When I first met Don Beukes in 2015 via social media, we became fast friends because I could sense in him a deep appreciation for the art of poetry, and, truly, for language in all its myriad forms of expression. Being multilingual, Beukes has an intuitive understanding of how the written word can cross all borders and boundaries to speak directly between souls.
“The fields are drenched with the quiet moans of judgment. I live in the sewers of diseased despair and broken expectations, in the cold wilderness of reducing hatred, clutching the key to release all my woes by disparaging another. Somewhere the light breaks, but I am stuck with the television glow.”
She is a member of the League of Canadian Poets. Three of her poems have been nominated for Sundress Publications “Best of the Net” 2015, and she has over 850 poems published in more than 380 international journals and anthologies.
Changming Yuan, 9-time Pushcart nominee and one-time Best of the Net nominee, started to learn English at age 19 and published monographs on translation before moving out of China. Currently, Changming edits Poetry Pacific with Allen Yuan in Vancouver, and has poetry appearing in Best Canadian Poetry, BestNewPoemsOnline, Threepenny Review and 1239 others.
“All that in mind, I think a lot might be gleaned from that tradition’s successes in generating audience, and how it might be applied to today’s declining readership. Here, it’s well worth noting that street papers-vended by the unhoused and economically vulnerable in many cities across the U.S. — are sort of post-modern cousins to broadside ballads.”
“When futility of thoughts push you to ponder: which ossuary must you deposit the bones of burden?”
Nana Arhin Tsiwah, author and co-author of “Dead Epistles” & “Palm Leaves” (both poetry collections) edits African poetry for Lunaris Review, Nigeria. Tsiwah writes from his fatherland, Cape Coast, Ghana.
Based in Sokoto, Nigeria. His works have appeared or are forthcoming at The Bond Street Review, Indiana Voice Journal, Jawline Review, Jalada, Ink and many more.
“Lovely intentions wrapped up in sanguine desires. Force fed down the throat of a blacklisted neurotoxin. Stuffed gut. Warped adrenaline.”
Malkeet Kaur resides in Mumbai, India. Though she works as a teacher and passionately loves her profession, she writes poems too. Many of her poems have found places in various anthologies and online journals.
Sudeep Adhikari comes from Kathmandu in Nepal. He considers poetry to be an impersonal act, largely deriving its content from unconscious psychic undergrounds.
Heath Brougher attended Temple University. He recently became the new poetry editor at Five2One Magazine. His has two little books published titled “2” and “A Drought of Ichor”.
Geosi Gyasi is a book blogger, reader, writer, and interviewer. His work has appeared or forthcoming in Visual Verse, Verse-Virtual, Piker Press, Misty Review, Silver Birch, Linden Avenue, Brittle Paper and elsewhere.
Ajise Vincent is a Nigerian Poet. His poem “Song of a Progeny” was a shortlisted poem at the Korea- Nigeria Poetry feast, 2015.
Scott Thomas Outlar hosts the site 17Numa, where links to his published poetry and fiction can be found. His chapbook “Songs of A Dissident” will be released in January of 2016 through Transcendent Zero Press.
Deborah Ager founded the poetry magazine known as “32 Poems Magazine”. She has published three books. She was educated at the University of Maryland.
The moon punishes the streets with its sultry glare. She walks down the narrow alleyfollowed by a small-eyed stranger.
Schwartz is the author of A Jewish Appraisal of Dialogue and Midrash and Working Out Of The Book.