featured poets ~ more wonderful women poets

featured poets
at my heart’s love songs

more  wonderful women  poets

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.

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!

{ in alphabetical order by first name }

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featured poet:

Kavita Rao

i met Kavita  on twitter  { @kavsrao }  about two years ago.  she is a talented  poet,  writer and photographer and a very sweet woman.  at  her main poetry and fiction blog HOW I WRITE,  IS MINE…   HOW YOU READ,  IS YOURS‘  she says  “Most of us feel it..  some don’t.  Some of us say it..  some don’t.  Some may agree with me..  some won’t.  Be as it may,  the facts still remain..”  Kavita also has a photography blog A small nudge of  the finger…   which she says is  “What I saw,  liked,  and later made my camera see!”  at  what she calls her  “observations”  blog  Reflections & Co.,  Ramblings Inc.   Kavita states  “~ If a pen is to a sword, then a keyboard is to a machinegun…”  her photographs may also be found at   kavsrao’s flickr photostream‘   on her twitter profile,  Kavita says about herself  “A dreamer.. that’s what I am – Whether they materialize or not, the important thing is living in that dream.”

Kavita’s bio ~

Kavita is a business graduate with a sweet tooth and a strong affinity for aesthetics and  the English language.  She is an aspiring poet/writer with a dream to some day sign her own book of poems for a fellow enthusiast. The fact that her name, in Hindi, means ‘poem’, doesn’t have a lot to do with her own poetic pursuits. Her sole intent is to capture that faint thought before it vaporizes into the chasms of oblivion…

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Prancing  to  Glory   by   Kavita

He looked up
to the colors bursting
in the inky night sky
He…..Read more

via  A small nudge of  the finger…

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An  upended  story”    by   Kavita

Alone among myriads
When words become scattered droplets
and reality, some sheer film of mist,
A singular reflected ray of light
grabs me by the ankle
and before vanishing, it says,
“look for…..Read More

via  HOW I WRITE,  IS MINE…   HOW YOU READ,  IS YOURS

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Pixelated  memory”    by   Kavita

Gestures flashed
like ominous streaks
of steely lightning

Words rolled
like metal beads
off a snapped nylon cord

Emotions flowed
like molten lava
from…..Read More

via  HOW I WRITE,  IS MINE…   HOW YOU READ,  IS YOURS

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Waiting  to  be  used…    by   Kavita

via  Kavsrao’s Flickr Photostream

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featured poet:

Kellie Elmore

i discovered the poetry of  Kellie Elmore  in the poetry blogosphere in 2011 and immediately became a huge fan.  Kellie has a poetry,  writing and photography  blog  at   kellieelmore.com  where she hosts  Free Write Friday’  every week.  She also posts to  Magic in the Backyard on  tumblr.   you can find Kellie on twitter  { @kellie_elmore }  and  HERE on Facebook.  you can purchase Kellie’s book of  poetry,  ‘Magic in the Backyard’  HERE.

Kellie’s bio ~

Born in the city of Columbus, Ohio and relocated to a rural town in the South at the age of eight with her great-grandmother, Kellie Elmore had to quickly learn to adjust to such a drastic change in her surroundings. Rebellious of the move, she longed to go back but, her grandmother insisted that she would one day appreciate living in the country and all it had to offer; and it didn’t take long before she did.

Now, Kellie is a self proclaimed Southerner at heart, and a writer who believes self-expression is most beautiful in its pure, raw and unedited form. She transforms the simplest words into something you can feel, often immersing her readers in a sense of nostalgia that links directly to her upbringing in a small town, where she finds inspiration in nature and in the humble surroundings of her “backyard” – Southeast Tennessee.

