DEADLINE EXTENDED for ‘Dear Juliet’

Christine is collecting pieces of poetry and prose for a new writing series she is calling ‘Dear Juliet.’ The idea is to put a modern and feminist spin on letters to whichever female character from Shakespeare you’d like. If you are interested in participating, email your submissions and a brief biography to Christine at her.red.pen.wordsmithing@gmail.com with ‘Dear…

Quotable Poe Week Three-Donna Mathews

I was never kinder to the old man than during the whole week before I killed him. His voice is raspy and weak as he pulls me in close. “My darling girl. My beautiful, darling girl. Why?” Rebellious tears roll down my cheeks. I want to be strong and stoic but I’m not. The wooden stake…

Quotable Poe Week Three-Bob Wertzler

“The boundaries which divide Life from Death are at best shadowy and vague. Who shall say where the one ends, and where the other begins?” – The Premature Burial NIGHTS AT THE CIRCUS   At night at the circus Is the big top empty Clowns, acrobats, freaks Tucked cozy in bed Crowds so too at…

Quotable Poe Week Two-M. Brazfield

God and serpent’s urgent staff meeting   hey i have been crazy insane raving mad for a very long time lunacy in my heart mind untouched by Your lamentations free will i heard You say i hid behind the tree to bring down Your precious creation ha he fell for it with ease the girl…

Quotable Poe Week Two-Kindra M. Austin

Quotable Poe Week Two “I was never really insane, expect on occasions where my heart was touched.” –A letter to Maria Clemm   Spasms wrack me— I’m so sick, infected— and this pen that I can hardly hold pours this ink.   For words no longer live within me, and my love knows me no…

Snow White-Allister Nelson

The elven knight went riding with banners alizarin as berries in snow, his face wan, lovesick longing.   Haunting his dreams was a snow-laden lass, fair as a dying rose, iced into clarity by shattered glass.   In twos, in threes, went the Faerie Court, bells on toes, Gabriel’s Hounds baying in the wasted harrow,…

Quotable Poe Week Two-Bob Wertzler

TOUCH MY HEART – BRING MADNESS “I was never really insane, except on occasions where my heart was touched.” – a letter to Maria Clemm   Shall I expose to you my heart That you may touch it Take it in your hand Gently hold it Without judgment I think I shall Come, touch it…

the hour of sunsets-Gabriela M.

frontiers of my being the hour of sunsets has come with bare hands I drown you in the coldest seas red lilies burn you in the hidden valley predatory birds delight on carnal straps I run barefoot through streets of no return I knock on doors a piece of bread for my entire heart oh,…

Alien Songs/Ocean Song-Tanya Rakh & Ndotono Waweru

ocean song   I can’t sleep when oceans scream through these remnants of salt and sand I can’t swallow when mountains sit heavy on my stomach, mock my dying voice   I can’t move, not in this turquoise wasteland I breathe galaxies, mists of liquid possibility pierce my atrophied veins; how they twirl and evolve,…

Alien Songs/Desert Song-Tanya Rakh & Ndotono Waweru

desert song   when all of these sandstorms are silent and our ghosts have lost all their names I will live as silk around you an opal under your oasis   bury me broken in open wind, seismic and howling our fractured songs cut horizons through alien dunes, centuries of ruins a fatherless heart line…