20
August

Poetry Flash – Building Community Through Literature


Poetry Flash, Literary Review & Calendar for the West builds community through literature, providing literary writing, access to literary activities, information, and inspiration to writers and the public through publishing and events. Publication is their primary expression, both online and in print. Now celebrating 40 years!

Poetry Flash publishes reviews of poetry and literary fiction, poems, interviews, essays, and submission and award information for all creative writers—poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, online and in print. Poetry Flash also features an extensive listing of literary events in the West, especially comprehensive online. The all-genre, online literary calendar, divided geographically, provides readers with an in-depth portrait of events all over California, the Pacific Northwest (Washington, Oregon), and the Southwest (Arizona, New Mexico), with a representative sampling of other national and international events, conferences and festivals. Featuring event highlights that direct readers to the online calendar, Poetry Flash is published as a junior tab newspaper in editions of 22,000, on the “free paper” model, serving a maximum audience by maintaining the largest circulation possible. Production and distribution are supported by advertising, subscriptions, grants, and donations. Poetryflash.org hits 19,500 visits per month; the online events calendar is frequently updated.

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16
August

Everything is Just Ducky

Everything is Just Ducky
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Photo: Rick Stephen - 19-April-2012

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12
August

Clouds in Contrast

Clouds in Contrast
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Photo: Rick Stephen - 19-July-2012

This beautiful cloud formation I photographed last month makes a beautiful study in light and contrast. You really must click and enlarge this one to appreciate it.

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6
August

Micropoetry – 8/06/2012


sleepless hours of the early morn
from you being too long torn
out in the darkness where I find
you haunt the recesses of my mind

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4
August

Bright Star, Would I Were Steadfast – John Keats

Anyone who has fallen in love and rested their weary head upon their lover’s breast can relate to these immortal, romantic words by poet John Keats. Keats’ is characterized by sensual imagery, most notably in a series of odes. His good friend, Joseph Severn, believed this to be Keats’ last poem before his death in 1821 and the young age of 25.

Bright Star, Would I Were Steadfast

Bright star, would I were stedfast as thou art—
Not in lone splendour hung aloft the night
And watching, with eternal lids apart,
Like nature’s patient, sleepless Eremite,
The moving waters at their priestlike task
Of pure ablution round earth’s human shores,
Or gazing on the new soft-fallen mask
Of snow upon the mountains and the moors—
No—yet still stedfast, still unchangeable,
Pillowed upon my fair love’s ripening breast,
To feel for ever its soft fall and swell,
Awake for ever in a sweet unrest,
Still, still to hear her tender-taken breath,
And so live ever—or else swoon in death.

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3
August

“We make out of the quarrel with others, rhetoric, but of the quarrel with ourselves, poetry.” – William Butler Yeats

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