Poetry Filter
  1. December 16

    “What do you say to a man who is dying?” The mundanity of the weather forecast butts up against the profundity of a man’s final moments in this spare but evocative poem.

    Death
  2. emotions – silencing;

    Brianna Dawn’s compact poetry is dense with imagery: “when you whisper, notes / vanish, shrinking in the air / becoming shadows / of the music your voice could / sing – they could have filled the air”

    Music
  3. WOMANIFESTO

    “You have handed me a box of matches and no chaperone / And a world made of lies and polyester. / Congratulations.” Angry, energized words from an angry, energized woman. (Editor’s note: strong language.)

    Feminism
  4. New England Review

    New England Review is a quarterly literary magazine devoted to fiction, nonfiction, long and short poems, translations, and criticism.

    Fiction
    By Liz Shaw
  5. “As much as possible I want to praise the hunger and the wanting itself. What your work longs for is to connect with others. That wanting is not ego. It’s artistic ambition, and your art deserves that.”

    Art
  6. “I Once Had Promises to Keep”: Six Takes On the New Year

    Six bloggers navigate the transition from 2016 to 2017 with poetry, illustration, photography, and more.

    Personal Musings
  7. Two Erasure Poems by Amanda Oaks

    “with eyes / so soft & / wandering / my claws / spill / wicked words.” (From an erasure poem by Amanda Oaks.)

    Art
  8. Landscape

    Image from "Focusing," by PaulaB at The Temenos Journal.

  9. The Power of Words: A Selection of Poetry from 2016

    Journal and zine editors share some of the powerful work they shared in the past year.

    Authors

    "teasel in b&w," by PaulaB at The Temenos Journal.

  10. Fiction Builds Worlds; Poetry Breathes

    Brad Johnson on why you should be reading poetry: “…read the poet who at any given moment doesn’t so much take your breath away…but rather seizes it, holds it but for a moment, and returns it, changed into oxygen.”

    Authors
  11. Conversations (I)

    “I have to learn quiet again, I told the yellow grass / By the library’s stone wall. The sun shimmered, / Not understanding. November Shrugged and disrobed.” Virginia author Jeff Schwaner shares a poem from his “Conversation” series.

    Nature
    Photo by Ian Scott
  12. Birth rights

    “Now I walk to the lake and it’s become / something more, the lake…” William Pearse at pinklightsabre shares a personal, confessional poem.

    Identity
  13. apt

    apt is a hybrid online/print literary magazine of essays, interviews, and poetry combining the visceral and the cerebral.

    Essay
  14. In A Natural World

    Melinda J. Irvine offers solace in the form of a haiku: when things seem crazy / stillness and simplicity / will allow silence

    Nature
    Photo by Melinda J. Irvine
  15. Poems on the University

    The language of higher-education procedure and bureaucracy in verse form, with tongue planted firmly in cheek.

    Academia