On Writing – advice from Stephen King

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This is a great book! There are funny stories in it about SK growing up as well as writing advice :)

Originally posted on Valeri's poems & random thoughts :

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Whether or not you’re a fan of Stephen King, his beloved text on the craft of writing will probably resonate with you. King’s On Writing is lauded by aspiring and published writers for its pithy commentary on the writing process. Part manual, part memoir, King gives us a glimpse of his own writing rituals and suggest tactics for improving our work and staying focused. Below we’ve pulled a few of our favorite insights from King’s book to give you a quick jolt of inspiration! If you’d like more, we recommend picking up  a copy of the full text.

On finding the “right” writing environment…

“In truth, I’ve found that any day’s routine interruptions and distractions don’t much hurt a work in progress and may actually help it in some ways. It is, after all, the dab of grit that seeps into an oyster’s shell that makes the pearl, not…

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Faded Roses, Teary Eyes… by Gary Malone

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Faded roses, teary eyes and broken hearts
Orange sunsets, full moons and falling stars
Cozy firesides, tender raindrops, a cool breeze
Dewy meadows, snow covered alps and stormy seas
Dusk dark, dawn, an early morning sunrise
Are facts of life, elements of surprise
Precious memories waiting to part
So are faded roses, teary eyes and broken hearts.

By: Gary Malone
Copyright © Dec. 2004

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Gary Malone hails from Athens, Alabama and is a well-known spoken word artist and teacher. His work is regularly acclaimed for its lyrical nature, rawness and honesty. Through the art and craft of spoken word poetry, he has been able to capture the emotions and feelings of a number of issues including race and class, politics, spirituality, love, and often the heartache of life. 

A frequent guest on national blogtalk radio shows, Gary blows listeners away with his unpretentious style, skill and delivery. So please tune in for an evening of great poetry and dialogue. An open mic session will follow Mr. Malone’s reading. 

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I first heard Gary as a guest on the DC Poetry Project (which is going to have ME , Valeri Beers, as a guest next month).

You can hear Gary reading more of his poems on the DC Poetry Project here:

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/dc-poetry-project-/2015/02/12/the-power-of-poetics-blogtalk-show-welcomes-esteemed-poet-gary-malone

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A Review of “Beneath the Shadow of a White Pigeon” by Pijush Kanti Deb

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While reading Pijush’s (pronounced p-juice)  poetry book “Beneath the Shadow of a White Pigeon” ,  the first poem that jumped out at me was “To Read A Brand New Book”  which is a wonderful poem in itself about a book and made me think of this review for Pijush’s book.

This is not your typical American  style of poetry. Pijush told me he wanted to be international.  He said he composes in English (an international and his favorite language) and also in Bengali (one of the best languages of the people of India in Pijush’s opinion)

Pijush’s poems are very emotional, thought provoking and full of evocative imagery. Pijush captures  life in his native India, sharing his feelings of tension, fear confusion and anger, but also love and hopefulness.  Pijush’s use of words is very descriptive. From the poem “An Intermingling Between Ocean and Desert”, one of my favorite lines is “A few flocks of money”

Standout poems include Carnival of Fire and Two Languages.

Pijush Kanti Deb is a very prolific poet. He has submitted more than 225 poems to over 68 magazines and journals and has no intention of stopping.

Congratulations Pijush :)

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Pijush  was also interviewed on PoetryPasta…

What is your name and what is your day job?
  I am Pijush Kanti Deb.
I am an Associate Professor of Economics at a 
privately managed college at Dimapur in Nagaland, India.
What is the title of your new book and where can people buy it?
The name of my first poetry collection is’’ Beneath The Shadow
Of A White Pigeon’’. As per the information sent to me by the
publisher, the book has been published in two versions - 
print book and e-book and made available on Amazon. 

Who published your book of poems?
Published by Jack Blair, a poet cum editor of the Hollow 
Publishing: The Hungry and Hollowed, from Canada,
who has been promoting my poems since September 2014.

