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It’s summer (at least in the Northern Hemisphere), a time when people love to hit the road and experience new places. But with current travel restrictions, most of us will have to be content with remembrances of travels past. Let’s share our prior adventures in the LANDMARKS Poetry and Prose Series.

PROMPT: Tell us about a landmark you’ve visited — a well-known landmark or a local site of interest — in a poem (any reasonable length) or prose piece (300 words or fewer — this word limit also applies to prose poems).  Did the physical landmark in some way represent a landmark in your life?

WHAT: Submissions can be original or previously published poems or prose. You retain all rights to your work and give Silver Birch Press permission to publish the piece on social media. We are a nonprofit blog and offer no monetary compensation to contributors — the main benefit to you is that we will publicize your work to our 10,000+ followers. If your piece was previously published, please tell us where/when so we can credit the original publisher.

WHEN: We’ll feature the poems and prose in the Silver Birch Press LANDMARKS Poetry and Prose Series on our blog starting in July 2020. We’ll also feature the work on Twitter and Facebook.

HOW TO SUBMIT: Email one poem or prose piece to as an MSWord attachment — and in the same file include your name, email address, one-paragraph author’s bio (written in third person), and any notes about your creative process or thoughts about your piece. Please put all this information in one MSWord document and title the file with your last name. Write “LANDMARKS” in the subject line of the email. Please send a photo of yourself at the landmark you’re writing about — or a photo of yourself in a travel setting. Send the photos as separate jpg attachments.


To help everyone understand our submission requirements, we’ve prepared the following checklist.

1. Send ONE MS Word document TITLED WITH YOUR LAST NAME (e.g. Smith.doc or Jones.docx).

2. In the same MS Word document, include your contact information (name, email address). Also list your home state or country. 

3. In the same MS Word document, include a one-paragraph author’s bio, written in the third person. You are encouraged to include links to your books, websites, and social media accounts — we want to help promote you!

4. In the same MS Word document, include a note about your poem/prose or creative process written in the first person (this is optional — but encouraged).

5. If available, send a photo of yourself at the landmark you’re writing about, or a photo of yourself in a travel setting, as a SEPARATE jpg attachment (not in the MS Word document). If possible, also send an additional author’s photo for your bio. Title the photos with your last name (e.g., Jones1.jpg, Jones2.jpg).

7. Email to — and put  “LANDMARKS” in the subject line.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Friday, July 31, 2020

Illustration by Katsiaryna Pleshakova, used by permission.


We’d like to ring out 2013 by thanking our visitors from around the world for spending time during the past year with the Silver Birch Press blog!

Thank you to our visitors from 170 geographic designations (listed in order of number of visits): 

United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, France, Germany,  India,  Netherlands, Italy, Brazil,  Spain, Poland, Philippines, Mexico, Belgium, Sweden, Portugal, Greece, Turkey, Japan, Republic of Korea, United Arab Emirates, New Zealand, Pakistan, Ireland, Taiwan, Russian Federation, Singapore, Romania, Czech Republic, Argentina, Switzerland, Norway, South Africa, Finland, Israel, Denmark, Hungary, Austria, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Serbia, Malaysia, Croatia, Slovakia, Thailand, Colombia, Chile, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Sri Lanka, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Lithuania, Georgia, Slovenia, Malta, Ecuador, Peru, Venezuela, Kenya, Puerto Rico, Latvia, Viet Nam, Nepal, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Tunisia, Cyprus, Luxembourg, Albania, Qatar, Estonia, Armenia, Macedonia (the Former Yugoslav Republic), Bangladesh, Panama, Moldova, Kuwait, Lebanon, Jordan, Costa Rica, Uruguay, Morocco, Bahrain, Iceland, Dominican Republic, Iraq, Algeria, Belarus, Bolivia, Bahamas, Trinidad and Tobago, Nigeria, Guatemala, Mauritius, Honduras, Palestinian Territory—Occupied, American Samoa, Jamaica, Uganda, United Republic of Tanzania, Maldives, Macao, Montenegro, Mongolia, Zimbabwe, Jersey, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, China, Paraguay, Myanmar, Cambodia, Barbados, Haiti, El Salvador, Libya, Ethiopia, Sudan, Oman, Guam, Cayman Islands, Saint Lucia, Bhutan, Federated States of Micronesia, Nicaragua, Kyrgyzstan, Bermuda, Greenland, Mozambique, Grenada, Réunion, Martinique, Botswana, Brunei Darussalam,  Guyana, Guernsey, Syrian Arab Republic, Virgin Islands, Aruba, Suriname, Ghana, Guadeloupe, New Caledonia, Congo, Burkina Faso, Namibia, Comoros, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Mayotte, Zambia, Uzbekistan, Gibraltar, Equatorial Guinea, Solomon Islands, Belize, Antigua and Barbuda, British Virgin Islands, Vatican City, Faroe Islands, Malawi, Senegal, Liechtenstein, Rwanda, Andorra, Isle of Man