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I Do Not Sleep”   by   Kellie

A hymn she knew well came through the radio; a
crescendo, gripping her like an old friend saying
a goodbye she had heard so many times before;
standing graveside, beside caskets, pushing up
sorrow from her heart to spill from her eyes.
He sat beside her, watching intently as
her face formed sad, weeping expressions
and her mouth, between sobs, trying to sing
but, only able to gather a word or two.
She seemed to float in and out of memories,
lost in thoughts…..Read More

via  kellieelmore.com

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iHeart; Fishing”    by   Kellie

Confession time… I never cared that much for fishing but, when I met my husband (who would fish all day and all night if he could) I kind of let on like I loved it too, all just to…..Read More

via  kellieelmore.com

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remembering   by   Kellie

his eyes bathed me
like the moon
lying softly on the night
and the tremble of
my hands; like leaves in
midnight’s breath; shaking
and sighs held inside
by hungry
…..Read More

via  kellieelmore.com

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Home Before the Rain Comes   by   Kellie

shoes dangle
from my fingers and
I ease my way home
with bare feet patting
a damp trail of dirt and roots.
milky skies
lie on treetops
…..Read More

via  kellieelmore.com

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featured poet:

Kerry  O’Connor

i met Kerry O’Connor through her poetry community website  ‘imaginary garden with real toads’ ~ if  you haven’t been there,  go…  go NOW!  it is an absolutely wonderful site that has multiple prompts during the week plus features such as poet interviews.  Kerry’s own poetry is exquisite!  to read more about Kerry,  click  HERE to go to her interview done at Poets United‘Skylover’  is Kerry’s  main poetry blog. her other personal blog is  ‘Snapshots of the Sky’.

in her own words ~

“I have fallen in love with the sky  And made a secret pact with the moon,  I lift my face for the wind’s kiss And fall asleep to the sea’s turn.  I write love-letters to the stars And caress the tallest tree, I embrace bright shafts of sunlight And love the rain that falls on me.”

Kerry’s bio ~

Kerry O’Connor is an Indie poet, who was born in South  Africa on 15 June 1964, three days after Nelson Mandela was sentenced to life imprisonment. Growing up during the Apartheid era has left an indelible mark on her consciousness, particularly such events as the death of Hector Petersen, who was shot during the Soweto Uprising of 1976, one day after Kerry turned 12.

Now she works every day to uplift her country, through educating its youth, having spent at least 30 years of her life reading and studying English Literature and the last 20 years sharing this love of the language in all its many facets of grammar, creative writing, poetry and novels with any young person who happens to enter her space, during the work day week.

Kerry has been writing poetry on a full-time basis, since 2009.

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A Conversation Piece”   by   Kerry O’Connor

And the sky said

Call me Heaven, raise your head,
Send your prayers to me.

The old palm replied

I am closer to you than most,
I see what you are.

The sky insisted

I am the true blue, the infinite mystery,
I will hear your supplications.

The old palm shook…..Read More

via  Skylover

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Like the Autumn    by   Kerry O’Connor

you have to scroll down a couple of  poems to reach the poem ~ treat yourself  by playing Kerry’s sublime audio recording of  the poem.

It’s all about perspective,
you know,
the way we look at things:
for example,
the falling leaves of autumn
might remind one of dying,
and another of harvesting
all the provender
of three seasons’ worth
of growing,
mightn’t they?
…..Read More

via    Snapshots of the Sky

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scroll down just a few more poems to reach ~

No Ordinary Man”   by   Kerry O’Connor

I am not Icarus
but I would row my little boat
under him
and catch him as he falls

admire the great
wing-beats which draw him
high above the clouds
regardless
of  the feathers peeling
dropping like an old life
shed piece-meal into this tired sea
and adore his heart’s
wild beat
eyes pinned to possibility

Let civilizations
crumble like…..Read More

via  Snapshots of the Sky

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My Small World    by   Kerry O’Connor

My world is small, Lord
but it has frangipani blossoms
lying in grassy places.
Grandmother told me to plant
so I would remember the dead.
She planted violets for her mother
whom I never knew.
I plant petunias.
And lavender guards my roses.
A young girl sun…..Read More

via  Skylover

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2012 featured poet at
my heart’s love songs

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4 Comments

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4 responses to “featured poets ~ more wonderful women poets

  1. Thank you so much for your kind words, Dani, and this wonderful feature. I agree whole-heartedly with your words in the intro, about how technology has allowed artists to interact with so many others via the web. I am most grateful for all that you do to promote writers on your blog.

  2. You know I love our Head Toad Kerry, and I very much enjoyed visiting Kellie’s poetry and Kavita’s photography!

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