The Poetry Corner featuring Nina Romano!

Good morning and welcome to this week’s Poetry Corner! Please join me in welcoming Nina Romano! 🙂

TRAVELS FROM MY LAUNDRY ROOM by Nina Romano

In my pristine green wash room,
I turn a black wool sweater inside out,
so my hand beading will remain intact
when I gently rub-a-dub-dub.

My jeans are old and frayed,
but memories line their pockets.
I extract sunflower seeds from the seams,
and it seems I’m once again cheering
at a soccer game in Foro Italico
an upward view of Belsito balconies
aflutter with overburdened clotheslines.

Tossing the jeans
in the washing machine,
I see the hems are worn
and remember Roman summers
when I was a fleet charioteer
guiding tourists in the Coliseum,
near the Ghetto whose narrow alleys
were tented over by hanging sheets.

Ashes on a skirt give vent to dreams
of volcanic danger,
walking the edges of Etna
where peasant girls in headscarves
hang clothes to dry in Sirocco winds.

Ah! and here are Nike shorts and socks—
outfit of a marathon racer to win your love—
I’d follow you anywhere, travel-lover.
You romance my heart as no one else,
like nothing else on earth—
We cruise the Mediterranean,
while the shoreline fisherman mend nets,
and women soak their salt-encrusted clothes.

A color profusion, a muted peacock’s tail on silk,
speaks of beckoning coastlines;
haunting images race back to me,
sailing the world’s wide open arms and finger lakes,
and I can picture still women in hijab
beating cotton robes upon flat rocks
on the banks of the Nile.

Open rock beach spaces
engorged by roaring surf
lead to fjords in Croatia,
and women rinsing soap from coverlets,
twisting towels of excess water.

Seas pilot us to tributaries of the Yangtze,
and evocative landscapes of river markets
as we travel on flat-bottom boats
in Bangkok and from the back of barges
washtubs overflowing.

And always, always
women,
baptizing babies,
burying their dead in water graves,
women,
washerwomen,
women laundering
women cleansing away
the bloodstains of martyrs
in wars they never sought.

About the Poem: “Travels from My Laundry Room” was first published in the Northville Review, and it is in my poetry collection, Faraway Confections.

Awesome poem! Thank you for sharing, Nina! 🙂

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If you would like to share your poetry here, or know anyone that would like to be featured, please email me at cpbialois@gmail.com.

As always, any poetry shared remains the property of the poet. I only share it with the poet’s permission.

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Cover Reveal! The Slasher House Experience!

Hey everybody!

It’s been a while since I did an actual blog post, but I bring some awesome news.

As many of you may know, I’ve been working on a novel called Slasher for the last year or so. It’s a cheesy, cliched, and fun homage to the slasher film genre of the 1980s.

The book is currently going through the editing process, but more than some grammatical and plot hole issues are being fixed. Thanks to my wonderful cover artist, R.J. Keith (links to her social media will be below the cover image), I decided to change the name from Slasher to The Slasher Experience.

The Slasher Experience. I seriously don’t get tired of saying that. lol

But enough of me rambling on, here is the cover of my next novel coming our April 13, 2018 (Friday the 13th)!

Blurb:

Casi is a gifted young woman who only wants to help others, but when her parents don’t allow her to help a grieving neighbor, her brother, Tom, decides it’s time to get her out of the house and let her live some.

For him, that involves the Slasher Experience, a who-dun-it weekend based on the low budget, smash hit slasher horror movie. Bringing his two best friends, he hopes to give Casi the time of her life, but when the horror turns real and there’s nowhere to run, her talents are put to the test.

