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The Way Things Used to Be by Martin Willitts Jr.


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Excerpt:
Underwear keeps dark secrets.
You can learn much from
a discarded pair.
When hope springs eternal,
underwear collapses.
There is a spring in the step.
Underwear reveals suggestions
of light.
-- What Underwear Does When No One is Looking
About the author:
Martin Willitts Jr. poetry books include Waiting for the Day to Open Its Wings (UNBOUND Content), Art Is the Impression of an Artist (Edgar and Lenore's Publishing House), Swimming in the Ladle of Stars (Kattywompus), and national contest winner Searching For What Is Not There (Hiraeth Press).
Publication Date:
Dec 24 2014
ISBN/EAN13:
1505575095 / 9781505575095
Page Count:
36
Language:
English
Related Categories:
Poetry / American / General


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The Bard Newsletter #6

by Azriel Johnson

The year 2014 has been a great year. The year 2015 promises to be an even better year for Cleveland Poetry.

We have gotten behind in the updating and posting of videos, they are all caught up on uploading so far, but the information on the videos on YouTube is behind. That's something we want to fix.

Also if you haven't noticed, the writingknights.com website has some links currently under construction. That is because we are diverting all traffic from those links to the WKRoundtable and WritingKnightsPress blogspot blogs. This will bring a number of other tasks into focus and reduce our work load to catch up on everything. We are also adding a WK: Freelance blogspot blog.

Jessica will be starting back up with posting on the Tumblr blog probably after the first of the year, she's been super busy, but she is doing great things with HootSuite to keep the posts going.

Speaking of posts, I recently converted one of my personal Twitter accounts to the WK: Freelance Twitter. So don't forget to add Writing Knights there. If you know anyone who is looking for freelance writing work, we do that too. It's how we fund Writing Knights, in fact, so all the help we can get there is great. By the way, add Writing Knights on Twitter as well, as our book posts go there and we tweet things from time to time when we are at shows.

We have a number of Calls for Submissions. Our most pressing is the 1,000 Haiku/Senryu call. We have a deadline of January 1st, but if we can get at least 750 by then, we'll keep it open until February 1st to see if we can get the last 250.

Speaking of Haiku: We are going to start include a Haiku Joust on the Third Monday events. This way even if people do not want or cannot pay for the $5 Pay to Slam they can still participate. If everything goes according to plan we will be tabulating scores and the series will culminate at the 2015 Grand Tournament, the winner of which will earn a chapbook deal with Writing Knights. By the way, we have a group on Facebook for the Writing Knights: Stark meetings/events/features. If you want to be involved, join!

We are looking into a way to start to pay our features, but we don't have anything solid yet. Maybe something about sponsors... Stay tuned!

Finally, in January we will only be releasing the Best of 2014 Anthology, so for everyone who is waiting to hear about a submission you've put in for a chapbook or a full length, you will probably hear something then.

Thanks for reading!
Azriel Johnson

Yellow Wolf by Grant Tarbard


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Excerpt:
Yellow wolf, frozen
in one point of the
incision, the burnt
crystal blue reaping
of a killers joy.
-- First Cut
About the author:
Grant Tarbard has worked as a journalist, a contributor to magazines, an editor, a reviewer and an interviewer. He is now the editor of The Screech Owl and co-founder of Resurgant Press.

His work can be seen in such magazines as The Rialto, Ink, Sweat & Tears, Bone Orchard Poetry, BLAZE, The Journal, Southlight, Sarasvati, Earth Love, Mood Swing, Puff Puff Prose Poetry & Prose, Postcards Poetry and Prose, Playerist 2, Lake City Lights, Medusa's Kitchen, The Open Mouse, Weyfarers, Miracle, Poetry Cornwall, I-70, South Florida Review, Stare's Nest, Zymbol, Synchronized Chaos, BLUEPEPPER, Every Day Poetry, Tribe, Verse-Virtual and Decanto.
Publication Date:
Dec 17 2014
ISBN/EAN13:
1505383560 / 9781505383560
Page Count:
32
Language:
English
Related Categories:
Poetry / European / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh


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Page-A-Day Poetry Anthology


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Anthology
This anthology is easily the most ambitious collection Writing Knights has ever attempted. We have put together full length books before, but corralling one author for a 80 plus page book is nothing compared to trying to gather 365 pieces from over 30 authors from all over the world.

