Hump Day Poetry – Week 14

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Hump Day Poetry is a weekly poetry blog-share every *Wednesday*

Here’s how you can join in

The rules:

1. Write a poem (any type of poetry, even for other challenges) You have from Wednesday to the following Tuesday to link up!
2. Grab the badge and display it on your blog to show your support.
3. Link it to my poem of the week with a pingback or by leaving the link to your poem in comments.
4. Visit other bloggers’ poetry for that week. Like, leave a comment, and share! (Please try to visit as many other poets as possible. Keep the community love flowing!)

Note: to create a pingback, simply include the url of this post somewhere in your post. Please check my page to ensure your pingback has posted. If not, it is either awaiting moderation, or the pingback failed (happens sometimes!). To ensure your post is seen, you may want to just add the link to my page. I would rather have duplicates than not get to read your poetry!

Click HERE for further information.

And now for my poem of the week….


Survival
~for Lisa D.

Today isn’t the day
nor will tomorrow be
when our lives divide
and our friendship cease
for we still have years
the two of us bound
something not captured
nor merely found
many will question
how two such as us
managed to survive
amongst the hush
our secrets secured
and our stories kept
forged by trust
as our enemies slept

©2016 Lori Carlson. All Rights Reserved.


Happenings in the World of Poetry

Each week I will list 5 poetry (and fiction!) bloggers who I follow and enjoy their work. I hope you will take a few moments to check out their blogs. Here is this week’s offerings:

  1. milan rajkumar
  2. Heartafire @ House of Heart
  3. Crow @ Caw!
  4. r.miller @ *Insert Propaganda Here*
  5. Mocking Bird Down

SUBMISSIONS/CONTESTS:

  • Paper Plane Pilots is an amazing group of poets and fiction writers. They also host a free literary magazine and are currently accepting submissions for issue eight of In-flight Literary Magazine. The deadline to submit is June 1st.
  • The WaterSedge Poetry Chapbook contest is hosted by Writer’s Relief, Inc. The chapbook contest runs to May 25, 2016. The winning poet will receive a $500 cash prize; publication of the poetry chapbook in both print and e-book formats; Amazon distribution for Kindle and print; and 25 free print copies. The contest is limited to poetry chapbooks 24 – 48 pages in length, and the entry fee is $20. Click the link above for complete contest submission guidelines.

Here are a few interesting articles:

  • New Zealand poet, Eggleton wins prize
  •  Akhei Togun of Virginia Beach VA wins 11th annual Poetry Out Loud National Poetry Recitation Contest
  • Michael S. Harper, Poet With a Jazz Pulse, Dies at 78
  • Katie Noonan Breathes New Life Into Judith Wright’s Poetry
  • Review: ‘Night Sky With Exit Wounds,’ Verses From Ocean Vuong
  • Opinion: Crying to Please My Mother

Are you looking for weekly poetry (and sometimes fiction) challenges? Never fear! Check out the following:

If you know of other happenings in the world of poetry or  blogs that host poetry challenges, let me know in comments and I will include them in next week’s Happenings!

 

Hump Day Poetry – Week 13

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Hump Day Poetry is a weekly poetry blog-share every *Wednesday*

Here’s how you can join in

The rules:

1. Write a poem (any type of poetry, even for other challenges) You have from Wednesday to the following Tuesday to link up!
2. Grab the badge and display it on your blog to show your support.
3. Link it to my poem of the week with a pingback or by leaving the link to your poem in comments.
4. Visit other bloggers’ poetry for that week. Like, leave a comment, and share! (Please try to visit as many other poets as possible. Keep the community love flowing!)

Note: to create a pingback, simply include the url of this post somewhere in your post. Please check my page to ensure your pingback has posted. If not, it is either awaiting moderation, or the pingback failed (happens sometimes!). To ensure your post is seen, you may want to just add the link to my page. I would rather have duplicates than not get to read your poetry!

Click HERE for further information.

