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Published & Contest Winning Poetry

  • June 29, 2017 Published & Contest Winning Poems Mary Rose Fair 17039 5

    Elephants

    "Winner of the Open Community Poetry Contest for the period April 1 - June 30, 2017. See commentary below."-Ed.

    "Scientists have long considered the ability to recognize oneself in a mirror to be an index of high cognitive ability...there is every reason to suspect that elephants may be capable of far more complex cognition than is currently…
  • June 22, 2017 Published & Contest Winning Poems Joey Turner 17395 2

    Ants.

    "Runner-up of the Open Community Poetry Contest for the period April 1 - June 30, 2017."-Ed.

    A branch’s charcoal shadow
    cast by an evening sun
    traces a single line of trifling ants
    following in file under an oak’s shade
    avoiding the rays, scurrying;

Community Poetry

  • Dec 28, 2018

    Left behind

    I turn
    And watch them go
    Not a wave
    Not a word

    Past smiles
    Sustain me
    Loathe moments as these
    I bleed
  • Dec 16, 2018

    Vitales' Wish

    Community Poetry Mario William Vitale 89
    Wishing everyone a peaceful and productive weekend ahead. All the best, my friends
    Only half a month is left before us in 2018. Wow. What…
  • Dec 16, 2018

    Stirring The Pot

    Community Poetry Mario William Vitale 32
    Stirring The Pot

    Wishing everyone a peaceful and productive weekend ahead. All the best, my friends.
    Only half a month is left before us in…
  • Nov 06, 2018

    Bottle crime

    Community Poetry Lynn 1183
    Fancy me
    All solid and shine
    Some may say
    I look so fine
    What you pour
    A clear sign
    But sometimes full
    Of the undivine

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Published & Contest Winning Prose

  • March 10, 2010 Published & Contest Winning Prose Neil Donnelly 45034 5

    Fogtown: A Musical

    Again the dusk has filled this town with fog a sight I've grown accustomed to; odd shapes and silhouettes become dancers and these cracked calloused streets have become their stage. As they dance a bullfrog belches in the background a light wind rustles…

Community Prose

  • Nov 16, 2018

    Shut

    Community Prose Lynn 296
    Tiny footsteps could be heard clamouring up the narrow, winding stairway. Beaten once again. Beads of perspiration covered her battled…
  • Oct 16, 2018

    Take a dive

    Community Prose Lynn 328
    Life is as plain as you can get. Everything set like food laid on a plate. You know from the order what you want but often times, you can…
  • Feb 24, 2018

    Evening Dues

    Community Prose Zany Lynn 1335
    Vincent walked on. The streets were never like this. The awareness kills him. Why did he not acknowledge her? Surely what they shared for…
  • Feb 11, 2018

    A walk goes a long way

    Community Prose Lynn 1567
    Days just fly by. I am truly grateful, I am. I arise each day before light breaks and retire before the clock chimes for me to return…

Write What you Know

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It makes a difference, especially in confessional poetry and prose. To those that have suffered the tribulations or experienced the joys of the writer's subject matter, they will spot the impostors and at the same time, be deeply moved by the authentic no matter its relative technical value.

I will never forget how this was finally impressed upon me some years ago by a short story that I was considering publishing beyond our website. It was about an unwed teenage mother and her difficulties in trying to finish High School at the same time. It was written by a man but his writing was superb and he revealed many insights that I thought were so real as to pass muster with the "write what you know" mantra. How the character went through the internal pain of her situation and how she was received by her classmates was very illuminating. Or so I thought.

That was until I had the article proofread by an associate of mine, who as fortune would have it, had actually gone through just such an experience herself. I was shocked to learn that she viewed the article as hackish and naive. In fact, I believe she was offended at the time. While maybe she overreacted, she did point out certain elements of the story that were simply not true in her case or those of her friends that had gone through the same experience. And then she proceeded to tell me why she felt that way that she did. I was humbled.

It was then and there that I promised myself to never write about what I did not have personal experience with unless I would put forth the effort to properly research my subject matter and have my finished work vetted by those that had gone through the experience, if at all possible. And since then I have instinctively gravitated to the authenticity of personal experience based writing. 

In my next blog post, I will share with you how to improve your chances of being published by relying on your own personal experiences in your writing. Till then, happy writing!

 

 

 

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