Posts Tagged With: poetry

Discovery 8: Breathing for Clouds

BREATHING FOR CLOUDS

by Christopher Reilley

Genre: Poetry, Anthology

I throw my heart up into the sky –
honest joy pinwheeling on errant breeze.
Take this, this simple song and do what you will,
throw it into the abyss of the center,
hide it where the sand meets the sea,
bury it beneath the scales of monsters.

Surely somewhere, somewhen,
it will be found by one who needed to find it.
It will be measured, wondered about, recited.
Perhaps a high note might stun a pragmatist
or maybe the low throb of its rhythm
will find a gaunt heart to give its warmth to.

But mark me well, oh gentle reader,
one fine day, when the world least expects it
the love that is crafted in this simple voice
will spin and whirl, dip and dive, breathing for clouds.
One whose world needed exactly this voice to set it free
will slap life with fevered palm and be its master.

©2014 Christopher Reilley

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New Review: The Rag Issue 6

The Rag Literary Magazine Issue 6

Seth Porter , Daniel Reilly , Justin Duerr (illustrator)

Genre: Anthology, Short Stories, Contemporary Fiction, Literary Fiction, Poetry, Magazine

Read my review here: http://katepolicanisreviews.wordpress.com/2014/06/24/the-rag-literary-magazine-june-issue-6/

In The Rag Literary Magazine’s 6th issue, many of the characters you’ll meet are living disappointing lives, whether through their own poor decisions or because they were dealt a bad hand, or a combination of the two. When painful and often mundane reality clashes with their hopes and dreams, they struggle to stay afloat.

The Rag publishes short stories and poetry semi-annually from today’s best up-and-coming writers, with a focus on gritty and transgressive work.

Contents:
“Someone in the Room Will” by Falcon Miller
“Where the Butterflies Meet” by Timothy Ghorkin
“many many plumbers” by Daniel Fuginski
“Elevation” by Andrea O’Rourke
“Ayesha Miller” by Royce Brooks
“An Affair” by J.A. Bernstein
“Floaters” by Benjamin Soileau
“Swimming with Sharks” by Don Boles
“Croton Falls Still” by Kara Delavoye
“Kuskanax Creek” Jordan Mounteer
“Pneumatology” by Tyler Petty
“Oddly Precious Melancholy” by Janna Layton
“Dog Days and Wet Dreams” by J.R. Hamilton
“Best Work” by Stacey Bryan
“Lightin’ Hopkins Emerges from the Woods at Mooresville, In” by D.A. Lockhart
“Todd’s Mom” by David Joshua Jennings
“On Bread Alone” by Josh Goller

Art by Justin Duerr

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About The Rag:

The Rag was founded in September 2011 by Seth Porter and Dan Reilly, who serve as the primary readers and editors. Krissy Marheine designs the magazine and this website. The name The Rag came about both because it speaks to our underlying ethic-we’re independent, and we like our writing on the gritty and grimy side-and because it looks back to the heyday of writing and publishing, when you could read good stories or poetry in just about any old rag, and writers like F. Scott Fitzgerald were able to make a living from writing short stories alone. But the rags that used to publish cutting-edge writing either died off or grew up and turned stale. At The Rag, we hope to be on the front line of a new vanguard of electronic literary magazines with the means and the will to seek out and then support fresh voices.

 We think literature is and always will be important to our culture, and a vibrant literary community requires writers who can afford to write. Bylines don’t pay the bills. So, we always pay our writers. This helps draw in the talent, and that’s the ultimate goal, discovering and publishing talented new writers, and creating a magazine worth reading.

http://www.raglitmag.com

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New Review: The Rag, Vol 5

 

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The Rag, Vol 5

Genre: Literary Fiction, Magazine, Anthology, Poetry

 

Read my review here: http://katepolicanisreviews.wordpress.com/2013/07/02/the-rag-vol-5/

About the Magazine:

The Rag was founded in September 2011 by Seth Porter and Dan Reilly, who serve as the primary readers and editors. Krissy Marheine designs the magazine and this website. The name The Rag came about both because it speaks to our underlying ethic-we’re independent, and we like our writing on the gritty and grimy side-and because it looks back to the heyday of writing and publishing, when you could read good stories or poetry in just about any old rag, and writers like F. Scott Fitzgerald were able to make a living from writing short stories alone. But the rags that used to publish cutting-edge writing either died off or grew up and turned stale. At The Rag, we hope to be on the front line of a new vanguard of electronic literary magazines with the means and the will to seek out and then support fresh voices.

We think literature is and always will be important to our culture, and a vibrant literary community requires writers who can afford to write. Bylines don’t pay the bills. So, we always pay our writers. This helps draw in the talent, and that’s the ultimate goal, discovering and publishing talented new writers, and creating a magazine worth reading.

About this volume:

What defines an action as good or evil? What drives a person to act immorally? These are some of the questions underlying the selections in our 5th issue.

Contents:

“Memento Mori” by Stefanie Demas
“No Sleep Since 1903” by Nick Mecikalski (poetry)
“Monolith” by Petros Karagianis (poetry)
“Yes, Officer” by John Woods
“Not Giving to the Alumni Fund” by David Blanton
“Putting in the Work” by Steve Russo
“Karl’s Last Night” by Laura Andrews
“The Observer Effect” by Matthew Meade
“The Man Who Wouldn’t Jump” by Isaac Savage
“The Queue” by Ashley Ahn (poetry)
“Citizen of Megabus” by Reina Hardy (poetry)
“Passing Through” by Jack Varvill
“Zeke Stargazing” by Rachel Kimbrough
“Vibrancy” by Marcus Emanuel
“Cats as the Meaning of Life” by Misty Lynn Ellingburg (poetry)
“Digital Desert Camouflage” by Isaac Pritzker (poetry)
“The Girl with Pretension in Her Hair” by Bill Lytton
“Olivia” by Philip Zigman

Cover and internal art by Meredith Robinson

goodreads page: http://goo.gl/QCG2S
amazon page: http://goo.gl/bo92K

 

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The Lustre is Almost Done! Join the Party Planning!

The Lustre edit came in this morning and I burned through the notes! This week, I should have a beautiful file for all of you pre-review rockers. I am really excited about this story, and I’ve read it about 50 times!

Please visit my Virtual Party Planning page, which will become the Virtual Party page on my release date, March 15th. I’m hoping that lots of you want to contribute to my launch! I need pre-reviewers, party host blogs (I’ll supply all your post info for you), and guest books to feature at the party. I would also consider music, art, poetry, and other genres if they fit in with The Lustre and its theme. If anyone has other ideas or suggestions, I am glad to hear them.

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I Love Writers!

Dear Writers,

I love you. Yes, you writers, you! I love you! I love the published authors and the indie authors. I love the authors who are waiting to publish. I love the writers who haven’t finished their books. I love the writers who aspire to write a book but haven’t done it yet. I love the poets who encapsulate the world in a few lines. I love the bloggers who capture their life one post at a time.

I do. I love you. When you write well, your stories expand my world. When you write badly, your mistakes are like my own. They caution me to be diligent and never stop striving to express myself better. When you burst your story out into the world under your own power, you are valiant. When you patiently wait, submitting your work and shaking off rejection, you are powerful. When you wrestle with your words and battle them for days, weeks, months, years, you are wise.

Thank you for your stories and for bearing your hearts to the world!

Happy Valentines Day!

Kate

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