Poets Coffee Table Talk – April 5th!

Click this Meetup Link to attend!!

What we’ll do

Just like in the old days when poets came together, perhaps imbibed, or had some coffee, and talked about the problems of the world and how they would use poetry to speak their minds. This is a Coffee Table Talk.

We will have a select group of panelists:

Susi Bocks
Chyrel J. Jackson
Maxima Kahn
LaVan Robinson

For this event, Susi Bocks will be sharing about her anthology of poetry as well as some of the poets involved will share their poetry.

We will also be talking about using poetry for social change.

Lisa Tomey will be the moderator.

Audience participation is encouraged after the panel discussion.

About Our Panelists:

Susi Bocks, writer/author/poet, has self-published two books – “Feeling Human” and “Every Day I Pause” and is the Editor of “The Short of It,” which she is developing into a anthology. You can find her work at IWriteHer.com or follow her on Facebook, where she invites you to read her thoughts to get to know her. Bocks’ work has been published in the anthology “SMITTEN: This Is What Love Looks Like: Poetry by Women for Women” and in VitaBrevis, Spillwords, Literary Yard, and other literary magazines.

Chyrel J. Jackson is a poet and artist who, along with her sister Lyris D. Wallace, published “Different Sides of the Same Coin.” It is a modern collage of poetry as experienced from the Black female perspective of 2 sisters and authors. This collection of poems is refreshing and unique. It is a heartwarming work of new age black voice and spoken word. This adaptation highlights the human experience of life, love, loss, parting and sorrow. Timeless wording, honestly written with a little of the unexpected. Black Expression has never been more relevant and real. This work is an interesting twist on Harlem Renaissance revisited as it collides with 2020 social struggles of our current time. In no short order we are reminded of why written and spoken word is so vital to the sustenance of African American Literature. Website: sistersrocnrhyme.com

Maxima Kahn is a writer of poetry, essays and fiction. Her debut collection of poems, “Fierce Aria,” was published by Finishing Line Press in 2020. Her work has been featured in numerous literary journals and on popular blogs and she has twice been nominated for Best of the Net. She has received scholarships and fellowships to the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley and the Vermont Studio Center. Her popular workshops and one-on-one mentoring in poetry, creative writing and The Artist’s Way have helped hundreds of people to unleash their creative gifts, realize their aspirations and create lives of passion, purpose and deep play. Having taught formerly at the University of California, Davis Extension, she now teaches and blogs at BrilliantPlayground.com. You can get intimate, insider access to her creative projects and process at Patreon.com/MaximaKahn. She is also an improvisational violinist, an award-winning composer and a dancer.

Veteran Larry Richardson started writing poetry in high school and as of October 2010 he published the second edition of “Songs of Lala – the Poet” Richardson shared, “I love poetry and will use it to inspire people and bring them closer to God.” He writes under the penname of LAVAN ROBINSON in honor of his mother, Mary Robinson. Robinson has published 4 books of poetry and is working on his 5th, a collaboration. Other books by Robinson: “Love’s Rhapsody,” “Cries of a Society,” and “Love’s Anticipation.”

The Short of It – Anthology Update!

Work on the publication is chugging along quite well! The pieces are selected, the cover has been produced and the rest is coming together nicely. I hope that you are all as excited as I am! Stay tuned, the compilation of the fine work of our contributors will be published very soon. 🙂

Reblog – 24 Riddles by Timo Schmitz, Philosopher

Please enjoy the opportunity to tickle your brain cells to answer the riddles below!
If you do, please post in the comment section or post on your blog.

24 Riddles (“March Riddles”)

If you get these riddles right, there is a prize that is worthier than any material prize – life
experience, inner peace and wisdom. If you get these riddles wrong, you might never know what’s the sense behind! Is there any right or wrong? a real true answer? – I don’t know myself!

No. 1
“One drop on the earth,
one drop on a stone,
as small as we are,
why do we try to be as big as a god?”

No. 2
“A flower never hesitates,
the wind comes and goes,
if you try to hold your life in a hand,
your feet will be heavy!”

No. 3
“What is a try – untried?
What is a life – unlived?
What is a breath – unbreathed?
Smelling faces of reality in my veins!”

No. 4
“Where we go is far beyond,
take your heart to every place,
fill in your love in all you do,
joy and suffering become one!”