The Slasher Experience Cover

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Fantasy Authors Unplugged: A Visit From Poet/Editor John Mannone

An awesome post to help poets. 🙂

Archer's Aim

Today’s edition of Fantasy Authors Unplugged is a real treat as I host award-winning poet and poetry editor, John Mannone. John composes a wide spectrum of speculative poetry as well as editing for several magazines. Thanks to John for agreeing to write a guest post on his favorite subject and how he both develops and edits it. I hope all the poets out there find John’s words informative and inspiring:

John C. Mannone, winner of the 2017 Horror Writers Association Scholarship, has work in Poetry South, Artemis, Blue Fifth Review, New England Journal of Medicine, Peacock Journal, Gyroscope ReviewBaltimore Review, Pedestal, Pirene’s Fountain, Event Horizon, Eye To The Telescope and others. He’s the winner of the 2017 Jean Ritchie Fellowship in Appalachian literature and the recipient of two Weymouth writing residencies. He has three poetry collections: Apocalypse (Alban Lake Publishing) won 3rd

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The Poetry Corner featuring Ed Ireland

Good morning and welcome to this week’s edition of the Poetry Corner! Please join me in welcoming Ed Ireland and a poem from his book, Forgotten Treasure. 🙂

Passion’s Wings by Ed Ireland

On golden wings of promise,
like a ship that crosses the sea,
my heart longs to be with you.
Unburdened, full, and free.

Twas in the dawn of my time
brought from ash and fire.
Your touch guided my path
and found my secret desire.

Through sword and talon of steel,
illuminated in heroic flame.
Together we conquered all we saw.
The Gods called out your name.

Glory was ours but a faithless act,
allowed the enemy to take my heart.
Imprisoned it in a snowy globe,
To keep our love apart.

But a stranger came, a thief at night,
and stole the globe away.
Bringing it to a distant shore,
in the warmth of a brand new day.

And so it was the sun touched me,
With all its warm, healing rays.
And soon my fires lit once more,
ending my prisoned days.

So now I search the wide, wide Earth,
Trying to find where you can be
On golden wings of passions flight

About the Poem: Your Phoenix flies to your memory. The story of the Phoenix. The mythical firebird becomes the symbol of the passion between two lovers. When they separate the fire dwindles and flickers out. The Phoenix was lucky when his prison was returned to the sun but now spends his days looking for something gone forever.

Awesome poem! Thanks for sharing, Ed! 🙂

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If you would like to share your poetry here, or know anyone that would like to be featured, please email me at cpbialois@gmail.com.

As always, any poetry shared remains the property of the poet. I only share it with the poet’s permission.

 

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The Poetry Corner featuring Jamie White

Good morning and welcome to this week’s Poetry Corner! Please join me in welcoming Jamie White! 🙂

Insight by Jamie White
The truth sets you free, but it comes at a price.
Not everything is neat, black and white.
Reality tests your comfortable norm,
making you feel so broken and torn.
Seeing that everything can be both wrong and right,
is when you’ve finally gained true sight.

Awesome poem! Thanks for sharing Jamie! 🙂

If you want to learn more about today’s guest, contact Jamie at:

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If you would like to share your poetry here, or know anyone that would like to be featured, please email me at cpbialois@gmail.com.

As always, any poetry shared remains the property of the poet. I only share it with the poet’s permission.

 

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The Poetry corner featuring Vic Tomlinson

Good morning and welcome to this week’s Poetry Corner! Please join me in welcoming Vic Tomlinson! 🙂

Being in Love by Vic Tomlinson

He liked being in love.

He felt giddy
for the first time in years.

He giggled whenever
they were together.

He had that spring
in his step when he
went to see her.

His eyes lit up
whenever he saw her.

He held her hand
when they listened to music.

He wanted to slow dance
with her and hold her close.

He liked going to romantic movies
with her and holding hands.

He looked into her eyes
and told her he loved her.

He wanted to spend his life
with her and beyond.

Nothing could be more exciting
than true love.

Awesome poem, Vic. Nothing beats this feeling. Thank you for sharing. 🙂

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If you would like to share your poetry here, or know anyone that would like to be featured, please email me at cpbialois@gmail.com

As always, any poetry shared remains the property of the poet. I only share it with the poet’s permission.

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The Poetry Corner featuring Jamie White

Good morning! Welcome to this week’s Poetry Corner! Please join me in welcoming Jamie White! 🙂

Jamies poem 2

Awesome poem! Thanks for sharing Jamie! 🙂

If you want to learn more about today’s guest, contact Jamie at:

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If you would like to share your poetry here, or know anyone that would like to be featured, please email me at cpbialois@gmail.com.

As always, any poetry shared remains the property of the poet. I only share it with the poet’s permission.

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