Thursday, November 17, 2016

The Poet's Dog by PATRICIA MacLACHLAN, poetically beauteous, filled with heart...

assistant editor's Tama and Frosty, elated by a tail they've discovered 'and we so want to share it with you', purrs Tama
'and that's tale, not tail,
mr. editor', 
mews frosty                           

sorry, noble assistants, 
just kidding! 
please, share your 
tale with us...

'this lovely story', 
says Tama, 'about Teddy,
by Patricia MacLachlan, 
speaks for itself, for kids,
for dogs, and for poets!'
'and kitties', adds Frosty 
'it's for and about all of us!' 

'But only poets
And children

'More, Teddy!"
Our hero, Teddy
the Irish wolfhound,
speaking to the poet
in all of us:

In a fierce winter storm
Nickel and Flora are brave
But afraid
A dog finds them
Speaks words
And brings them to shelter                    
The Poet's cabin
Has light and food
And love
But where is the Poet?
Teddy will tell the story
Of how words make poems
And connect those who hear
Each other'                        

surviving loss, recapturing love...
                                   our bookshelves need Teddy on them!

'And it will have a home among other lovely books we've reviewed for our young poets and our poetically young at heart', insists Tama

'Teddy's Sylvan will be waiting for Teddy on Rainbow Bridge, won't he, Tama' states Frosty

'yes, Frosty, that he will'
            Tama, purring. . .

The Legend of Rainbow Bridge
William N Britton
illustrated by
Dandi Palmer

'and we so love Anna Harper Freeman's
 'Love You More 
Than Anything', 
states Tama

Frosty: 'and we know her, too!'

illustrated by Jed Henry


by Eric Kimmel                      

illustrated by 
Trina Schart Hyman

'we're so fortunate to have our Hershel's', says Tama
'and our Teddy's!' adds Frosty

noble assistants, you have more than earned your treats. . . let's go have them!
A chorus of meows among our very fondest goodbye's 

see you in a moment

ayaz daryl nielsen

Saturday, November 5, 2016

homes for our poems...(and a visit from Angelee Deodhar's Catty Wagon!)

assistant editor Tama: 'quote from a cat named Pindar':             
'The poet who knows
knows much 
in his own nature'
Frosty: 'Pindar must be a 
Siamese, those cats know 
all about themselves'

umm, ok, noble assistant
editors, let's move 
into our post. . .
                                       worthy homes for our poems

this'n from Colorado's
own Cold Mountain
denizen, p l wick:

Cheap Seats 
Ticket To Ride

'yes', says Tama,
'we had some difficulty trying 
to create a clear
image- but!
poets can always
email p l wick- 
expect an 
intriguing flow
of thoughts, ideas
and poetry!':
p l wick
Cheap Seats
Ticket to Ride:

Tama and Frosty: 'hurrah! editor Karen O'leary! the nicest poetry editor we know, and she has such a gracious heart!'
Whispers in the Wind 
Whispers in the Wind, perhaps the nicest people and poets we have. . .

Marianne Szlyk, poems and flash fiction inspired by music, art, and nature, her blog-zine: The Song Is. . .  Any length, previously published fine.  Send your poetry to  
'music, art, and poetry! treats for kitties!' (assistant ed. Frosty)

 The Roaring Muse
above, a pathway to Duluth, Minnesota, home of The Roaring Muse 
Kind of a Hurricane Press    founder A J Huffman states 'we will do it all!', and they are, online and print: anthologies, best of, reviews, poetry chapbooks (one of mine, Rain in the Night Wind, soon to be released), et al., numerous publications including haiku to High Coupe, also Pyrokinection, Jellyfish Whispers, Mind[less]Muse, numerous honors for deserving poems/poets, be there soon as possible with your best! (oops, just found out Kind of a Hurricane Press is no more,
how sad!  Wishing A J Huffman all good things...)


'Until recently only Romanians were involved in this project, almost the whole site is in Romanian, but we encourage the submission of English texts, which can be published mainly in the “English” section, and also in other sections. We plan the translation of some other parts of the site into English. As the e-zine brings no income, we are sorry to announce that the contributions cannot be remunerated. The texts must be sent via e-mail to as .rtf or .txt attachments.'

tama:  three we love, even with 
about a year between accepted
poems and their publication. . .

