Phoenix – feature haiku writer


Your ashes illume,

cradled beyond day and night – 

great is the unknown.

© Kerfe Roig 2018

Here is the final haiku from our featured haiku writer; Kerfe Roig. “I’m interested in the places between, the transitions, the stories we tell about how and where and why. I look for connections, mirrors, repetitions, gaps, contradictions, the interaction of opposites, the point where endings and beginnings meet.” Discover more at Kerfe Roig and methodtomadness.

This haiku is part of our Celestial Bodies theme!

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Corvus – featured haiku writer


sacred and cursed, white

that glitters black, reflected

in the light of truth

© Kerfe Roig 2018

Here is the third haiku from our featured haiku writer; Kerfe Roig. Talking about her work, Kerfe says, “In manipulating images, forms, and words to reflect back, I search for cultural context, symbol and myth. A reply to questions, spoken and unasked.” Discover more at Kerfe Roig.

This haiku is part of our Celestial Bodies theme!

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Ocean Waltz


Vita Brevis Press

Submitted by Josie Rozell

She danced to Beethoven’s archduke piano trio
wild and reckless
her calloused feet kissing the white sand
the crescendo of piano the crescent wave.
She didn’t care if any saw her;
no one was looking anyways
and she curated her own reality.
Sometimes she danced on tiptoe
when the occasion called for it
but more often than not it was full-fledged
arm flinging absurdities
calling to her the soul of the water
as the piano to her own.

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Is Mediocrity The Only Path To True Equality?

Tara Sparling writes

Is Mediocrity The Path To True Equality? She’s got an opinion and she’s not afraid to use it

Another day, another publishing row. The latest storm to hit the shelves is about diversity. To cut a short story shorter, Penguin Random House has committed itself to promoting more diversity in literature, because they say books “should reflect the diverse society in which we live”.

Although she claims her remarks were taken out of context, the UK-resident American writer Lionel Shriver said that positive discrimination will make literature a poorer sort of art. She said “we can safely infer … that if an agent submits a manuscript written by a gay transgender Caribbean who dropped out of school at seven and powers around town on a mobility scooter, it will be published, whether or not said manuscript is an incoherent, tedious, meandering and insensible pile of mixed-paper recycling.”

Much frowning and finger-wagging ensued. I always enjoy a…

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Vita Brevis Press

EDITOR’S CHOICE AWARD: bringing our favorite previously-published poems back to the front page.

Submitted by Sarah Connor

Passing through this doorway
is an act of remembering
and of forgetting. On this
threshold I stand poised
between the two.

 Back then, there were magic
doorways that led
to wonderlands. I dream
of passing through,
from this dull monochrome
to glorious technicolour.

Right now, time becomes space,
space becomes time:
the living room is full of my childhood;
somewhere in the kitchen
there’s a sleeping baby.

In an upstairs room,
my younger self is standing,
looking out across
another city. Waiting
for life to start.

My grandmother presses
a crumpled note
into my palm, and whispers
urgent wisdom.

Back then, there were dark
doorways that led
to underlands. I dream
of passing through,
from this mad technicolour
to the bleak purity
of black and white.

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BLOG TOUR REVIEW: A Thousand Perfect Notes by CG Drews // Cake, Music and excuse the pun, PERFECTION + a smol interview!!

A Whisper Of Ink

Today’s post will feature 1) cake 2) fangirling and 3) a very special book dragon!

As you can image, I am SUPER excited!! I probably gave everything away from the title, OOPS. But let’s pretend everything here is one huge surprise party because it is way more fun that way, okay? This is going to be a huge jam-packed post but that’s what makes it so much fun.

I guess I should start from the beginning. You probably all know the famous blogger, Cait @ Paper Fury.Last year, Cait announced her debut novel was going to be published. The whole of book twitter went WILD, me included. I think it was fair to say everyone was screaming and shrieking. I thought I would have to wait until June, the release month, to read the book but I was wrong.

Cait has been one of my favourite book bloggers for…

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A Thousand Perfect Notes by C.G. Drews

Reading Under The Blankie

A book filled with Chopin, emotions and pain, A Thousand Perfect Notes is the perfect debut that I’m quite sure will put C.G. Drews on your watchlist.

A Thousand Perfect Notes by C.G. Drews

Genres: Contemporary, YA
Published: 7th June, 2018 (expected)
Goodreads | Book Depository | Amazon UK
Series: N/A
Rating: 5

An emotionally charged story of music, abuse and, ultimately, hope.
Beck hates his life. He hates his violent mother. He hates his home. Most of all, he hates the piano that his mother forces him to play hour after hour, day after day. He will never play as she did before illness ended her career and left her bitter and broken. But Beck is too scared to stand up to his mother, and tell her his true passion, which is composing his own music – because the least suggestion of rebellion on his part ends in…

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