You can get Pijush's new poetry book here:
http://www.amazon.com/Beneath-Shadow-White-Pigeon-Pijush/dp/1505854113/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1422800866&sr=1-1&pebp=1422806044707&peasin=1505854113


How did you start writing?
On 9th May 2013 suddenly I discovered a poem on a piece of paper on 
which I was just writing something to pass the monotonous time during 
my daily return journey from Dimapur to Lumding- my native place. It was
really a good themed poem, so I submitted it to an international print
magazine named Tajmahal Review on 14th May and by God's grace my first
poem ‘’Leave of Exploitation’’ was published by the magazine on 1st
June 2013.

It sounds like you write a lot! What inspires you? 
That was the good beginning of my wonderful journey to the
poetic paradise and at present I have more than 210 published poems in
more than 63 magazines and journals- print and on-line world-wide like
Down in the Dirt, Camel Saloon, Dead Snakes, The Literary Yard,
Gauhatian,Poetry Pasta, The Song is, The Pennine Ink, Criterion, 
The Hermes Poetry, Whispers, Dagda Publishing and many more. My best achievement is the publication of my first poetry collection ’’ Beneath the Shadow of a White Pigeon’’ 
I started composing poems of different themes and styles and 
feeling the blissfulness of creating something good and now my 
mirror is also happy to face me. I don’t feel the touch of any 
inspiration from any person behind my composition of poems rather it may be the blessing of nature or God that is always bestowed to an optimist.
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Thank you Pujish for telling us about your book "Beneath The
Shadow Of A White Pigeon and again congratulations :)  You 
can also connect with Pijush on Facebook.

(review and interview by Valeri Beers)

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Call for Submissions!

https://finishinglinepress.submittable.com/submit/37185

2015 NEW WOMEN’S VOICES SERIES CHAPBOOK COMPETITION

Ends on 4/1/2015

A prize of $1,000 and publication for a chapbook-length poetry collectionin print edition and eBook format. Open to women who have never before published a full-length poetry collection. Previous chapbook publication does not disqualify. International entries are welcome. Multiple submissions are accepted. Final judge: Leah Maines. All entries will be considered for publication. The top-ten finalists will be offered publication in the New Women’s Voices Series.

Submit up to 26 pages of poetry, PLUS bio, acknowledgments, SASE and cover letter with a $15 entry fee. To submit online click on button below,

or mail entry and fee to

NWV Chapbook Competition

Finishing Line Press

P O Box 1626

Georgetown, KY 40324

USA
Postmark Deadline: March 31, 2015

A self-addressed, stamped envelope (SASE) with the correct postage must accompany all mailed manuscripts. A SASE is needed for any kind of response, even if the writer does not want the material returned.
A good photocopy of the manuscript or a computer printout, rather than the original, should be sent. Finishing Line Press is not responsible for lost manuscripts.

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Happy Valentine’s Day or Happy Saturday !

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Happy Valentine’s Day :) OR Happy Saturday :)  Here are some Love and Anti-Love poems for you.

LOVE POEMS

poem I wrote sitting across the table from you

By Kevin Varrone

if I had two nickels to rub together
I would rub them together

like a kid rubs sticks together
until friction made combustion

and they burned
a hole in my pocket

into which I would put my hand
and then my arm

and eventually my whole self––
I would fold myself

into the hole in my pocket and disappear
into the pocket of myself, or at least my pants

but before I did
like some ancient star

I’d grab your hand

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I Want the Certainty of Love in Another Language

by Christie Ann Reynolds
You walked in like the light
From every sun that rose 
This year had exploded
Symmetrically from your eyes
I was uncertain—no I was certain 
I wanted your eyes to shoot 
Laser beams straight through me
It was certain we were soon to be
Bound by something mythological
It was certain that when you moved
The hair away from my mouth 
A locust in your eyes 
Moved farther afield
It was uncertain if one day
We would be saying 
I will not love you
The way I love you presently
It was certain we spoke
The danger language of deer
Moving only when moving 
Our velvet bodies in fear

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FREE until 3/9/15

Classic Love Poems is FREE until 3/9/15.

For anyone who’s in love – or hopes to be – what greater celebration could there be than to hear the world’s greatest love poetry read lovingly by Richard Armitage? With 15 poems by William Shakespeare, Edgar Allan Poe, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, and more, Classic Love Poems is a listening treat for Valentine’s Day – or any day.