The format is simple. Each day has a single poem on it. Some of these days will signify a particular holiday or special observance (like a birthday). Please feel free to read one poem at a time, or read through the whole year in one clip and come back afterward. It’s all up to you.

If you received this book as a gift, thank the person who gave it to you, as they gave you the greatest gift short of life: poetry.



Thank you.

Azriel Johnson

Director of Writing Knights Press
Back of the Book:
Poets from all over the world
(United States, United Kingdom,
India, Canada and more)
have collaborated to bring
the first ever
Writing Knights Press
Page-A-Day Poetry Anthology.
Herein are 365 written
and visual depictions of life created
by over 40 artists spanning 12 months.
These pieces are intended for you
to read, absorb, contemplate
and share with others.

This is a perfect addition to your coffee table
for morning inspiration or your bedside table
to give you something
to philosophize in your dreams.
Publication Date:
Nov 29 2014
ISBN/EAN13:
1505227623 / 9781505227628
Page Count:
396
Language:
English
Related Categories:
Poetry / Anthologies


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Unbound by Lorraine Cipriano


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Excerpt
ahhh...the fresh cotton aroma
clean linen flapping in the wind
dashing back into the house
curtains blowing slightly open
taking the bowl of cherries
picking out the ripest one
quickly knotting the stem
with her tongue, effortless
a challenge of truth or dare
dare to escape her romance?
- Cherries
About the author:
Lorraine Cipriano is an award-winning poet who writes about a variety of topics such as feminist issues, Buddhist monk meditation discourse, and alternative hip-hop rhymes. She is also the Co-Founder of a long-running literary series at the Sanger Branch of the Toledo Lucas County Public Library called 'Women Unbound.'
Publication Date:
Nov 09 2014
ISBN/EAN13:
1503053490 / 9781503053496
Page Count:
40
Language:
English
Related Categories:
Poetry / Women Authors


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According to the Results by Alexis-Rueal



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Coming Soon
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We looked for puddles.
Cursed the draining prowess of the cul de sac,
traced each tiny rivulet until
we found one, small, proud
puddle along the side of the street.

And we, in blue dress pants and leather loafer,
in yoga pants and tennis shoes,
held hands,
and jumped.

- Puddles



About the author: 
Alexis-Rueal has been a fixture in the Columbus poetry scene since 2011; in that time, she's seen the publication of her first chapbook, "Letter to 20," performed at festivals and events throughout Ohio, and competed at the 2013 National Poetry Slam with The Writers' Block slam team. She was the runner-up at the Writing Knights Grand Tournament III in 2014.

Piercing Words ...from the Heart by Diwakar Pokhriyal


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Excerpt
I believe in god
Yet dissolves agony in love
I believe in truth
Yet capture ruthlessly - "a free dove"

I believe in god
And live in discriminative senses
I believe in love
Yet dances
frenetically on past
and future tenses

I believe in god
Yet endlessly fights
for religion
I believe in trust
Yet murder
relationships in
oblivion

- I Believe in God
About the author:
Diwakar Pokhriyal is a writer by passion.
He has written 8 poetry books and 1 short story collection which are published.
He has been a part of 46 poetry anthologies/magazines with poets around the world.
His work could be found in different website and his own blog.
He is also a rhythmic guitarist and a song writer.
He works with GRV Band and the songs can be enjoyed at the YouTube channel of GRV Band.
Publication Date:
Oct 01 2014
ISBN/EAN13:
150235750X / 9781502357502
Page Count:
46
Language:
English
Related Categories:
Poetry / Middle Eastern


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Little Sister by Ruth Morris


