Archives for category: Silver Anthology

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FISH
Poem by Gaia Holmes 

“There are plenty more
fish in the sea,”
he tells you with conviction
knowing, as he does,
the whole spectrum
of glitter, silver fin and gill.
 
He knows fish
that would shock
with their electric,
sheepish fish that graze
on plankton, sea furze
and the moss
that clads shipwrecks.
 
He knows fish
that you can trust
for their regularity,
fish that get high
on the lights
of midnight trawlers,
fish that freeze
mesmerized
by the clank and hum
of ocean liners.
 
He knows fish
that fall in love
with pebbles,
fish that get giddy
when wind
fingers the waves.
 
He knows fish
that would gracefully
take your hook
into their mouths
without wincing.

“Fish” and two other poems by Gaia Holmes appear in the  Silver Birch Press Silver Anthology, available at Amazon.com.

Illustration: Drylcon Graphics

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BROKEN SOUL IMPROV (Excerpt)
Story by Zack Hunter 

…All of the golden symbols that had invaded my altered perception in the night flip like a switch in that instant. Void of color but shining a liquid quicksilver now. There’s my reflection in the mirror of consciousness itself that drips its gravitational pull trickling into all. This human body begins to melt. Dripping droplets of quicksilver from disfigured boots not clinging to the branch. I am every drop falling down now through the darkness. Feeling every one that splits and merges. The body has completely dissolved into the metallic silver energetic serum slipping away. Getting caught in the high winds.  Hundreds, now thousands of observation points scattered and raining down gaining speed in a crescendo of butterflies and death. In each silver drop is the fast-forward reminder that all of this has already happened…

“Broken Soul Improv,” a 1,800-word story by Zack Hunter appears in the Silver Birch Press release SILVER: An Eclectic Anthology of Poetry & Prose, available  at Amazon.com.

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DREAMS

by Kathy Dahms Rogers

The streetlight shines so brightly
on the ocean, each wave has a silver lip.
That’s when I realize how real
my Dreams are.  Each day I awaken
to unbelievable news from unimaginable places
whose ghostly characters crowd out my thoughts.
I try to pin them down but they fade away
as Memory frees them to float over the bluff.
Each night I eagerly await my escape,
a better life, another dream.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Kathy Dahms Rogers was born in Iowa, lives in Long Beach, California, and loves to travel with her husband Jack.  She calls herself an “accidental poet” because she began writing poetry during the 1990s in a workshop she thought was going to focus on memoir and travel writing. She continues to attend these weekly workshops with poet Donna Hilbert. Now a retired college reading instructor, Kathy’s poems have been published in PEARL, a literary journal, and Voices, an anthology.

“Dreams” and other poetry by Kathy Dahms Rogers is featured in the Silver Birch Press Silver Anthology, a collection of poetry and prose by authors from the U.S. and U.K. — available in paperback and Kindle versions at Amazon.com.

Photo: “Streetlights on the Beach, Monterey, California” by Bikini Sleepshirt, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

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SILVER
Poem by Winston Tong

Shining, sterling, sublime,
Incandescent, incisive, immortal
Laborious, luminous, lambent,
Valued, venerable, versatile,
Elemental, enduring, esteemed,
Regal, reflective, radiant
Silver.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Winston Tong is a celebrated actor, playwright, visual artist, puppeteer, singer, and songwriter. He is best known for his vocal work in Tuxedomoon and for winning a 1978 Obie Award in puppetry for Bound Feet. He appeared in the 1981 documentary Theater in Trance by Rainer Werner Fassbinder, who shot the film in 1981 at the Theaters of the World Festival in Cologne, Germany. Tong’s career, including solo activity, was examined in detail in Isabelle Corbisier’s Tuxedomoon biography Music for Vagabonds—the Tuxedomoon Chronicles (2008).
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Winston Tong‘s work is featured — along with writing from more than 60 other authors — in the Silver Birch Press release Silver: An Eclectic Anthology of Poetry & Prose (November 2012). The 240-page book is available in paperback or Kindle versions at Amazon.com.

