ICARUS RISING – VOLUME 1:New Book Release by Don Beukes

© Cover art by Luke Borrill   I am happy to announce that my second collection of poetry has been published by Alien Buddha Press and made a reality by Red Fox. This unique ekphrastic collection is a result of close collaboration with artists from South Africa, America and the UK. Most of the poems were … Continue reading ICARUS RISING – VOLUME 1:New Book Release by Don Beukes


Icarus Rising #excerpt Book 2

Photo Credit © Luke Borrill   Icarus Rising   Curse of Hubris – However tragic my legendary failure at the hands of Hubris or my extreme foolish pride even my dangerous dented overconfidence, I refuse to apologise for challenging the gods who by royal decree imprisoned me appointing King Minos my afterlife final angry referee … Continue reading Icarus Rising #excerpt Book 2

Intertwined by Bonita Y. McCoy

Creative Talents Unleashed

Birth and death, they intertwine

Like vines upon an arbor.

They ring about the structure of life

They keep us humble and somber.

There cannot be one without the other

They cannot exist apart.

They ring around the human soul

They tear then mend the heart.

Birth and death, they intertwine

Like gardens gone astray.

They ring about our daily world

They give and take away.

There must be death for birth to rise

One grows out of the other.

They ring around our very being

We glory, and we suffer.

Birth and death, they intertwine

Uncontrolled by man.

One where we are going,

And one where we began.

The two cannot be parted

They share a common thread.

It is the act of living

By which birth and death are fed.

So comes now every man

From birth to death to trod,

And the life that thrives between


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20 [Higher] Paying Markets for Poetry (325 total!) + more from Publishing and Other Forms of Insanity

Trish Hopkinson

Publishing … and Other Forms of Insanity is the blog and writing resource site by writer Erica Verrillo. Her site is loaded with great articles for writers and the writing life, including listings of publishers, agents, where to get reviews, submission calls, free contests, writing conferences and more.

This list of 20 higher paying poetry markets are mostly no fee (Ploughshares requires a fee to submit) and also includes a link to Verillo’s longer list of 325 paying markets: “If you are not concerned about how much you get paid, see 325 Paying Markets for Short Stories, Poetry, Nonfiction for many more paying markets.”

Click here to read the complete list of 20 Paying Markets for Poetry.

Erica Verrillo has written seven books and published five. She doesn’t know why anyone with an ounce of self-preservation would ever want to publish. But, if you insist on selling your soul to…

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Featured Author: Candace Meredith

Creative Talents Unleashed

Candace MeredithCandace Meredith earned her Bachelor of Science degree in English Creative Writing from Frostburg State University in the spring of 2008. Her works of poetry, photography and fiction have appeared in literary journals Bittersweet, Backbone Mountain Review, Anthology 17, Greensilk Journal, Saltfront and The Broadkill Review.  She currently works as a Freelance Editor for an online publishing company and has earned her Master of Science degree in Integrated Marketing and Communications (IMC) from West Virginia University.

Here is an excerpt from Candace’s New Book Winter Solstice

Prologue . . .

She was born on the eve of the Winter Solstice. Her first day of life was the shortest day and the longest night. Upon her birth, her mother noted a birthmark on her wrist; the pale flesh bore two overlapping crescents with a staff running down the center splitting them into two equal sides. Her first evening alone in her…

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The Longing by Markus Fleischmann

Creative Talents Unleashed

I long to be touched

Gently on my flesh

Like winter’s kiss

Crisp and fresh

I yearn to be held

In a warm embrace

Like summer’s warmth

That shines upon my face

I beckon to be seen

Like autumn’s golden dream

Let go of inner rage

Enjoy my time of change

Storm blown days long passed

Silence took its place

In my soul a somber lull

Voices sing instead of yell

Shadows dance on my mind’s wall

Marionettes with a tale to tell

Frightening visions become as fog

Twisted thoughts no more a bog

Clarity and serenity invaded me

Brighter days my orbit eyes do see

My soul no longer a tempest sea

Regret and fears became smoke in wind

Drifting thin as does my sin

I’m a sword

Blade, pommel and hilt

Cut away my torturing guilt

I am wolf set free to be

I roam my life


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Letter to Staff of the Starlight Recovery Center

A phenomenal debut…

Creative Talents Unleashed

Dear Staff of the Starlight Recovery Center,

I wonder what you saw when you looked at me. A failure? Something broken but not beyond repair? Or a soul so lost I disappeared when you blinked?

To tell you the truth, I can’t remember a single damn day in the Starlight Recovery Center. I remember flashes of things that may or may not have happened. Like when that woman who wouldn’t ever speak to anyone one day started speaking to me. We were in the pool, I was wondering, as I always did, if I’d have enough time to drown myself before one of you pulled me out, and then the woman just floated right on over to me, opened her mouth and started speaking. I remember she had the prettiest voice I’d ever heard. Such a sweet, truthful sound, like her very spirit had come up for air and then…

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What is “previously published” and where can I submit reprints? (UPDATED LIST!)

From Trish Hopkinson…

Trish Hopkinson

UPDATED 10/18/2018

The article “What Is Considered Previously Published Writing?” on Writer’s Relief does a great job explaining all the nuances of determining if your work should be considered previously published. For example, is the original publisher still online? Is the issue out of print? Do blogs and social networking posts count?

Many literary magazines and journals will state clearly what they consider previously published in their submission guidelines, but not all do. If you are unsure, send a quick email and ask the editor before submitting.

Also, make sure you still retain rights to the work before submitting it as a reprint to another publication. For more info on the different types of copyrights commonly used, see Copyright Information for Writers on Poets&Writers website.

Okay, now you’ve done your homework… time to submit.

If you have poetry or other writing which has been previously published, but the readership…

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