Thirty Days of Poetry. Day #22

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Day 22: The Hyacinth Review

Celebrating poetry by highlighting 30 days of literary publishers who produce poetry you can listen to, watch, or read, in 5 minutes or less.

My friend Ginger is gentle and tender in all the right ways. She’s the kind of friend who will share tea for hours, talk books forever, send videos of her granddaughter singing true and pure. She always knows the best places to eat and the best gardens. I think of her as a beauty seeker.

I found The Hyacinth Review for Ginger, and for all who seem to be able to find a way, regardless of life’s circumstances, to discover the sublimely beautiful.

From The Hyacinth Review “About” page:

Founded in 2021, THE HYACINTH REVIEW is an online journal dedicated to exploring the humanities through various mediums & providing free learning resources for all.

In the Victorian language of flowers, the hyacinth sends the message: ‘your loveliness charms me’. In Greek mythology, the hyacinth sprung from the blood of Hyacinthus, lover of Apollo. Wherever it’s represented, the hyacinth symbolizes an aesthetic appreciation which, as our name suggests, is the focus of this journal.

From poetry and creative writing, to research essays and reviews, through the world of art and photography, our aim is to promote and celebrate the beauty that can be found everywhere in our world, in all its diversity. If you leave this site with a new bit of knowledge, a burst of inspiration, or even just a nugget of joy – then we’ve done our job.

We’re here for the poets, the bookworms, the autodidacts. Those who see the beauty in the world and hope to add to it. The individuals with niche interests and a curiosity that can never be sated. And, of course, we’re here for those who are in need of a little dose of hope, inspiration, and joy.

We believe that access to art and literature is everyone’s right. We believe that knowledge should be accessible, approachable, and (most importantly) free. Most of all, we believe that everyone has some beauty to share with the world.

The Hyacinth Review features poetry, art, photography, fiction, essays, and a comprehensive roundup of free poetry resources. There’s so much to love in the recent poetry publications, but for Ginger I selected a poem titled “I’ll Send You Postcards” by Fran Fernández Arce.

It opens like this:

I’ll send you postcards for you
to frame. You’ll send me snap
shots in return of flowers and
plants, telling me how swallows
come with horses. I’ll send you

a postcard of my mother’s
garden, close-ups of shamrock
growing in the crevices, eared
doves nesting on naked trees.

FROM “I’LL SEND YOU POSTCARDS” BY Fran Fernández Arce

Make today a scavenger hunt for “hope, inspiration, and joy.” Make today beautiful.

Thirty Days of Poetry. Day #21

Day 21: SWWIM

Celebrating poetry by highlighting 30 days of literary publishers who produce poetry you can listen to, watch, or read, in 5 minutes or less.

Some of my very best days are spent on hiking trails, and the ones that rate as all-time favorites are those spent exploring with my grandson, Brayden. He’s a flash, moves as fast as time. He looks deeply and loves to ask questions like, “Would you rather live in a world made of candy or of gold?” 

If you have time to peer intently into a daily lyric, and you move quickly through your day without time to linger quietly more than a moment, you might enjoy SWWIM, on online journal that publishes one poem, each day.

From the SWWIM “About” page:

“SWWIM (Supporting Women Writers in Miami) was co-founded by Jen Karetnick and Catherine Esposito Prescott. SWWIM publishes, promotes, and celebrates women writers, trans and cis women, nonbinary, intersex, and other gender-expansive communities, with a year-round reading series held at The Betsy-South Beach in Miami Beach, FL and the online poetry journal SWWIM Every Day.”

Brayden once told me I was his favorite toy ,and every day spent with him, and his sister, leave me jubilant, and as roughed up as the Velveteen Rabbit. So when I found “Embrace” by Lara Payne, I knew I’d found the perfect poem for my grandson.

It begins like this:

Do take a minute to click on the photo to link to read the entire poem. And if you’re intrigued by how two editors make time to publish a poem every single day, read my interview with the SWWIM Founding Editors, Jen Karetnick and Catherine Esposito Prescott on this blog, link here.

Wishing you a refreshing day with enough time to pause and look deeply at something, or someone, that brings you great awe.

Thirty Days of Poetry. Day #20

Day #20: Apricity Press

Celebrating poetry by highlighting 30 days of literary publishers who produce poetry you can listen to, watch, or read, in 5 minutes or less.

April is National Poetry Month, true. And it’s now May. Yes. But I’m going to keep on keeping on until you get 30 days of poetry pairing.

Day #20 is for my beautiful granddaughter, Leah.

Leah is five years old. She makes up stories and wants to write them down, as naturally as she walks and breathes. She dances and paints, and is captivated by mud and bugs. For Leah, and for the entire generation of upcoming writers, thinkers, dancers, artists and curious dreamers, I recommend Apricity Press.

Apricity is the first journal I’ve encountered that includes dance alongside poetry, prose, fiction, and art. It’s a multi-genre feast.

ARTWORK BY GIADA ROTUNDO

From the Apricity Press “About” page:

            “Apricity Press is an annual online publication of poetry, prose, short fiction, visual art, and dance works. Embodying the obsolete word it was named after, Apricity aims to manifest the feeling of the warmth of the sun in the winter in all that it publishes. 

Established in 2015, Apricity Press was created to fill an immense void in the publishing world. While there are a myriad of presses, literary journals and magazines, many lack the ability to publish multi-genre works, especially dance works. Because of this, Apricity constructed a space where incredible literary, art, and dance works could be published side by side, showcasing the tremendous inherent connections between the forms.”

Issue #6 features more than 30 pieces of art, literature, and performance. It was hard to pick a specific piece for Leah, but I had to go with Poem Diary, a two-poem animated art video, subtitled with English, while read aloud in the original Bengali by the creator, Adwaita Das. It’s truly a magical experience to listen and watch.

The first poem begins like this:

fireflies live in water as well

have you thought of it?

how the sea sparkles at night

or how dreams surge like stars

FROM POEM DIARY BY ADWAITA DAS

May you put things together in new ways today. May you stay in touch with all your dreams.

Thank you for all the kind responses to this series and for asking me to pick a personal poem just for you.