Monday, November 20, 2017

Happy Holidays!!!


Happy Holidays to all from Stanzaic Stylings.

We will be closed to submissions
 until January 1, 2018

Thank you

Tattooed Touch by Blanca Alicia Garza



Tattooed Touch

Two poets who fell in love...
writing letters on by Blanca Alicia Garza
each others skin
using fingerprints
and lip caresses 
Leaving them printed 
like tattoos that 
will remain forever 
and spending the 
nights reading them 
like marvelous 
great sonnets 
and love stories 
printed in braille.

(Published in Dandelion In A Vase of Roses Anthology)


BIO: Blanca Alicia Garza is a Poet from Las Vegas, Nevada. She is a nature and animal lover, and enjoys spending time writing. Her poems are published in the Poetry Anthologies, "Moonlight Dreamers of Yellow Haze", and "Dandelions in a Vase of Roses" now available at Amazon.com. Blanca's work can be found in The Poet Community, Whispers, The Winamop Journal, Indiana Voice Journal, Tuck Magazine, Raven's Cage Ezine, Scarlet Leaf Review as well as Birdsong Anthology 2016, Vol 1. Blanca was recently nominated for The Best of the Net 2017.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Destiny by Blanca Alicia Garza





Destiny 

She is clothed with an inner strength
and laughs without fear of the future.
eye shine, ignites sparks in my heart.
she judges none, and walks with grace.
Her dreams are in a technicolor palette
and lights her way through the darkness.
She adores dancing in the pouring rain
Blowing dandelions in summer breezes 
Talks to the moon about her eternal love 
She smiles as squirrels dance in trees,
loves spending time watching kids play.
Her dream was to be a great writer, but 
falling in love with a poet was her destiny.

(Initially published on The Song Is)

BIO: Blanca Alicia Garza is a Poet from Las Vegas, Nevada. She is a nature and animal lover, and enjoys spending time writing. Her poems are published in the Poetry Anthologies, "Moonlight Dreamers of Yellow Haze", and "Dandelions in a Vase of Roses" now available at Amazon.com. Blanca's work can be found in The Poet Community, Whispers, The Winamop Journal, Indiana Voice Journal, Tuck Magazine, Raven's Cage Ezine, Scarlet Leaf Review as well as Birdsong Anthology 2016, Vol 1. Blanca was recently nominated for The Best of the Net 2017.


Friday, November 17, 2017

Visceral by Theresa A. Cancro

Visceral 

It grieves.
It aches.
It sobs

into my hands,
quivering orphan angst,
abandoned.

Passersby refuse
to pick it up,
examine it.

Slips in to my back
pocket
folds on itself,
silenced

for now.


Bio: Theresa A. Cancro writes poetry, short fiction and nonfiction. Dozens of her poems and short fiction pieces have been published internationally online and in print. She strives to find sparks of wonder in the ordinary.

BENIN By Eddie Awusi

BENIN

Yawning out,
A bronze of ancient dawn,
Bustling and buzzing with life,
Like a swarm of bees;
Awkwardly awakened,
In Ozolua moat.

Bellowing;
With spiralling sinews of smokes:
Crawling sheepishly. ascending;
From Iduh Owina to the hearths of Ekhiadolor;
Into the naked ivory of the sky.

And zealous feets;
Meandering carelessly;
Negotiating steps, at the fringes;
And coughing locomotives;
Bursting like raucous
Mushrooms on fertile soil - on the roads.


Eddie Awusi lives in Benin city where he runs a small personal business. He has a degree in English literature. He has been published in Dandelions in a Vase of Roses, Voices of the Aspirants, FM 20 among other poetry anthologies. His poetry has also appeared in different poetry magazine in Europe, America, Africa and Asia

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Autumn's Calling by Ken Allan Dronsfield






"During the Autumn's calling and November's chill;
we watch Fairies dance in the fallen whetted leaves."



Biography:

Ken Allan Dronsfield is a disabled veteran and poet from New Hampshire now residing on the southern plains of Oklahoma. He loves thunderstorms and time with his cat Willa.  He is a three time nominee for the Pushcart Prize Award and twice for the Best of the Net for 2016-2017. Ken loves life!


