Here comes the Sun on sale.

I’m selling my chapbook of travel poetry Here comes the Sun on Payhip through November £1.50 for sixty pages of free-verse / prose / haiku & micro-poems. Shares would be appreciated. I’m so proud of this collection of poems. It has had favourable feedback, so I hope if you download Here comes the Sun you will enjoy it too.

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Poet Showcase. Linda M. Crate.

Hi everyone. I would like to share with you one of my favorite poets. Linda M. Crate is a prolific poet, and writer of fantasy. What I love is how empowering her words can be. Linda writes on subjects like sexual assault, suicide, and relationships, entwining them in ethereal, nature themes.

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You can read her recent poetry at Writing in a Woman’s Voice Cruel White Songs

I am All I Have

Anti-Heroin Chic You were Wrong

Another Way Round journal Lemons & Moons A Wildness that Never Sleeps Even I have Limits

Lit-Rally Your Judgments must be Proud

The Barishal Review 5 Haiku poems

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An interview at The Magnolia Review

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And if you like her poetry you can download for free her chapbook Heaven Instead at Origami Poems Project. This is a wonderful idea, where you can read poets chapbooks by printing them out, and folding them into your own books.


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You can also buy her books My Wings were Made to Fly ( Flutter Press ) and Splintered with Terror ( Scars Publications )

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Connect with Linda. M. Crate

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4 Questions with Mallory Rowe.

Mallory Rowe

1, Tell us about you, and your writing (themes, influences etc.)

Nature is my biggest influence, but metaphysical and spiritual ideas are also a huge influence “As above, So Below” is really the theme of my writing currently.

2, What are some of the ways in which you promote your work, and do you find these add, or eat into, your time writing?

I post everything I write on the major social media apps: Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, Twitter, and Vero. I have my accounts linked up so that they post everywhere at once. It’s so simple and makes writing so easy. I use Facebook ads also. I notice that they have the best results.

3, What projects are you working on at present?

Right now I’m just keeping everything I write in a few doc. files. I may combine it into one book, but it’ll be at least 2019 when that’s ready.

4, What does poetry mean to you?

Poetry is love. It’s your shoulder to cry on, punching bag to hit, or embrace when you’re lonely. It’s everything and everyone you need whenever you need it.

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Haiku and senryu inspired by the Universe and its parts.


A Q & A with Pat Furstenberg, on her AsGoodAsGold Blog Tour

As Good as Gold synopsis

As engaging as a tail wag.
Celebrating the simple things in life as seen through the eyes of our old time favourite furry friends, “As Good as Gold” is a volume of poetry revealing the talent and humour we always knew our dogs possessed.
Dogs are full of questions, yet they are famed sellers of innocence especially when it comes to explaining their mishaps and often foolish effervescence through ponderings such as “Why IS a Cat Not Like a Dog”, “As Brown as Chocolate”, “Silver Stars and Puppy Tail” or, best yet, “Dog or Book?”
A book with an enormous heart for readers of all ages, it includes 35 poems and haiku accompanied by expressive portraits of our canine friends.


Bio

Patricia Furstenberg came to writing through reading. She always carries a notebook and a pen, although at times she jots down her ideas on the back of till slips or types them on her phone.
Patricia enjoys writing for children because she can take abstract, grown-up concepts and package them in humorous, child-friendly ideas while adding sensitivity and lots of love. What fuels her is an exhilarating need to write and… coffee: “How many cups have had this morning?” “None.” “Plus?” “Five cups.”
Between her books you can find the beloved Joyful Trouble, The Cheetah and the Dog, Puppy, 12 Months of Rhymes and Smiles.
She is a Huffington Post contributor and pens the Sunday Column for MyPuppyclub.net as well as dabbing in freelancing. After completing her Medical Degree in Romania she moved to South Africa where she now lives with her husband, children and their dogs.

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Q & A

with Pat Furstenberg

1, Tell us about you, and your writing (themes, influences etc.)

Writing helps me express myself – is an art form that allows me to express my thoughts, feelings, beliefs. Much like an artist uses his brush to create a reflection of what he sees through his mind’s eye or a dancer uses his body, his face and even the noises he can produce to express the way he hears and feels the music – a writer uses words carved in sentences, shaped in verses or modelled into chapters.

I think the themes found in my writing are very much rooted into my beliefs. Love, friendship, kindness, joy, animals, innocence – are often encountered in my books. My characters know, or soon discover, the magic of friendship, the importance of love, the joy of sharing and giving. These values, I believe, should be placed at the foundation of our lives and are indispensable in raising happy, well balanced children.


I wouldn’t consider myself influenced much by writers of my own decade. I see myself as pertaining to the ‘anxiety of influence’ authors. I still love Shakespearean Sonnets, Robert Frost and Mihai Eminescu, Ana Blandiana, Charles Baudelaire – as classics were the books I read the most in my teens and even my 20s.

2, What are some of the ways in which you promote your work, and do you find these add, or eat into, your time writing?

I use social media extensively to promote my work and, yes, it does eat into my writing time but it is something that I have to do if I want to get my work out there, outside the confinement of my desk drawers. I think social media is at the heart of 21st century.

3, What projects are you working on at present?

I have a very exciting project on the go, a historical military novel. It is a book about being fulfilled as a human being – at war. And about war dogs – or military working dogs, as they are called!

4, What does poetry mean to you?

Poetry puts a spring in my step and a smile on my face. Poetry is like a rose that changes its shades from the bud until the bloom – each stage revealing a different aspect as each time you read a poem. Poetry is joy and sorrow combined. It plays at the strings of my heart and breath fresh breeze into my life.

Thank you for inviting me to your wonderful blog, Katie!

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My thoughts on Small Stones from the River by Kat Lehmann ( @songsofkat )

  • Publisher Createspace.com
  • Release Date 29th June 2017
  • Average Rating 4.2 / 5 🌟

Available on KU

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Lehmann describes the writing in her book as meditations and micropoems. They seem made for fridge magnets, bookmarks, and greeting cards. In a world that seems increasingly cruel, inhumane, and barbaric Small Stones from the River is encouraging, thought provoking, and inspiring.

The limitations
I place
On the dreams
Of others
Are the same limitations
I place
On myself

One that I personally believe in

Your legacy
is your love

that’s the best thing you do

If ever you needed some word medicine I believe Lehmann’s words, if you truly try to believe in them, will help heal you.

This one:

if you feel
your heart
is eager to rain
bring it a gift
of sunshine instead
and marvel
at the glorious colours
it makes

made me think of the beauty of the rainbow patterns on rained on concrete when the sun comes out.

make a certain peace
with stagnation

ask it to tea
and stare patiently at one another

when it is time to get up
both of you
will know


Further Reading

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