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THE SUNDAY POESY: Opportunities, Events and Other News & Information

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Opportunity Knocks 

CROSSROADS POETRY SERIES MANUSCRIPT, Reading fee: $15.00 USD, $20.00 CAD DEADLINE 12/1/2016. “The Crossroads Poetry Series is … seeking book length collections of poems that are a minimum of 50 pages in length for publication in 2017. We hope to publish at least 2 collections of work. Only one poem per page and single spaced. All selected manuscripts will be awarded a book contract (with the possibility of a second book contract), $250, 10 copies, 8% royalties, and a primary run of 500 copies. All submissions must be accompanied by submissions fee or they will not be read. Simultaneous submissions are welcome providing that you notify us if your manuscript is to be published elsewhere. We look forward to reading your work.” DETAILS HERE

CALAMARO, a print poetry magazine, accepts submissions year round – formal as well as free verse – from 2 – 30 lines. DETAILS HERE


Opportunity Knocks

9780996259644PROUD TO BE: WRITING BY AMERICAN WARRIORS (anthology) Deadline: June 1, 2016 (postmarked). No reading fee.  5 categories for the contest, $250 prize in each: Short Fiction, Poetry, Interview with a Warrior, Essay, Photography. Details HERE.

SECOND LIGHT OPEN POETRY COMPETITION for Long and Short Poems for Women! “Second Light is a very generous and encouraging organisation. Here’s a chance for longer poems, with magazine publication and a London reading as well as the prizes! Entry by post or email – and I [Alison Blackenbury] will read all entries.” Closing date 31 August. DETAILS HERE

THE AKRON POETRY PRIZE “was founded to bring to the public writers who speak in original and compelling voices. Each year, The University of Akron Press offers the Akron Poetry Prize, a competition open to all poets writing in English. The winning poet receives $1,500 and publication of his, her, or their book. The final selection will be made by a nationally prominent poet. The final judge for 2016 is Allison Joseph. Other manuscripts may also be considered for publication in the series. SUBMISSIOS ACCEPTED between April 15 and June 15 DETAILS HERE


THE AURORA PRIZE for Awakening Humanity: On behalf of the survivors of the Armenian Genocide and in gratitude to their saviors. The Aurora Prize for Awakening Humanity will be granted annually to an individual whose actions have had an exceptional impact on preserving human life and advancing humanitarian causes.

  • The Aurora Prize Laureate will be honored with a US $100,000 award.
  • That individual will have the unique opportunity to continue the cycle of giving by selecting an organization that inspired their work to receive a US $1,000,000 grant.
  • The Aurora Prize will be awarded annually on April 24 in Yerevan, Armenia
  • Selection Committee: George Clooney, Co-Founder, Not On Our Watch, Humanitarian, performer and film maker; Elie Wiesel, President of the Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity, Nobel Laureate; Vartan Gregorian,  Co-Founder, 100 LIVES, President of the Carnegie Corporation of New York;; and, Leymah Gbowee: Nobel Laureate, Liberian peace activist and women’s rights advocate



  • THE CREATIVE NEXUS™ arts aggregate publishes a new edition weekly HERE
  • THE BeZINE April issue was published on the 15th and celebrates interNational Poetry Month HERE.
  • WOVEN TALE PRESS is currently celebrating Poetry Month HERE.
  • SAVANNAH BOOK FESTIVAL is February 16-19, 2017, keep watching their site for details.
  • 100,000 POETS FOR CHANGE (100TPC) registration is HERE if you want to organize an event in your area
  • THE BeZINE (HERE) theme for the May issue is Books that Changed Our Lives. Submit one or two paragraphs on a book that changed your life and why along with a two-line bio to DEADLINE May 10, 2015.
  • 101st ANNIVERSARY OF THE ARMENIAN GENOCIDE is today. Silver Merjaian’s commemorative poem, Rape of Arevik is HERE
  • THE BeZINE submission guidelines HERE
  • SECOND LIGHT NETWORK OF WOMEN POETS submission guidelines for ARTEMISpoetry HERE


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LATE BREAKING NEWS: The Occult Arts and The Sacred Feminine hosted by Canadian Musician Zena Hegarty and Friends


Apr 24 at 9 PM to Apr 25 at 11 AM in EDT

Created for Nocturnal Frequency Radio

This week we have the incomparable Tamara Wyndham. She has naturally lived her life as a sacred journey, which expresses the adage ‘We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience.’ – Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

We get the opportunity this week to discuss topics from the sacred feminine to the profound place where inspiration comes from to ceremonial magic.

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© 2016, photograph, Zena Hagerty, All rights reserved

ON THE 101st ANNIVERSARY OF THE ARMENIAN GENOCIDE: Rape of Arevik by Silva Merjanian

 Armenians are marched to a nearby prison in Mezireh by armed Turkish soldiers. Kharpert, Armenia, Ottoman Empire - April, 1915. *From the collection of Project SAVE Armenian Photograph Archives. Photographed by an anonymous German traveler.