We continue our tribute to The Great Gatsby — our favorite novel and the reason we started this blog in June 2012 — with the cover from a Swedish edition of the book. In Sweden, F. Scott Fitzgerald‘s novel is called En Man Utan Skrupler, which translates as A Man Without Scruples.

I’m guessing that people in Sweden like to know something about a book before deciding to read it — and, I’ll admit, The Great Gatsby isn’t a descriptive title like, say, the Swedish blockbuster The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

Set in 1922, The Great Gatsby tells the story of post-WWI America, the Roaring Twenties, when Prohibition —  a national ban on the sale, production, and transportation of alcohol, in effect from 1920-1933 — was the law of the land,  setting the stage for gangsters, bootleggers, and other nefarious types who were ready, willing, and able to give the people what they wanted.

While Jay Gatsby made his money through the illegal sale and transportation of alcohol, I’ve never thought of him as “a man without scruples.” That’s the point of the novel, isn’t it?  In the end, it was Daisy and Tom — the rich — who really had no scruples.

I did a search for quotes about “scruples” and found the following, which speaks to to Gatsby’s approximate time and place.

“The late 1920s were an age of islands, real and metaphorical. They were an age when Americans by thousands and tens of thousands were scheming to take the next boat for the South Seas or the West Indies, or better still for Paris, from which they could scatter to Majorca, Corsica, Capri or the isles of Greece.

Paris itself was a modern city that seemed islanded in the past, and there were island countries, like Mexico, where Americans could feel that they had escaped from everything that oppressed them in a business civilization.

Or without leaving home they could build themselves private islands of art or philosophy; or else – and this was a frequent solution – they could create social islands in the shadow of the skyscrapers, groups of close friends among whom they could live as unconstrainedly as in a Polynesian valley, live without moral scruples or modern conveniences, live in the pure moment, live gaily on gin and love and two lamb chops broiled over a coal fire in the grate. That was part of the Greenwich Village idea, and soon it was being copied in Boston, San Francisco, everywhere.”

MALCOLM COWLEY, Exile’s Return: A Literary Odyssey of the 1920s. 


As the Silver Birch Press blog celebrates its 2-month anniversary (well, we did a few days ago), we’d like to take a moment and thank our visitors from 80 countries, 1 continent, and 1 commonwealth. Thank you to our visitors from (listed in order of number of visits):

United States, United Kingdom, Poland, Germany, Canada, Brazil, Italy, Turkey, Netherlands, France, India, Australia, Czech Republic, Spain, Sweden, Slovakia, Portugal, Mexico, Japan, Finland, Belgium, Greece, Philippines, Austria, Croatia, Russian Federation, Argentina, Chile, Serbia, Denmark, Switzerland, Malaysia, Israel, Cyprus, Norway, Taiwan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Puerto Rico, Estonia, Romania, Pakistan, Albania, Uruguay, Colombia, Ireland, Hungary, Singapore, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Slovenia, Lithuania, Peru, New Zealand, Ecuador, Luxembourg, South Africa, Bulgaria, Venezuela, Viet Nam, Republic of Korea, Philippines, Thailand, Ukraine, Paraguay, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Georgia, Latvia, Senegal, Malta, Panama, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Bolivia. American Samoa, Tunisia, Mauritius, Bangladesh, Egypt, Iceland, Zambia, and Honduras.

Thank you! We appreciate you spending part of your day with us — even if it’s just for one minute while you sip coffee (or tea!).