Years ago, before computers, we wrote letters. My mother’s letters were like little novellas. They sometimes were several pages long. She wrote her family members and friends and they loved to get her “books.” How I wish I had saved my letters from mom. As a witness to her letter writing, I would watch as her pen moved passionately across the pages, sometimes witnessing her eyes well up. Letters were her release. They were her way of expressing herself in ways she could not voice. Sometimes she would write letters to people out of anger and then tear them up. To my knowledge, she never sent one of those angry letters. It could have been politicians, relatives, and those are the ones I knew about. She would express her heart’s desire, open up her soul, and pour out her thoughts.
As a letter writer, I did not have the beautiful penmanship of my mother, but I learned that the pen was my power. I also wrote letters and tore them up. I even wrote one about the need for a doctor in our little town and it was published in the newspaper. I wrote letters to family, friends, old friends found from a long time lost, family who I wanted to see but knew my letters would reach them long before I ever would.
Now, I am a writer and a poet. I write as if my words are letters to the world, at times. Other times, I write to express my desires of the heart. And other times I write to write.
I firmly believe that when we do express our desires within our heart that this has a way of stirring up thoughts and even action plans to make things happen. Sometimes those things that happen are acceptances of things that can’t be changed, but sometimes they are steps to taking up the courage to make something happen in our lives.
What is the desire in your heart? This is my challenge to you. I would like to read about the desires in your heart in the “Dear Heart” anthology of letters, poetry, art, photography, and whatever ways helps you express your passion.
There’s a caveat to this. These are all to be sent to me via good old fashioned snail mail. I will sort through these and select which submissions to publish.
Please drop me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org for the specific call for submissions.
It was such a pleasure to participate in this Coffee Table Talk on the topic of Anthologies. We shared about what an anthology is, points to consider about submitting to anthologies, resources for locating anthology opportunities and more. All the information links are in the show notes, so jump on in an check it out. I hope you will Subscribe to my YouTube channel as it lets the platform know this is meaningful.
On Saturday, April 10 we met for a virtual poetry reading by the Contributing Authors to the Heart Beats Anthology of Poetry. Each poet read poetry from their contributions and many read additional works. We has a morning and evening sessions with two separate groups of poets. Sit back and enjoy these beautiful words.
Just like in the old days when poets came together, perhaps imbibed, or had some coffee, and talked about the problems of the world and how they would use poetry to speak their minds. This is a Coffee Table Talk.
We had a select group of panelists:
Chyrel J. Jackson
For this event, Susi Bocks shared about her anthology of poetry as well as some of the poets involved will share their poetry.
We also talked about using poetry for social change.
About Our Panelists:
Susi Bocks, writer/author/poet, has self-published two books – “Feeling Human” and “Every Day I Pause” and is the Editor of “The Short of It,” which she is developing into a anthology. You can find her work at IWriteHer.com or follow her on Facebook, where she invites you to read her thoughts to get to know her. Bocks’ work has been published in the anthology “SMITTEN: This Is What Love Looks Like: Poetry by Women for Women” and in VitaBrevis, Spillwords, Literary Yard, and other literary magazines.
Chyrel J. Jackson is a poet and artist who, along with her sister Lyris D. Wallace, published “Different Sides of the Same Coin.” It is a modern collage of poetry as experienced from the Black female perspective of 2 sisters and authors. This collection of poems is refreshing and unique. It is a heartwarming work of new age black voice and spoken word. This adaptation highlights the human experience of life, love, loss, parting and sorrow. Timeless wording, honestly written with a little of the unexpected. Black Expression has never been more relevant and real. This work is an interesting twist on Harlem Renaissance revisited as it collides with 2020 social struggles of our current time. In no short order we are reminded of why written and spoken word is so vital to the sustenance of African American Literature. Website: sistersrocnrhyme.com
Maxima Kahn is a writer of poetry, essays and fiction. Her debut collection of poems, “Fierce Aria,” was published by Finishing Line Press in 2020. Her work has been featured in numerous literary journals and on popular blogs and she has twice been nominated for Best of the Net. She has received scholarships and fellowships to the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley and the Vermont Studio Center. Her popular workshops and one-on-one mentoring in poetry, creative writing and The Artist’s Way have helped hundreds of people to unleash their creative gifts, realize their aspirations and create lives of passion, purpose and deep play. Having taught formerly at the University of California, Davis Extension, she now teaches and blogs at BrilliantPlayground.com. You can get intimate, insider access to her creative projects and process at Patreon.com/MaximaKahn. She is also an improvisational violinist, an award-winning composer and a dancer.
Veteran Larry Richardson started writing poetry in high school and as of October 2010 he published the second edition of “Songs of Lala – the Poet” Richardson shared, “I love poetry and will use it to inspire people and bring them closer to God.” He writes under the penname of LAVAN ROBINSON in honor of his mother, Mary Robinson. Robinson has published 4 books of poetry and is working on his 5th, a collaboration. Other books by Robinson: “Love’s Rhapsody,” “Cries of a Society,” and “Love’s Anticipation.”