Included in this collection are:

  • “How do I love thee?” by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  • “Sonnet 116″ by William Shakespeare
  • “Annabel Lee” by Edgar Allan Poe
  • “To Be One with Each Other” by George Eliot
  • “Maud” by Alfred, Lord Tennyson
  • “To His Coy Mistress” by Andrew Marvell
  • “Bright Star” by John Keats
  • “Love’s Philosophy” by Percy Bysshe Shelley
  • 1 Corinthians 13:4-8
  • “Meeting at Night” by Robert Browning
  • “The Dream” by Edna St. Vincent Millay
  • “The Passionate Shepherd to His Love” by Christopher Marlowe
  • “I carry your heart” by e. e. cummings
  • “She Walks in Beauty” by Lord Byron
  • “Give All to Love” by Ralph Waldo Emerson

About the Performer

Richard Armitage is known to movie audiences around the world as “Thorin Oakenshield” in the trilogy of films based on The Hobbit. Born in Leicester, England, and trained at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, Armitage has performed with the Royal Shakespeare Company, and created memorable roles on Robin Hood, North & South, and other British TV series.

Get your FREE classic love poems here:

http://www.audible.com/pd/Classics/FREE-Classic-Love-Poems-Audiobook/B00TA13B56/ref=a_search_c4_1_1_srImg?qid=1423923458&sr=1-1

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ANTI-LOVE POEMS


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I Feel Horrible. She Doesn’t

BY RICHARD BRAUTIGAN
I feel horrible. She doesn’t
love me and I wander around
the house like a sewing machine
that’s just finished sewing
a turd to a garbage can lid.

You left me – Sire – two Legacies – (713)

BY EMILY DICKINSON

You left me – Sire – two Legacies –
A Legacy of Love
A Heavenly Father would suffice
Had He the offer of –
You left me Boundaries of Pain –
Capacious as the Sea –
Between Eternity and Time –
Your Consciousness – and me –
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A Very Short Song by Dorothy Parker

Once, when I was young and true,
Someone left me sad-
Broke my brittle heart in two;
And that is very bad.

Love is for unlucky folk,
Love is but a curse.
Once there was a heart I broke;
And that, I think, is worse.

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Naked Nursery Rhyme
by Valeri Beers

This
is not
a Valentine.

You 
are not
mine
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Peter Peter
fire eater
had a
wife
&
wouldn’t
keep her

He kissed
that girl
&
made her
cry

His tongue
could burn
O
when would
she learn 
not to
play with
fire?





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Congratulations Malobi Sinha !

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As seen on Twitter this morning: Bombay Extra Dry @BombayExtraDry @MalobiSinha releases her latest book#TheCastleAndOtherStories.

 Photo credits Nupur NagBombay Extra Dry

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Abandoned by Alex Conrad

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Upon the crest of that hill,
Yes, that one,
Lies an old, decrepit, falling-apart soul.
No one cared for it while it was alive,
No one cared for it while it was dying,
And definitely no one cares for it now that it’s dead.
But guess what, honey,
This old vagabond does, did, and always will.

Upon the crest of that hill,
Yes, that one,
Lies the former glory of my childhood.
I loved playing in the shade of that wise oak.
I remember backyard barbeques,
Play dates,
Romp-in-the-grass games,
Chasing that squirrel,
Being knocked over by my love behind that there,
Growing old,
Embraced by someone who loved me,
I thought there was something there,
But one day, he left me.
Just like that place up there on the hill.

And soon,
Upon the crest of that hill,
Yes, that one,
Shall I lie when my old, tired, saggy body
Longs to become one with Nature
Again becoming beautiful and lovely,
Again becoming lively and youthful.
But until that day,
I shall tell the story of that and this old soul.

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3 poems by Hanoch Guy

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A lullaby

Woods devoid of horned
giants gobbling up babies .,no
wrinkled witches
turn into milkskin virgins.
Bigfoot still cracks humongous coconuts.
.
Gone mystery of a
golden prince riding an Arabian stallion
rescuing a pale princess.

One is not petrified any more
by snorting boars.
No racing heartbeats,
in the thick canopy.

