featured poets ~ Shay aka Fireblossom + #giveaway

(inter)national poetry month
April 2015

{ originally posted April 2012 }

featured poets
at my heart’s love songs

Shay  aka  Fireblossom

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!



featured poet:

Shay  aka  Fireblossom

i first met  Shay aka Fireblossom  through   One Stop Poetry.  her main blog is  SHAY’S WORD GARDEN.  this is what she says about herself  in her profile ~ “Hates haiku.  Flies solo.”   she writes absolutely stunning poetry and prose.  in her writing she is original,  bold,  rebellious,  romantic,  evocative,  provocative.  to put it simply,  she is an  AMAZING writer!  after reading Fireblossom’s  poetry,  i  curl up in a ball sobbing because i will  NEVER  be able to come close to writing anything as exquisite,  imaginative,  enchanting,  terrifying,  powerful…    you’ll understand what i mean when you read her words.

Shay has five books published ~ 

Night Blooms by Shay Caroline ~ A collection of dark and mostly lesbian love stories which feature, by turns, everything from lycanthropes and vampires to lonely little old ladies and everything in between. You’ll meet a very seductive new neighbor, a ghost lover, and even a very female extraterrestrial. available  HERE

My Mad Love:  poems out in the noonday sun  by Shay Caroline Simmons ~  From a hospital reserved for carnival workers, to a wannabe actress whose Siberian tiger lover teaches her assertiveness, and on through the woman arrested by the secret police because they want to know about her lover’s beautiful hair, “My Mad Love” is an utterly unique collection of story poems which are both beautiful in their language and startling in their originality.  available  HERE

The Cherub of  Pierzanie Prison and other poems   by Shay Caroline Simmons  ~   Poems that tell stories, from the hated cherub of the title, to a demented realtor, to a pair of lesbian lovers in the Chinese revolutionary army, as well as delicate love poems.   available   HERE

Gemini/Scorpio/Capricorn: three American women poets  by Shay Caroline Simmons,  Kelli Simpson 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. available   HERE

Three Note Howl:  The Wild Hunt  by Shay Caroline Simmons,  Kelli Simpson and Joy Ann Jones ~  Dynamic poetry by three American women poets, each with her own style, but all combining to create an absolutely unique three-note howl.   available   HERE


Valentina”    by    Fireblossom

Valentina flubs her lines.

The little weasel director crawls out of the drain and
gives her shit for it.

And she knows–

The way that birds know north,

That the entire picture is shit,

That she shouldn’t be there,

But there are bills to pay

And so there she is.

That night, she strokes her lover’s r…..Read More



A Serengeti Gospel    by   Fireblossom

I was called by the matrilineal.

Already, from my grandmother, I had learned
that one who lies so still will not rise again
except in dreams;

From my aunt, I learned that laughter vexes
the devil. Her example came loudly and often,
delighting the child that I was;

And from my mother I learned that nothing is
safe, and not to trust love.

I wanted more. I longed to join the lionesses, and…..Read More



Fire   by   Fireblossom

I dreamed that I was drunk and 23–

You were there with me,

Wearing old jeans and a ponytail.

We had wrecked the fucking car–

Driven it into a tree, far down a side road.

You had said…..Read More



My Mad Love    by   Fireblossom

My mad love
makes it rain coffee indoors,
right into her cup
cos she say so and it do…

Cream rises
cos it likes her lips.
Hell yeah, Bo Peep,
me too.

My mad love…..Read More



The Succubus Athena”    by   Fireblossom

When I was young, and the world too loud
Too bright
My defenses thin as tissue paper
Ridden with nightmares
Blessed with visions
Hammered with practicalities
Shoved in a box,
Unfurling only in secret
After dark
Under covers like dense fog, and I the ground,

She came.

Her owl twisted…..Read More



2012 featured poet series at my heart’s love songs

all copyright remains with the authors



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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!


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


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