No. 5
“So many directions,
so many paths that you can choose,
even if everything seems to fall down,
use the strength of your heart!”

No. 6
“Thousand hardships,
one milestone,
success or failure,
does it matter?”

No.7
“One butterfly flies,
through heart and mind,
one dream inside,
how does he live outside?”

No. 8
“Flowers are attracting many,
symbols for eternal things,
they grow majestic, but wither away,
which kind of youth do they hold?”

No. 9
“Thousand lights, but people are in the shades,
no one knows them, no one recognizes them,
their mind seems to be filled with own desires,
every morning and every evening, the circle closes.”

No. 10
“Summer’s sun greets many beings,
we see nothing, if we don’t breathe in,
we give nothing, if we don’t breathe out,
it’s always too cold or too warm.”

No. 11
“If there is anything above us – then it must be underneath as well,
if it is above and underneath, then why isn’t it in us?
Nature and human-beings become one energy,
To unite in the universe – wherever it might be.”

No. 12
“Thousand worlds drifting apart,
who knows where sunshine takes us?
Delight in every breath and a free mind,
Empathy, blessings, gentle and kind.”

No. 13
“Don’t destruct – create!
Look in the face as you look into the lie,
whether mercy or compassion,
accept!”

No. 14
“If a highway never ends,
but has many bumps on its way,
which time span can never even be?,
are we using the wrong measure?”

No. 15
“Every emotion that wants to be felt,
every idea in mind that receives a voice,
reason, awareness and things we strive for,
can you understand yourself?”

No. 16
“Freedom of mind,
freedom in mind,
freedom to mind,
what is mind?”

No. 17
“Face the connection of all things,
curiosity flowing through all your veins,
like a child, a peaceful mind,
for nothing more we know!”

No. 18
“Million faces break down,
walls of smiles,
the real world people close their eyes,
real happiness is a gift?”

No. 19
“When I bath in divine unification,
Is it God, Brahma, Dao, or Buddha?
Which essence I might meet,
Isn’t it all the same if we treat it right?”

No. 20
“Whether a soul or not,
Whether humans are empty or filled in divine,
Trees carry the fruit of life along,
Don’t take the word, but take the symbol to find its meaning.”

No. 21
“Names are of no meaning,
they come into mind, and disappear as such;
so many came into growth and are nothing now,
after centuries of names are names just words that mean nothing at all.”

No. 22
“Fear in mind,
makes me blind,
life goes by,
whatever!”

No. 23
“Love that has nothing but its substance,
where those who perform know,
while those who just talk might not know at all,
that there is nothing in between.”

No. 24
“A gain as goal makes luckier,
than a claim as goal might can?
But if a goal is what you hold,
Is it motivation or attachment?”

Schmitz, Timo: 24 Riddles, 28 March 2016, http://schmitztimo.wordpress.com. Printing and reprinting is allowed for personal, non-commercial use. Feel free to spread this
article (but do not use it as chain mail).

Outstanding Blogger Award #2!!

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Thank you so much to Lisa Tomey of The Prolific Pulse for nominating me! I appreciate you thinking of me. 🙂 One additional question – chocolate or vanilla? 😉 Mean people drive me mad too! We have a plaque in our kitchen which reads “Because nice matters.”

I nominate everyone! Please feel free to make a post on your blog or just answer the questions in the comments. It’s wonderful to get know you all a little better. If you do decide to participate, here are the…

Award Rules

  1. Provide the link to the creator’s original award post
  2. Answer the questions provided.
  3. Create 7 unique questions.
  4. Nominate 10 bloggers. Ensure that they are aware of their nomination. Neither the award’s creator, nor the blogger that nominated you can be nominated.

