#NationalPoetryDay October 1st 2020 poetry and artwork challenge. The theme is “Vision”. Ocular or metaphorical welcome, unpublished/published work welcome. Join Rachael Ikins, Gregory Luce, Kit+CY and myself. DM me on Twitter or send a message via my WordPress site. I will feature all work submitted.

“Invisible Me” A photo series by Rachael Ikins

Gabby

Leonard

Rachael comments “I have always been fascinated with eyes and faces in all media of my artwork.”

Lulled

the giants are here
they mollycoddle me cuddle me feed me a jugful of uncurdled milk
they spoon pureed peaches into my gurgling mouth then sing lullabies to soothe me to sleep
they promise me the world and everything that’s not extinct by the time I’m old enough to know the difference between a rhinoceros and a hippopotamus
then while I dream they go and start a revolution to save the oceans the earth the skies
they leave Argus Panoptes to watch over me
and I am safe
protected
unaware a hundred cataracts haunt his dauntless eyes

-Spangle McQueen

See in the Dark

“When what you write about is what you see,
what do you write about when it’s dark?”
—Charles Wright

Faces of lost loves
and my sons when
they were small,
heat shimmer off
a Texas highway
when I was a boy,
the woman gesturing
to no one on the bus
this morning.
Even with the light off
it’s never completely dark:
I can see the pale green
numbers on a digital clock
and streetlight filtered
by the blinds and
ambient light from
who knows where.

-Gregory Luce

Tantalum Lenses
‘I did nothing wrong’—Dominic Cummings

I crossed the polished marble floor
and found the politician’s optician at home.
His door was always open
for eye tests and fittings.

He looked long and hard into my eyes.
He’d damaged his own eyesight
writing illuminated text
by candle light.

He said there was no need to change my prescription—
exposure to his line of sight
had scratched my tantalum* lenses
with his vision.

*Tantalum is a conflict resource used in mobile phones, DVD players, video game systems and computers.

-Kit + CY

Twenty Twenty Vision
Masked and long division
Nature human fission
The World or us…
Decision?
-Mivvy Tekchandani

. a vision request .

early while driving.                     omen repeating

sometimes the sun comes lower after the crest

one moment

imagine them marching,           slow & white.

will you name them?

in the wake all things come clear.

slow & white.

later below the peaks i tell him. he said it is

the dark crystal.

sbm.

A Vision by sonja

https://sonjabenskinmesher.wordpress.com/2017/11/09/a-vision-request/

. a470 .

sun hit the sea,

i was blinded,

by my own

shortcomings.

sbm.

Shortcomings By sbm

Picasso

Out of blank space
gouge out shapes
of apples and light,
as instrument digs
a blister into palm

He cannot afford mistakes,
steady handed controls
citrus bite of wives
and mistresses.

Strong stink of oxidized linseed oil,
resins, ground cork, wood flour
and pigment all pressed together
and flattened. In later life
after bull sunned atrocities.

If mistakes made
disguise, or begin again.
A head on challenge.
Black eyes carve the shapes,
Print bold red, yellow and green.
A still life, unstilled creation.

-Paul Brookes

#BrainTumourAwarenessMonth artwork and writing challenge. Have you made artworks about yours or anothers experience of this subject? Have you written unpublished/published about it? Please DM me, or send a message via my WordPress Site.

Minute's silence brain tumour awareness

Wherever you are at 11am on Monday 1st March, please pause for a moment of reflection and remembrance as we read out the following poem:

We thought of you with love today,

But that is nothing new.

We thought about you yesterday,

And days before that too.

You are forever in our hearts.

This year, the Brain Tumour Research team will observe the minute’s silence virtually via Zoom. If you would like to join us from 10:45-11:15am, please email hugh@braintumourresearch.org

DIARY OF A SEASON WITH RACHMANINOFF

October 1998
I’m in prison!
But there are no bars, there is no jailer,
I’m marooned here by the deathbed,
Living minute by minute.
His breathing now becoming laboured.
Torment!
Rachmaninoff is playing on the bedroom radio.

