Spotlight – It’s Here! – It’s Here! – It’s Here! – Free! – Free! – Free! – Just Three Lines – Abridged – Volume 1 – Part 1 – An Anthology of Haiku and Senryū Poems by Goff James – Released Today

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The author gives permission for the anthology Just Three Lines to be bookmarked for private personal reading

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reproduced, circulated, copied, transmitted or stored in a retrieval system in any form, in any manner or by any means without prior written permission of the author.

I hope you enjoy reading Volume 1 (Part 1) of the book as much as I enjoyed writing it. Please let me know your thoughts about the collection in the comments below.

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Spotlight Poetry – Anthology – Just Three Lines – A Collection of Small Poems by Goff James – Winter Update

I regret that due to unforeseen circumstances over the past few months publication of my book has been delayed. I am only now beginning to catch up on a backlog of very many demands upon my time.

I was hoping to have the book ready for publication by the end of this year. Unfortunately it has most definitely been placed on the back-burner whilst other things have been prioritised.

However, here is another taster of some of the poems contained within its covers.

The image depicts a book cover design titled Just Three Lines by the poet and author Goff James. The work is a monochromatic illustration of a plain red curtain cascading downwards on a black background. The lettering is in a bold white font.

The poems are individually numbered; but, there is in no particular order of theme.

I continue to be drawn to the idea of self-publishing the anthology and releasing it as a free download document or to publish it in instalments.

Book Cover Design and Poems Attribution – Goff James

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Spotlight Poetry – Anthology – Just Three Lines – A Collection of Small Poems by Goff James – Summer Update

The image depicts a book cover design titled Just Three Lines by the poet and author Goff James. The work is a monochromatic illustration of a plain red curtain cascading downwards on a black background. The lettering is in a bold white font.

The poems are individually numbered; but, there is in no particular order of theme.

I continue to be drawn to the idea of self-publishing the anthology and releasing it as a free download document or to publish it in instalments.

Book Cover Design and Poems Attribution – Goff James –

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Spotlight Poetry – A Collection of Poems by Lorraine Lewis – Published by Susi Bocks @ I Write Her – The Short of It

I Write Her

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DARKEST MYSTERY

Darkest mystery
Pure gems within the darkness
I walk in the dark

OCEAN OF LOVE

Darkness
As light lifts me
As I walk the unknown
Pastures in the shadow of death
Refreshed
Renewed
By the silent still waters deep
In the ocean of love
I never knew
In life

OVER THE BRIDGE

Over the bridge mists
Sigh out love songs divinely
Calling me to life

WILLOW

Willow you weep dawn 
Brings tears in dew to your leaves
Glistening with hope

FOREST

Forest green deep joys
Draw me to your chanting prayer
Divine sacredness

~~~

My name is Lorraine Lewis. I have always written poetry but began to write more in earnest following having serious advanced blood cancer and going blind and becoming wheelchair-bound. I greatly enjoy experimenting with different forms of poetry, preferring shorter forms. 

Lorraine was featured twice in 2020 – March 27

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Spotlight Poetry – Four Short Poems by Ivor Steven – Ivor.Plumber/Poet – Posted by Susi Bocks – The Short of It @ I Write Her

I Write Her

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The Sum is One

One
Sky above
Five oceans bind us
The one air we breathe comes from
Trees

Behind The Stone

When looking for home
If you roll away the stone
You won’t be alone 

Lost For Words

lost worlds
lost wars
lost objectives
lost subjects
lost children

Cold Nights

Empty, I return unsold
The sheets are cold
No crease to hold
Nor unfold

~~~

Ivor Steven was an Industrial Chemist, then a Plumber, now retired, and has been writing poetry for 19 years. He has had numerous poems published in anthologies and online magazines. He is an active member of the Geelong Writers Inc. (Australia), he is a team member/barista with the online magazine Go Dog Go Cafe (America), and a writer with the Coffee House Writers magazine (America). You can read more of his work on his blog – Ivor.Plumber/Poet. Ivor was…

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Spotlight Poetry – Anthology Update – Just Three Lines – A Collection of Small Poems by Goff James

The image depicts a book cover design titled Just Three Lines by the poet and author Goff James. The work is a monochromatic illustration of a plain red curtain cascading downwards on a black background. The lettering is in a bold white font.

