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Introducing Sylvia Clare

Sylvia is a beekeeper, cold water sea swimmer, gardener and self-sufficiency advocate, eat local advocate, writer/essayist/ poet, mindfulness teacher, grandmother and mother, dancer - She took up classical ballet lessons 18 months ago and loves it - she hopes her teacher will put on an additional class each week so she can go twice weekly.

She is also a vegetarian working on veganism, but she does still has to have some meat occasionally or her chronic fatigue muscular pains come back and she hasn’t been able to find the supplement to stop them – yet. Sylvia is also mental health and ADHD cognitive neurodiversity advocate ( she has PTSD from her own childhood)

Sylvia considers herself spiritually a Buddhist Quaker with strong shamanic underpinning, pacifist, inclusive, eco-friendly social equality politics activist.

Sylvia likes to write poetry that is accessible and reflects her views on the world. She likes poets like Rumi where there is teaching contained within them.

Sylvia was once told she reminded someone of Mary Oliver. She had never heard of her as she is not popular in the UK, but when she found her she became one of her favourite poets. She introduces her to many of my English poet friends. She can see how similar in themes and style they are, although she does not try to emulate her.

Her other poet inspirations are John Clare who wrote poetry against the changes to the natural world in his time – early 1800’s. More modern British poets include TS Eliot, and Sylvia Plath, Leonard Cohen and Joni Mitchell and Dylan – “their lyrics are also poetry after all- actually, the list is endless.”

Her favourite personal poems often centre around her husband, who is her soulmate and spiritual co-traveller. They are both still astonished at how deep and rich and wonderful their relationship has turned out to be after 23 years together and being a second marriage for them both.

Sylvia had a traumatic abusive childhood and writes about that too. She is currently finishing her second draft of her memoir which also has strong suggestions and implications for how our culture get so much wrong for the emotional wellbeing of the people. She hopes to have it published by the end of this year.

Poetry for Sylvia is a way of saying what she feels, how she sees the world, and a sharing of love, to try and bring more into the world. She also likes to put some humour into her poetry so she hopes this selection will reflect that range. 

You can also find Sylvia’s work on her website, Medium, Facebook and Amazon Page. Be sure to look at her current novels: The Musicians Muse, Black and White and Love and Chocolate.


Making Love

The Lessons From The Sea Mist

Instant Karma of USA

On the Beach in Moonlight

The Fire Draws Me Home

The Chocolate Musician

The Journey

Jewels in the Dust

Our Aging Lovers Embrace

My bared arms are now patched with pale and dark markings
yours are too, and both our backs are aching.
Even our eyebrows are turning whiter by the day,
yet I still hold you my love, in as firm an embrace as ever I could,
whispering our not so secret words of undying love.

Aging is not so cruel, it gives more than it takes,
a comfort in growing older, trusting in our shared companionship.
It is easy not to fear the future when I am with you,
to know that my soulmate is still there, for each of us
as we will continue to support and love until the end.

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Introducing Laurie L. Nave

Laurie Nave is a writer, instructional designer, and former educator.  She has been writing since childhood, and poetry and fiction are her first loves.  She loves expressing her creativity through writing and music.  She has won various poetry and writing contests since she was a teen, and she has performed musically throughout North America and Europe.

Currently, Laurie writes regularly on Medium and has a blog, Words from the River, which is also the home of her podcast of the same name.  She published her first novel in 2009, From Faithless to Faithful, which is available on Amazon.  She has also published three novels under the pen name, Sharron Kelley. On March 1, 2020, her newest work will be available.  Is it entitled Scarred Like New and is a collection of poetry and prose.  

When she is not writing, Laurie creates online learning for NASA’s SPoRT program, performs music at local venues, and spoils her diva dachshund, Ginger.  She also enjoys spending time on the river with her husband Larry and with her children, who are currently in college.  

You can also find Laurie on Facebook and YouTube


Dirty Words

Frenzied shouting, dust stirred up by beaten sandals.
A body in a heap upon the dirt.
A Question
Tears fall, creating, spots of mud,
Hair hiding the shame
Fists clenched, ruddy weapons raised,
Chests puffed out in anticipation
Cowering, fearing,
Cringing in preparation for the words of death
Eyes searching, reading, seeing the words
In the dirt
“Let he who is without sin cast the first stone.”
And the glasshouses shatter

The End of Hello

I Narrowly Avoided Death Today

The Song of Singing River

Snow Day

Chance Music


Three Hats

Just Right

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Introducing Nikki H Rose

Nikki H. Rose is a teacher, mentor, crafter, reader, writer, and beyond all else, a caring soul. She feels most complete when writing, happy to let her words take on a life of their own. Her poetry focuses on emotion with the intention of making readers realize that they are not alone in what they experience. While sometimes vague, Rose's pieces are intended to be relatable for most (if not all) readers, as most people can connect to feeling the same emotions captured in her pieces at one point or another. Nikki H. Rose likes to say that while most people use writing as a means to escape their minds, she uses it to meet hers, instead.

Links to Best Work (Poetry-specific):

"I Miss You"

"Afraid to Trust"

"I Need to Learn to Love Myself"

"My Own Destruction"

"Living in the Present"

"How I Face the Weight of Every Day"

"I Feel the Same"

"Requited Love"

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Introducing Steve Howard

Steve Howard has a BA in creative writing from Western Washington University and has published flash fiction, short stories, haibun, and creative non-fiction in numerous literary journals. His novella The Adamantine River Passage was released in 2017. His self-published collection of short stories Satori in the Slip Stream, Something Gaijin This Way Comes, and Fly Fishing Out of a Dead End Life were released in 2018. His poetry collection Diet of a Piss Poor Poet was released in 2019. He currently teaches English in Japan and is a semi-professional standup comedian. You can find more of his work on his website.

The Blistered “Truth”

Too Young For Those Times

Diet of a Poss Poor Poet

To Fix the Broken Ones

The Paperback Writer’s Swan Song Muse

A Dating Service For Schizophrenics

Kokobancho Street

Stella Love Songs

“Alpha Centauri,” you said
pointing to a bluish star 
the color of your eyes.

“Seven percent of the speed of light
and we could be at Bc in 80 years.”

“The Orion Engine, “ I thought.

Quick calculations and I figure our
great grandchildren would be in 
high school.

Well, without a stem cell longevity 
miracle I guess we won’t make the trip,
but I’d be honored to have our ashes
mingle with the void between solar 
systems along the way baby.

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