Archives for posts with tag: Valentine’s Day

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CARRY YOU
by Ashley Sumerel

Gave her the City
People like me
The only thing Golden
 
I shall carry you
Gates of Emerald
Wonderful country
 
He wanted me
Better than forever will be
Carry you safely

SOURCE:  “Carry You” by Ashley Sumerel is based onpage 214 of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz  by L. Frank Baum (Centennial Edition, Signet Classic).

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Ashley Sumerel holds a B.A. in English and a B.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of North Carolina Wilmington, as well as an M.A. in Literary and Cultural Studies from Carnegie Mellon University. She currently teaches English at the University of North Carolina, Wilmington. She lives in Wilmington, North Carolina, with her husband and daughter.

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ROMEO AND JULIET
by Caitlin Stern

Starry eyes
love at first sight
So romantic
Star-crossed lovers gone too far
lives ruined
felt no caution
Now know about crying

SOURCE: “Romeo and Juliet” by Caitlin Stern is based on page 214 of Five Golden Rings by Fern Michaels (collection), story entitled “Twelfth Night.” by Jo Beverly (Zebra, 2000), available at Amazon.com.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Caitlin Stern grew up in San Antonio, Texas, where she read in trees, avoided team sports, and “published” her first book in elementary school. As she grew, she wrote and read more, developing into an avid bibliophile and writer. She followed her love of books to Angelo State University, where she worked as a tutor at her school’s Writing Center, and later as a Teaching Assistant while she earned an English MA. Recently, she has edited an e-published mystery novel and a poetry collection, and had poems published in Silver Birch Press’ Summer Anthology and Noir Erasure Poem Anthology.

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MARRIAGE DREAMS
by Marcia Meara

She longed
For comfort.
Married,
Safe,
Together.
All evenings
Sorted out,
Detached from worry.
She needed to think,
To be certain.
No mistakes.
She needed a plan…
Satisfaction.

SOURCE: “Marriage Dreams” by Marcia Meara is based in page 214 of Wake-Robin Ridge, a romantic suspense novel by Marcia Meara (2013), available in paperback and Kindle at Amazon.com.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Marcia Meara is a native Floridian, living in the Orlando area with her husband of almost 28 years, two silly little dachshunds and four big, lazy cats. She’s fond of reading, gardening, hiking, canoeing, painting, and writing, not necessarily in that order. But her favorite thing in the world is spending time with her two grandchildren, eight-year-old Tabitha Faye, and seven-month-old Kaelen Lake. At age 69, Marcia wrote Wake-Robin Ridge, her first novel, and Summer Magic: Poems of Life and Love. She is currently working on her second novel, Swamp Ghosts, set alongside the wild and scenic rivers of central Florida. In the past year, Marcia’s poetry has appeared in four Silver Birch Press anthologies. Her philosophy? It’s never too late to follow your dream. Just take that first step, and never look back. Visit her at Bookin’ It.

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NO LONGER ALONE
by Caitlin Stern

A dance
and a mystery
A generous gesture seeks out
the wish
that didn’t fit
Mend the drift of act
and imagining

SOURCE: “No Longer Alone” by Caitlin Stern is based on page 214 of Five Golden Rings by Fern Michaels (collection), story entitled “Twelfth Night.” by Jo Beverly (Zebra, 2000), available at Amazon.com.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Caitlin Stern grew up in San Antonio, Texas, where she read in trees, avoided team sports, and “published” her first book in elementary school. As she grew, she wrote and read more, developing into an avid bibliophile and writer. She followed her love of books to Angelo State University, where she worked as a tutor at her school’s Writing Center, and later as a Teaching Assistant while she earned an English MA. Recently, she has edited an e-published mystery novel and a poetry collection, and had poems published in Silver Birch Press’ Summer Anthology and Noir Erasure Poem Anthology.

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SENSUAL WISDOM
by Mary Bast

yield to invisible forces
find that voodoo
on the fringes
become a willing servant to
beauty and dignity
be
a              goddess
        a
wild animal

SOURCE: “Sensual Wisdom” by Mary Bast is based on page 214 from The Tao of Equus by Linda Kohanov (New World Library, 2001).

