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About Peter Carlos
Peter Carlos has attended the Bread Loaf Writers Conference in Vermont in 1976 and 1979, where he studied under Mark Strand and Robert Pack. He graduated with a M.A. in Creative Writing from Middlebury’s Bread Loaf Graduate School of English. His poetry and photographs have appeared in American Poetry Review, Image, River Styx, The Oakland Review, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch, among other small literary journals. He is author of a chapbook, Praise the High Grass, and a book of poems, Dreamfish. He is the Program Chair of Cinema Arts at Lindenwood University.
The war was over long ago.
Discarded, engine rusted.
There are flowers now, Where men fought.
Watered by the blood of brave men and fools.
My aim is true, no longer.
Barrel fallen and powerless.
I, forgotten sentry,
From a world that was once burning.
There are flowers now,
Where once was only mud.
Armor, melted by fire and steel
Hotter than the flight of Icarus.
The ridge ahead, marred, now green.
Grass covered and silent,
The cannons evaporated.
No tanks should tread among these flowers.
The world quaked at my roar.
But that was long ago.
There has been too much pain.
My final task,
To guard the flowers
That men may war no more.
About Jeremy Weeks Joyner
Jeremy Weeks Joyner is a poet, philosopher and ordained minister. He lives in central North Carolina.
I talk big of my dreams,
I act small from my cubicle.
Like taking Ambien
With a gulp of espresso.
About Will Collins
Will Collins is currently a nurse in Toms River, NJ, living with his three dogs who are a handful. He graduated Richard Stockton University of NJ before becoming a nurse with a major in Spanish language and culture and writing. When not at work, he can be found writing, skateboarding, and hiking or bird watching. His poetry is currently not published, so he says this is an exclusive treat!
Tones awaken my ears Dreams on hold at 3 a.m. Dispatch gives the details On the next call as I kiss my wife goodbye
Tired of fighting life’s bulls one after another please take this red cape away from me
Years passed till one day – courage found to break free from the cage Now a backbone with wings
Feeling the Heat
Her touch Shows no mercy Just like an arsonist It only takes striking one match The orange glow of gluttony in her eyes Setting my whole world on fire The flames dance in delight Burnt in my mind Her touch
About Jennifer Carr
Poetry written by Jennifer Carr. Jennifer lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico and enjoys spending time with her partner and two children. She is an EMT and firefighter. When she is not working at the local hospital, she spends way too much time writing poetry. Her poetry has been published by Triumph House Poetry with a Purpose. Her poetry has also been recognized by ZenUnleashed, Fanstory, as well as several newspapers. She loves flying by her own wings and looks for any opportunity to soar to new heights. Don’t forget to follow her on Twitter, @PoetryHaiku13.
Poets.org has posted 30 ways to celebrate National Poetry Month this year. This list was created by Poets.org and is a suggestion of different activities writers, readers, and educators can celebrate the written word. For more information regarding National Poetry Month, or Poets.org, please visit their website!
Submissions deadline has been EXTENDED to March 25, 2019, 11:59PM EST.
National Poetry Month is Coming!
In honor of Poetry Month this year, Ink Smith Publishing will be accepting poetry submissions to feature on our blog! All genres are being accepted, no restrictions on length, and there is no need to be a previously published author. If you would like to participate in our takeover please follow the guidelines below.
Poems should be formatted in .doc, .rxt, or .pdf format.
Submissions should be emailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org. APRIL POETRY SUBMISSION should be utilized in the subject line of the email.
Please include a short bio (no more than 200 words) about yourself and where to find your poetry. You may include social media handles as well, we’d love to be able to link to you when we post!
You may also include a head shot, but it is not required. Please make sure if you do include a head shot it is in .jpeg or .png format, and is a business professional photo.
While there are no restrictions on length, topic, or content, we do ask that the poetry be tasteful and tactful. Ink Smith reserves the right to reject any poetry that is unnecessarily vulgar or offensive.
Ink Smith plans to post as many poems as possible, but do not promise that your submission will be posted on the site.
There is no fee associated with this takeover and poets are encouraged to submit multiple works.