And now for my poem of the week….


This Place I Tread Alone
~for Lisa D.

What’s the worse that could happen
should I linger here too long
feel the inner trappings of madness
or the darkness of death’s desires

Would my absence even matter
should I not come back again
lost in my own mind castles
far from your gentle hands

there are demons and devils here
that feast on fallen angels
I’m not saying I want to leave you
but this is no place for tender souls

©2016 Lori Carlson. All Rights Reserved.


Happenings in the World of Poetry

Each week I will list 5 poetry (and fiction!) bloggers who I follow and enjoy their work. I hope you will take a few moments to check out their blogs. Here is this week’s offerings:

  1. Rosema @ A Reading Writer
  2. Pleasant Street @ Are You Thrilled
  3. Poetpas
  4. Marie @ The Syllabub Sea
  5. Cheryl-Lynn @ Tournesol dans un Jardin

 

  • Paper Plane Pilots is an amazing group of poets and fiction writers. They also host a free literary magazine and are currently accepting submissions for issue eight of In-flight Literary Magazine. The deadline to submit is June 1st.
  • The WaterSedge Poetry Chapbook contest is hosted by Writer’s Relief, Inc. The chapbook contest runs to May 25, 2016. The winning poet will receive a $500 cash prize; publication of the poetry chapbook in both print and e-book formats; Amazon distribution for Kindle and print; and 25 free print copies. The contest is limited to poetry chapbooks 24 – 48 pages in length, and the entry fee is $20. Click the link above for complete contest submission guidelines.

Here are a few interesting articles:

Are you looking for weekly poetry (and sometimes fiction) challenges? Never fear! Check out the following:

If you know of other happenings in the world of poetry or  blogs that host poetry challenges, let me know in comments and I will include them in next week’s Happenings!

 

Hump Day Poetry – Week 10

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Hump Day Poetry is a weekly poetry blog-share every *Wednesday*

Here’s how you can join in

The rules:

1. Write a poem (any type of poetry, even for other challenges) You have from Wednesday to the following Tuesday to link up!
2. Grab the badge and display it on your blog to show your support.
3. Link it to my poem of the week with a pingback or by leaving the link to your poem in comments.
4. Visit other bloggers’ poetry for that week. Like, leave a comment, and share! (Please try to visit as many other poets as possible. Keep the community love flowing!)

Note: to create a pingback, simply include the url of this post somewhere in your post. Please check my page to ensure your pingback has posted. If not, it is either awaiting moderation, or the pingback failed (happens sometimes!). To ensure your post is seen, you may want to just add the link to my page. I would rather have duplicates than not get to read your poetry!

Click HERE for further information.

And now for my poem of the week….


Seasons of Friendship
~for Lisa D.

Once I lingered here
with the sun on our faces
the fields ripe with flowers
and you dancing in the breeze
but my time was so limited
and my memories faded
with the fallen sun

Once I found you there
full of youth and charm
dancing on the beach
with sand in your hair
and salt upon your lips
but I melted in the heat
and left you all alone

Now in our waning years
here I am, leaves surround me
scent of decay invigorates me
I have come into my own
but you are still out there
chasing sunbeams and waves
unable to settle down

Soon, my dearest friend
we’ll have no choice
chilled bones, frosted faces
the acceptance of our fate
will you renounce youth then
and sit with me a spell
until the world fades?

©2016 Lori Carlson. All Rights Reserved.


