Would that it were possible to undo things done …


O God! O God! that it were possible
To undo things done; to call back yesterday
That Time could turn up his swift sandy glass,
To untell the days, and to redeem these hours.

— Thomas Heywood (1574?-1641), A Woman Killed with Kindness (Act 4, Sc. 6)

Photograph courtesy of Wally Goetz under CC BY 2.0 license.

“The BeZine” – Submission Guidelines updated and Themes through December 2016 announced

The BeZine is published monthly on the fifteenth of the month.  We suggest that you read our Intro and Mission Statement and at least three back issues of The BeZine before submitting work for possible publication here.

Please be mindful that our core team, guest contributors and readers represent the world’s diversity. Nonviolence, respect and inclusion are core values here.

All work must be submitted in English and properly edited for publication. Please send submissions to bardogroup@gmail.com and put “submission” in the subject line.  If you were referred by one of our core team please put his or her name in the subject line along with “submission.” Please provide us with a brief bio not a curriculum vitae. If you have published the work submitted on your own website, blog, YouTube channel or other online venue you may send a link. Response time is generally six weeks.

We will consider work that has been published elsewhere but the copyright must be yours.  You retain your copyright for work published in The BeZine. We regret that we are unable to offer payment or editorial feedback.

We address a new theme each month, but we are also interested in cultural and religious material – especially seasonal – which should be submitted at least three months in advance. We appreciate work that expresses a love for traditions and rituals and offers education.

Should you have anything to submit that is over 1,000 words, please forward only a brief one-paragraph summary description for our initial evaluation.  All creative arts are acceptable: visual arts, literature and poetry, music and film.

The following themes are approved through December 2016 by the Core Team and friends of The BeZine.


September – Poverty (Michael Dickel hosts)
September 26 – 100TPC/Poverty (Michael Dickel hosts)
October – Visual Arts: Shape, Color, Movement, Meaning
November – At-risk Youth  (Terri Stewart hosts)
December – The Hero’s Journey
January – Parents and Parenting
February – All God’s Creatures
March – The Joys of Nature: Wilderness, Gardens and Green Spaces
April – interNational Poetry Month
May – The Books That Changed Our Lives
June – What! You too?: Joys in Friendship
July – Faith: In Things Seen and Unseen
August – Hope: Great Expectations and Quiet Desires
September – 100,000 Poets for Change
October – Rituals for Peace, Healing, Unity (Terri Stewart hosts)
November – Caritas/Chesed/Metta
December – The Healing Power of the Arts

We look forward to hearing from you.  Thank you!

Be the peace.

Update: September 2, 2015

News: Second Light Network, “ARTEMISpoetry”, Fugitive Flags and The BeZine’s 100,000 Poets for Change

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SECOND LIGHT LIVE: Everytime I visit Second Light Live, the website for Second Light Network of Women Poets (SLN), their biannual magazine (ARTEMISpoetry) and SLN’s two anthologies, Images of Women (Arrow Press and SLN, 2006) and Her Wings of Glass (SLN, 2014), there’s news . . . . Unlike a lot of news, it’s all good.

The poem of the month, Stones by Marion Tracy, is HERE.

Check out SLN for poetry, classes (including remote), and poetry news. The network is for women.  The poetry is for everyone.

I’ve read both anthologies, by the way. I enjoyed them immensely and go back to them frequently.

ARTEMISpoetry: The May 2015 issue of ARTEMISpoetry is still available for purchase.  I’m just getting ready to submit my request for permission to post some poems from it and once I have that you’ll see a review go up here along with two or three poems from that issue. Meanwhile, poems and artwork for the May 2016 issue are due by 28 February 2016.  Submission details are HERE.


FUGITIVE FLAGS: On 26 September, “100,000 Poets for Change” are celebrating their annual day of action, when poets all over the world call for social and political change.  [That is for peace, sustainability and social justice.] On that day we ask literature institutions and writers to fly a white flag.

Why: We want to make a stand for a different treatment of refugees: for respecting their human rights.


When:  26 September, 4 p.m.

What Can You Do?  Fly a white flag (e.g. made of napkins, bed linen, table-cloth, …) from your window or balcony.  It should say “refugees welcome” and “100,000 Poets for Change.”

Please share this call for action.


THE BeZINE’S 100TPC: Only seventeen more days to go for The BeZine‘s virtual event.  The theme we chose this year is poverty.  A post will go up on our blog and you are invited – encouraged – to link in your own relevant work. (How-to will be provided in the post.) We hope you will also read the work shared by others as well.  Ultimately the links will be gathered into a commemorative Page on our site and also archived at 100TPC.

I hope you are all working on your poems, music videos, art and so on to link in with our virtual event that day.

If you are coming late to this announcement, here are some informational posts to check out:


The BeZine‘s revised Submission Guildelines – including our schedule of themes through December of next year – is now available for view HERE.

Don’t forget to check for Writing Contests, Grants and Awards at Poets & Writers Magazine.  You’ll never know if you don’t try.

Thank you! Please feel free to reblog this post.