Hump Day Poetry – Week 15

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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….


Just for You
~for Lisa D.

I struggle to find the words
to fill these empty spaces
white and foreboding
crashing down upon me
avalanches of emptiness

And yet I do this
over and over again, for you
a weekly endeavor
that sometimes proves daunting
and leaves me bare, exposed

And I often wonder
why you expect this from me
what sinister pleasure
you derive from forcing me
to bleed upon the page

But here I am again
tumbling down this mountain
covered with snow and blood
given in to your demand
these verses just for you

©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. Mark @ Coloring Outside the Lines (poetry & fiction)
  2. Caroline @ Tales From the Seeds (poetry & non-fiction)
  3. John @ DoubleU
  4. Moondustwriter @ poetry penned in moon dust
  5. Mindlovesmisery

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

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. (Deadline ends soon. Still time to submit!)
  • List of 57 Poetry Contests in 2016
    (note: Some of the deadlines here have passed. These all require entry fees, but decent prizes. Please check out the submission pages carefully. I have not investigated any of these for legitimacy)
  • Comps and calls for May 2016
    (note: this list includes fiction and poetry contests and submissions. Some deadlines have passed, but it is not too late to submit to those that haven’t!)
  • Poets&Writers Writing Contests, Grants & Awards Database
  • Poetry Society of America Database, featuring Lit Organizations, Poetry Journals, Publishers, Contests, & More – Click through Resources on left sidebar

POETRY IN THE NEWS (Articles)

WEEKLY POETRY CHALLENGES

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 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 12

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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….


Morning Breezes
~for Lisa D.

a sinister breeze blows
awakens me from deep sleep
a scream down the street
of one in pain and despair

a flashback occurs
my own pain and fear
his hands curled
around my neck, tightening

my own screams for help
gone unheard
I faced my attacker alone
clawed at his chest

the screams in my head
and the screams down the street
are one in the same
someone’s life is in danger

and I rise from my bed
frightened, confused
’til reality sets in
and I am safe once more

yes, a melancholic breeze blows
ushers in dark memories
when you were gone
and my life was so uncertain

©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. Bastet and Sekhmet’s Library
  2. Mark R. Redfearn
  3. Americana Injustica
  4. Paul @ Poesy plus Polemics
  5. ladyleemanila
  • 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.
  • The Fictional Cafe is accepting submissions for poetry (and fiction!). You must join to submit, but you can join for free.
  • Poets & Writers has updated their database for contests, grants and awards. There are tons of upcoming deadlines for poetry. Check it out!

And here are a few articles that I found particularly interesting:

  • An interview with Emily Skillings
  • A tribute to poet Maurice Kenny who recently died
  • A review of Paul Mariani’s book on Wallace Stevens

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 11

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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….


The Bond We Share
~for Lisa D.

This is what binds us
an unshakable friendship
tested through hardship
and time, from years
of disbelief, that you
and I, should not be
but we proved them wrong
we are and will be

Mother couldn’t separate us
distance couldn’t either
not even arguments broke
the bond we share
those who don’t understand
will never know
how truly special we are
forged from fire and iron

Unbreakable, unmistakable
remarkably unique, friends
until our dying breath
after that, who knows
perhaps our energies
will mutate and we
become something far more
than mere friends

©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. Owen @ No Talent For Certainty
  2. Jessica @ Send Sunshine whose “sayings” have a poetic flare
  3. Laissez Faire who writes poetry and fiction
  4. Charly @ Crazy Life
  5. Michele @ Steps Times Two
  • 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.
  • The Fictional Cafe is accepting submissions for poetry (and fiction!). You must join to submit, but you can join for free.
  • Poets & Writers has updated their database for contests, grants and awards. There are tons of upcoming deadlines for poetry. Check it out!

And here are a few articles that I found particularly interesting:

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 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 9

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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….


 

Awaiting Your Return
~for Lisa D.

this deafening silence grows
hour upon hour, day upon day
and I wonder what offense
struck a blow between us

maybe I’ve read this wrong
a chapter in our lives
where the verbiage is foreign
too strange to comprehend

or am I getting what I asked for?
I can’t take those words back
only pry open the window
to let you back in

I shrug off this bitter chill
await the sunshine I know will come

©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. Busy Mind Thinking
  2. Sue Vincent @ Daily Echo
  3. Captain Q
  4. Svelte @ Blase’
  5. Keith @ keithgarrettpoetry
  • 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.
  • Maybe you’d be interested in making a guerrilla poetry video!
  • If you live in or around Northern Georgia (USA), try getting out to Blue Ridge on Saturday, April 9th for the Blue Ridge Writer’s Conference. Robert Lee Brewer of Poetic Asides will be there leading two sessions focused on poetry.
  • 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!