All posts tagged: Poetry

Reflections: Gothic Halloween in Poetry

10.31.18 Hello everyone! Last day of October, how about some poetry? Again? Yes, again, but this time with some gothic themes to it. Here are three to read…   Ravenna by Oscar Wilde (Newdigate prize poem recited in the Sheldonian Theatre Oxford June 26th, 1878. To my friend George Fleming author of ‘The Nile Novel’ and ‘Mirage’) I. A year ago I breathed the Italian air, – And yet, methinks this northern Spring is fair,- These fields made golden with the flower of March, The throstle singing on the feathered larch, The cawing rooks, the wood-doves fluttering by, The little clouds that race across the sky; And fair the violet’s gentle drooping head, The primrose, pale for love uncomforted, The rose that burgeons on the climbing briar, The crocus-bed, (that seems a moon of fire Round-girdled with a purple marriage-ring); And all the flowers of our English Spring, Fond snowdrops, and the bright-starred daffodil. Up starts the lark beside the murmuring mill, And breaks the gossamer-threads of early dew; And down the river, like a flame …

MidWeek Update: Writing Contests…

10.8.18 It’s Hump Day Wednesday and this is for the writers. You have not one, not two, but three contests that I like to pass along to you. All thanks to The Writer. Credit source: The Writer Our latest short story contest: Fall in love Fall from grace Fall apart A falling out The harder they fall… Write a 2,000-word fictional short story using any nuance, definition, or understanding of the word “fall.”           ServiceScape Short Story Award Deadline Friday, November 30, 2018 Categories Crime/Thriller, Drama, Fantasy, Fiction, General, Horror, Mystery, Nonfiction, Romance, Science Fiction, Young Adult Prizes $1,000.00 USD Description For this writing award, any genre or theme of the short story is accepted. All applicants should submit their original unpublished work of short fiction or nonfiction, up to 5,000 words. Along with receiving an award for $1,000.00 USD, the winner will have his or her short story featured within our blog, which reaches thousands of readers per month. You can find more information on our short story writing contest at https://www.servicescape.com/short-story-award. Contact Information StephanieServiceScape Incorporatedsupport@ServiceScape.com Website https://www.servicescape.com/short-story-award       Third …

MidWeek Update: Come Unity Sessions

9. 5. 18 One last post for today…If you’re in the New York City area or you live in NYC, come to  Come Unity Sessions. What is Come Unity Sessions? “A space for musicians, artists, & poets of NYC.” I came across them on their Instagram account and have been a follower ever since. They have an event coming this Saturday. COME UNITY SESSIONS MUSIC ART POETRY SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 2018 AVE C & E 5TH ST. NYC 7PM $10   If you like some great art, listen to good music, and love poetry, this is it! Also if you would like to display your art, or if you’re a musician, or a poet, and have Instagram, then please follow and DM for spots for your art or performance. Have a great Hump Wednesday, be blessed! Till Saturday!   Image source: GetWallpapers.com  

National Poetry Month: Juan Felipe Herrera

April 21 / 18 National Poetry Month! Time to read and get inspired by great poetry with Juan Felipe Herrera. Credit source: Poetry Foundation Blood on the Wheel BY JUAN FELIPE HERRERA      Ezekiel saw the wheel, way up in the middle of the air. TRADITIONAL GOSPEL SONG Blood on the night soil man en route to the country prison Blood on the sullen chair, the one that holds you with its pleasure Blood inside the quartz, the beauty watch, the eye of the guard Blood on the slope of names & the tattoos hidden Blood on the Virgin, behind the veils, Behind—in the moon angel’s gold oracle hair                     What blood is this, is it the blood of the worker rat?                     Is it the blood of the clone governor, the city maid?                     Why does it course in s’s & z’s? Blood on the couch, made for viewing …