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Ruth Morris' love of words has been passed down from generations of story tellers. She began to write in her early adolescence, using words as therapy through her tumultuous life. Despite suffering from grief, abuse, physical and mental illness, Ruth has been able to draw upon her poetry as a life line and link to others who have traveled the same path. Her hope is that those who read her poetry understand that they are not alone in their suffering and that no matter the obstacles, love and hope can prevail.
About the author:
Ruth's first publications came in the form of anthologies such as The Inspired Heart, We Drink Because We Are Poets, Permanent Travelers and the online poetry magazine Mad Swirl. Ruth's first chapbook "Cerebration" was published through Melinda Cochrane International. Ruth currently resides in the prairies of Manitoba with her husband, step son and son.
Publication Date:
Sep 06 2014
ISBN/EAN13:
1500880736 / 9781500880736
Page Count:
38
Language:
English
Related Categories:
Poetry / Women Authors


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I See Things are Falling by Kathleen D. Gallagher


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Excerpt:
But I am a map folded and filed away,
torn and ripped
along the main tributaries and you are the reader,
your fingers knowing exactly where to point,
which direction to go.
If only I could open up to that spot long enough
for your navigation,
long enough for you to pinpoint my whereabouts
for that moment.

Please forgive me, for I have my own axis,
my own line of rotation;
my symmetry and pivot not smooth-
my journey not certain....

My story plot unplanned.
-- Personality Harlot
About the author:
Kathleen D. Gallagher is a writing instructor by day and writer and collage artist by night. She patches together words for her writings and publications like she creates assemblages: by collecting found objects from the rumblings of human nature and the spoken word, and/or the occasional side walk flotsam and jetsam that crosses her path.
Publication Date:
Aug 02 2014
ISBN/EAN13:
1500705659 / 9781500705657
Page Count:
46
Language:
English
Related Categories:
Poetry / Women Authors


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Absent Meteors by Steve Brightman



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Coming Soon
"Absent The" was written by Steve Brightman in October 2012, at his usual rate of one poem per day. "The" is absent from his work in this chapbook, minus one reference in his title poem.

"You, friend, are no Sisyphus.
You may have your boulders.
We all have our boulders.

"But we don't all have to push.
Step off that pathway and
watch that boulder roll on by.

"It will come to rest someplace.
It will not be going any place soon.
It will be there if you want it."

- His Only World

"The Logic of Meteors" is a peculiar look at how weather is, more frequently than not, a peripheral character in the lives we lead.

"This summer is
the summer of
unfolded wings
and skyscraper
testaments."
-- Umbrellas on Decks

"The branches were
a symphony of whips
in the wind."
-- Symphony of Whips

"There is never a vacuum between seasons,
there is never an absence here."
-- The New Empty



About the author: 
Steve Brightman lives in Kent, OH with his parrot and two cadaverous knees. Every day he becomes more and more convinced that the music of the spheres is camouflaged by trains rumbling down their tracks.

Steve Brightman has a long version and a short version of his writing philosophy.
Long version: Stop talking about writing and start writing.
Short version: Shut up and write.

Grand Tournament III Anthology

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$10.00 USD
Back of the Book
The Grand Tournament sought
the best writer on page and stage.
Fifteen writers entered.
Five writers advanced and competed
for a full length book deal
with Writing Knights Press.
Who wins?
A Word from the Editor 
          Thank you so much for acquiring this volume of The Squire. It means a lot that you have gone through the trouble to steal/purchase/win the book. I hope it brings you many enjoyable hours of reading.
           This is our Third Grand Tournament and we keep getting better every year. Our competitors brought their absolute best work to the page and if you are privy to the stage round you’ll know the Judges made their best judgment.          Writing Knights is committed to finding those most connected to themselves and able to convey their thoughts and feelings through the written word to their audience. That is essentially what the Grand Tournament is about, connection. Writers who can connect to their  audience through the page and then through the stage.
           Writing Knights is glad to publish work by all of our competitors in this anthology and we hope to receive submitted manuscripts from them in the future.
          As for you, the reader, I have a challenge, or if you prefer, a homework assignment. Put together your best work and YOU enter the Grand Tournament next year. Even if you don’t make it to the finals, you will have at least proven to yourself you are committed to the perpetuation of poetry and the connection with a world wide audience.
           And next year, like this, will be glad I am not one of the judges. It would be just too difficult a decision. 
         
