featured poets ~ “C”s and some “B”s

(inter)national poetry month
April 2012

featured poets
at my heart’s love songs

“C”s  and some “B”s

to celebrate {inter}national poetry month,  i am pleased to be featuring some of  the most creative,  talented,  brilliant  {really!}  poets of  our time.  i have been fortunate over the past two and a half years to meet this amazing group of  people through twitter and their blogs.  not only are they writers who excite and enchant and entrance their readers,  they are,  one and all,  nice people who are supportive of  everyone in our online poetry community.  the “age of  technology”  has,  in fact,  facilitated the spread of  the ARTS! ~  poetry,  photography,  art,  prose,  music…   i have friends i have yet to meet face-to-face from all around the world.  day or night,  you can visit their blogs and be transported to another time or place or frame of  mind with just a few clicks of  a mouse.  i find it thrilling!  and i believe you will find it equally thrilling to discover their words.

i will be putting up these posts throughout the month of  April to reacquaint you with old friends and introduce you to new ones.  in order to include as many poets as possible,  most posts will contain the work of  several poets,  with a short introduction to each one and a small sampling of their poetry.  i am participating in the  Blogging from A to Z Challenge April 2012  by featuring the poets in alphabetical order by first name MOST of  the time ~ there will be a few other groupings,  as well.  due to problems with my laptop,  i am adjusting my plans and will be including poets i may miss when originally planned and including them in another post.  i hope you don’t mind.  {smile}

just click on the  “Read More”  links on each poem to be taken to a new tab or window to read the rest of  the poem on the author’s blog.  if  you enjoy what you read,  please leave a comment on their blog to let them know.  { you don’t have to say you saw them here. }  i am truly honored that these wonderful people agreed to be featured on my blog ~  my gratitude to them all.

and thank you for coming to our celebration ~  enjoy!

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featured poet: coal black

Coal Black is unique among the poets i know ~ she is an edgy, provocative poet with a one-of-a-kind voice.  quite often her poems sing the blues…  and i mean sing,  as the music comes through when you read her words,  probably because Coal is a singer, too.  aside from her poetry,  she is unique because she is….   shall we say the  “alter-ego”  of  Fireblossom,  another brilliant poet who will be featured soon.  click here to read about the birth of  Coal Black.

treat yourself  and spend some time exploring her blog.  here’s a little taste ~

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Coneflowers”    by   Coal Black

i left my leather boots

in the closet like buddhas

and wore white heels to sally’s sum…..Read More

via  COAL BLACK’S HOUSE OF PAIN

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easy    by   Coal Black

do ya think it’s easy, babe

what the night has to do to get by?

do ya think it’s easy

to get so

dark, so deep, so hi…..Read More

 via  COAL BLACK’S HOUSE OF PAIN

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stones   by   Coal Black

i said i wadn’t gonna throw no more stones at your window,

and mama say, if you gonna open you mouth

tell the truth, girl, or hu…..Read More

via  COAL BLACK’S HOUSE OF PAIN

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featured poet:  Christina Nguyen

Christina (Tina) Nguyen is a poet i met on twitter  {  @TinaNguyen  } ~  she is a STUNNING poet and one of  the sweetest women i know.  she was instrumental in encouraging me with my writing.  {thank you, Tina!}  in May 2011,  Tina started  International 5 Line Poetry Month on twitter and her blog,  A wish for the sky…    and provides a weekly word prompt for people to tweet   5 line poetry  using the hashmark  #5poem.  The International 5 Line Poetry Month event will be held again this May ~ keep checking Tina’s blog for the info.  Tina does not limit herself  to writing only gogyohka and writes some of  the best  micropoetry i’ve ever seen.  if  you like poetry, be sure to follow her on twitter.

her bio ~
Christina Nguyen is a writer and poet living in Minnesota.  she’s the editorial assistant for  Atlas Poetica  and plays with words and poetry on Twitter as  @TinaNguyen.  in 2012,  some of her work will appear inRibbonsModern Haiku,  red lightsA Hundred GourdsFrogpond,   Prune JuiceMoonbathing,  Roadrunner  and other journals.

i wish i could share her entire blog with you here!  here’s an appetizer  ~

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the reason

I never trus…..Read More


by   Christina Nguyen   via   A wish for the sky…

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robin’s song

running thro…..Read More

by   Christina Nguyen   via   A wish for the sky…

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paper boat

in its la…..Read More

by   Christina Nguyen   via   A wish for the sky…

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featured poet:   Becky Sain

Becky Sain  { @beckysain }   holds a special place in my heart for a number of  reasons. she was the first person i ever talked to on twitter, the first friend i made on twitter, the first writer i ever met.  through Becky,  i was introduced to and began following writers,  poets,  photographers and artists which led directly to me writing.  Becky is one of ~ if not THE ~ most talented writers i know.  on her blog,   First Pages,  she writes about her life,  her family,  life in general,  families in general,  poetry and short stories.  her writing is always evocative ~ i am drawn in as though actually standing with her in her tales of  her life.  her poetry touches a place deep inside of  me.  her short fiction can be found HERE.   be sure to take a look around while you’re at her blog.  you’ll enjoy it, i promise.  i am only sharing a bit of  Becky’s poetry here  but  her prose pieces are equally amazing.

and now,  her words ~

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Wandering…  alone”    by   Becky Sain

Wandering… alone.