© Ken Allan Dronsfield

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

LOVE by Donabell de Apera

LOVE

"Night that was hollow,
Empty space that was not seen,
Chant that was so loving,
Freedom that I've seen.

Time that passed by,
Fate that has been,
None will defy,
Love has been there.

Freedom achieved guts,
It is love that can defy all odds.
Powerful than all,
Love can heal what war destroyed."

BIO: Donabell de Apera from Lucban, Quezon Philippines is an industrial engineer by profession, though is unemployed due to a traumatic brain Injury. She is a freelance poet.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Freedom Journey by Ann Christine Tabaka





Freedom Journey
 
Among the ruins of broken lives,
they came across great expanses,
searching for a place to rest their weariness.
Empty from hunger.
Full from hope.
 
Carrying with them stories of their pasts,
and the bones of their ancestors.
Multitudes marching,
while looking out over myriad expressions,
in quest of a familiar face.
 
Grasping the future in clasped hands
tucked into worn pockets.
Afraid to let go,
lest dreams scatter like lost seeds
among devouring crows of indifference.
 
Tiredness overtaking,
broken bodies pitch tents
of sparse comfort.
Taking refuge along the never ending
journey of freedom.



Ann Christine Tabaka lives in Delaware, USA.  She is a published poet and artist. She loves gardening and cooking.  Chris lives with her husband and two cats.  Her most recent credits are The Paragon Journal, The Literary Hatchet, The Metaworker, Raven Cage Ezine, RavensPerch, Anapest Journal, Mused, Apricity Magazine, Longshot Island, Indiana Voice Journal, Halcyon Days Magazine, The Society of Classical Poets, and BSU’s Celestial Musings Anthology.
*(a complete list of publications is available upon request)
 

The Deer Crossing - A Sonnet by Ken Allan Dronsfield





The Deer Crossing - A Sonnet

Sun slowly dipping in the western sky;
the winds are light and the pine boughs swaying.
From their warm, peaceful beds the meek and shy,
walk to the river; time for the crossing.
To the fields above, to graze for a meal;
prance through the meadow, always listening.
Hear the Blue Jay; alerting all with zeal.
Just twilight now, time to make the crossing.
Squirrels have disappeared, gone to their beds.
Barn Owls glide by upon whispering wings.
Night animals stir, sleepiness now shed.
Stand on the bank, ready for the crossing.
Waters are cool; taking a little drink.
Browse til dawn, then return to the crossing.


Biography:

Ken Allan Dronsfield is a disabled veteran and poet from New Hampshire now residing on the southern plains of Oklahoma. He loves thunderstorms and time with his cat Willa.  He is a three time nominee for the Pushcart Prize Award and twice for the Best of the Net for 2016-2017. Ken loves life!

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Mongrel Words By Grant Guy

Mongrel Words

Mongrel words ingest the harmony of poetry
Bequeathing it with a reality of sinew and bone

The misfit words are the rising citadel
That bares the cradle of short range dreams of men & women
Bulldozing the long range plans

Everyday I chew on the malcontented words
Nourishing me with the spine and raw muscle to kiss the morning
To hug the night in gracious avidity

I drink the miscued words with unquenching thirst
I stride up to the bar of life and grab another bottle
I cannot get enough of the bullets and knives they heaves
At the reality of our blue ball lost in space
For the molesting words are psalms 

Without the menacing words the harmony of poetry is spat out
We are as dead as the void without a godhead

Let us be possessed by misbecoming words

Bio
Grant Guy is a Winnipeg, Canada, poet, writer and playwright. Former artistic director of Adhere + Deny. His writings have been published in Canada, the United States, Wales, India and England. He has three books published. He was the 2004 recipient of the MAC’s 2004 Award of Distinction and the 2017 recipient of the WAC’s Making A Difference Award.

