The Little Portion Literary Magazine


Mr. Hafker
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Update for: The Little Portion Literary Magazine

IMPORTANT:  Hey guys!  As many of you know, we decided on a quote for the back of our new issue of The Little Portion and for the back of our t-shirts (see below)!  Also, the color is going to be awesome--olive/light army green with ivory/bone lettering.  It will make you look poetic and mad attractive.  
Please print out a copy of this message/email, fill out the info (name, cor, shirt size), and put in an envelope with $20 cash or a check made out to St. Francis Prep, and give to me by this Thursday, 4/30, 2:45 p.m.  This is when I'm going to the shirt co. to place the order.  BTW, you will be allowed to wear the t-shirt to school on Monday, May 11th, and Tuesday, May 12th!


Cor ________

Quantity ____

Shirt size     S      M      L      XL

Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting —
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.  

Mary Oliver


St. Francis Prep's literary arts magazine since 1957 consists of a staff of approximately 25 students who meet Tuesdays, and discuss and evaluate student-submitted poems and short stories.  Some artwork and photographs are also submitted for review.

Students interested in submitting their work should email it directly to Mr. Hafker at and write LP SUBMISSION on the subject line.  Don't forget to include your Cor #. Work is shown to the staff anonymously so the judging is fair.

Please note:  All submitted work must have copious amounts of original imagery and metaphors/similes, a clear speaker and setting.  AVOID BEING VAGUE.  AVOID CLICHE.  Avoid rhyming because it can make your poem sound like a cheesy pop song or greeting card message (when you're trying to rhyme you're avoiding the true line that should follow. It takes many years of writing and reading poetry to be able to do it successfully).  Remember--poetry is the best words in their best order...

Our 10th Annual Poetry Reading and Open Mic was a huge success.  About 100 students (and faculty) attended and listened to over a dozen of our talented students read their poems. Thank you so much to all who attended.



Want to discover some great poetry I think you'll love?  Google the following:  Billy Collins, Mary Oliver, Stephen Dobyns, Pablo Neruda, Rumi, Jane Kenyon, Marie Howe, Hafiz, Kabir, Kim Addonizio, Czeslaw Milosz, Jeffrey McDaniel, Charles Bukowski, William Stafford, Naomi Shihab Nye, Dana Gioia, Li Po, Rainer Maria Rilke, Li Po, Yehuda Amichai, Eugenio Montale...  (Don't forget to write the word "poems" after their name.)