Armenians are marched to a nearby prison in Mezireh by armed Turkish soldiers. Kharpert, Armenia, Ottoman Empire – April, 1915. From the collection of Project SAVE Armenian Photograph Archives. Photographed by an anonymous German traveler.

There were moonlit nights and many moonless nights
sober and drunken in one grain of sand
in billions of grains there were filthy hands
mud and fingernails between sunburned thighs
this is not my skin with nerves inside out
not my breast squeezed into faint whimpers
like dying swallows caught in a dry mouth

soon I’ll be a memory in last verse of songs
someone meant to write on a summer night
flesh to sand and sand to a story to tell
they’ll mention tattoos* and how I was a slave
look look how many stars in one grain of sand
in a billion grains in a billion tears
screams tangled like strings through my broken ribs

you did not know me then
before much before they tore off my clothes
and the desert night shivered with their rage
you did not see how my hair flowed like silk
on soft pillows where teenage dreams were weaved
you did not know me dressed with flowers in my hair
and my fathers arm around my adolescent frame
you did not see the stars from our wide windows
above the vineyard and my feet bare on the fertile soil
in our apricot tree’s cool summer shade

I’m in the evening news – in a pile of bones
look at the skull at the very left
see the sparrow lodged between those clenched jaws
I’m in the evening news a hundred years late
in the grains of sand shifting restless with shame
in the billion stars in your sky tonight
in my mother’s voice singing kenatzir pallas*
in the moonlit nights and the moonless nights
on a dagger’s blade in the Deir ez-Zor sand

– Silva Merjanian

24 April 2016 is the 101th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, when thousands of women were dragged in the desert, raped and tortured before killed.

  • the reference to tattoos … they used to tattoo the women according to who owned them.
  • Kenatzir pallas is a lullaby very popular with Armenians and means “go to sleep my child”

“Silva’s poetry rewards the reader with the gift of exquisite lacework, adorned with choice words and skillfully wrought poetic imagery, which allow you to get a glimpse of both the intoxicating sensuality of survival and the scalpel scars on the tender skin of life. Many-layered, it excels alike in depicting the sphere of personal experience and of traumatic social issues.” – Dr. Aprilia Zank. Lecturer for Creative Writing and Translation Theory Ludwig Maximilian University, Munich, Germany in a review of Silva’s collection Rumor. Three poems rom this collection are Pushcart nominees. The net profits including the publisher’s go to The Armenian-Syrian Relief Fund. About $5,000 dollars have been raised to date.

© 2016, poem and book cover design, Silva Merjanian, All rights reserved; featured here with the permission of the poet; Silva’s website is HERE.; the header photograph is a public domian photograph courtesy of Project Save.

POET, WRITER, ARTIST and COLLEGE LIBRARIAN: Corina Ravenscraft on “The Poetic Evolution”

Corina Ravenscraft
Corina Ravenscraft

Poetry moves us. It makes us think, feel, inspires us to do more, be more. It has been here as long as people could speak and sing, and its energy and intention will probably outlast the end of humanity. Like everything in life, it has had to evolve and adapt. One of the main purposes of poetry, to communicate something with someone else, has necessitated new ways of reaching an audience. This is especially true now, in this digital age of instant gratification and social media.

Poetry has learned to deliver its message via video, recorded poetry slams, Skype, flash mob poetry in action…blink and you might miss it. But even if you DO miss it, you can probably find a recording of it somewhere. No longer is it simply written words on an immortal page in some heavy, dusty collection of poetry, or an oral history sung through the ages and generations. There are still formal forms, still meters (or even free form, as even it has a “beat”), still rhymes (or not), still those who will read it and listen to it. Some things about it do not change.

There have been many famous poets who have attempted to define what poetry “is”; the well-known, poetic “greats”, and they all have valid definitions. I tend to agree with one of my favorites, Robert Frost, who said:

“Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words.”

To me, poetry is a type of communication that touches the heart and soul.

In honor of (inter)National Poetry Month celebrations, I share a couple of poetic videos with all of you. Both of these “spoke” to me. I hope that you find them as powerful as I did, and maybe that you will look at poetry as more than dry, printed words on a page. It is very much a living thing. And it continues to evolve, just like people do. 🙂

First, is a poem by actor Woody Harrelson.

Next, is a piece by rapper Prince Ea

– Corina Ravenscraft

© 2016, essay and portrait, Corina Ravenscraft, All rights reserved; View The BeZine contributing writer Corina Ravenscraft’s bio HERE; view a comprehensive interview with Corina HERE. Corina’s blog is Dragon’s Dream.