling
		over the lilies      
							white-haired couple
							hold hands upon a bench--
							oak-leaf cluster at their feet      

breeze off the river--
		in my hand
		a piece of sun-warmed wood

                                                        brown squirrel
							saunters by with an acorn--
							a river horn blows      

cool breeze--
the cicadas rasp softly
		then stop

                                                        first of september--
							sparrows gathering
							on a wire fence

entering the park
a few days after the storm--
smell the drying leaves!      

                                                         cool today--
								monarchs gathering
								in the heather garden

indian summer--
		daises bobbing
with flies and honeybees      

                                                      strolling at sunrise--
								ginkgo leaves
								edged in yellow

on top of

							twin boys in blue windbreakers
							walk clattering a picket fence--
							sticks in different hands

laughing child 
	covered with leaves
		leaps back in the pile      

                                                    wandering the woods--
									beyond an old fence
								a field of pumpkins

hallow day--
the orange carnations

                                                        brushing snow
							from a gravestone:
							“a tree for paul tine”      

		pattering my coat shoulders

                                                        woman in purple shirt
								pointing out tulips--
							children clinging to her legs
white sunrise--
under the oaks
the still dandelions

When Stephen Page is not writing, reading, spending time with his spouse, communing with nature, or walking his dog, he is making noise with his electric bass. He loves accidentally on purpose losing his cell phone and dog-earing pages in books. He is part Apache, part Shawnee, part Mexican, part English, part Scottish, and part Irish. He graduated from Columbia U (magna cum laude & writing honors) and Bennington College. He has 4 books of poems, dozens of short stories, countless poems, essays, and literary criticisms published. He is the recipient of The Jess Cloud Memorial Prize for Poetry, a Writer-in-Residence from the Montana Artists Refuge, a Full Fellowship from the Vermont Studio Center, an Imagination Grant from Cleveland State University, a First Place Prize in Poetry from Bravura Magazine, and an Arvon Foundation Ltd. Grant.

Stephen Page