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On Monday, August 5, 2013, get a FREE Kindle version of the Silver Birch Press Silver Anthology —  a 240-page collection of poetry, short stories, essays, novel excerpts, and stage play scenes from over 60 established and up-and-coming writers in the United States and United Kingdom. The writing ranges in style and subject matter — but all the work touches on “silver” in a variety of creative, original, and compelling ways.

Get your free Kindle of the Silver Birch Press Silver Anthology at Amazon.com.

CONTRIBUTORS INCLUDE: Barbara Alfaro / Jena Ardell / Melissa Berry / Jane Buel Bradley / John Brantingham / Rachel Carey / Chiwan Choi / Billy Cook / Barbara Dahl / Walter de la Mare / Colleen Delegan / Gillian Eaton / Barbara Eknoian / Merrill Farnsworth / Syed Afzal Haider / Andrew Hilbert / Donna Hilbert / Gaia Holmes / Zack Hunter / Diane Eagle Kataoka / Ruth Moon Kempher / Linda King / Thom Kudla / Moriah LaChapell / LeeAnne McIlroy Langton / Vickie Lester / Ellaraine Lockie / Gerald Locklin / Amy Lowell / Sandylee Maccoby / Tamara Madison / Clint Margrave / Daniel McGinn / Marcia Meara / Ann Menebroker / Jack Micheline / Ben Myers / Jax NTP
 / Hank Perritt / Meghan Pinson / Jackie Pledger-Skwerski / Kathy Dahms Rogers / Conrad Romo / Luke Salazar / Joan Jobe Smith / Clifton Snider / Dale Sprowl / Kendall Steinle / Adelle Stripe / Paul Kareem Tayyar / Kati Thomson / Jeri Thompson / Winston Tong / Margaret Towner / Mary Umans / Dirk Velvet / Melanie Villines / Fred Voss / Mark Weber / Tim Wells / Steve Williams / Pamela Miller Wood

If you don’t have a Kindle, no worries — download free reading apps at this link.

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ENDLESS RIVER OF SILVERY MOONS
by Joan Jobe Smith

Everything was silver when I was a kid with
Hi Ho Silver! and Lone Ranger silver bullets
as silver airplanes flew off to World War 2,
all of our money silver dimes and dollars,
movie stars on the big silver screen smiling
silver teeth wore silver streaked hair, drove cars
made of silver-hump bumpers, big-grinning grills
and hubcaps silver glitter swirls beneath silvery fog
sunsets in San Francisco while I set the supper table
with silver forks, spoons and knives and sometimes
after they tucked me into bed my mother and father
in the living room cheek to cheek danced in the dark
while Artie Shaw’s 78 clarinet played “Stardust”
and I watched, waited to grow up to live my life, too,
beside the light of an endless river of silvery moons.

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…”Endless River of Silvery Moons” and other writing by Joan Jobe Smith appears in the Silver Birch Press Silver Anthology, a volume that Joan Jobe Smith also co-edited.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Joan Jobe Smith, founding editor of PEARL and Bukowski    Reviewworked for seven years as a go-go dancer before receiving her BA from CSULB and MFA from University of California, Irvine. A Pushcart Honoree, her award-winning work has appeared internationally in more than five hundred publications, including Outlaw Bible, Ambit, Beat Scene, Wormwood Review, and Nerve Cowboy—and she has published twenty collections, including Jehovah Jukebox (Event Horizon Press, US) and The Pow Wow Cafe (The Poetry Business, UK), a finalist for the UK 1999 Forward Prize. In July 2012, with her husband, poet Fred Voss, she did her sixth reading tour of England (debuting at the 1991 Aldeburgh Poetry Festival), featured at the Humber Mouth Literature Festival in Hull. In November 2012, Silver Birch Press published her literary profile entitled Charles Bukowski Epic Glottis: His Art & His Women (& me), available at Amazon.com.

Photo: The moon viewed from a boat sailing the inside passage between Vancouver and Juneau by Tony Hisgett.