Wednz Scene: Writing Contests

April 18 / 18 Hello everyone…it’s Wednesday and looks like this month is halfway over. Hard to believe, but it’s happening. I’m always searching for contests to share with y’all and if there are writers out there who would love to put their story or poetry out there, here is your chance. Thanks to The Writer, they have contests you can enter to get your work noticed. Credit source: The Writer Write a 2,000-word fictional short story using any nuance, definition, or understanding of the word “change.” Deadline: May 15th, 2018 Grand prize: $1,000 and publication in our magazine Word count: 2,000 words or less Other prizes: Our second-place winner will receive $500 and publication on our website, writermag.com; our third-place winner will receive $250 and publication on writermag.com as well. Not the writing contest for you? Sign up for our newsletter to be the first to hear when we launch a new one.     2018 Nightjar Review Poetry Contest Deadline Monday, April 30, 2018 Categories General, Poetry Entry Fees Submit 1 poem for $6, or 3 poems for $15. No …

National Poetry Month / Phenomenal Woman & Caged Bird by Maya Angelou

April 6 / 18 Hey…it’s Friday and I did almost forget that this month is National Poetry Month. This month, I will post poetry from such poetry legends like Robert Frost, Langston Hughes, Emily Dickenson, E.E. Cummings, and Maya Angelou. Speaking of Ms. Angelou, we just celebrated her birthday recently. She would’ve been 90 years old. Here are a few of her poems that are my favorites… Credit Source: Poetry Foundation   Phenomenal Woman BY MAYA ANGELOU Pretty women wonder where my secret lies. I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size But when I start to tell them, They think I’m telling lies. I say, It’s in the reach of my arms, The span of my hips, The stride of my step, The curl of my lips. I’m a woman Phenomenally. Phenomenal woman, That’s me. I walk into a room Just as cool as you please, And to a man, The fellows stand or Fall down on their knees. Then they swarm around me, A hive of honey bees. I say, It’s …

A Poem Just Because: Cotton Candy by Edward Hirsch

October 5 / 17 Just Because will be another new segment for Shadowboxerinc. It can be a film, a poem, a song, a paragraph from a book, photo…you get the picture. Here I have a poem I want to share with you from Edward Hirsch called Cotton Candy.   COTTON CANDY by Edward Hirsch We walked on the bridge over the Chicago River for what turned out to be the last time, and I ate cotton candy, that sugary air, that sweet blue light spun out of nothingness. It was just a moment, really, nothing more, but I remember marveling at the study cables of the bridge that held us up and threading my fingers through the long and slender fingers of my grandfather, an old man from the Old World who long ago disappeared into the nether regions. And I remember that eight-year-old boy who tasted the sweetness of air, which still clings to my mouth and disappears when I breathe.   Hope you enjoyed the poem, enjoy your Thursday, be blessed. From The …

Wednz Scene: 14th Annual Palm Beach Poetry Festival

October 4 / 17 Hello…A poetry festival, sounds fun right? Well thanks to the Association of Writers and Writing Program, the 14th Annual Palm Beach Poetry Festival will be held in Delray Beach, Florida January 15-20, 2018. Here is a peek at what this festival is about. Credit source: AWP (Association of Writers & Writing Program) 14th Annual Palm Beach Poetry Festival Delray Beach, Florida, United States   DETAILS JAN 15 – JAN 20, 2018 Festival APPLICATION DEADLINE: November 10, 2016 TUITION / COST: $895 Poetry Workshops, Auditors $495, Individual Conference $99 SCHOLARSHIP: Available A small number of partial tuition scholarships are available. Inquire with an application. CONTACT: Susan R. Williamson, Director PHONE: 561-868-2063 EMAIL: news@palmbeachpoetryfestival.org WEBSITE: http://www.palmbeachpoetryfestival.org Poetry workshops for qualified writers of poetry are limited to 12 participants and 3 auditors. Workshops are 16 total hours over six days. Individual manuscript conferences are also available. 14th Annual Palm Beach Poetry Festival in Delray Beach, Florida, January 15-20, 2018. Focus on your work with America’s most celebrated poets: Laure-Anne Bosselaar, Gabrielle Calvocoressi, Chard deNiord, Beth Ann Fennelly, Ross Gay, Rodney Jones, …