Ancient trees butchered by Burger King ,
burned by hungry tribesman.

Wide paths for tourists marveling at the sign
Past forest.

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Amazon receded

Shuttered crude wood houses
on stilts
in Manaus Brazil
trapped by caked mud.
A deformed golden frog is silent in the drying swamp
A lone pygmy owl shrieks alarm in the
in on a single log

Land littered with dead fish.
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Tombstumps

Thousand of Douglas fir stumps
just logged
with unsown bits hanging
like wet dog tongue
Torn flesh strips.
Emily Carr called them screamers
But they can’t
whisper.
sap and sawdust stuffed throats slit.
Mourning stumps attacked by busy crows
sticking their beaks in their guts.
Stumps letting out a last groan.
freezing in the winter wind.
Executioners take a nap under a lone tree.
A dozer casts a dinosaur shadow on the bare forest.
Crushed needles and cones.
Tombstone stumps in
a cemetery.

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Hanoch Guy Ph.D,Ed.D spent his childhood and youth in Israel surrounded by citrus orchard, water melon fields and invading sand dunes. He is a bilingual poet in Hebrew and English. Hanoch is teaching Jewish and Hebrew literature at Temple University
He has published poetry in Genre, Poetry Newsletter, Tracks, The International Journal of Genocide Studies,  Poetry Motel, Visions International, Voices Israel and several times in Poetica where he won an award. He has also won an award in the Mad Poets Society in 2007.

His books are :
The road to Timbuktu-travel poems.
Terra Treblinka-Poems of the Holocaust.
We pass each other on the stairs: 120 imaginary and real encounters
Sirocco and scorpions-Poems of Israel and Palestine.

To learn more about Hanoch, check out his website:

www.hanochguy-kaner.com

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Are YOU a sensitive poet?

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new poet Pijush Kanti Deb interview (NOW)


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What is your name and what is your day job?
  I am Pijush Kanti Deb.
I am an Associate Professor of Economics at a 
privately managed college at Dimapur in Nagaland, India.
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What is the title of your new book and where can people buy it?
The name of my first poetry collection is’’ Beneath The Shadow
Of A White Pigeon’’. As per the information sent to me by the
publisher, the book has been published in two versions - 
print book and e-book and made available on Amazon. 

Who published your book of poems?
Published by Jack Blair, a poet cum editor of the Hollow 
Publishing: The Hungry and Hollowed, from Canada,
who has been promoting my poems since September 2014.

You can get Pijush's new poetry book here:
http://www.amazon.com/Beneath-Shadow-White-Pigeon-Pijush/dp/1505854113/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1422800866&sr=1-1&pebp=1422806044707&peasin=1505854113


How did you start writing?
On 9th May 2013 suddenly I discovered a poem on a piece of paper on 
which I was just writing something to pass the monotonous time during 
my daily return journey from Dimapur to Lumding- my native place. It was
really a good themed poem, so I submitted it to an international print
magazine named Tajmahal Review on 14th May and by God's grace my first
poem ‘’Leave of Exploitation’’ was published by the magazine on 1st
June 2013.

It sounds like you write a lot! What inspires you? 
That was the good beginning of my wonderful journey to the
poetic paradise and at present I have more than 210 published poems in
more than 63 magazines and journals- print and on-line world-wide like
Down in the Dirt, Camel Saloon, Dead Snakes, The Literary Yard,
Gauhatian,Poetry Pasta, The Song is, The Pen nine Ink, Criterion, The
Hermes Poetry, Whispers, Dagda Publishing and many more. My best
achievement is the publication of my first poetry collection’’ Beneath
the Shadow of a White Pigeon’’ 
I started composing poems of different themes and styles and 
feeling the blissfulness of creating something good and now my 
mirror is also happy to face me. I don’t feel the touch of any 
inspiration from any person behind my composition of poems rather it may be the blessing of nature or God that is always bestowed to an optimist.
--------------------------------------------

Thank you Pujish for telling us about your book "Beneath The
Shadow Of A White Pigeon and again congratulations :)  You 
can also connect with Pijush on Facebook.
You can get Pijush's new poetry book here:






							
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