Lilliput Review, ed. Don Wentworth
(a most favorite poet, also)
282 Main Street
Pittsburgh, PA  15201
much more online at Issa's Untidy Hut

Barbaric Yawp
3700 County Route 24
Russell, New York 13684
go to BoneWorld Publishing for further info.
ed. John Berbrich

submissions by mail to:
P.O. Box 131
Planetarium Station
New York, New York  10024
a print publication lovely and filled with 
heart, our poems between it's covers is, indeed, 
an honor

Tama:  'We all need to visit (and submit) to Ascent often because it's just loverly':
Friday's poems will be published weekly.  Submissions are now open.
Send your poems to                                                
Nanoose Bay, British Columbia

Frosty, excited, yelling 'look who's here!  
It's Angelee Deodhar and her Catty Wagon - and it's filled 
with treats for kitties!'

Welcome, Angelee, so good to see you!
'and the Catty Wagon!', insists Frosty

so, we are far from through sharing publications, print and online, that we hope will become homes for your poems... but, for now...
betcha Angelee has a few treats for humans, too!

see you in a moment

ayaz daryl nielsen


Sunday, October 16, 2016

our worthy poetry! places/faces for our poems. . .

chosen by bear creek haiku's assistant editors Frosty and Tama
'that's us!  guess which is Frosty, and have a poem
            published in the next issue of bear creek haiku. . .'

a real sweetheart
of print poetry pub's, 
send poetry to
Peggy Dugan French
2486 Montgomery Ave.
Cardiff, California

Imitation Fruit Literary Journal does wonders with poetry- 
Eva Barrows, editor  ('and she has some wonderful kitty-cats!')
here's one of ours, and how she published and enhanced it. . .

                                                        artist Chalsea Walton

poet Catfish McDaris and Craig Scott have created 
a brand new poetry publication, 
                    a print zine, 3-4 times a year 
                                              now seeking your poems!
'work that opens eyes and minds. work that makes you stop; catches your breath; 
makes you see the world in a new way. strange/experimental. honest. raw. original.'


          Wild Plum - a haiku journal
wow, this online haiku and haiga poetry publication is simply
beautiful (and has been for a long time). . .
perhaps the loveliest online haiku site we have? ('what took us so
long to discover it?', muses Frosty)
ed. Gabriel Sawicki            

                              at the hayfield's edge
                              calm presence from a woodland
                              scent of aging green
                                                    (Tama's haiku)

        The Roaring Muse
brand new print pub. from Duluth, Minnesota
         a very favorite city: our family used to visit Duluth
and watch kids race home-made go-carts (no engines)
down Duluth's steep city streets toward Lake Superior
        classic scenery, blended with classic wipeouts
        'a bit cold and windy in the winter', Tama suggests,
        "and, a beautiful city. . .   and a beautiful publication. . .
                                                        Duluth, Minnesota

The Pink Chameleon on Line  accepting poetry until Oct.31,
a family-orineted small press, ed. Mrs. Dorothy Paula Frieda:      Tama: 'and a nice lady"

                      middle of the night
                      a thoughtful, radiant wife
                      what might you say now
                      years so quickly pass by
                      in this festival of us

 Episteme online journal of Bharat College of Arts and Commerce 
                          Kulagon, Badlapur, India
these worthy folk present/display the poets/poetry they accept for
publication honorably and with dignity - from their journal: 

and there's something extra special about sharing poetic space with those whose very names are poetic, ("and lovely", states Tama), such as Deepika Rani, Jumagul Suvonova, Khosiyat Rustamova
Up to three unpublished poems, short third-person bio., a passport-
sized photo (mine wasn't, they accepted it anyway) to: 
check out their website, partially to make sure I've listed what few details there are correctly - this submission period closes Nov. 11th

The Stray Branch Literary Magazine
'Shorter poems, edgy, darker material written, reflecting the heart & human condition known as existence, includes depression, mental illness, loss, sorrow, addiction, recovery, abuse, survival, daily existence, self struggles & discovery through words. Personal, confessional poems are welcomed & embraced here, rhyming poems okay, up to 6 poems in the body of the email or an attachment, no simultaneous submissions, previously published are fine.'