November 1998
I’m driving home from hospital,
The death sentence cruelly pronounced.
Such an unforgivable lack of empathy!
In tears I try to imagine being a widow.
Mustn’t cry in front of the children though!
Despair!
Rachmaninoff is playing on the car radio.

November 12th 1998
I’m standing outside the hospice room,
the one where he died, the one
with blood-red roses outside the window.
I hear my son talking to his father,
Listing all the occasions he’ll miss.
Heartbreak!
Rachmaninoff is drifting up from the kitchen.

November 20th 1998
I’m following the coffin,
a single red rose in one hand,
my son’s quivering fingers in the other.
This wasn’t the plan!
This cold-hearted death betrayed us!
Bereft, alone.
Rachmaninoff is playing on the church organ

October 2001
Time creeps forward like a snail.
Imperceptibly grief begins to wane.
For three long years my mind was elsewhere,
But suddenly ……. I’m back in my body again!
Feet firmly on the ground.
Triumph! I’ve survived!

P.S. Maybe it’s time to start playing Rachmaninoff again?

-Margaret Royall

She says “My husband died from a brain tumour (grade 4 glioblastoma) and I have written a lot of poems on the subject. I’m attaching the one from my latest publication ‘Where Flora Sings’.

Bios And Links

-Margaret Royall

Margaret has been s/listed for several poetry prizes and won the Hedgehog Press collection competition 2020. She has two poetry collections, a memoir in Haibun form (May 20.) Published online and in print, most recently: Hedgehog Press, The Blue Nib, Impspired,  & forthcoming in Sarasvati and Dreich. New pamphlet ‘Earth Magicke’ out with Impspired Press May 2021.

Twitter @RoyallMargaret

Website: https://margaretroyall.com

Twitter: RoyallMargaret

Instagram : meggiepoet

Facebook Author Page: Facebook.com/margaretbrowningroyall

 

 

 

 

-Margaret Royall

#OvarianCancerAwarenessMonth artwork and writing challenge. Have you made artworks about Ovarian Cancer? Have you written unpublished/published about it? Please DM me, or send a message via my WordPress Site.

Finding The Right Words
Last visit to my friend as she succumbs to ovarian cancer

She is propped up with cushions,
Robinson’s lemon barley water
on a tray beside her,
polo mints spilling from a packet.

I sit on the sofa next to her,
handing her my gift.
She fumbles with the TV remote;
a huge cartoon dog is dashing
across the technicolour screen,
barking angrily.

I pass her the silver-framed photo;
the two of us at primary school,
broad grins and NHS glasses,
all gappy teeth and optimism.

She startles as a bird flies into
the window; clutches me tightly…
I draw back, shocked by
her fragility; stick arms like bird’s legs,
breath wreaking of sulphur
and disappointment.

What to say next….?
Maybe she senses my hesitance?
Tears well up in her puffy eyes,
once her best feature.
We had a wonderful childhood, she says,
shifting position, catching the remote;
the TV blares, frantic like the cartoon dog.

Shall I make us tea?
My voice is shaky.
She nods, attempting a weak smile.
I fight back the tears, but once in the kitchen
the flood gates open.
Please, just keep going a little while longer…
But I know in my heart of hearts I have to let her go
Maybe this is our last afternoon together…….?

-Margaret Royall

Bios And Links


-Margaret Royall

Margaret has been s/listed for several poetry prizes and won the Hedgehog Press collection competition 2020. She has two poetry collections, a memoir in Haibun form (May 20.) Published online and in print, most recently: Hedgehog Press, The Blue Nib, Impspired,  & forthcoming in Sarasvati and Dreich. New pamphlet ‘Earth Magicke’ out with Impspired Press May 2021.

Twitter @RoyallMargaret

Website: https://margaretroyall.com

Twitter: RoyallMargaret

Instagram : meggiepoet

Facebook Author Page: Facebook.com/margaretbrowningroyall

Throwback: Writers’ Week podcast

Thom Sullivan

A throwback. This week the literary folk have reclaimed the sunny, grassy environs of Adelaide’s Pioneer Women’s Garden for this year’s Writers’ Week. Five years ago more or less to the day (29 February 2016), Peter Goldsworthy presented a feature session on South Australian poetry, with readings by Aidan Coleman, Jelena Dinic, Jill Jones, Kate Llewellyn, and me. The podcast is still up on Soundcloud: Peter’s introduction (0:17), Aidan (2:40), Jelena (17:06), Jill (28:48), Kate (40:50), and me (53:12). Click here for the PODCAST.

