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Happy Birthday William Shakespeare!

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My copy of Macbeth, with a publishing date of 1898!

It's the bard's birthday and if you would like more than these little eye-grabs and excerpts that I have posted, head over to Doug Anderson's Facebook page (his posts are public so you should be able to read them even if you are not Facebook friends) and sink your mind teeth into the wonderful waxing he is so eloquently engaged in on the subject of Shakespeare.

Save some cake for me!

Just around the corner and through the gate

Just around the corner
By Annette Marie Hyder

and through the gate
of imagination
is where adventure waits.

(NaPoWriMo day 23, poem 24)

Happy Wednesday!

It was the water pump

This is a follow up to my Heavy shouldered winter post. My jeep is fixed and that's all I'm going to say other than — may the goblins of car trouble stay far away from you! <3

what the sunlight carried

By Annette Marie Hyder

hope in every beam
dancing photosynthesis-sparking particles
all the rainbow glitter from those unicorn farts
mini angels spinning, singing in the maelstrom of light
children's smiles and raspberry kisses blown on the wind
and stolen by the sky
pieces of sky bleached to the color of glass
infinitesimally small pebbles carried on currents of light
all the way from the river of health
and running throughout the sunlight
carried like high powered locomotives in shining tunnels of light
the sunlight carries car after car, an endless train, of happiness

(NaPoWriMo day 23, poem 23)

Happy Wednesday!

Top heavy with large black blooms

By Annette Marie Hyder

The treetop branches tilted with largess,
filled with dark flowers creaking against the sky.
As many trees as would fit a giant's sweaty fist
with trunks made small as bouquet stems in hand.
Double-taking, I saw that the thunder-blooms
were crows arrayed still life and silent
with their heads aligned and looking at the road.

Coming and going I saw this.
It was a striking picture and yet, I had no desire —
no quite the opposite, an aversion —
to taking a photo of it. I couldn't tell you why.

(NaPoWriMo day 22, poem 22)

Happy Earth Day, 2014!

Monemvasia, Greece, by Eleanna Kounoupa @ flickr

“Earth's crammed with heaven...
But only he who sees, takes off his shoes.” — Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Aurora Leigh

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The Night Is an Aerial Silk Performer

By Annette Marie Hyder

I see the way the night kisses you —
all down the length of you
her kisses wind along the ropes of your muscles
like she is performing an aerial routine
and you are the scarves holding her up.
She momentarily stops at the top of your clavicle
to remove your shirt with her teeth like stars
that sparkle lark song
and then she starts again
from the other side.
She rides the silk of your cords and lingers leaving
you half in shadow
as she licks and tastes herself on your skin,
breaths in the smell of leather and woodland moss, and she, like me,
pleasures in finding something of her own
wildness in the smell of you.

She wraps herself up in you like she belongs there, the night,
but she leaves room for me.

(NaPoWriMo day 22, poem 21)

I'm in the gorgeous new Thrush Poetry Journal Anthology!

Thrush Poetry Journal Editor, Helen Vitoria, has just announced the release of Thrush Poetry Journal: an Anthology of the first two years!

This is a big beautiful print publication, 524 pages of beautiful poems on cream colored paper, 8.5x8.5.

I'm in this gorgeous collection and want you to know that you can get yours here!

EAP Journal #2 -- coming soon!

I have poetry, Without the Magpie, and artwork, Medusa Sings, forthcoming in the Edgar Allen Poet Journal.

I  am sure you are going to love these pieces — especially Medusa Sings, which is a departure in composition for me. It is conceptual photography but the beginning of this piece lies in bas-relief. I can't wait for you to see it!

15th Anniversary issue of IODINE Poetry Journal

My poem, Rain and Darkness Fall, is in the latest issue of IODINE. I'm so pleased and honored to be in this 15TH ANNIVERSARY ISSUE OF IODINE, edited by Jonathan Kevin Rice and recently ranked 2nd for small press journals!

"The latest issue of Iodine Poetry Journal is now available at Park Road Books and The Book Rack here in Charlotte, NC! We're working on shipping out contributor and subscription copies this week. This issue will be up on our website soon, but one and two year subscriptions are available at the website and can begin with this issue." — Jonathan Kevin Rice

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