                                    founder/editor Debbie Berk
               poet, artist, dear friend Rex Sexton's Heartbreak Hotel:
Rex Sexton was a deep presence 
in The Stray Branch
'and how we miss him', 
state noble assistants 

Tama, how many more poetry publications, print and online,
do we want ('need', says Frosty)
to share with our friends?
'fifteen' -
heavens, not even to 
bear creek haiku, nor Whispers in the Wind,  Kind of a Hurricane
or Cheap Seats or the Romanian Pub. EgoPHobia
'Frosty', asks Tama, 'what do we know about Romania?'
'it's where the word romance comes from', Frosty's reply

umm, noble assistants, let's save the rest for
the post we'll create in a few days
                             it's time for treats!
                                                     (chorus of meows)

see you in a moment

ayaz daryl nielsen


Thursday, October 13, 2016

poets, their poems: George Held, David Sermersheim, Christina Sng, Mary Jo Balistreri, Joanna Weston, Karen O'Leary, Robert O'Rourke, Judith Partin-Nielsen, and! Bijoy Kumer Dubey!

Frosty and Tama, choosing favorite poems from the depths 
of bear creek haiku's in-between issues home (a size eleven shoebox) "someone's feet seem to be growing" states Frosty 
"and it isn't Judith's" says Tama. . . 

enough, already, 
assistant editors-
to the poetry!                                                                     

    Name Calling

    Folks who say Trump is like “Hitler”                                                    
    Think he’s a rabblerousing belittler;
    The Big Lie he’s mastered,
    Like Goebbels, that bastard,
    To make our Brown Shirts feel bitterer.

            George Held        New York   New York

"wow, good friend George 
doesn't mince words" says Frosty
"well, I don't know a single kitty-
cat who's going to vote for Chump,
and, Frosty, how come you didn't
run for president this year?"
"as you well know, Tama, the
editor of bear creek haiku
needs all the help he can get"
"too true, Frosty, too true. . ."



                       the pretentious

David Sermersheim    Westbrook   Connecticut

"David's poem works well with George's"
"true, Tama, true. . ."

"now, poetry from Christina Sing!",
insists Tama
Tama, her last name is Sng, even if it is pronounced 'sing' -
"but she makes my heart sing!"  

curled up with books
endless winter nights               first day of summer
spent in other worlds               a raven feather
                                        at the door

                   Christina Sng   Singapore

"We need a Jo poem!"  insists Frosty
  a Jo poem?
 "Mary Jo Balistreri poem!"

                    As the storm comes 
                    the bent-limbed oaks
                    offer shelter
                    to fluttering finches,
                    yellow-slick feathers
                    curled into
                    golden balls
                    of hope
                    in a deep rumble sky

                    Mary Jo Balistreri  Genesee Park  Wisconsin

assistant editor Frosty: 
"I'd like a poem written beside Shawnigan Lake!"
noble assistant, we have two

   a bench 
   on the cliff-edge
   soaring eagles

                           a bluebird
                           on the fencepost -
                           sunrise aria

  Joanna Weston  Shawnigan Lake  British Columbia

Tama:  "let's publish poems by Karen O'Leary"
(editor of Whispers in the Wind)
"and she'll feel better!"

sepia pages
peace settles 
between the wrinkles

                                my tears drip
                                into a poem

      central farm time
      milking the cows before
      the cock crows

      Karen O'Leary  West Fargo   North Dakota

and Robert O'Rourke, mr. lone crow, loved dearly by so many, 
now knocking on heaven's door

"doesn't have to knock", states Tama, "the door is wide open"

above created by our Robert O'Rourke   Fort Collins  Colorado

                         sails furled now
                         his small boat
                         moving ever
                         so slowly toward
                         the horizon, each
                         out breath bringing
                         the face of his
                         Beloved Jesus
                         ever closer

      for Bob, from Judith Partin-Nielsen    Longmont  Colorado

 "now we're crying," from Tama and Frosty
  noble assistants, we all are

 we have one more poem, from  
 Bijoy Kumar Dubey  West Bengal   India


Hari Om,
The break of sound
And it splitting,
A U M,
A U M,
Hari Om,
Om, Om,
Hari, Hari.

The creation,
The flashing sun for the first time
And the things bathed in sunshine
And the break of sound
Doing the rounds
With the twitter and bird notes
Resounding and vibrating,
Vedic seers and hermits
Taking a bath into the river
In the morning
And chanting,
Om, Om,

Hari Om.

Tama: "we're all seers and
hermits in this river of life"
Frosty: "lovely, Tama"

Tama, Frosty, Judith, let's have our treats 
and hold Bob in our hearts
even as he enters the 
greatest embrace of all

see you in a moment

ayaz daryl nielsen