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featured poet ~ Ainsley Allmark @DolphinDancer + #giveaway

(inter)National Poetry Month
April 2015
{ originally posted April 2012 }

featured poets
at my heart’s love songs

Ainsley Allmark

i’m still celebrating the fifth anniversary of  my heart’s love songs  and,  in April,  {inter}National Poetry Month.   i thought it would be fitting to rerun the 2012 featured poet series  which spotlights sixty of  the most creative,  talented,  brilliant  {really!}  poets of  our time.  i have been fortunate over the five 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  (and probably into May)  to reacquaint you with old friends and introduce you to new ones.

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 the celebration ~  enjoy!

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featured poet:     Ainsley Allmark

Ainsley Allmark  { @DolphinDancer }  is an amazing writer of  prose and poetry, as well as a stunning photographer.  he lives on the western point of Cornwall in the United Kingdom ~ as he describes it,  he is  “living in a wonderful part of the world…  ‘twixt sea and magical circle on the moor…”   he is so prolific that he has multiple  “Dolphin”  blogs.  he tends toward short poetry forms,  but his longer poems are wonderful ~ especially the romantic ones.  in his own words,  Ainsley is  “a spiritual explorer, collector of random things.”

enjoy a small taste of  his talent  ~

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Camelia    by    Ainsley Allmark

Soft

petals…

Cam…..Read More


via   DolphinDancer’s twitpic photo stream

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Webs and Dreams    by   Ainsley Allmark

Spellcaster
Wove
A web of words
About our lives
To trap our dreams
So we could
Live th…..Read More


via   Dolphin Muse   which is my favorite of  all of  Ainsley’s blogs because it is where he posts his breathtaking love poems,  as well as other poetry and prose.

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Patiently   by   Ainsley Allmark

She heard my whisper

with bated b…..Read More

via  Dolphin Visions

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03:33   by   Ainsley Allmark

Time ~ three : thirty three

Blackbird si…..Read More

via  Dolphin Ainsley

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Perspective    by   Ainsley Allmark

Am I looking

Down

Or a…..Read More

via   dolphinmoon

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Tantalus    by   Ainsley Allmark

She stood
Tantalising
Vision of her beauty
Just out of reach
Tantalus
Taste of her nectar
Almost…
Within my lips
On my tongue

Night visions she conju…..Read More

via  Dolphin Muse

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Ainsley’s additional blogs:

Dolphin’s Muse  ~  poetry

DOLPHIN DANCER  ~ miscellaneous musings

DOLPHIN EXPLORER  ~ miscellaneous musings and photographs

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2012 featured poet series at my heart’s love songs

all copyright remains with the authors

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 have you entered the

BIG POETRY GIVEAWAY?

just click  HERE  to go to the giveaway post ~  you’ll get all of  the information about what books are being given away and how to enter.

thanks  for  joining  in!

dani

*the giveaway closes at midnight  (12:00am)  Pacific Standard Time USA on the night of  April 30/May 1,  2015.

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goldfish + #giveaway

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i’d  wanna  be  a  goldfish

if  i  could  live  in  the  sea

but  not  in  a  bowl

with  everyone  looking  at  me

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“The Goldfish Song”   Kina Grannis

artwork ~   “Goldfish”    Gustav Klimt
{  public domain }

i  am participating in  ~

 

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have you entered the

BIG POETRY GIVEAWAY?

just click  HERE  to go to the giveaway post ~  you’ll get all of  the information about what books are being given away and how to enter.

thanks  for  joining  in!

dani

*the giveaway closes at midnight  (12:00am)  Pacific Standard Time USA on the night of  April 30/May 1,  2015.

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BIG POETRY GIVEAWAY (inter)National Poetry Month 2015 #giveaway

 

BIG  POETRY  GIVEAWAY

(inter)National Poetry Month
April  2015

hello,  poetry lovers!  have i got a treat for you!  i’m participating in the sixth annual  BIG POETRY GIVEAWAY   in celebration of  (inter)National Poetry Month 2015.  the giveaway is being curated this year by  Kelli Russell Agodon, the founder of BIG POETRY GIVEAWAY,  at her blog  Book of  Kells  HERE.  i will be giving away two books of  poetry.  anywhere in the world.

the first book  i am going to give away is the latest book  “The Cherub of  Pierzanie Prison and other poems”  by  Shay Caroline Simmons  aka  Fireblossom,  who is one of  the most original and brilliant poets alive.  you can find Shay Caroline aka Fireblossom at  ‘Shay’s Word Garden

“From tender love poems to the revolutionary red army,  the poems in this book will take you places you might not expect.  Meet a wampus cat,  a logician,  a demented realtor,  the sisters of  the Creolan mission,  the childhood friend of a now-famous star and even a group of down at the heels Roman gods.”

the second book   i’m going to give away is titled  “Gemini/Scorpio/Capricorn:  three American women poets”  by Shay Caroline Simmons,  Kelli Simson  and Joy Ann Jones.

“A rippling triple vision through the heart’s crystal,  both light and dark;  riddles of needles and glass,  demons and gypsies,  love for men,  love for other women,  love for our children,  love that damns and love that redeems,  all of these motifs and more twine like scarlet threads through a little black dress in this triad of women building alternate universes with words.”

you can find these truly unique and amazing poets at their poetry blogs,  which i consider to be the top three in the blogosphere ~
Shay Caroline aka Fireblossom  blogs at  ‘Shay’s Word Garden
Kelli Simson aka Mama Zen blogs her poetry at  ‘another damn poetry blog
Joy Ann Jones aka hedgewitch blogs at  ‘Verse Escape

bonus!  i’m giving away four more books in the e-book versions ~ i’m going to give away the e-book versions of  “100 Best-Loved Poems“  and  “The Road Not Taken and Other Poems  [Illustrated]”  by Robert Frost and  “Leaves of  Grass  [Illustrated]”  by Walt Whitman  and  “Love Poem Collection – The Greatest Love Poems and Quotes of  All Time.”