My Answers

  1. What is the most important thing you do each day? Wake up.
  2. What motivates you to get up in the morning? The goals I have for the day.
  3. If you could change just one thing in the world, what would it be and why? Every human would be born with critical thinking skills because it would enhance our world.
  4. What do you believe is the reason for poetry? For me, writing it is primarily to express who I am and what I understand. The reason I read it is to be transported into the mind of another.
  5. Who is your favorite musical artist and why? I have too many favorites for so many reasons but I think I will always love Pink and LP.
  6. Who is your favorite artist and why? My best friend, Terry Susi, because she is an amazing artist!
  7. Who is you favorite poet and why? Like music, I have so many. I enjoy all styles, from all generations. Rod McKuen and Henry David Thoreau were some of the first poets I read in my youth.
  8. What is the one thing you would like your child to know about you and if you have no child, what is the one thing you would like those closest to you to know about you? My best wasn’t always good enough but I always loved you both.
  9. Why do you share your work on a blog? I share hoping people get to know who I am and because it’s self-discovery for me.
  10. What beverage is you favorite and why? Water because it quenches my thirst like nothing else.

My Questions

  1. What is the hardest thing about facing your fears?
  2. What do you hope you are remembered for?
  3. Name three of your favorite achievements.
  4. Who encourages you the most?
  5. If you could travel anywhere and money were no object, where would you go and for how long?
  6. If you knew the date of your death, what two things would you make sure to do before you died?
  7. What is your favorite ethnic food?

Pure Haiku OPEN to submissions!

Pure Haiku is open for submissions!!

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Welcome back to Pure Haiku!

Our new theme is UNFURLING.

Please use this beautiful painting, Unfurling, by Elisa Ang to inspire you to write 5 haiku to submit by email before 28th February 2021 at midnight, UK time.

Take a really good look at the picture. I mean, a REALLY good look. Don’t just write about what’s there, write about what’s beneath the painting. What emotion or image or memory does it awake in you? Tell me something different about this picture. Don’t just rattle off 5 haiku with the 5-7-5 syllabic line structure. Really let Elisa’s painting speak to you. Then tell me about it, in your own words. Be different. Be aware. Be inventive! Use this image as a starting point for your creative flow…

You are NOT allowed to use the words LEAF, UNFURLING, UNFURLED OR UNFURL/S in either your haiku or the titles…

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Prolific Pulse Branching Out!

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My friend and WordPress colleague, Lisa Tomey, has started the Prolific Pulse YouTube Channel! She will do interviews, highlight podcasts with writers and poets, and do book reviews. Check it out and become a subscriber if you like what Lisa has to offer! Hope to see you there. 🙂

Also, if you are an author, a poet or a writer who would like to be interviewed, you can make a request to prolificpulse@gmail.com

Reblog – Poet’s Connection – Special Guest Denise Gibbon, Literary Attorney – Hosted by Lisa Tomey – The Prolific Pulse

Had the opportunity to sit in on this presentation. Some really good information about copyright and the legalities of publishing your work.

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Prolific Pulse Press – Heart Beats Anthology Update!!

My hiatus was interrupted with a wonderful email from Lisa Tomey. I just had to share it with you! 🙂

Such a great way to start the day – good news in my inbox. I received the notification that my submitted pieces were accepted for Prolific Pulse Press’ Heart Beats Anthology! The publication date of the anthology is scheduled for April 1 or sooner. More details to follow!

It is an honor to be a part of this “anthology of poetry about the various aspects of what makes us tick or makes a heart beat. This will be about love, life, happiness, anything that makes life more joyful or tolerable.

Anthology Update

SUBMISSIONS TO THE SHORT OF IT ARE CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

Some of you already know I will finish out the last featured writers this month. There are five more left to present their work. Beginning next week, they’ll be presented throughout the rest of the month, not just on Fridays. I’ve closed down submissions to The Short of It in order to concentrate on the anthology to be produced in 2021, target month June but hopefully much sooner than that! I look forward to seeing our featured artist’s work reproduced in book form! Stay tuned for more information in January.

For anyone who has experience with graphics or interested in helping with the cover design, please email me so we can discuss it further. sushibocks@gmail.com

Here’s to a wonderful holiday season, and may we all soon feel better about the world around us.

Published at LIQ Project!

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Honored to have Life Is Off and Taking My Temperature accepted for this project! It is so important that we have places to store the feelings and the emotions this year of upheaval has given us. Hopefully it will gain us insight for what not to do in the future should this type of life-altering event occur again.

I’d recommend you browse through all the other submissions too. The creativity, the honesty, the heartbreak of all their experiences is rich with what we would call “The Human Experience.” So much resonates with the fear, the uncertainty and just how much life stays the same too. We share in order to survive.

If you have something you’d like to share, please do become a part of this project!
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