"The Sunflower Sequence"
"Surprise sting on chest"
Steven Wittenberg Gordon
Karla Linn Merrifield
"May Day at Silver Lake"
Vivian Finley Nida
"Wilted as pulled weeds"
Elizabeth Spencer Spragins
"midnight rain bullets"
"my cat naps with me"
Charles A. Swanson
"The Watches of the Night"
A Collection of Haiku
By Michael Carolan
Reviewed by James Frederick William Rowe
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Japanese form poems, arguably more than any other poetry form, cannot afford to mince words, must have a certain spirit and feel to them, and (although this is a controversial point in English) must adhere to strict syllable counts or, if they do not, must nevertheless retain that je ne sais quoi essential to the form. Good Japanese form poems are distilled, essential, instinctive, precise, and immediate. They are simple yet profound.
I kept a meticulous journal while I was overseas and composed many poems inspired by my situation and surroundings. I compiled the poetry into a book-length poetic memoir (which has yet to find a publisher despite an aggressive marketing effort). "Sabang Haibun" was taken from that collection, inspired by the coconut trees--a novelty for me--on Weh Island where the USAF had established an airfield and relief-supply warehouse.
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Former FC Mary Soon Lee had three poems published: "Guinevere" is in Fantasy & Science Fiction May/June 2019, "The Commandant of Mars" is in Eye to the Telescope #32, April 2019, and "Snapdragons" is in Uppagus #34, April 2019.
FC Karla Linn Merrifield has returned to the USA from her World Voyage aboard the Queen Mary after traveling 33,000 nautical miles. Her new book, Athabaskan Fractal: Poems of the Far North, contains a collection of her poems complemented by numerous photographs from her twenty years of travel across the Arctic and near-Arctic North American. The book is available as available from publisher Cirque Press (www.cirquejournal.com) and on Amazon.
FC Alessio Zanelli is pleased to announce that a poem of his titled “Transference” was included in the anthology Cowboys & Cocktails: Poetry from the True Grit Saloon, recently published by Brick Street Poetry Inc. (Indiana)
We will be accepting submissions until June 15 for our long-anticipated "Sonnets" issue, due out in August, for which our Editor-in-Chief Steven Wittenberg Gordon will be back in the lead editor's seat. Starting with that issue, Songs of Eretz will be published monthly at the beginning of each month rather than the middle.
Songs of Eretz will take a summer vacation from about June 15 to around August 1. We will be closed for submissions June 15 - June 30 and re-open on July 1 to consider prose poems for our "Prose Poems" themed issue due out in September, for which Dr. Gordon will again be the lead editor.
The original paintings and drawings (and prints of them) created by our Art Editor Jason Artemus Gordon and used for the illustrations in Songs of Eretz Poetry Review are available for purchase with and without copies of the poems that inspired them. Please visit our "Artwork Store" page for details http://www.songsoferetz.com/p/art.html.