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.