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Poems Wanted

For some strange reason, we are really in short supply of poetry for the summer issue. Please check our submission guidelines and submit. Please spread the word among other poets. We accept themes and non-themed submissions, so if you are stuck on the current theme “Shadow and Light,” don’t fret. Send us your best work before July 1st, 2018.

Poetry Wanted

Second Poetry Workshop

Poetry Workshop Match 5 – April 15.

We are almost at the end of the first poetry workshop. The second workshop will begin on March 5th and run for six weeks. The last assignment will be delivered on April 9th.

Technical Requirements: A computer, email account, and internet access, and a PayPal account.

Every Monday, you will receive a warmup activity to prepare you for the week.
Every Tuesday, you will receive the lesson and a writing prompt.
You can send your poem for the week by Friday of the week.
On Monday beginning the second week, you will receive feedback on your poem along with the new warmup activity.

Fee: $30.00 Donation to The Literary Nest. PayPal link provided upon registration.

Sounds good?
Sign up by sending an email to theliterarynest@gmail.com with “Poetry Workshop Signup” in the subject line.

Poetry Workshop January 2018

Happy Holidays!

Happy Holiday Season from all of us at The Literary Nest. We are working hard on creating the winter issue. Look for it online on January 15.

As we enter the fourth year of the publication, we are putting the lessons we learned along the way to some significant actions. We are pleased to announce our first online poetry workshop.

Poetry Workshop
January 8-Feb 12 2018

Technical Requirements: A computer, email account, and internet access.

Every Monday, you will receive a warmup activity to prepare you for the week.
Every Tuesday, you will receive the lesson and a writing prompt.
You can send your poem for the week by Friday of the week.
On Monday beginning the second week, you will receive feedback on your poem along with the new warmup activity.

Fee: $30.00 Donation to The Literary Nest. PayPal link or mailing address provided upon registration.

Sounds good?
Sign up by sending an email to theliterarynest@gmail.com with “Poetry Workshop Signup” in the subject line.

Feature of the Week – 7

Henrietta M. Dahlstrom
 
The Hibiscus
To observe summer’s extravagance
I bought a big potted hibiscus
for my empty front  porcha single blossom, dark pink coral,
and five overlapping petals that swirl
like a Flamenco skirt encircling

the stalk of a bright bold stamen
that thrusts up to flaunt five red stigmata
and lemon-yellow anthers heavy with pollen.

The flower lasts only a day.  It folds itself up
and falls off but by then another has burst open
and every day there is a new bloom

passionate and urgent, relishing
its short sumptuous existence

as I in my old age relish each day
as if I might fold up and drop off
this tender earth at any moment.

Weekly Feature Prompt – Week 8

Write a poem (40 or fewer lines) or a flash fiction story ( < 1000 words) on any theme. see the complete guidelines here.

Send in your entries to theliterarynest@gmail.com with the subject line “Weekly Contest Submission” by Thursday, July 27, 2017 – 7 PM PDT.

The image here is just for inspiration. You are not required to write about it.

Photograph: Roman Pilipey/EPA

Feature of the Week – 6

Linda Dickman

Scoured by the Wind
For Amelia

We made it. You and I.
Oh, and Fred.
Our wings worse for the wear,
Felled far from our goal.
Rescued from the sauce.
Rescued.
Hope floats.

That little girl looked
Curious. Was it the pants?
The short hair? She looked
From me to her mother, questioning.

But we’re rescued, Electra,
Drawn out of the salt
Into the spray.
Rescued!

Who could have guessed
On this rock solid pier
That we’d end up walking the planks
Into the rising sun.

 

Weekly Feature Prompt – Week 7

Write a poem (40 or fewer lines) or a flash fiction story ( < 1000 words) on any theme. see the complete guidelines here.

Send in your entries to theliterarynest@gmail.com with the subject line “Weekly Contest Submission” by Thursday, July 20, 2017 – 7 PM PDT.

The image here is just for inspiration. You are not required to write about it.

Image by Issei Kato / Reuters

Feature of the Week – 5

Since there was no winner for this week’s feature, I bring to you a public domain poem by H.D. She is considered as an Imagist poet by many. See how deftly she describes the evening as it slowly turns into the night.
Next week, I hope to bring you the feature from the winner of the week 6.

Evening

by H.D. (1886 – 1961)
The light passes
from ridge to ridge,
from flower to flower—
the hepaticas, wide-spread
under the light
grow faint—
the petals reach inward,
the blue tips bend
toward the bluer heart
and the flowers are lost.

The cornel-buds are still white,
but shadows dart
from the cornel-roots—
black creeps from root to root,
each leaf
cuts another leaf on the grass,
shadow seeks shadow,
then both leaf
and leaf-shadow are lost.