[DISCUSS] Community Poetry Collection

Hello all,

As you may have read in one of my previous posts, I’m considering developing a poetry anthology or just general collection of pieces. I have someone willing to review my selections and give me advice per her loads of experience in poetry publication. I’ve published a literary magazine before in college, although it was only a web magazine; you can check that out here. So I have an idea of what needs to go into compilation, design, organization, imagery, etc.

My point in writing this is to ask if any of my poet followers, or other writers out there, would be interested in joining in this publication endeavor; that is to say, if I expanded this collection into a magazine or small book open to submissions, would any of you be interested in submitting to be published with me?

I’d likely need at least one other dedicated person to assist in determining criteria (theme, length restrictions, overall size of publication, etc.), reviewing submissions, designing the format, all those good things. If you’re looking to include publication in your resume, have some work you’ve been contemplating for publication but haven’t gotten to it yet, or have an interest in the publication process in general, let me know down in the comments. I’m really hoping to get some genuine feedback here, so please leave your thoughts below. Thanks so much. Cheers

~Virginiareading the hobbit

What is coming…

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Well all, another year, more time to live. I suppose it’s the cliche thing more than the sincere thing to say I’ve made a few ‘resolutions,’ but is it fair to just give them another name? Objectives? Goals? Self-demands? Whatever you want to call them, I’ve made a few for myself; four to be exact. Continue reading

[MUSIC] All About That…

 

This is what we need right now. We need to talk. We need to sit down, like civilized human beings, and talk about this on a level playing field. We need to talk about the reasons behind the actions, not the reasons of the individuals, but the reasons of the demographics. We need to ask why the victims did not listen to the police. We need to ask why the police pulled  the trigger instead of talking it out, or pulling out the taser or the pepper spray. We need to ask how to address the answers to these questions, how WE the people will fix them. Legislation is not going to solve these problems. Law enforcement is not going to solve these problems. Video cameras and social media are not going to solve these problems. We must solve them, and to do that, we gotta talk about ’bout race.

So talk. There’s the comment box. Go.

[DISCUSS] I lied, I have a little more to say…

…about Ferguson. But not really about Ferguson, and really the last post wasn’t about it either. It’s not really about race, or crime, or justice. It’s about humans. It’s about us, and finding a way to remember that we are ALL human. So as a follow-up to Charles’ message, here’s mine.

Dear Real White Americans,

Yes, this means you.

Yes, this means you.

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[DISCUSS] ‘Scuse Me

So, if you didn’t notice, I just pumped out a 2-parter poem titled ‘Scuse Me parts 1 and 2. These were spurred on by a post I saw on Facebook. You see, ironic contrary to my religious position, I follow God on Facebook! There’s a lot of people who post on God’s wall for giggles, to condemn Him for mocking… Himself, and for genuine help in their lives. You’d be surprised how many people He’s given a helping hand to who just need someone to talk to or someone to listen. He’s very attentive on all of this, and there are many times that a bunch of people will come together to brighten people’s days. It’s really a great thing. Continue reading

[DISCUSS] The Seven Deadly Traits… I mean sins…

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I’m going to put this in the simplest terms possible. The Christian god is a reflection of what man truly wants to be, the all-power, omnipotent ruler of all things, not because man/god is a worthy ruler, but because it is man’s/god’s right as the most intelligent thing in the world/universe. Just as man has his seven deadly sins, so the Christian god has his seven deadly traits. Continue reading

[DISCUSS] Golden Rule Edited: Love Thyself, THEN Thy Neighbor

“Do not do to others what you would not want them to do to you. [is] (…) the single greatest, simplest, and most important moral axiom humanity has ever invented, one which reappears in the writings of almost every culture and religion throughout history, the one we know as the Golden Rule.”          ~Ebon Musings, ‘A dialogue for the modern world’, Adam Lee (Humanism)

“The sage has no interest of his own, but takes the interests of the people as his own. He is kind to the kind; he is also kind to the unkind: for Virtue is kind. He is faithful to the faithful; he is also faithful to the unfaithful: for Virtue is faithful.”          ~Tao Te Ching, Chapter 49 (Taoism)

“Just as pain is not agreeable to you, it is so with others. Knowing this principle of equality treat other with respect and compassion.”          ~Suman Suttam, Verse 150 (Jainism)

“Love your neighbor as you love yourself.”          ~The Bible, Luke 10:27 (Christianity)

“One should never do that to another which one regards as injurious to one’s own self. This, in brief, is the rule of dharma. Other behavior is due to selfish desires.”          ~Anusasana Parva, Section CXIII, Verse 8 (Hinduism)

“Blessed is he who preferreth his brother before himself.”          ~Bahá’u’lláh (Bahá’í Faith)

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[DISCUSS] Ding Dong, Fred Phelps is Dying… and what not to do about it

If you haven’t heard the news yet, Fred Phelps, the founder of the Westboro Baptist Church, or the founding church of funeral-picketing and ‘God Hates Fags’ posters, is apparently on his death bed. This according to his estranged son, Nate Phelps, who left his family and their church to be an LGBT activist in Canada.

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Now, if you remember the poem I wrote mentioning Mr. Phelps a long while back, you’d probably expect me to have the same reaction as most people who hear this news; first, just like the title of this post, singing and dancing to the fact that this man is finally going away forever; second, the question, “Where can I sign up to picket his funeral?” At least, these are the two responses that are propagating across the internet as I type.
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