Happenings in the World of Poetry

Each week I will list 5 poetry (and fiction!) bloggers who I follow and enjoy their work. I hope you will take a few moments to check out their blogs. Here is this week’s offerings:

  1. Tshombe Sekou
  2. anthonymize.net
  3. Wuji Seshat
  4. John Coyote
  5. Paul @ Amongst the Crowd
  • Paper Plane Pilots is an amazing group of poets and fiction writers. They also host a free literary magazine and are currently accepting submissions for issue eight of In-flight Literary Magazine. The deadline to submit is June 1st.
  • At the NPM Daily blog, you’ll find a new interview with a poet each day during April.
  • The WaterSedge Poetry Chapbook contest is hosted by Writer’s Relief, Inc. The chapbook contest runs to May 25, 2016. The winning poet will receive a $500 cash prize; publication of the poetry chapbook in both print and e-book formats; Amazon distribution for Kindle and print; and 25 free print copies. The contest is limited to poetry chapbooks 24 – 48 pages in length, and the entry fee is $20. Click the link above for complete contest submission guidelines.

REMEMBER: April is National Poetry Month and and you can still join the fun over at the April PAD Challenge and NaPoWriMo Challenge!

Are you looking for weekly poetry (and sometimes fiction) challenges? Never fear! Check out the following:

If you know of other happenings in the world of poetry or  blogs that host poetry challenges, let me know in comments and I will include them in next week’s Happenings!

Hump Day Poetry – Week 5

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Hump Day Poetry is a weekly poetry blog-share every Wednesday. Here’s how you can join in

The rules:

1. Write a poem (any type of poetry, even for other challenges) You have from Wednesday to the following Tuesday to link up!
2. Grab the badge and display it on your blog to show your support.
3. Link it to my poem of the week with a pingback or by leaving the link to your poem in comments.
4. Visit other bloggers’ poetry for that week. Like, leave a comment, and share! (Please try to visit as many other poets as possible. Keep the community love flowing!)

Note: to create a pingback, simply include the url of this post somewhere in your post. Please check my page to ensure your pingback has posted. If not, it is either awaiting moderation, or the pingback failed (happens sometimes!). To ensure your post is seen, you may want to just add the link to my page. I would rather have duplicates than not get to read your poetry!

Click HERE for further information. And now for my poem of the week….


 

These Breezes
~for Lisa D.

I long to see your hair
blowing in the breeze
ocean spray and sand
o the day we will seize!

I long to see the wind
whipping through the air
blowing us together
along the beach out there

these care-free breezes
chasing us along
our resounding laughter
our only song

©2016 Lori Carlson. All Rights Reserved.

 


 

Happenings in the World of Poetry

I know it is still early March, but it is never too early to begin thinking about April which is National Poetry Month. Two sites (that I know of!) host Poetry the entire month of April:

Robert Brewer over at Poetic Asides hosts April PAD Challenge. You can see the guidelines here

Maureen Thorson hosts the NaPoWriMo here

And check out this article which lists 170 Literary Magazines Accepting Reprints (and new material too! For fiction, poetry, essays, etc.)

 

Hump Day Poetry – Week 4

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Hump Day Poetry is a weekly poetry blog-share every Wednesday. Here’s how you can join in

The rules:

1. Write a poem (any type of poetry, even for other challenges) You have from Wednesday to the following Tuesday to link up!
2. Grab the badge and display it on your blog to show your support.
3. Link it to my poem of the week with a pingback or by leaving the link to your poem in comments.
4. Visit other bloggers’ poetry for that week. Like, leave a comment, and share! (Please try to visit as many other poets as possible. Keep the community love flowing!)

Note: to create a pingback, simply include the url of this post somewhere in your post. Please check my page to ensure your pingback has posted. If not, it is either awaiting moderation, or the pingback failed (happens sometimes!). To ensure your post is seen, you may want to just add the link to my page. I would rather have duplicates than not get to read your poetry!

Click HERE for further information. And now for my poem of the week….


 

My Anchor
~for Lisa D.

O my dear friend
how I long for days’ past
when life was carefree
our greatest struggles
just to fit in
these years as outcast
have hardened me
worn me to bone
a masked skeleton
only your devotion
keeps me here
prevents Death
from his conquest
O how easily I could drift
lose my way upon the sea
you are the anchor
that keeps me safe
my darkened soul
lifted, lightened
by your touch

©2016 Lori Carlson. All Rights Reserved.


