Spotlight – Press Release on Edge of Humanity! – The Sound of Brilliance – The Short of It

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41 Poets & Writers Exploring Life, Emotions & Our World

ByEdge of Humanity Magazine,May 6, 2021

The Sound of Brilliance

This anthology contains 120 pieces from forty-one poets and writers with astute observations about living, emotions, and our world. Their contributions bring us a unique perspective to the themes they explored. Each piece by those presented in this anthology shows us, with depth and succinctness, as the title of this anthology suggests, their brilliant perspective.

Written By Tina Stewart Brakebill

living love


dancing to their song
eyes flickering with passion
the night too fleeting


a faithful promise
of harmonic convergence
binding him to her


singing a duet
as the days pass too quickly
lifted by their song


breathing in true joy
between the tiny moments
two hearts forever

AboutThe Sound of Brilliance

Written by Susi Bocks,Editor-in-Chief,The Short of It

My love for…

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Spotlight Writing Challenge – Should you submit to The Short of It? – Hosted by Susi Bocks (I Write Her)

The Sound of Brilliance

Available on Amazon NOW!

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That would be a resounding YES!

In just a few months, I will be accepting submissions again. July 1st is right around the corner and the window of opportunity will close on 12/31/21. If you intend to send in your work, PLEASE read the submission guidelines first as they have changed from the previous submission period. I encourage you to read the featured artists from 2020 to get a feel for the work I am looking for to highlight in 2022. January 7th will lead us off and every Friday thereafter, you’ll be fortunate to read another exquisite poet or writer. If you haven’t subscribed to MailChimp to stay up to date, please sign up on the submissions guidelines page.

If you’d like to hear some of the poet interviews and readings of their work, please subscribe to my newly created YouTube Channel. Click here to be redirected. There isn’t…

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Spotlight Featuring – The Sound of Brilliance by Susi Bocks (Author) – A must have to add to your collection – Available on Amazon Now

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Introducing the first anthology produced by The Short of It. This anthology features the brilliant work of 41 poets and writers. The pieces within these pages are the best of those submitted and showcased on The Short of It online magazine.

The Short of It is the brainchild of none other than our fellow blogger, Susi Bocks, of I Write Her.

I am proud to present the “best of the best.

The anthology contains 120 pieces in a variety of forms and styles. They are astute observations about living, emotions, and our world. I hope they will leave you sighing, as they did me, having been touched by the artistry in every writer’s words. I know they gave me many deep impressions with their sweet succinctness.

For those interested in being featured on The Short of It, it will open for submissions on July 1st! I look forward…

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Spotlight Writing – The Short of It – Anthology! – Coming Soon! Get Ready for Publication! My poems selected for inclusion.

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Work on the publication is chugging along quite well! The pieces are selected, the cover has been produced and the rest is coming together nicely. I hope that you are all as excited as I am! Stay tuned, the compilation of the fine work of our contributors will be published very soon. 🙂

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Showcase Poetry – Poems by Stephen W. Buchanan – published in The Short of It – I Write Her

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Mixed Emotions

I thought you could,
I don’t know why,
but there you stood
watching me cry.
Not wanting to,
I wanted you
to see in me.

Sweet Little Lies

The lies you tell
smell oh, so sweet
That’s just as well
since I’m no treat
Unhappy pair
going nowhere
We made our shade

Seeing the Void

upon my soul
left from the toll
of losing you
Or seeming to
in screams of dreams


Stephen W. Buchanan enjoys writing poetry, especially in the ha’sonnet form. He publishes his ha’sonnets at “If You Haven’t Got A Sonnet” and occasionally elsewhere, often with a cat on his lap. You can read his first feature on The Short of Ithere.


If you’d like to be featured on The Short of It, click here for the submissions guidelines.


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Showcase Writing – Ali Grimshaw – Published by Susi Bocks – The Short of It (I Write Her)

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I will sing you…

with low notes strongly pure
light through dust of your worries

courage for times of cold silence
when you need the music to return

I will sing you in truth until
you remember the voice born with you.

Yet to be Seen

where blue crosses yellow
melting green, life will meet us
in colors combined


How is it that water
is such a crafted artist?

Consistently she reflects
the whole of light and darkness

grays blurred or glint of rose
upon watery wavering waves.

Then offers still life in contrasts
days of no wind, glasslike

surfaces smoothly reflective
that stop me in time.

Thunderstorm Conversations

Lean into the loud
hold curiosity’s hand
consider this thundering
consider it may not mean what you thought.

This crack clashing boom
only an illusion of danger.

Maybe it isn’t a disastrous end
but a calling of resounding strength

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Showcase Writing – Jaya Avendel – Published by Susi Bocks – The Short of It – I Write Her

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Though reality
Is often stark there is a
Place where the Queen wears
Creativity for a
Crown and inspiration flows.


Alone in the dark
She waited for the door to
Open unsure of
What stood on the other side
But her heart open to it.


Our cries make them
Tremble with the ground as it
Quakes with silent strength
Though pain may rack our lands
We refuse to be silent.


Once in a circle
The earth catches up to the
Moon cloaking her in
Its glowing red shadow then
The cycle begins anew.


This is Jaya Avendel’s second feature with The Short of It. You can read her first here. Jaya lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, where she dips her pen into the inkwell of fantasy and prose. Often inspired by life in the forest around her, she writes at

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Spotlight Poetry – Haikus by Goff James – Published by Susi Bocks – I write Her – The Short of It

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Love’s Dreams Star-kissed Dance

Night’s soft music plays
Lost on mem’ries drifting breeze
Love’s dreams star-kissed dance

Sailing Paper Boats

Sailing paper boats
Adrift on dream’s starred ocean
Love’s safe harbour sought

Whispered on the Breeze

Whispered on the breeze
All my secrets told to you
Scribed in twilight’s hues

Held in Love’s Embrace

Held in Love’s embrace
Sipping moonlight’s ecstasy
Treasured moments shared

Turning in Circles

Turning in circles
Not wanting to run away
Love’s merry-go-round

Falling from the Stars

Falling from the stars
Flying on Love’s broken wings
Heartache’s lullaby


Goff JamesThe Short of It’s very first featured poet on February 6, 2020 – is a grumpy eccentric; who, in the darkness of night plays with words and tries to write poetry. His musings display an interest in that which can be seen and unseen; that which is heard and unheard; and, all those…

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Spotlight Writing – Submit to The Short Of It! – Hosted by Susi Bocks

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Just a reminder for all those micro-poets (structured and un-structured), prose poets and short story writers, I am accepting submissions for The Short of It all year round! Please keep them coming! 🙂

Feel free to share this with your friends who might fit the bill of what I am looking for.

Click here for more information about submission guidelines.

Voici la créativité!

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Spotlight Writing Challenge – Submit to ‘The Short of It’! – Hosted by Susi Bocks ( I Write Her)

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Just a reminder – if you know how to make a big impression with a few words – I WANT YOU to submit your original work toThe Short of It!

I’m accepting creations all year round. Accepted work will be featured here on Fridays. Ultimately, the goal will be to publish an annual anthology. Please feel free to share this with anyone and everybody you know who is interested in creating micro-poetry or short pieces of writing. More information about the submission guidelines can be found by clicking this link.

Looking forward to reading your work! 🙂

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