Walking through the thoughts that hold me together,

keep me connected to your soul,

tether me to a place that allows me to breathe.

I want to stay here.

I want to never leave.

I want to drown in this rising current.

I want to slip under the wave of emotions that have elud…..Read More


via   First Pages

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the poem i didn’t write   by   Becky Sain

this is the poem i didn’t write.

it put me on a collision course with all the stones i threw.

it pushed me within inches of the blue part of the flame.

it made me hold my gaze so long my eyes burned.

it tied me to the tracks and walked slowly away.

it cut my anchor and left me drifting from the shore.

it opened the door and locked it as i passed through.

it cringed when i sang o…..Read More


via   First Pages

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Scream at me…   please.    by   Becky Sain

Scream at me… please.

Break this silence wide open.

Don’t hold back.

Paint the canvas of hatred with your wailing.

Fill this space with your high-pitched shrieks.

Ignoring.

Pretending.

Erasing.

Scream at m…..Read More
{ this is just one of  the poems on an entire page of  poetry called ‘Scattered Poety…sorta. }


via    First Pages

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featured poet:   Becca Givens

Becca Givens   is a woman on her spiritual path,  a poet,  an artist,  an animal communicator.  she loves photography,  cooking,  animals,  tea,  quotes,  writing haiku,  painting  { you can purchase sets of notecards decorated with her beautiful watercolors by  clicking HERE .}  Becca was voted the most  “Cheerful Challenger”  at The Haiku Challenge at Few Miles,  a title which was very well deserved ~ she is one of the sweetest people you could ever hope to meet.  she shares her poetry,  artwork,  photographs,  recipes,  poetry forms  { i’ve learned of many forms from Becca}  and more on her blog    On Dragonfly Wings with Buttercup Tea  and here is but a very small sample ~

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Sunset Hues”    by   Becca Givens

Melting sunset hues

Delivering relie…..Read More

via   On Dragonfly Wings with Buttercup Tea

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Nostalgic Memories  by   Becca Givens

Illuminating

Sweet nostalgic memories

Power of the…..Read More

 via   On Dragonfly Wings with Buttercup Tea

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Lost – Can you see me?   by   Becca Givens

Pitch dark woods,

emit daunting

sounds and movements

raising all h…..Read More


via  On Dragonfly Wings with Buttercup Tea

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and a special treat!  one of  Becca’s  yummy recipes!

Pecan Pie Muffins    by    Becca Givens

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Packed Light Brown Sugar
  • ½ cups All-purpose Flour
  • 1 cup Chopped Pecans (I used 1 ½ cups)
  • ⅔ cups Softened Butter
  • 2 whole Eggs Beaten
  • …..Read More


via  On Dragonfly Wings with Buttercup Tea

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2012 featured poet at
my heart’s love songs

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i would have loved to have included more poets,  but it just wasn’t possible in the amount of  time which i can devote to my blog right now.  there are many, many more poets who are far better writers than i,  and i sincerely hope no one is offended that i did not ask them to participate.  these are the poets i  “know”  and felt comfortable approaching.  maybe you and i can get better acquainted before next year?  {smile}  thank you for your visit!  ♥  dani

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7 responses to “featured poets ~ “C”s and some “B”s

  1. hedgewitch

    Love the concept here, dani–introducing us to poets we may not have met, or reminding us of the best of those we have. Of course, coal black is familiar to me as the other half on one of my favoritest and best online poets, Fireblossom and Becky Sain I’ve met and enjoyed before at dVerse. Tina Nguyen and Becca Givens are new to me, so thanks for that, and way to celebrate national poetry month. (ps–the blog is looking divine!)

    • thank you so much, hedge! ♥ this is my spring/summer look for the blog. {smile} i love when someone finds new-to-them poets through this series… that’s the main reason that i decided to do it again this year. i appreciate your kind comment!

  2. What a delight — thank you!!!! ♥

  3. Awesome! A couple that I know and a couple that are new to me. And, I just want to be Coal Black when I grow up.

  4. Pingback: Thursday Thinking by YoTrip for April 5, 2012- The Poet In Me (Vol.4, Iss.1) « YoTrip-Words and Thoughts

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