Courage By Desiree Cady





Courage
By Desiree Cady

With pain in her heart
And fear in her eyes
She packed up her things
Left without a single goodbye

Not a bruise on her body
His fists left no trace
But his words resonated
Deep down in a sacred place

At 19 she was a child
Not knowing what love was
Naive she believed him
Like a young child does

As she became older 
That is when she knew
Love isnt just something you say
It's something you do

His words they cut deep
Ripping out her soul
He began diminishing her happiness
Her innocence he stole

Stand by her family
Be faithful to her man
Til death do us part
That was supposed to be the plan

No longer wanting to gamble
When her life was at stake
She swallowed her fears
Decided it was a risk she would take

For his "love" was killing her
She was finally done
Spending another second with him
Was roulette with a fully loaded gun

She decided it was time 
To finally say goodbye 
She left that day
She stopped living a lie

For the choice was so clear
She could live in hell as his wife
Or she could take back control
And save her own life

Bio
I am a 33 year old mother of two beautiful girls who have been my saving grace. After a brutal attack a few years ago, I have been plagued by PTSD. After the attack and a few suicide attempts, I vowed to tell my story and help inspire others to get help and to know that they are not alone. 
I am currently wrapping up two manuscripts for publication and am set to be published in an upcoming anthology that will come out mid - November.
You can find more of my work at
Www.Facebook.com/Gemini.allure 

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Path to the Heart by Blanca Alicia Garza




Path to the Heart 

Write me a sweet poem. 
Kiss me softly with sweet
butterfly kisses on my skin.
Guiding them gently upon
my entire thirsty body.
Make me forget the pain
in this world and even my
own name for a little while.
And let me recite yours 
through the sweetest of
whispers and throes of
passion. Let me sing softly 
into your ear Igniting the fire 
and with the tips of your fingers 
discover even my most deepest 
desires. Find that path that 
leads directly to my heart. 
Make me forever yours.

Blanca Alicia Garza is a Poet from Las Vegas, Nevada. She is a nature and animal lover, and enjoys spending time writing. Her poems are published in the Poetry Anthologies, "Moonlight Dreamers of Yellow Haze", and "Dandelions in a Vase of Roses" now available at Amazon.com. Blanca's work can be found in The Poet Community, Whispers, The Winamop Journal, Indiana Voice Journal, Tuck Magazine, Raven's Cage Ezine, Scarlet Leaf Review as well as Birdsong Anthology 2016, Vol 1. Blanca was recently nominated for The Best of the Net 2017.

Friday, November 3, 2017

Scarves by Joan McNerney





Scarves

I want to make scarves from the sky.
Since I'm not much of a seamstress,
here's hoping it won't be too hard.

To start I'll just pick up a fleecy
white cloud to cover my neck.

Maybe create a dove grey scarf
and cut out pale blue ones too. 
Make entire closets full of them.

At sunset I will fashion boas
of bright ruby and tangerine.

If lucky I'll find some rainbow
kaleidoscopes to wrap up in.

My midnight shawl will be long
gleaming ebony covering the
shoulders keeping in warmth.

I will list them on eBay and Craig's,
hang pictures on my Facebook wall.

Imagine, everybody will want them!
Would you like one too?
Better put your order in now.



Joan McNerney’s poetry has been included in numerous literary magazines such as Seven Circle Press, Dinner with the Muse, Moonlight Dreamers of Yellow Haze, Blueline, and Halcyon Days.  Three Bright Hills Press Anthologies, several Poppy Road Review Journals, and numerous Kind of A Hurricane Press Publications have accepted her work.  Her latest title is Having Lunch with the Sky and she has four Best of the Net nominations. 


Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Unrequited Love by Lynn Long

Unrequited Love

A most foolish path
I chose to pursue
For it leads, alas
To nowhere, but you
So, in snippet and rhyme
I reach out in word
Hoping you read me
I write to be heard
Still, you ignore
The words so dear
For their meaning
Resounds
All too clear



Lynn Long is an aspiring writer/novelist

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Casey at the Bat (Sestina) by Michael Ceraolo





Casey at the Bat (Sestina)

It didn't look good for the nine from Mudville
as the game entered the bottom of the ninth inning;
four players were scheduled to bat
before the order came around to Casey
If two of the four got on he would win them the game,
because there was no chance he'd strike out