 

Happenings in the Wold of Poetry

Check out 48 Writing Contests in March 2016 – No entry fees (note: poetry, fiction and non-fiction contests)

Hump Day Poetry – Week 2

Hump Day Poetry is a weekly poetry blog-share every Wednesday. Here’s how you can join in

The rules:

1. Write a poem (any type of poetry, even for other challenges) You have from Wednesday to the following Tuesday to link up!
2. Link it to my poem of the week with a pingback or by leaving the link to your poem in comments.
3. Visit other bloggers’ poetry for that week. Like, leave a comment, and share! (Please try to visit as many other poets as possible. Keep the community love flowing!)

Note: to create a pingback, simply include the url of this post somewhere in your post. Please check my page to ensure your pingback has posted. If not, it is either awaiting moderation, or the pingback failed (happens sometimes!). To ensure your post is seen, you may want to just add the link to my page. I would rather have duplicates than not get to read your poetry!

Click HERE for further information. And now for my poem of the week….


 

Jeweled Box
~for Lisa D.

Holding on
to precious memories
was never my forte
this mind is a sieve
only bits and pieces
make it through
anger and deception
lost loves
tethered worries

only you
seem to remember all
your mind is solid
a jeweled box
collecting keepsakes
sorting the good
and the bad
locking them away
a safe haven

we will both be lost
when your mind goes

©2016 Lori Carlson. All Rights Reserved.


 

Happenings in the World of Poetry

If you are interested in writing Haiku, check out the following blogs who host Haiku writing challenges each week:

Haiku Horizons – a new word prompt each Sunday

RonovanWrites – two words prompt each Monday

Heeding Haiku With Chèvrefeuille via Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie – a prompt for a haiku or haibun each Wednesday

If you have a poetry book or chapbook (or know someone who does) and would like to see it featured here on Hump Day Poetry, or you know of a special poetry event, or poet interview you would like highlighted, or if you know of a contest or blog that hosts poetry prompts… seriously, anything dealing with poetry, drop me an email at ravynehawke(a)gmail(dot)com

Hump Day Poetry – Week 1

Hump Day Poetry is a weekly poetry blog-share every Wednesday. Here’s how you can join in

The rules:

1. Write a poem (any type of poetry, even for other challenges)
2. Link it to my poem of the week with a pingback or by leaving the link to your poem in comments.
3. Visit other bloggers’ poetry for that week. Like, leave a comment, and share! (Please try to visit as many other poets as possible. Keep the community love flowing!)

Note: to create a pingback, simply include the url of my post somewhere in your post. Please check my page to ensure your pingback has posted. If not, it is either awaiting moderation, or the pingback failed (happens sometimes!). To ensure your post is seen, you may want to just add the link to my page. I would rather have duplicates than not get to read your poetry!

Click HERE for further information.


 

anticipation
~for Lisa D.

You wait
palms sweaty
breathing gasped
eyes widened, aware
fingers itchin’
toes twitchin’
hairs stand
straight up
in the air
you quiver
and shiver
mouth dried, parched
insides jumpin’
heart thumpin’
mind races
body paces
needy beyond compare

all of this in
anticipation
of this small
poem

©2016 Lori Carlson. All Rights Reserved.

 


 

Happenings in the World of Poetry

Each Friday, Calen over at Impromptu Promptlings posts a Friday Favorites where she highlights a poet. Check out her post this past Friday here.

It is National Haiku Writing Month! It’s not too late to join in. And check out this interview by Robert Lee Brewer from Poetic Asides about the owner and creator of NaHaiWriMo, Michael Dylan Welch

If you have a poetry book or chapbook (or know someone who does) and would like to see it featured here on Hump Day Poetry, or you know of a special poetry event, or poet interview you would like highlighted, or if you know of a contest or blog that hosts poetry prompts… seriously, anything dealing with poetry, drop me an email at ravynhawke(a)gmail(dot)com