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On July 9th, the recent Silver Birch Press release Phoenix by Philippa Mayall was featured in the Huffington Post — and on July 10th, the Long Beach Post featured the Silver Birch Press Silver Anthology in a photo that accompanied “The Importance of of Honesty in Poetry,” a profile of poet extraordinaire Donna Hilbert by G. Murray Thomas. Read the article at the Long Beach Post. The article includes a poem (“Old Man at the Pool”) that appears in the Silver Birch Press Summer Anthology. (Hilbert’s poetry also appears in the Silver Birch Press Silver Anthology — the reason for the above photo — and the Silver Birch Press Green Anthology.)

Thanks, Donna, for reading the Silver Birch Press Silver Anthology during your photo shoot. We feel honored!

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While checking our Twitter account today, we noticed that we had a new follower — Rory O’Sullivan, a writer with Sabotage: Reviews of the Ephemeral, a U.K. site where the Silver Birch Press Silver Anthology was nominated for Best Mixed Anthology (winners will be announced later today during the Sabotage Awards Party — a sold-out event at The Book Club, London).

When we followed Rory O’Sullivan‘s link to the Sabotage site, we were stunned to find a lengthy, in-depth rave review of the Silver Birch Press Silver Anthology. Thank you, Rory. Thank you, Sabotage Reviews!

Below are some excerpts from the Sabotage Review:

Here’s an idea: invite some of your colleagues in the writing scene to submit individual pieces of short fiction, novel excerpts, verse, screenplay and other literary minutiae – all of which must honour a pre-determined theme – collate them, shuffle them into a polished sequence, then sit back and watch your anthology receive all the plaudits it deserves.

Unfortunately, we’ve been beaten to it. So we’ll have to make do with Silver Birch Press showing us how it’s done…

For all its brilliance on a micro scale, it’s easy to lose sight of the anthology’s vastness. I really have barely scratched the surface. It weighs in at a hefty 240 pages, and features no fewer than 62 different contributors…

One outcome is that I’ll be following many of the names this anthology has brought to my attention, their work blazing a silver trail that I urge you to explore with as much curiosity as I will be.”

Congratulations to all writers who contributed their poetry & prose to the Silver Birch Press Silver Anthology! Silver Anthology contributors (in alphabetical order) are: BARBARA ALFARO, JENA ARDELL, MELISSA BERRY, JANE BUEL BRADLEY, JOHN BRANTINGHAM, RACHEL CAREY, CHIWAN CHOI, BILLY COOK, BARBARA DAHL, WALTER DE LA MARE, COLLEEN DELEGAN, GILLIAN EATON, BARBARA EKNOIAN, MERRILL FARNSWORTH, SYED AFZAL HAIDER, JOE HAKIM, ANDREW HILBERT, DONNA HILBERT, GAIA HOLMES, ZACK HUNTER, DIANE EAGLE KATAOKA, RUTH MOON KEMPHER, LINDA KING, THOMAS KUDLA, MORIAH LACHAPELL, LEEANNE MCILROY LANGTON, VICKIE LESTER, ELLARAINE LOCKIE, GERALD LOCKLIN, AMY LOWELL, SANDYLEE MACCOBY, TAMARA MADISON, CLINT MARGRAVE, DANIEL MCGINN, MARCIA MEARA, ANN MENEBROKER, JACK MICHELINE, BEN MYERS, JAX NTP, HANK PERRITT, MEGHAN PINSON, JACKIE PLEDGER-SKWERSKI, KATHY DAHMS ROGERS, CONRAD ROMO, LUKE SALAZAR, JOAN JOBE SMITH, CLIFTON SNIDER, DALE SPROWL, KENDALL STEINLE, ADELLE STRIPE, PAUL KAREEM TAYYAR, KATI THOMSON, JERI THOMPSON, WINSTON TONG, MARGARET TOWNER, MARY UMANS, DIRK VELVET, MELANIE VILLINES, FRED VOSS, MARK WEBER, TIM WELLS, STEVE WILLIAMS, and PAMELA MILLER WOOD.

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We learned yesterday that the Silver Birch Press SILVER ANTHOLOGY  (released in November 2012) has been nominated for the Best Mixed Anthology by readers of the UK site Sabotage: Reviews of the Ephemeral. If you would like to vote, you can find the link on this page (When you get to the survey, the Mixed Anthology category is #3 on the list). You can vote until May 1, 2013.