But the first two batters were rapidly put out,
and hope was dwindling here in Mudville;
it looked like a quick one-two-three inning
But the next two hitter who came to bat
got hits, and that brought the great Casey
to the plate with a chance to win the game

Yes, Casey would win them the game
if only he could clout one out,
and there would be great happiness in Mudville
over the come-from-behind win in the last inning,
especially if the game-winning blow was off the bat
of the soon-to-be-immortal Casey

Yes, it would be idolized Casey
who would now be the star of the game
From the on-deck circle he stepped out,
and there was a standing ovation in Mudville
with two on and two out in the ninth inning
Advancing to the plate, he discarded the extra bat

Yes, as our hero waved the remaining bat
"Casey   Casey   Casey   Casey
Win for us this blasted game
by blasting the ball out"
was the chant of the fans in Mudville
in that fateful last of the ninth inning

Yes, it would be long remembered, that inning
It would be long remembered, that at-bat
of their mighty hero Casey
The fans would long remember that game
after they had quietly file out
and returned to the regular life of Mudville

There would be no extra innings in Mudville;
the game ended with their last at-bat
Mighty Casey had struck out



Bio:  "Michael Ceraolo is a retired firefighter/paramedic and active poet who has had one full-length book (Euclid Creek, from Deep Cleveland Press) and a few chapbooks published (among the chapbooks is Cleveland Haiku, from Green Panda Press). He has a second full-length book, Euclid Creek Book Two, forthcoming from unbound content press, and is continually working on new and existing poetry projects."

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Surreal Name by Daipayan Nair

Surreal Name 

you journey
through my name

through the rocky turns,
lost lanes, dark alleys, deep pits 

some no way outs 
of each letters

crossing rough ridges,
broken bridges between
generations,

all fatigued, now crossing 
through the desolation 
of my surname 

where strolling through 
the same ruins, you find 
much to your disappointment,
I may be no different

then you reach the end 
all worn out, devasted 

find me there, standing,
with open arms 
calling your name.



Bio:
Born on 1988 in a small town of Silchar, Assam, India. Daipayan Nair is a freelance writer/columnist, poet, fiction writer and essayist. His works have been published in a lot of printed anthologies and online poetry journals like The Poetry Breakfast, The Galway Review, Tuck Magazine, 1947 Literary Journal, Duane's PoeTree Blog etc. He was recently awarded The Reuel International Poetry Prize 2016. His works have been translated in quite a few languages. He has also got a book to his name. His first collection of poems is named 'The Frost' which was released in 2015. His recent publication is a co-authored anthology of poems titled ‘THE VIRTUAL REALITY’ which was released at the end of 2016. Currently he is working on his upcoming project, a detailed poetry book on the new poetry form ‘Tideling' titled ‘Parallelism’ to be published by the end of 2017.


Thursday, October 19, 2017

Good Amateurs by Daipayan Nair

Good Amateurs

Eyes have remembered
Themselves
Time and again
As an opening 
Soon turning into a blot 

The reason 
I see a coagulated dawn 
On your forehead 

Two children 
Quite relaxed 
On your face 
Out of a mature fission
Returning all its pain, 
Love received 
Back to the maker 
Blinding my adult

As when a parent
Doesn't want to see further
Post-sleep,
He is quite proud 
Of his two kids 
Controlling a scenery

Confessing 
Like amateurs.

Bio:

Born on 1988 in a small town of Silchar, Assam, India. Daipayan Nair is a freelance writer/columnist, poet, fiction writer and essayist. His works have been published in a lot of printed anthologies and online poetry journals like The Poetry Breakfast, The Galway Review, Tuck Magazine, 1947 Literary Journal, Duane's PoeTree Blog etc. He was recently awarded The Reuel International Poetry Prize 2016. His works have been translated in quite a few languages. He has also got a book to his name. His first collection of poems is named 'The Frost' which was released in 2015. His recent publication is a co-authored anthology of poems titled ‘THE VIRTUAL REALITY’ which was released at the end of 2016. Currently he is working on his upcoming project, a detailed poetry book on the new poetry form ‘Tideling' titled ‘Parallelism’ to be published by the end of 2017.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Red Closeted Dream by Blanca Alicia Garza

Red Closeted Dream

Cold and empty walls
Silence that tears the soul 
Memories moistening the eyes
Promises the wind took away 
An unworn red dress
left forgotten in a closet 
A white rose symbolizing
eternal love stored in the
dusty drawer of oblivion.

