The 13th Sign of the Zodiac, poem by Trish Hopkinson (Mythic Poetry Series)


Honored to have my poem posted along with this outstanding art!

Originally posted on Silver Birch Press:

The 13th Sign of the Zodiac
by Trish Hopkinson

Those born under this sign
have an unknown date of birth or a different birthday
than the day upon which it is celebrated.
Ambiguus tend to be travelers,
truth-sayers, and meditators.
Often encompassed in the uncertainty
of their birth history, they are accepting,
nonjudgmental, and kind.
They have a taste for bread, seafood, and wine.
Not horribly good swimmers,
they prefer walking in open-toed shoes.
Ambiguus are luminous leaders
and are commonly followed by friends,
a dozen or so. Ambiguus love little children
and are regularly religious.
Today may be the day
to discover your birthday, but only
if you are brave enough to turn over
the dust on your tongue and slide it
along molar and fang, scraping
away your own existence.
With the new moon just past,
mystery will reveal itself beneath
your nails and tug at your hair

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Not one, but two poems published by Wicked Banshee Press!

Wicked Banshee Press published their most recent, online edition yesterday with the heartfelt theme of “Survival Through Art.” I am honored to have two of my poems included (“Waiting Around” and “A Leveling”) with the other amazing featured poets.

Read Survival Through Art here.

The notes from the editors are worth a read as well. SaraEve’s challenges with epilepsy were her inspiration for poetry and this edition. My mother has also been challenged with the same disease and has been fortunate in that it hasn’t held her back or affected her life much, for which I am very grateful.


Need writing prompts? Check out this list compiled by Bernadette Mayer . . .

The Poetry Foundation describes Bernadette Mayer as “an avant-garde writer associated with the New York School of poets . . . known for her innovative use of language.”

I came across a list of her writing prompts, which you can view here.

mayerHere are a few of my favorites:

  • “Take an idea, anything that interests you, or an object, then spend a few days looking and noticing, perhaps making notes on what comes up about that idea, or, try to create a situation or surrounding where everything that happens is in relation.”
  •  “Write the poem: Ways of Making Love. List them.”
  • “Turn a list of the objects that have something to do with a person who has died into a poem or poem form, in homage to that person.”
  • “Write household poems-about cooking, shopping, eating and sleeping.”

You can read her poetry in the Eclipse archive, as well as the work of several other authors, here.

Instructing Atalanta, poem by Sonja Johanson (Mythic Poetry Series)


This is a beautifully written and thoughtful piece from a lovely, fellow poet Sonja Johanson, published today in Silver Birch Press’ Mythic Poetry Series.

Originally posted on Silver Birch Press:

by Sonja Johanson

Listen to mother.
Leave those apples lie.
You cannot eat them,
they will only take up space
on your mantle, too dusty
to glitter anymore.
Or else you can eat them,
but what is that to you?
Three apples are a mean meal.
Then too, you may think them
too precious for the table
and wake one day to find them
withered to nothing,
or slumped with rot.

Never throw the race.
Better yet, win them all.
Who ever said you had to lose?
Keep the kingdom for yourself.
Never marry, be your own sovereign.
Take a consort, no – take a dozen.
Raise up a generation
of fleet-footed queens
who tend to their own
glimmering orchards.

NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR: This poem is a reflection of the difficulty I have always had accepting the misogyny inherent in patriarchal myths. I remember, as a girl, feeling…

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Want to see David Bowie’s favorite books?

Add these to your personal reading list…

Another great article from Brain Pickings, serves as perfect inspiration for what you may want to read next.

David Bowie’s 75 Must-Read Books



50 Reasons Not To Date A Poet


I have to admit, I resemble many of these. I definitely love children’s books and hoard my pens, among other things on the list :).

Originally posted on Betty Generic:


It may sound romantic, but in search of that elusive metaphor, poets can be somewhat  “eccentric.”

  1. If you date a poet everyone will think you are the jerk they are writing about.
  2. You will be the jerk they are writing about.
  3. They have an unnatural affection for book stores and office supply stores.
  4. They have deep conversations with Animals, Clouds, and Grecian Urns.
  5. Excessive use of  “poetry hands.”
  6. Excessive abuse of  “poetic licence.”
  7. Excessive use of  “melancholy.”
  8. Excessive use of  “dramatic emphasis.”
  9. They collect obscure words that have not been in circulation for at least 100 years or more.
  10. They insert these antediluvian words into conversations just to rebel.
  11. They think children’s books are sublime.
  12. They refuse to care where the remote is.
  13. All of their furniture are positioned around windows, for them to stare out for hours at a time.
  14. Your parents will think they are possessed.
  15. They are possessed.
  16. You…

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Call for Submissions–and this one pays $25 to each contributor!

Check out The Impressment Gang journal… according to their submission page they now pay contributors $25 if accepted:


“We are proud to announce that we have started to pay our contributors the sum of $25. We are working hard to increase this drastically to what we think they should deserve. But right now, it’s all we got.”

Click here to read their submission guidelines.

TIP: To make the most of your time and efforts submitting to magazines and journals, it is important to read what types of work they typically publish, which may mean subscribing or in some cases, reading the samples they provide on their site.


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