Congratulations to everyone whose poetry and prose appeared in the SILVER ANTHOLOGY — including many authors from the UK! Best wishes to: BARBARA ALFARO, JENA ARDELL, MELISSA BERRY, JANE BUEL BRADLEY, JOHN BRANTINGHAM, RACHEL CAREY, CHIWAN CHOI, BILLY COOK, BARBARA DAHL, WALTER DE LA MARE, COLLEEN DELEGAN, GILLIAN EATON, BARBARA EKNOIAN, MERRILL FARNSWORTH, SYED AFZAL HAIDER, JOE HAKIM, ANDREW HILBERT, DONNA HILBERT, GAIA HOLMES, ZACK HUNTER, DIANE EAGLE KATAOKA, RUTH MOON KEMPHER, LINDA KING, THOMAS KUDLA, MORIAH LACHAPELL, LEEANNE MCILROY LANGTON, VICKIE LESTER, ELLARAINE LOCKIE, GERALD LOCKLIN, AMY LOWELL, SANDYLEE MACCOBY, TAMARA MADISON, CLINT MARGRAVE, DANIEL MCGINN, MARCIA MEARA, ANN MENEBROKER, JACK MICHELINE, BEN MYERS, JAX NTP, HANK PERRITT, MEGHAN PINSON, JACKIE PLEDGER-SKWERSKI, KATHY DAHMS ROGERS, CONRAD ROMO, LUKE SALAZAR, JOAN JOBE SMITH, CLIFTON SNIDER, DALE SPROWL, KENDALL STEINLE, ADELLE STRIPE, PAUL KAREEM TAYYAR, KATI THOMSON, JERI THOMPSON, WINSTON TONG, MARGARET TOWNER, MARY UMANS, DIRK VELVET, MELANIE VILLINES, FRED VOSS, MARK WEBER, TIM WELLS, STEVE WILLIAMS, and PAMELA MILLER WOOD.

Special thanks to SILVER ANTHOLOGY co-editor Joan Jobe Smith for inviting so many of the authors she’s met during her UK visits to participate in the Silver Birch Press anthologies.

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The Silver Birch Press Silver Anthology (Fall, 2012) was dedicated to legendary poet Jack Micheline (birth name: Harold Martin Silver). Silver Anthology co-editor Joan Jobe Smith — a celebrated, prolific poet in her own right — considers Micheline her favorite poet.  The Silver Anthology — available at Amazon.com — includes Joan’s recollections of her conversations with Micheline along with some of her rare photos taken during Micheline’s final years (he passed away in 1998 at age 69). The anthology also includes an essay about Micheline from Fred Voss and a poetic paean to him from Linda King.

Micheline was a poet’s poet — and with the recent release of JACK MICHELINE IN AMSTERDAM by Unrequited Records, today’s poetry aficionados can understand why.

I recently listened to JACK MICHELINE IN AMSTERDAM, a CD of Micheline’s 1982 performance of poems, songs, stories, chants & skats at Ins & Outs Press, and was captivated by Micheline’s material, his charm, his joie de vivre. The recording made me feel as if I were right there, thirty years ago, witness to Micheline’s genius. Kudos to Tate Swindell of Unrequited Records and Eddie Woods, who organized the 1982 reading and wrote liner notes for the 2012 release, for this remarkable recording.

In 1978, Eddie Woods (a renowned multi-hyphenate: journalist-poet-prose writer-editor-publisher) established Ins & Outs Press with Jane Harvey — and for a number of years published Ins & Outs, a literary magazine that featured a host of legendary writers, including Allen GinsbergGregory Corso, Paul Bowles, and Lawrence Ferlinghetti.

In the upcoming Silver Birch Press Green Anthology (available March 15, 2013), we are honored to feature work by Eddie Woods — including a condensed version of his 1982 interview with Jack Micheline. The volume will also feature poetry from Woods and Micheline.

To purchase a CD of JACK MICHELINE IN AMSTERDAMand I urge you to do so to support this worthy venture and keep Micheline’s spirit alive — please visit the Unrequited Records website. 

Photo: “Jack Micheline, 1982, Amsterdam” © Eddie Woods, 1982, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED, Used by Permission