April Is Not That Cruel After All

Gagra, Nino_n

It is
(Won’t you agree?)
a dream away —
that filled with spring and promise
fun sun day
where we can touch the wind,
and taste the air,
and be the way we were,
without a care,
free to reclaim
what fleeting time can’t steal,
where we can hope once more,
and laugh,
and heal.

© 2014 Sasha A. Palmer

Image: © 2014 Nino Chakvetadze, reproduced with permission.

Happy April!

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Is Your Blog in a Rut?

Cup of Chocolate (Femme prenant du chocolat)

  • Does your blog need a little help?

Bryn Donovan, editor, novelist, non-fiction writer, and blogger, shares 25 ideas for blog posts — try them all, or take your pick. Have fun blogging!

  • Are you poeming yet?

National Poetry Month is here. One of the many ways to celebrate April is to take part in the annual April Poem-A-Day Challenge. Catch up!

By the way, posting your poems on your blog throughout April–daily, or almost daily–is bound to give your blog a boost. Ready…Set…Go write poetry!

Happy April!

Image: Pierre-Auguste Renoir. Cup of Chocolate (Femme prenant du chocolat), c. 1912. Oil on canvas, Overall: 21 5/16 x 25 5/8 in. (54.1 x 65.1 cm). BF14. Public Domain.

Picture Books, Anyone?

Claude Renoir

  • Do you have a picture book in you?

Erica Verrillo has put together a list of 24 publishers accepting picture books without an agent. Check it out.

  • Picture books aren’t going anywhere.

Except perhaps across borders. A trade publishing house Amazon Publishing has created a new children’s book imprint Amazon Crossing Kids that will focus on children’s picture books in translation.

  • Are you–an adult–into picture books?

You aren’t alone. “Why have we come to a place where picture books are relegated to the landscape only of the very young? It was not always thus.”

Go write one, or read one, enjoy!

Image: Pierre-Auguste Renoir. Claude Renoir, c. 1904. Oil on canvas, Overall: 21 5/8 x 18 1/4 in. (55 x 46.3 cm). BF935. Public Domain.

 

Do You Rattle?

Pensive Young Woman (Jeune femme pensive)

Submitting to Rattle is a cinch.  Getting published in this American poetry magazine is not easy. But it’s worth a try.

Do you dream of getting published in Rattle?

  • Follow the weekly critiques Timothy Green (Rattle’s Editor) posts on Facebook.

(Like this one.)

They just might bring you a step closer to the realization of your dream.

Tim’s critiques are respectful, insightful, thought-provoking, and fun.

Watch them live if you can, post questions or comments in the thread. Or catch up later. Submit your own poem for a critique, if you dare.

@RattleMagazine 

Watch, listen, learn, contribute, have fun, keep writing, keep submitting, get published!

Image: Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot. Pensive Young Woman (Jeune femme pensive), 1855–1860. Oil on panel (later mounted to plywood), Overall: 12 1/2 × 9 5/16 in. (31.8 × 23.7 cm). BF822. Public Domain.

On Google Plus and Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest

 

Pi_pie2

Happy Pi Day!

  • Are you still on Google Plus?

Google Plus is leaving us for good. Time to “ungoogle+”.

Anne R. Allen takes you through all the steps of doing it properly.

Do it now — April 2 will be here before you know it.

  • Feeling a bit down?

Why not write a fun poem, and submit it to a contest?

Why Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest?

  1. No Entry Fee.
  2. Published poems are eligible.
  3. In addition to English submitted poems may contain “inspired gibberish.”
  4. First prize is $1,000.
  5. Sponsored by Winning Writers and Duotrope — legit.

Deadline is April 1, 2019.

Write and submit!

Image: Pi Pie, created at Delft University of Technology, applied physics, seismics and acoustics; Public Domain

How’s your February, Kids?

Tasha and Kolya, Nino

Kids, busy living,
have no use for our
big grownup words —
they know a better way
(the best there is)
to spend this precious hour,
so bite your tongue
and let them fly away.

Let them be children,
though it will not last.
Just let them be.
They’re in that magic place
where time is stalled—
no future yet, no past—
just happy now
shines on the old clock’s face.

© 2014 Sasha A. Palmer

Image: © 2013 Nino Chakvetadze, reproduced with permission.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Marc Chagall. The Promenade (La promenade).

HAPPY

I’ve no weight, I’m a kite,
Fly me high, hold on tight,
Don’t let go of my hand,
Bye-bye, land!

Keep your feet on the ground,
Planet Earth’s small and round,
With its oceans and all,
Like a ball.

Limitations disperse,
You are my universe,
Standing firmly, and bound
To the ground.

I am air, I am light,
I am day, I am night,
Watch me how I go whee!
Fly with me?

Burning bright, burning clear,
From this world disappear
In the blink of an eye
You and I.

 

© 2013 Sasha A. Palmer

Image: Marc Chagall, The Promenade (La Promenade) 1917-18; displayed under Fair Use.

Submission Alerts for Poets and Writers

Fruit and Bonbonnière

  • Are you a poet residing in Minnesota, Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin, or Michigan?

Submit your previously unpublished book-length collection for a chance to win The Ballard Spahr Prize for Poetry.

The prize awards $10,000, publication by Milkweed Editions, and other cool things.

Deadline: February 15, 2019.

  • Are you a writer with a track record of publishing creative writing in the UK or Ireland?

Don’t miss your chance to win £30,000 (!)

Submit your writing to The Sunday Times Audible Short Story Award — the world’s richest and most prestigious prize for a single short story.

Deadline: February 15, 2019.

Good luck!

Image: Pierre-Auguste Renoir. Fruit and Bonbonnière, c. 1915–1917. Oil on canvas, Overall: 9 7/16 x 12 5/8 in. (24 x 32 cm). BF39. Public Domain.

“The Evil’s strong, the roots are running deep.”

Young Mother (Jeune mère)

Catch you off guard they will—do not repose!—
the pseudo truths that with a pleasant smile
mix their false righteousness with a large dose
of sugarcoated horrors, all the while
destroying those who have the courage to
refuse to drink their poison. This is it:
the sacred curtain has been torn in two,
Heaven awaits, so does the fiery pit.
“Choose you this day whom ye will serve” and fight
for what is worthy, beautiful. Defend,
my Soul, at all costs what is just and right,
never expect this deadly fight to end.
The Evil’s strong, the roots are running deep.
Behold: the brutal winds green valleys sweep.

©2018 Sasha A. Palmer, Sonnet #8 of the Heroic Crown of Sonnets

Image: Pierre-Auguste Renoir. Young Mother (Jeune mère), 1881. Oil on canvas, Overall: 47 3/4 x 33 3/4 in. (121.3 x 85.7 cm). BF15. Public Domain.

 

Attn.: Short Fiction Writers & Poets

Snow Scene

  • Do you write short fiction?

Entries are now being accepted for the Chicago Tribune’s 2019 Algren Awards contest.

There will be one grand prize winner ($3,500) and five finalists ($750). No entry fee.

Revise your original short fiction, and submit. Deadline: January 31, 2019.

  • Writing poetry?

The Zócalo Public Square Poetry Prize is accepting submissions.

The prize ($500, and a published interview) will be awarded to the U.S. poet whose poem best evokes a connection to place.

‘“Place” may be interpreted by the poet as a place of historical, cultural, political, or personal importance; it may be a literal, imaginary, or metaphorical landscape.’

Deadline: February 4, 2019.

Image: James Wilson Morrice. Snow Scene, c. 1905. Oil on canvas board, Overall: 9 x 12 in. (22.9 x 30.5 cm). BF2053. Public Domain.