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Review of ‘Faint’ by Lucy Dixcart

Nigel Kent - Poet

Lucy Dixcart’s impressive debut pamphlet, Faint, covers a range of issues such as motherhood, student life, identity and unrequited love. However what intrigued me most was the originality and the force with which she conveyed her insights into gender power relationships

In the fine poem, Ballroom Dancing for Introverts, these relationships between men and women are aptly symbolised through a ballroom dance. The man leads, he is given control: ‘he steers’ her. Her role is to do as she is told: ‘As commanded, I recline my head in rapture’. There is nothing innate or natural about these roles: they are roles they have been ‘cast’, yet the role for the woman is a distinctly inferior one. She is merely ‘dressing’ and ornament, whilst the male’s role is conveyed through the beautifully apt and inventive image, ‘a wrangler of women’, which conjures up associations of male vitality and control. Significantly…

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Three Poems in Society of Classical Poetry

Siham Karami

Three of my poems were published on the Society of Classical Poets site here. “The Inca Kings,” “The Swimming Lesson,” and “Elegy for Mary” (my sister), were all published last month, but unfortunately I was in a difficult state of mind, thus am late to publish this. Do check them out!

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Rachel Eliza Griffiths: A Striking Personal Language

Siham Karami

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Rachel Eliza Griffith’s poetry has this satisfyingly startling quality at every turn, both highly communicative yet nothing is ever predictable. Her use of language hits on a very personal level and yet we can all feel it, nothing is opaque, her words convey their meaning in devastating clarity. Her most recent book, Seeing the Body (W.W. Norton, 2020), is a hybrid of her own photography with her poetry. An award-winning author of several books, this recent book deals with the death of her mother in 2013.

In an interview with Four-Way Books, her relationship with photography and how that helped her express and come to terms with her grief, and how she ultimately decided this book had to combine both photography and poetry, reminded me of my own turn towards photography in dealing with my own grief. As she put it in the interview, prior to her mother’s death…

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Poem in Nightingale and Sparrow

Yesterday and today: Merril's historical musings

My daughters playing in the snow many years ago.

My poem, “The Blizzard of ’96” is in the recently published Blizzard issue of Nightingale and Sparrow. Perfect timing! 😀 My thanks to EIC Juliette Sebock. Here’s a link to my poem, but please do read the rest of the issue, which is available online and in print.

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Three Poems and three Micro-poems by Soodabeh Saeidnia Published in Lothlorien Poetry Journal — Poemedicine

The Mansion She Inherited she lives in a mobile mansion inherited from Hopis in New Mexico built with sugar cane and cinnamon decorated with yellow flyers hanging all over the wall in the dining room blue stairs are one-way only toward Sirius green, two-lane highway toward Orion the curtain, knitted from butterflies’ dream in cocoon […]

Three Poems and three Micro-poems by Soodabeh Saeidnia Published in Lothlorien Poetry Journal — Poemedicine

New book alert: Taking Pictures in the Dark by David L O’Nan

Fevers of the Mind

I have a new book of poetry & short stories out on paperback & kindle. It is actually older poetry & short stories. I have 2 other books coming out soon which are older books i’m putting back out on the market with some slight adjustments. Here is the link for my new book. https://amzn.to/2Zp2fSH

Don’t forget to check out my past books: New Disease Streets and The Cartoon Diaries as well as any of the Anthologies we’ve put together at Fevers of the Mind Press.

*Fevers of the Mind Poetry & Art Digest vol 1 June 2019

*Fevers of the Mind Poetry Digest vol 2 In Memoriam August 2019

*Fevers of the Mind Poetry Digest vol 3 The Darkness & the Light November 2019

*Avalanches in Poetry : Writings & Art Inspired by Leonard Cohen

*Fevers of the Mind Press Presents the Poets of 2020 (January 2021)

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