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Ready to Compete?

Ready to Compete?

The folks over at Aerogramme recently posted an article on 23 writing competitions to enter before the end of the year. If you’re interested, pop over to see the entire list. Competitions include creative non-fiction fiction short story flash fiction poetry travel writing microfiction See all the competitions. Call me crazy, but I’m going for the big poetry prize: Gregory O’Donoghue International Poetry Competition Ireland’s Munster Literature Centre is inviting entries from emerging and established poets from all over the…

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A Walk Amongst the Stones

A Walk Amongst the Stones

A recent visit to the Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery (in San Diego, California) inspired this poem. Whenever I go there I’m struck with how many thousands of lives are gone – – and what stories they never had the chance to tell. A sea of white Vermont marble spreads across the closely clipped grass, spilling down to the ocean below. On each, chiseled a name. Stories so numerous even the sea could not hold them. Here and there, splotches of…

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In Thought

In Thought

I wonder. What does life look like from the plane I saw skimming the clouds? I wonder. Do old shoes find their way home? I imagine a white-haired cobbler, his bench slick with age, lovingly, ever so carefully, herding the leather uppers onto a new soul. Matchmaker. I wonder. Does a baby dream of green fields and red poppies before ever seeing them? Do memories – tribal, really – seep into the brain, ensuring a long line of unbrokenmemory? I…

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How I Blend Imagery & Words as a Creative

How I Blend Imagery & Words as a Creative

Do I love photography more than writing? A question that will never be answered. I’m as much a photographer as a writer, although – alas – my photos haven’t supported me financially in the same way as words. But they do support me in planting the creative bug (seed, sparkler, energy) that I need to keep my writing chops alive and well. Take this photo for example. After breakfasting with my sis at a local diner, we walked across the…

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