Winner of the Spring Robinson/ Mahogany Red Lit Prize 2020-Megha Sood

I’m thrilled to share this news that my poem “Peace –  A Metaphor For Denial” has been chosen as the First-place winner in the adult category for the Poetry Month Challenge 2020. The Adult Prize is also known as the Spring Robinson/Mahogany Red Lit Prize. The poem will receive a publication in the next edition of Poetry Diversified 2020. This year Poetry Matters Prize also reached the 20th year of its inception.

I’m really thankful to the entire team of the Poetry Matters Prize for giving me this opportunity.

Happy Blogging!!

Megha Sood

 

I Am More Than Breath and Bone: Georgiann Carlson

I am so much more than breath and bone
I am Goddess
I am fire and strength
I am mind and heart
I am fearless and brave
I am fury and rage
I am glorious in my anger
I am sinner and savior
I am beauty and summer days
I am snow covered mountains
I am clear spring water
I am one with nature
I am every rainbow ever seen
I am thunderstorms loud and WILD
I am uncontrollable
I am gentle rain and raging floods
I am the giver of life
I am a living spirit
I am joy
I am Death
I am the beginning and the end
I am freedom
I am MAGIC
I am WOMAN


I’m an artist, a writer, a vegetarian, an animal rights activist, and quite a few other things as well. I love books, cats, philosophy, good conversation, Chicago and the arts. So my blog is full of bits and pieces but it’s the bits and pieces that make life interesting to me. You can read more of my writing at Rethinking Life

A mad song – Devika Mathur

"Quiero que la gente me deje ser"

Dear girl,
you know about such times
of love and supple breeze
of time and earthed sky.

A song you wish to sing now?
A calcined mirror absorbing your breaths,
watch it carefully,
a heavy heart shots of a mad sky

A mad song
it shall be
of your swollen deep magenta desires
of your clairvoyant dreams about him,
with a blurred picture of aesthetics.
You do not understand, for now.
He is just like cotton candy.
A bereft and a stark sky,
watching you depart

slowly

like a candle’s wax.

Stop your volatile behavior now.
for it shall tear your voice,
like a petal detaching from a beautiful flower.
Across this black room,
numbness shall rest.

I Am More Than Breath and Bone: I Am More – M.A. Morris

I am more than breath or bones.
I am the Melungeon veins
of my many great-grandmothers
as they run through the coal mines
of West Virginia into Kentucky and Tennessee.

I am more than breath or bones.
I am my mother’s and grandmother’s blood
flooding the snow melt rivers
of Appalachia.

I am more than breath or bones.
I am my mother’s iron ore,
her steel torn from the hollows
among the mountains of West Virginia
in the time of the Great Depression.

I am more than breath and bone,
I am the centrifuge
of history and heritage
of spirits and earth
of women who held
up mountains
for their children.

I am more than breath and bone.
We, my foremothers and I,
mother the culmination
of the next generations
to hold up the sky,
the sun, the stars, the moon
for their children.


 

I am a retired teacher, enjoying everything that retirement means. In addition, I have been active in the LGBTQ community since I was four years old and marched my Ken doll with all his little Ken accouterments to the big metal trash can in the yard. Yes, I dumped Ken, along with said accouterments, into the can and slammed the lid on. My two Barbie dolls lived happily ever after.

You can read more of my writing at Hearing The Mermaids Sing

THE MEDUSA PROJECT – Call For Submissions For International Women’s Day 2020- Megha Sood

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I’m so thrilled to share my first call out for submissions as an Assistant Poetry Editor of Mookychick, a UK based feminist literary journal. We are celebrating International Women’s Day with a themed call for submissions that resonate with freedom, choice, and equality. The submission for the IWD will be later considered for e-book anthology called “The Medusa Project”.I’m really thankful to the EIC Magda Knight, Poetry Editor Juliette Van der Molen and the entire team of warm and brilliant Mooky team for supporting me.

We want you to help us celebrate the 100th anniversary of this powerful day. Mookychick is calling all the writers of all genders to submit writing which resonates with the feeling of freedom, choice, and equality.

The details of the submission are here.

Happy International Women’s Day!!

Megha Sood