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I will be offline again this week.  As of tomorrow, I won’t have internet connection at all for a few days.  If you leave a comment after today, I’ll get it posted by early next week.  If you don’t, that’s cool, too.  Thanks for stopping by.

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I’ve been looking through my Stack O’ Crazy for a see you next week poem.  Hmmm.  I’ll have to write that one.

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But here’s an older poem about love, intentions, and how good it feels to just sink under the mud sometimes.  I was also intent on coming home.  It’s one of my intentions that actually became reality.

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Many thanks to Ouroboros Review for publishing it last year.  Please take some time to read all of their issues.  I hope you have a great week.  See you soon!

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Intentions

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Alligators have them.

Silent, surfacing slow,

searching for dens

in winter, forgetting

water, food, breath.

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I have them, too.

Salt-blue, suspended,

closing the lenses–

waiting for wind

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to take me down

low, shifting

black water trails

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between sweet

cypress knees,

creaking pine, sky

split open, red,

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where you and I

will dig deep

then sink soft

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into a muddy bed

of bubbled swamp

past sleeping snakes

through dark roots

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one half-moment

of slow beats,

so warm, gone.

Julie Buffaloe-Yoder

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Issue number four of ouroboros review is out!  It is jam packed full of excellent poetry, photography, articles, and interviews.

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Some of the poets in this issue are already on my favorites list, like Michelle McGrane, Scott Owens, and J.P. Dancing Bear.  Some of the poets are new to me, and I am happy to have become one of their fans.

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As always, I will probably regret mentioning individual names, because I will leave someone off the list who deserves a big shout out.

But I just have to say…on a personal level…how much I enjoyed Julie E. Bloemeke’s poetry and photography of abandoned places in the Southern US.  Check out her poems Mobile Home and Mailbox.  If you know me, you’ll know why I love her work.   Sophie Mayer’s poetry also felt beautifully personal for me.

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Of course, it’s all excellent and worthy of praise.  Congratulations to the contributors and to the editors–Jo Hemmant, Carolee Sherwood, and Jill Crammond Wickham on a fantastic job.

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You can read ouroboros HERE.

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Yes, it’s completely free to click the link.  But I urge everyone who has funds to purchase a copy.  Ouroboros Review is a great treasure to keep on the top shelf.   The first issue of ouroboros was in December of last year, but it’s not too early to say Happy Birthday Ouroboros Review! Here’s wishing you many more.

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Blog note:  Please excuse me for being slow this week.  We’re having a holiday in the US, and I’m traveling this week.  I will be around as much as possible to chat with everyone.  But I may be even slower than usual, if that’s possible :)

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Have a beautiful week!

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Issue #3 of ouroboros review is out, and I’m tickled to death.   Translation:

I’m as happy as a little school girl.   If you are a regular reader here, I’m sure

you’ve heard me talk about how beautiful ouroboros is.  This issue is no

exception.  It is outstanding.

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Ouroboros Review is edited by Jo Hemmant and Christine Swint, two very

talented poets who have taken the small press by storm.   This edition

features the work of John Siddique and Denise Duhamel.  You’ll also

find excellent work by John Walsh, Susan Richardson, Louisa Adjoa Parker,

Michelle McGrane, Carolee Sherwood, Karen Head, Matthew Hittinger, and

many more fine poets and artists.  I always get nervous when I start naming

names, because I want to kick myself later.  I don’t mean to leave anyone

out.  It’s all fantastic.

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Also, be sure to check out the reviews and interviews.  Michelle McGrane has

a great interview with John Siddique.  Michelle is my friend from

peony moon.  If you haven’t checked out her blog, you’re missing a world

of great poetry.  Michelle also has a chapbook coming out via

Pindrop Press in 2010.  I can’t wait to read it.  Michelle is the author of

Fireflies & Blazing Stars (2002) and Hybrid (2003).

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Did I mention the art?  Yes, ouroboros review has beautiful art and

photography, too.  But I’ll try to stop glowing for a minute, so you can see it

for yourself.  Check out ouroboros review HERE.   If you would like to

purchase a print copy, click on “Bookstore.”  The print copies are beautiful,

and I love holding them in my hands.

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Congratulations and a big tip of the hat to Jo and Christine on ouroboros

review!

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UPDATE:  The next reading period for ouroboros review has begun and

will continue until the end of August.  One change is the art– ouroboros is

now looking for black and white photos or paintings.

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Every now and then, something comes along that gets me so excited, I have to make sure everyone knows. You may have already read ouroboros review, but if you haven’t, please check it out. .If you have, then read it again!

Edited by Joe Hemmant of florescence and Christine Swint of balanced on the edge, this  journal is overflowing with talent. I was already a fan of Christine and Jo’s poetry, but now I’m impressed on an even deeper level. As one who has dabbled as a “helper” in small presses, I can tell you that the creation of a literary journal is no small task. Many poets come up with the idea, yet many have fallen by the wayside. Christine and Jo have truly risen to the occasion.

The poetry in ouroboros is astounding in its excellence. The artwork is breathtaking. Some of the contributors are amazing poets, writers, and artists I have met in blogland, and I’m already a big fan of their work. Other contributors are new to me, and I am very excited to read their work. Everything in the journal is a pleasure to read.

Another thing that struck me while reading ouroboros is that all of the pieces were chosen with care. When looking through the pages, it is obvious that the editors are lovers of poetry and art.

The layout and design of ouroboros is also excellent. I have read several online journals that contain great work, but I either find myself squinting to read or the layout just seems dull. That didn’t happen at ouroboros. It’s very pleasing to the eye and “user friendly.” I also love the way the pages turn.

But that’s enough of my gushing. Click here and read for yourself! You’ll be glad you did..

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