All is abolished but the mute Alone.
The mind from thought released, the heart from grief,
Grow inexistent now beyond belief;
There is no I, no Nature, known-unknown.
The city, a shadow picture without tone,
Floats, quivers unreal; forms without relief
Flow, a cinema’s vacant shapes; like a reef
Foundering in shoreless gulfs the world is done.
Only the illimitable Permanent
Is here. A Peace stupendous, featureless, still.
Replaces all, – what once was I, in It
A silent unnamed emptiness content
Either to fade in the Unknowable
Or thrill with the luminous seas of the Infinite
– Sri Aurobindo
Heads-up: All but one of these have a June deadline.
CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
DIGGING PRESS, LLC is open for submission of fiction, poetry, or hybrid manuscripts between 16-36 pages. Submission fee. Cash award. Small print run. Deadline: June 15, Details HERE.
THE BLACK RIVER CHAPBOOK FALL COMPETITION (fiction and poetry) is open for entries from September 1 – October 31. Entry fee. Details HERE.
EX OPHIDIA PRESS Poetry Book Prize opens for submissions July 1, 2019 – August 31, 2019. Entry fee. Cash award and author copies. Details HERE. (Thanks to Michael Dickel for sharing this one with us.)
HUDSON VALLEY WRITERS CENTER Annual Slapering Hol Press Chapbook Competition is open through June 15. Reading fee. Cash award and publication. 10 author’s copies. Details HERE.
JUXTAPROSE LITERARY MAGAZINE Poetry Chapbook Prize is open through June 25. Entry fee. Cash award, publication, and author copies. Details HERE.
PUB HOUSE BOOKS 2019 CHAPBOOK SERIES CONTEST is open through June 30. Reading fee, publication, and author copies. Details HERE.
Recent in digital publications:
* Four poems in “I Am Not a Silent Poet”
* Remembering Mom in HerStry
* Three poems in Levure littéraire
Upcoming in digital publications:
“Over His Morning Coffee,” Front Porch Review
A homebound writer, poet, and former columnist and associate editor of a regional employment newspaper, my work has been featured widely in print and digital publications including: Ramingo’s Porch, Vita Brevis Literature, Connotation Press, The Bar None Group, Salamander Cove, I Am Not a Silent Poet, The Compass Rose and California Woman. I run The Poet by Day, an info hub for poets and writers and am the founding/managing editor of The BeZine.
“Every pair of eyes facing you has probably experienced something you could not endure.” Lucille Clifton