The poems are individually numbered; but, there is in no particular order of theme.

I continue to be drawn to the idea of self-publishing the anthology and releasing it as a free download document or to publish it in instalments.

Book Cover Design and Poems Attribution – Goff James –

Copyright (c) 2022 Goff James – All Rights Reserved 

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Spotlight Poetry – Poems by Jaya Avendel – Posted by Susi Bocks – The Short of It @ I Write Her

I Write Her

Preceding

I pluck hearts from the sky
Count pennies amassed in fortune
On the moss cold
Under my concrete touch

When I read of Shakespeare
I see the strings in Romeo and Juliet and
I pull them.

Into Silence

I enter the bathroom and
Close the door

Steam from the bath
I indoctrinated with lavender
At noon
Tickles my ankles

I scream
Curl my voice around the trembling tile
With the cold steel taps
Dissolve like Epsom salts in water.

No one comes
No one is home.

Tinging

She lingers between light and dark
Her eyes never open wide enough to
Reveal their true color
If she wakes
It is in the night
Where no one can see.

Awaken

Everything is something else
In another form
Love is cruelty to someone else
Brutally pink; torn.
My dance is faulty
In the eyes of the soldier
Also…

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Spotlight – Stake-Lines – Photography and Poems by Derek Ross @ photos poetry and haiku

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Stake-Net fishing is an ancient and once popular method of salmon fishing on the Solway Firth. Nets were strung between poles that stretched out into the estuary. It is thought, by some, that this is an even more ancient form of fishing than “Haaf Netting”, which is of Norse descent. I like to think that stake-nets may have been seen and caught the imagination of the Norsemen as they occupied this part of South West Scotland.

Stake-Lines This string of stakes sticking out of solway sand, they are like the ribs, of some great leviathan, that, having spawned, beached itself and died, out of empathy perhaps, with the salmon that its skeleton now traps. If I stand here very still, and use an auditory knife to cleanse this carcass of unwanted flesh, I am left with the harsh death rattle of the wind as it scrapes past sinewed rope, and…

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Poetry Plus – Written for a Musician – A poem by Vachel Lindsay

© Evie Zimmer, Night Music

Written for a Musician by Vachel Lindsay

Hungry for music with a desperate hunger
I prowled abroad, I threaded through the town;
The evening crowd was clamouring and drinking,

Vulgar and pitiful–my heart bowed down–
Till I remembered duller hours made noble
By strangers clad in some suprising grace.
Wait, wait my soul, your music comes ere midnight
Appearing in some unexpected place
With quivering lips, and gleaming, moonlit face.

Darkness Hungry Prowls by Goff James

Vachel Lindsay (1879 – 1931) was an American poet. He is considered a founder of modern singing poetry, as he referred to it, in which verses are meant to be sung or chanted.

Lindsay’s fame as a poet grew in the 1910s. Because Harriet Monroe showcased him with two other Illinois poets—Carl Sandburg and Edgar Lee Masters—his name became linked to theirs. The success of either of the other two, in turn, seemed to help the third.

Lindsay, a versatile and prolific writer and poet, helped to “keep alive the appreciation of poetry as a spoken art” whose poetry was said to “abound in meter and rhymes and is no shredded prose”, had a traditional verse structure and was described by a contemporary in 1924 as “pungent phrases, clinging cadences, dramatic energy, comic thrust, lyric seriousness and tragic intensity”.

In 1932, Edgar Lee Masters published an article on modern poetry in The American Mercury that praised Lindsay extensively and wrote a biography of Lindsay in 1935 (four years after its subject’s death) entitled Vachel Lindsay: A Poet in America.

Lindsay’s biographer, Dennis Camp, says that Lindsay’s ideas on “civic beauty and civic tolerance” were published in 1912 in his broadside “The Gospel of Beauty” and that later, in 1915, Lindsay published the first American study of film as an art form, The Art of The Moving Picture. Camp notes that on Lindsay’s tombstone is recorded a single word, “Poet”.