Bio: Blanca Alicia Garza is a Poet from Las Vegas, Nevada. She is a nature and animal lover, and enjoys spending time writing. Her poems are published in the Poetry Anthologies, "Moonlight Dreamers of Yellow Haze", and "Dandelions in a Vase of Roses" now available at Amazon.com. Blanca's work can be found in  The Poet Community, Whispers, The Winamop Journal, Indiana Voice Journal, Tuck Magazine, Raven's Cage Ezine, Scarlet Leaf Review as well as Birdsong Anthology 2016, Vol 1.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Free Speech Canto XLII by Michael Ceraolo





Free Speech Canto XLII

They billed themselves as
The Worldwide Leader in Sports,
and that meant a lot of hours
when they had no live events to show
had to be filled somehow,
                                      mostly
with reruns of some of those events
or reruns of their highlights shows
But they also had talk programs,
where those who had made it
to the summit of mediocrity
gave their opinions on happenings
both on and off the field
(mostly on)
So far, so so-so

But when some of those hired
to give their opinions,
                                opinions
by no means secret to the hirers,
gave certain opinions they were
either suspended or fired
for doing what they were hired for

A new slogan for the Mousey company:
The Worldwide Leader in Censorship
Hyperbole yes, but
more accurate than the current slogan


Bio:  "Michael Ceraolo is a retired firefighter/paramedic and active poet who has had one full-length book (Euclid Creek, from Deep Cleveland Press) and a few chapbooks published (among the chapbooks is Cleveland Haiku, from Green Panda Press). He has a second full-length book, Euclid Creek Book Two, forthcoming from unbound content press, and is continually working on new and existing poetry projects."

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Stills by Daipayan Nair

Stills

When I revive you by 
from a past of being torn, 
being plucked with force, being made 
a lover's bouquet without choice

How could I ignore the silent breeze,
its own share of pollens
swaying your mind for a while

Now, there are two roses left:
Which blooms after death 
The other that blooms before it 

To the flower, I can say, 'it's full of beauty'
even when the garden isn't full of it

Your petals around it 
is just your photograph.



Bio:

Born on 1988 in a small town of Silchar, Assam, India. Daipayan Nair is a freelance writer/columnist, poet, fiction writer and essayist. His works have been published in a lot of printed anthologies and online poetry journals like The Poetry Breakfast, The Galway Review, Tuck Magazine, 1947 Literary Journal, Duane's PoeTree Blog etc. He was recently awarded The Reuel International Poetry Prize 2016. His works have been translated in quite a few languages. He has also got a book to his name. His first collection of poems is named 'The Frost' which was released in 2015. His recent publication is a co-authored anthology of poems titled ‘THE VIRTUAL REALITY’ which was released at the end of 2016. Currently he is working on his upcoming project, a detailed poetry book on the new poetry form ‘Tideling' titled ‘Parallelism’ to be published by the end of 2017.


Tuesday, October 10, 2017

HAWAIIAN MARKET PLACE by John Grey

HAWAIIAN MARKET PLACE

Green onions, fried rice,
soy sauce, star fruit –
I nibble on smells
as I roam the marketplace.

One stall offers natural medicines
from the rain forest –
lavender and indigo.
I sniff myself a cure or two.

Someone unzips a banana.
Another cuts into passionfruit skin.
Seeds ride sweet yellow juice
into the salty warm.
And everywhere there’s pineapples,
ripe and sun-burst on opening.

Later there’ll be fireworks.
But, for now,
I’m checking out a lilikoi,
its bright yellow skin, tart pulp.

It tastes of Oahu, Maui, Kauai
and the big Island.
It makes me feel
sea-air brushed,
water lapped,

and miles from any neighbor.