EVERYONE can get a FREE  (at least at the time of  this post)  download NOW of  the Kindle e-book version of  Edgar Allan Poe’s  “Complete Poetical Works”  on  Amazon  HERE.   Amazon.com offers  FREE  Kindle e-book versions of  dozens of  poetry books  { search  HERE }  as does Amazon.co.uk  { search  HERE. }

don’t  worry if  you don’t have a Kindle or other e-book reader.  Amazon provides FREE downloadable versions of  Kindle which work on any number of  devices from some smart phones to tablets,  laptops and desktop computers.  you can get the FREE downloads at  amazon.com  HERE   and at  amazon.co.uk  HERE.

If you’d like to be entered, please leave your name and email address by midnight (Hawaii time), APRIL 30th/May 1st, 2015 below in the comment section of this post and I’ll be randomly choosing all lucky winners the week of May 1st, 2015.

{as the blog author,  i approve all comments BEFORE they are published so you will NOT see your comment until i have an opportunity to approve it.  i will try to get to them all on the day they are submitted, but some may take longer before they appear.  if  you don’t see your comment within a week,   and definitely no later than April 30th,  please email me at myheartslovesongs@gmail.com.}

there will be an updated blog list at  Book of  Kells  HERE  for those of  you who would like to enter for more chances to win a book.  each blogger will be selecting the books they want to give away and each blog will have its own requirements.  check it out at least through April 5th for additional bloggers you can visit to enter for their giveaway.

if  you are a blogger who would like to participate by giving away two poetry books,  please go to Book of  Kells  HERE  to get the instructions.  you must have a completed post about the giveaway  (including which books you have chosen)  published and include the information with a link to your post,  your full name and blog name in a comment to Kelli on her post there by April 5,  2015.  there are additional requirements and instructions in her post.

please feel free to email me with any questions at  myheartslovesongs@gmail.com

i hope you’ll leave a comment for the giveaway!  good luck!

happy spring!

dani

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BIG POETRY GIVEAWAY 2014 ~ and the winners are….

BIG  POETRY  GIVEAWAY

(inter)National Poetry Month
April  2014

and the winners are…

after a random drawing  { i put everyone’s email addresses into a bowl and (with my eyes closed) mixed them up then selected two  six } the winners of the books are:

Becca   won  “Three-Note Howl: The Wild Hunt” by Shay Caroline Simmons,  Kelli Simpson and Joy Ann Jones

Evelyn   won  “My Mad Love: poems out in the noonday sun”  by Shay Caroline Simmons

i have sent them each an email notification and to obtain their mailing addresses.

Allyson won the e-book “The Road Not Taken and Other Poems [Illustrated]”  by Robert Frost

Rodney won the e-book  “Leaves of  Grass [Illustrated]”  by Walt Whitman

Margo won the e-book  “100 Best-Loved Poems

Marianne won the e-book  “Love Poem Collection — The Greatest Love Poems and Quotes of  All Time [Illustrated]

i have sent them each an email notification and ordered the e-books from amazon.com

thank you to everyone who participated and congratulations to the winners!

the giveaway is now closed

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⋆ ❍ ⋆ Moon Watches ⋆ ❍ ⋆ by Ainsley Allmark @DolphinDancer

 

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She watches
Sees the Earth turn
Beneath her

Sees me dreaming
About you
Holding you close
In my thoughts

Sees you thinking
About me
Swaying gently
In our dance

Five thousand miles
Is but a thought
As our lips touch
And our kisses flow

Moon always watching
Sees us turn in our dance
Smiles in our Love

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“Same Side of  The Moon”   Corrinne May

my dear  friend,  Ainsley Allmark,  { @DolphinDancer }  was kind enough to write this poem in response to my poem  “the moon has left me”  (below) ~ his poem  “Moon Watches”  can be  found at his main blog,  Dolphin Muse.  please scroll down to the blogrolls at the bottom of  this page to  find links to his other ‘Dolphin’  blogs.  i’d like to thank Ainsley  for his beautiful  love song in response to mine,  and  for allowing me to share it with you here along with his stunning photograph of  the  “Fool Moon.”

the moon has left me

dani  @  my heart’s love songs

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the moon has left me

to pay you a visit

( now i miss both you and her )

the trees have stayed though

quiet company for me

( they don’t like to talk )

the stars are hiding

too shy to let me see them

( but i can feel their presence )

tonight the moon will return

as though nothing ever happened

( then leave again to see you )

so we must share her

from opposite sides of  the earth

( yet,  always,  we see the same side of  the moon )

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image  ~   “Fool Moon”   Ainsley Allmark
{  permission from the photographer } { © all rights reserved by Ainsley Allmark }

“Moon Watches”   { © all rights reserved by Ainsley Allmark }

have you entered the

BIG POETRY GIVEAWAY?

TODAY  IS  THE  FINAL  DAY

just click  HERE  to go to the giveaway post ~  you’ll get all of  the information about what books are being given away and how to enter.

thanks  for  joining  in!

dani

*the giveaway closes at midnight  (12:00am)  Pacific Standard Time USA on the night of  April 30/May 1,  2014.

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