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.

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Submit your previously unpublished book-length collection for a chance to win The Ballard Spahr Prize for Poetry.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

“Now is the time…”

 

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  • There were so many things wrong with those boys.

They were white, hence inherently evil. They were male, hence toxic. They were Catholic, hence demonic. They were at The March for Life, hence they were haters. They wore MAGA hats, hence they were fascists, and racists.

And they were vulnerable, because they were teens.

  • So grownups taught them a lesson.

Harassed them, threw racial slurs at them, black adults taunted a black boy for being there with his friends that happened to be white.

Then another brave grownup put himself on the line. The adults were clearly “prey” and had to be protected from the “beast” — the children.

So he forced his way into the boys’ group, singled one of them out, and got inches away from his face, all the time banging on his drum.

The full video, mind you, not the snippets that were originally shown. The unabridged, unedited versions that emerged later. The ones YouTube began efficiently deleting. The ones that clearly showed who was targeted, what the chants were, etc.

The mainstream media obviously hasn’t seen them. We should bring the news to the MSM. You think they’ll be interested? Or are they too busy keeping up the narrative, and destroying kids’ lives while they’re at it?

  • So many jumped on the MSM bandwagon yesterday.

So many were quick to condemn, relying solely on what the MSM chose to tell us. We are better than this. We know better. When we’re given all the facts, we can figure things out. But giving us all the facts is not on the MSM’s agenda.

Take advantage of the Internet, Facebook and YouTube, before they’re censored to pieces. Gather information, facts, and draw your own conclusions. Don’t be played. Because it’s our children’s lives that are at stake.

“Now is the time to make justice a reality for all of God’s children. It would be fatal for the nation to overlook the urgency of the moment.”

— Martin Luther King Jr.

Image: Pixabay

 

 

 

 

 

 

Attn. Adventure Writers: Win £15,000

Two Sailboats at Grandcamp (Deux voiliers à Grandcamp)

  • How does a publishing deal with a writer’s advance of £15,000 sound to you?

Have you written an adventure novel exceeding 50K words? You may be the next winner of the Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize.

What’s particularly good about this opportunity is that self-published novels are eligible for the Best Unpublished Manuscript Prize.

Is your manuscript too long? Janice Hardy shares advice on how to give your manuscript a necessary trimming.

Submissions are open. Read the guidelines, revise your work, and submit.

Good luck!

Image: Georges Seurat. Two Sailboats at Grandcamp (Deux voiliers à Grandcamp), c. 1885. Oil on panel, Overall: 6 1/4 x 9 13/16 in. (15.8 x 25 cm). BF1153. Public Domain.

On Thinking Small, Picking Your Brains, & Never Growing Old

Washerwoman and Child (La Blanchisseuse et son enfant)

  • Have you come up with your New Year resolutions yet?

Have you already broken some? If you’re thinking of setting a few goals for 2019, heed Rachelle Gardner’s advice. Her approach helped her reach her goals — try it.

  • Have you picked your brain lately?

Check out the best of Brain Pickings from 2018. A good read to bid farewell to the old year, and ring in the new one.

  • Happy New Year!

“May you stay forever young,” as the song goes. Defy the odds, and prove it possible. And if you feel the odds are winning, write a song, or a poem about it. Read Fern Hill by Dylan Thomas for inspiration.

Image: Pierre-Auguste Renoir. Washerwoman and Child (La Blanchisseuse et son enfant), 1886. Oil on canvas, Overall: 32 x 25 9/16 in. (81.3 x 65 cm). BF219. Public Domain.