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Bryant Park Poems by Gary Beck

Published July 18, 2021

Chapbook - 24 pages - 5" x 8" - ISBN: 979-8539674052
I couldn’t find a dry spot
to sleep at night
and my cardboard bed
got soaked,
so I threw it away.
Maybe if I’m lucky
I’ll find a dry doorway
where no one will bother me,
but I’ve never been lucky.
If it rains for forty days
and forty nights
I’ll probably drown,
but so will everyone else.

— Homeless III






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Gary Beck has spent most of his adult life as a theater director. He has worked as an art dealer , a tennis pro, a ditch digger and a salvage diver. His original plays have been produced Off Broadway. His poetry, fiction and essays have appeared in hundreds of literary magazines and his published books include novels, poetry, short story, essay, and one-act play collections.

Gary lives in New York City.


Poemaholic by Azriel Johnson (2nd Edition)

Published January 25, 2021

Hi, I'm Azriel and I'm a poemaholic.
I've been intoxicated now for 15 years.
Some years more word drunk than others,
but always with a pencil close by
and paper to spill words onto...


 

Only Available on Kindle!

 

Azriel Johnson is the founder and director of Writing Knights Press. He enjoys writing poetry, fiction, nonfiction and stage plays. He makes money teaching English in China. He thinks "the best way to avoid writer's block is to write the stuff you don't want to write just as much as the stuff you do want to write. This will keep your mind limber and your pen light."

***This edition contains updated and complete versions of three poems from the original Poemaholic released by the Poet's Haven.***

bore for the sale barn - Wanda Morrow Clevenger

Published January 25, 2021
Chapbook - 41 pages, 5" x 8", ISBN: 979-8599253525
some letters
on my keyboard
have lapsed into coma
the q and x and 3
and Cap Lock

I pound on their
little chests,
a distraught surgeon
desperate to
resurrect
their little deaths

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Wanda Morrow Clevenger wrote eight poems in a handful of months in 1974; thirty-four years later she returned to writing. She has since placed over 467 pieces of work in 158 print and electronic literary journals and anthologies.

In August of 2013, while compiling the manuscript for this book she fell ill with pancreatitis, further complicated by necrosis in the following nine months, and wasn’t expected to survive. One year later, almost to the day, she sat down to finish where the hogs ate the cabbage.

She has her husband to thank for the title.

Getting Through Gold Beach by Barbara A. Meier

Published August 24, 2020
Chapbook - 28 pages, 5" x 8", ISBN: 979-8676501648
Yet
there’s something in a Sunday
on a highway lined with roadkill,
where the body and the blood
lead to forgiveness and one dead body
will not stay still

Johnny Cash
and Sunday Morning Dead

PLUS Two New Poems for this Edition!
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Getting Through Gold Beach was one of the Winners of Writing Knights' 10th Anniversary Chapbook Contest Winner

Little Fire Grows by Casey Krysztofik

Published July 6, 2020

Chapbook - 36 pages, 5" x 8", ISBN: 979-8663892001
No ships on pudding moana surface.
Pink shores with boa constrictors.
Contained from shifting by halter strap.
Cameo at the heart protected by beads.

Organza dress and fascinator
with peacock curved feathers.
Waiting at the balcony.
Enjoying the fresh air.

VII: Gabriella

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Little Fire Grows was one of the winners of Writing Knights 10th Anniversary Birthday Chapbook Contest!

PUNATIC by James Schwartz

Published March 31, 2019

Mixed Media - 39 pages, 8.5" x 11", ISBN: 978-1091931534
About the Author:
James Schwartz is a poet, slam performer & author of The Literary Party: Growing Up Gay and Amish in America (2011), Arrival and Departure (2014) & Secular, Satirical & Sacred Meditations (2016).


His poetry has appeared in various journals including Poetry 24, The Good Men Project, Silver Birch Press blog, RFD Magazine, WritersResist.com & numerous anthologies including Among the Leaves: Queer Male Poets on the Midwestern Experience, QDA: A Queer Disability Anthology & most recently Not My President: An Anthology of Dissent (2017) & an essay in Our Happy Hours: LGBT Voices From the Gay Bars (2017).

Watch his podcasts with Torah Bontrager on growing up gay & Amish at torahbontrager.libsyn.com & iTunes.

He resides on the Big Island, Hawai’i. 




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"I Know a Place" - The Wayward Sword (Poetry Submission)


"I know a place and it's not the moon (or the sea)"

'Poets be like "I know a place" and it's the moon. Again.'
'Poets be like "I know a place" and then show you any body of water like we've never seen water before.'

-- Kimberly Nguyen @knguyenpoetry on Twitter

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SUBMISSIONS: January 1, 2021 to February 28, 2021 (or when we fill our submission quota).