Thank you again.
          Azriel Johnson     

Director of Operations     
Writing Knights Press 

Publication Date:
Jul 17 2014
ISBN/EAN13:
1500538418 / 9781500538415
Page Count:
72
Language:
English
Related Categories:
Poetry / Anthologies

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Arrival and Departure by James Schwartz


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Excerpt:
Here in Michigan we are pioneers,
Detroit daughters of a revolution.

Small town streets are still named,
For Lafayette.

The great blizzard of '78 is discussed,
As though yesterday.

Today the Great Lakes froze,
And Hell.

The polar vortex leaving behind,
Tomorrow's pioneers.

- Polar Vortex
About the author:
James Schwartz is a poet and slam performer striving for the simplicity of Cavafy mixed with modern gay wordplay and elements. Schwartz's poetry/slam material dialogues of GLBTQ issues and affirmations of gay (night) life and love.
Publication Date:
Jun 22 2014
ISBN/EAN13:
1500243124 / 9781500243128
Page Count:
28
Language:
English
Related Categories:
Poetry / LGBT


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So Careless of Themselves by Lennart Lundh


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Eyes against deepening sky
and back to rolling deck,
feeling the vibrations from the guns
pass through
the fiberglass and aluminum,
the flesh and bones.

(Bleed, then, if you must,
for those who stop to watch
as I no longer will.)

- Somewhere Off the Coast
About the author:
Lennart Lundh is a poet, short-fiction writer, military historian, and photographer. His first chapbook, Pictures of an Other Day, was published by Writing Knights Press in 2013. From that book, the poem "Railing at the Light" received a Pushcart nomination. Other works have appeared internationally since 1965. Len and his wife live in northern Illinois.
Publication Date:
Jun 05 2014
ISBN/EAN13:
1499789815 / 9781499789812
Page Count:
32
Language:
English
Related Categories:
Poetry / Subjects & Themes / General


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Love, Unwrapped by Mandy Buffington

 


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Back of the Book:
"Just wanted to write to you,
Things are going well,
Love is wonderful,
Our time together has been great,
Just wanted you to know,
That we love you,
And cherish you,
Thank you for bringing us together,
Love Troy and Mandy."
-- "Postcard to God"


"Love, Unwrapped" is about poems from the heart of a woman speaking on love and devotional to her husband. It is about how love through faith, hope, and promise can continue throughout all hardships. It is about how to never give up on love no matter what one has gone through in life.
About the author: 
Mandy Buffington lives in the Pacific Northwest in the beautiful state of Oregon. Besides her love of God, Troy, and Writing she enjoys spending time with her friends, participating in discussion groups, and playing board games. She has traveled through many states on a life changing journey but considers the beauty of Oregon her true home. She writes short stories, one act plays, novels, songs, articles, and other things along with her poetry.
Publication Date:
Jun 01 2014
ISBN/EAN13:
1499685106 / 9781499685107
Page Count:
44
Language:
English
Related Categories:
Poetry / Women Authors


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Nothing, but Skin by Quartez Harris


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"According to an assessment,
my mind is an empty aquarium.
I am forced to sit in this special classroom
where every wooden bookshelf
is a reminder that I never
escaped the 4th grade.
Insults drip from the holes in the ceiling.
This carpet is soaked with insecurities."
           - My Imperfect Brain
About the author:
Quartez Harris is the winner of the 2nd Annual Grand Tournament competition hosted by Writing Knights. His mixture of page and stage excellence propelled him into the release of his first full length book.
Publication Date:
May 19 2014
ISBN/EAN13:
1499517742 / 9781499517743
Page Count:
94
Language:
English
Related Categories:
Poetry / American / African American


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