CTU Press Release: Contributors Announcement – Fire and Ice Anthology

More good news✌️I will be published in yet another collaborative CTU Anthology!

Creative Talents Unleashed

Congratulations to the following contributors whom have been chosen for the literary publication Fire and Ice – An anthology of collaborations

Fire and Ice Contributors:

Sarah Lamar King


Lyne Beringer



Jeffery Martin

Tiffany Simone

Dena Daigle

Gocni Shindler

William Wright, Jr.

Don Beukes

Elle McLin

Sagar Singh

Xavier Smith

Sharada Sivaraman

Donna Sanders

Raven Nicole

Aaron Johnson

Sarah Ann Waldron

Mark Andrew Heathcote

Markus Fleischmann

John S. Les

Matthew D. Eayre

Richard Milne

Kent Rucker

Jesica Nodarse

Maggie Mae

Sean Christopher

Josh Dale

Hugh Dysart

Brenda-Lee Ranta

Tamsen Grace

Amrita Valan

Susan E. Birch



Tammy S. Thomas

Angela Bertoli

Dagu Shangevlumun

Amanda J. Evans

Amy Noble

Justin R. Hart

Kelly Klein

Veronica Thornton

Kanchan Bhattacharya

Shirley Cooper

Donna McCabe

Krishna DV

Aly O’Neill

Prince A. McNally

Shelley Buttenhoff Miller

John Jave Akhimien

Steve Lay

Debasish Mishra

Leah Marie Rogers 

Gavin King

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Writer Highlight Featuring: Markus Fleischmann

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The Edge

As you stand at the edge of your life
Looking back at the reflections

Fragments of your shattered self
What have you lost?
What have you found?
Bits and pieces all around
Scattered and forgotten
Discarded but imbedded
Like a footprint in sand fading with the tide
Standing at the edge as twilight falls
Still standing frozen, idle
Between the bosom of dawn and the thighs of dusk
Making love to your thoughts
Time ebbs yet it flows so fast
Trickling forward ever so
Thoughts turn into demons
Burying deep within
Never meaning to let go
Yet your heart the cistern of hope
Rages against its trespasser
Overcoming fear, battling its foe
So stand at the edge
Look back but never linger
Peek into the crack of dawn and see
A life made stronger

© Markus Fleischmann

Response to our Inspiration Call on May 8…

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My Rock by Don Beukes

From my debut collection…

Creative Talents Unleashed

You were waiting for me,

Two strangers thrown onto one path

only faith guiding our direction

of a decade ahead –

At first sight

it was surely known

whatever lay ahead

mutual understanding

and shared interests

would bond a union of souls.

When life became frustrating

you reached out and

made me smile

if only for a while

just to rejuvenate

each trial cementing our bond.

Our layers of life discovered together

acceptance of shortcomings a revelation

of fragility and new sensations –

You strengthen me

inspire me

accept me –

You are my rock

of stability and order

my tower of support and eternal love –

You are my present

and my future.

I love your laugh

I love your smile

forever and always mine

to look up to

to care for

to learn from –

My rock unbroken

others chip away and destroy

but our love is cemented.

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Dance by Tracy Seiden

Creative Talents Unleashed

They dance with each other.

Their arms wrap around one another like the soft caress of angel’s wings. The music just begins, notes slow and sweet, inviting them to stay under stars sparkling like diamonds on black velvet. They wear masks so carefully crafted to keep their secrets.

They dance with each other.

Their bodies move in unison, swaying to melody as it expands to fill their hearts thinking maybe this could last.  Maybe this can be magic if only they have the courage to remove their masks, to be vulnerable once more.

They dance with each other.

Their passion rises as music hits its crescendo, crashing into one another heartbeats quickening breath coming faster as the clock strikes midnight. They stand each before the other, for these few moments time stands still. He can think of no future without her or she without him and the masks fall.


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Call for submission Persian Sugar in English Tea Volume III The bilingual anthology of love poems


Dear Poets

About two months after successful publishing the bilingual anthology “Persian Sugar in English Tea volumes I & II” it’s time to kick off the volume III. We, the editors, appreciate the enthusiasm and kind/constructive feedback from the poets who trusted in our work and contributed. With that amazing experience, we can move forward.
I would like to invite my friends/poets who write their poems in English to submit 3-5 short poems (Max 25 lines) and/or 3-10 haiku or any other types of micro-poetry through the e-mail below. We are looking for love poems and going to choose up to three poems of each poet and translate it to Persian in a poetic way and the final anthology will be published bilingually. If a submission doesn’t follow the theme and instructions below, or contains erotica, violence, and profane language, it will be rejected immediately.
So if you are really…

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Sorry – Author Bevan Boggenpoel

Creative Talents Unleashed

The hardest word

that you find

when you hurt certain people

this word never on your mind.

you refuse to utter

when you’re in fault

in your mind you contemplate it

but your pride makes you halt.

Sorry –

the most difficult word to say

its stuck in your mouth

like a hard piece of clay.

© Bevan Boggenpoel

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Excerpt from the book Confessions in Ink

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Bevan Boggenpoel About the Author

Mr. Bevan Boggenpoel was born in Salt Lake, Port Elizabeth, South Africa. He attended Soutpan Primary and matriculated at Westville Secondary School. He completed a Baccalaureate in Education at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University. He launched his debut Anthology 1 December 2016. The book was well received by the public and he sold 230 copies locally. He is also an author at a South African website known as Litnet (Literature Network…

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Copilot – Author Sarah Lamar King

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To find my way without you,

As you left the artery barren,

The heart, on copilot…

© Sarah Lamar King


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2013-12-20-12-43-50-2 About the Author

Sarah began writing poetry in the 3rd grade, her first collection of poetry being called ‘Poems Galore’. There were several times throughout life when she had to stop writing, times when she was silenced by life, was void of feeling, or felt too much to put anything on paper.

She finds solace in the elegiac poetry that she writes today. She began sharing some of her pieces on social media and realized how much feeling her poetry brought about in others, her ultimate goal. Sarah has always wanted to be an author and thanks to Creative Talents Unleashed and their publishing contract it was brought to fruition.

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