TARGET LENGTH: Minimum 3 lines. Maximum 30 lines per piece. Longer pieces will be considered, but are unlikely to be accepted. Up to 5 pieces.

EMAIL: waywardswordsubs@gmail.com.

EMAIL SUBJECT: "Submission - Know Place - Creator Name"

EMAIL BODY: Pen name, Email address, Title of Piece.

EMAIL ATTACHMENT: Microsoft DOC or DOCX, NO PDF, NO Google DOC links.

COVER/In-Issue ART: If you have something that might fit, send it!
Color or Black & White, 300 dpi JPG.

AUTHOR BIO/PHOTO: Photo no larger than 2" x 2", 300 dpi JPG, bio between 25 and 50 words.

RELEASE: Slated 2021-2022

COMPENSATION: Free PDF copy, DISCOUNTED physical copies.

RIGHTS: Revert to author after publication or if the collection is cancelled.

"CRUSHED" - The Wayward Sword (Fiction Submission)

One day, your social media crush
shows up on your doorstep.
You never told them your address.
But, you talked with them online to the point you
felt like you knew them inside and out,
and they knew you.
What would you do?

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SUBMISSIONS: January 1, 2021-February 28, 2021 (or when we fill our submission quota).

TARGET LENGTH: Min 2,000 words - Max 5,000 words

EMAIL: waywardswordsubs@gmail.com.

EMAIL SUBJECT: "Submission - CRUSHED - Creator Name"

EMAIL BODY: Pen name, Email address, Title of Piece.

EMAIL ATTACHMENT: Microsoft DOC or DOCX, NO PDF, NO Google DOC links.

COVER/In-Issue ART: If you have something that might fit, send it! Color or Black & White, 300 dpi JPG.

AUTHOR BIO/PHOTO: Photo no larger than 2" x 2", 300dpi JPG, bio between 25 and 50 words.

RELEASE: Slated 2021-2022

COMPENSATION: Free PDF copy, DISCOUNTED physical copies.

RIGHTS: Revert to author after publication or if the collection is cancelled.

"The Hero With a Thousand Faces" - The Wayward Sword (Haiku Submission)

Cover of the original, from Wikipedia
A hero ventures forth from the world of common day into a region of supernatural wonder: fabulous forces are there encountered and a decisive victory is won: the hero comes back from this mysterious adventure with the power to bestow boons on his fellow man.
Joseph Campbell's summary of the monomyth.

A haiku may not seem like a hero's journey, three lines or less, 17 syllables or less (or more) there are so many variations, some even include other forms similar like senryu.

But anyone who has written a truly remarkable haiku knows the struggle over syllabic count or the new English translation of what the Japanese called 'on' or 'morae' or even content that is relevant to a potential audience.

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SUBMISSIONS: January 1, 2021-February 28, 2021 (or when we fill our submission quota).

THEME: There is no set theme. If you want to talk about Heroes, that's fine. If not, that's also fine.

EMAIL: waywardswordsubs@gmail.com.

EMAIL SUBJECT: "Submission - 1000 Faces - Creator Name"

EMAIL BODY: Pen name, Email address, Title of Piece.
Up to 10 haiku/senryu. These can be linked (renku), or separate.
Visual art (haiga) is also acceptable. Maximum of 3.5" x 7", 300dpi JPG.


EMAIL ATTACHMENT: Microsoft DOC or DOCX, NO PDF, NO Google DOC links.

COVER ART: If you have something that might fit, send it!

AUTHOR BIO/PHOTO: Photo no larger than 2" x 2", 300dpi JPG, bio between 25 and 50 words.

RELEASE: Slated 2021-2022

COMPENSATION: Free PDF copy, DISCOUNTED physical copies.

RIGHTS: Revert to author after publication or if the collection is cancelled.

Pro-Tip: Write about something you've never heard someone write about before OR write about something someone else has written, but do it in your own unique fashion.

Fried Everything & Booze by Wanda Morrow Clevenger

Published August 13, 2019

Chapbook - 48 pages, 5.5" x 8.5", ISBN: 978-1088941508
we got a little liquored
at the old opera house and
went parking on the west pond dam
windows down, radio blaring
as bold as back when, and laughed
at coyotes calling to classic rock
-- coyote calls

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Wanda Morrow Clevenger wrote eight poems in a handful of months in 1974; thirty-four years later she returned to writing. She has since placed over 467 pieces of work in 158 print and electronic literary journals and anthologies.

In August of 2013, while compiling the manuscript for this book she fell ill with pancreatitis, further complicated by necrosis in the following nine months, and wasn’t expected to survive. One year later, almost to the day, she sat down to finish where the hogs ate the cabbage.

She has her husband to thank for the title.