Poem Attribution © Vachel Lindsay, Written for a Musician 

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Senryū Attribution, Goff James, Darkness Hungry Prowls

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Bio Reference Attribution https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vachel_Lindsay

Photo Attribution © Victor George, Nicholas Vachel Lindsay, 1913

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Painting Attribution © Evie Zimmer, Night Music, (Date Unstated)

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Poetry Plus – The Choir And Music Of Solitude And Silence -A poem by Delmore Schwartz

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The Choir And Music Of Solitude And Silence by Delmore Schwartz

Today’s Silence Scribed

Today’s silence scribed
The peal of tomorrow calls
Yesterday’s dreams stilled

Delmore Schwartz (1913 -1966), American poet, short-story writer, and literary critic noted for his lyrical descriptions of cultural alienation and the search for identity.

Educated at the University of Wisconsin, New York University, and Harvard University, Schwartz later taught at Harvard and at a number of other schools.

Schwartz first book, In Dreams Begin Responsibilities (1939), which brought him immediate fame, included the short story of the title and a group of poems remarkable for their lyric beauty and imaginative power.

Schwartz subsequent publications included Shenandoah (1941), a verse play; Genesis, Book I (1943), a long introspective poem; The World Is a Wedding (1948) and Successful Love, and Other Stories (1961), short stories dealing primarily with middle-class Jewish family life.

Schwartz lucid and sensitive literary criticism was published in various periodicals.

Schwartz served as an editor for Partisan Review (1943–55) and The New Republic (1955–57).

In 1959, he became the youngest-ever recipient of the Bollingen Prize, awarded for a collection of poetry he published that year, Summer Knowledge: New and Selected Poems (1938-1958).

Schwatz poetry differed from his stories in that it was less autobiographical and more philosophical. His verse also became increasingly abstract in his later years.

In addition to being known as a gifted writer, Schwartz was considered a great conversationalist and spent much time entertaining friends at the White Horse Tavern in New York City.

Much of Schwartz’s work is notable for its philosophical and deeply meditative nature, and the literary critic, R.W. Flint, wrote that Schwartz’s stories were “the definitive portrait of the Jewish middle class in New York during the Depression.”

In particular, Schwartz emphasized the large divide that existed between his generation (which came of age during the Depression) and his parents’ generation (who had often come to the United States as first-generation immigrants and whose idealistic view of America differed greatly from his own).

In another take on Schwartz’s fiction, Morris Dickstein wrote that “Schwartz’s best stories are either poker-faced satirical takes on the bohemians and outright failures of his generation, as in ‘The World Is a Wedding’ and ‘New Year’s Eve,’ or chronicles of the distressed lives of his parents’ generation, for whom the promise of American life has not panned out.”

A selection of his short stories was published posthumously in 1978 under the title In Dreams Begin Responsibilities and Other Stories and was edited by James Atlas who had written a biography of Schwartz, Delmore Schwartz: The Life of An American Poet, two years earlier.

Later, another collection of Schwartz’s work, Screeno: Stories & Poems, was published in 2004. This collection contained fewer stories than In Dreams Begin Responsibilities and Other Stories but it also included a selection of some of Schwartz’s best-known poems like “The Heavy Bear Who Goes With Me” and “In The Naked Bed, In Plato’s Cave”.

The brilliant but mentally unstable Schwartz was the model for the title character in Saul Bellow’s novel Humboldt’s Gift (1975).

Bio Reference Attribution https://www.britannica.com/biography/Delmore-Schwartz & https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Delmore_Schwartz

Photo Attribution © (Photographer Unstated), Delmore Schwartz, (Date Unstated)

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Poem Attribution © Delmore Schwartz, The Choir And Music Of Solitude And Silence

Source Attribution https://www.poeticous.com/delmore-schwartz/the-choir-and-music-of-solitude-and-silence

Senryū Attribution Goff James, Today’s Silence Scribed

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Painting Attribution © Changsoon Oh, Silence 15, (Date Unstated)

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