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Mary Bast writes poetry, memoir, and flash fiction. She was a finalist in the 2012 Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest, and one of 85 poets from seven countries participating in Pulitzer Remix, a 2013 National Poetry Month initiative sponsored byThe Found Poetry Review. Recent publications include Bacopa Literary Review, Right Hand Pointing, Pea River Journal, Six Minute Magazine, The Found Poetry Review, and The Writing Disorder. When Mary’s hands are not on computer keys they’re holding brush to canvas, inspired by North Central Florida’s woodlands, lakes, and prairies. Learn more about Mary Bast and her work at foundpoetrycollage.

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THE LAST CARNATION OF FRANCE
by Catfish McDaris

Her offering flowers,
reflections come quickly,
a resurrection, a radiant smile
 
He reached with strength
and climbed the hillside,
a thousand years passed
 
The woman is alone
lost in her despair,
nothing, suddenly down. 

SOURCE:  “The Last Carnation of France” by Catfish McDaris is based on page 214 of Jean de Florette & Manon of the Springs by Marcel Pagnol (North Point Press, 1988).

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Catfish McDaris has been active in the small press world for 250 years. He lives in a cave at a nudist colony. His biggest seller is Prying: with Jack Micheline & Charles Bukowski. His latest book is a hardcover called Jupiter Orgasma from Lulu.com.

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LINK
by Gerald So

Previous examples show
how dangerous it is
to assume anything,
connection especially.

SOURCE: “Link”by Gerald So is based on page 214 of Active Server Pages Bible by Eric Smith (IDG Books Worldwide, Inc., 2000).

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Gerald So is a graduate of Hofstra University and Queens College/CUNY. Since 1999, he has moderated online forums about crime fiction, film, and television. From 2001 to 2009, he edited the first-run short fiction section of http://www.thrillingdetective.com. Currently, he edits The 5-2: Crime Poetry Weekly at poemsoncrime.blogspot.com.

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In November 2013, Silver Birch Press issued a call for submissions seeking poems suitable for a Valentine’s Day Erasure Poetry anthology (find the post here) — with erasure poems based on page 214 of any book. We’ve received submissions from poets around the world and — in honor of Valentine’s Day — will run some of the poetry this week.

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Silver Birch Press is seeking Valentine’s Day Erasure Poetry based on page 214 from a book of the poet’s choice — interpret “Valentine’s Day” as you will (love, romance, or other thoughts on the day, but nothing x-rated or raw). Find out more about erasure poetry at wavepoetry.com and geist.com

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES:

In honor of Valentine’s Day, Silver Birch Press is accepting submissions of erasure poems based on page 214 from a book of your choice. For examples of erasure poetry, see this link.

1. Select a book and turn to page 214 (in honor of Valentine’s Day, 2/14!).

2. Photocopy the page, then mark out, white out, circle, or in some other way (see examples), eliminate some of the words. The remaining words constitute your Valentine’s Day Erasure Poem.

3. Give your poem a title.

4. Scan (or take a photo of) your marked-up copy and create a PDF or JPG file.

5. Create a separate typed version in MSWord or in an email.

6. Send an email with your erasure poetry to silver@silverbirchpress.com along with your name, contact information, one-paragraph bio, and the Title, edition, and page number of the book.

DEADLINE:  January 4, 2014

All poems will be featured on the Silver Birch Press blog — and possibly in a printed collection. 

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Silver Birch Press is seeking Valentine’s Day Erasure Poetry based on page 214 from a book of the poet’s choice — interpret “Valentine’s Day” as you will (love, romance, or other thoughts on the day, but nothing x-rated or raw). Find out more about erasure poetry at wavepoetry.com and geist.com

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES:

In honor of Valentine’s Day, Silver Birch Press is accepting submissions of erasure poems based on page 214 from a book of your choice. For examples of erasure poetry, see this link.

1. Select a book and turn to page 214 (in honor of Valentine’s Day, 2/14!).

2. Photocopy the page, then mark out, white out, circle, or in some other way (see examples), eliminate some of the words. The remaining words constitute your Valentine’s Day Erasure Poem.

3. Give your poem a title.

4. Scan (or take a photo of) your marked-up copy and create a PDF or JPG file.

5. Create a separate typed version in MSWord or in an email.

6. Send an email with your erasure poetry to silver@silverbirchpress.com along with your name, contact information, one-paragraph bio, and the Title, edition, and page number of the book.

DEADLINE:  January 4, 2014

All poems will be featured on the Silver Birch Press blog — and possibly in a printed collection.