Five Poems by Liza Flum
“One girl on Lexington
squints down the block, wearing
red lipstick and a WAR IS OVER
T-shirt, OVER tucked under her belt.”
Read a set of five poems by Liza Flum at Heavy Feather Review.
Barbara Jane Reyes
“I believe when a Pinay writes, and she is the subject of her own narratives, then she is subverting those master narratives which have figured her as a voiceless and passive object.” Filipina author, poet, and professor Barbara Jane Reyes blogs about literature, poetry, politics, and more.
When life gives you hospital beds, find your inner balconies
“When life gives you / hospital beds, / turn those / sunlit windows / into your / inner balconies / instead.”
Christy Bharath meditates on life in India, post-surgery.
What is Happiness?
From a poem by Samuel Sadler at The Violet City:
“What is happiness?
My happiness comes in little poems,
Like the eye of the hurricane:
The moment of rest after one chaotic lifetime
And the next.”
Another Poem About Survival
From Kelly Hayes at Transformative Spaces, a poem about resilience and the promise of better, yet-unimagined futures: “remember: / Joy and pain, grief and pleasure, / will turn like wheels.”
“It did not slap you in the face- the stinging pain lasted longer than that. Instead,
it devoured your being, your soul, and parts of you that had no identity-”
Kolkata, India-based writer and poet Hena Sarkar pens a poem about growing up.
“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.
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”
“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.)
New England Review
New England Review is a quarterly literary magazine devoted to fiction, nonfiction, long and short poems, translations, and criticism.
“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.”
“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.
Two Erasure Poems by Amanda Oaks
“with eyes / so soft & / wandering / my claws / spill / wicked words.” (From an erasure poem by Amanda Oaks.)
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.