BOOK REVIEW: FLASHES OF VICE VOL III by VINCENT DE PAUL

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BOOK REVIEW: FLASHES OF VICE VOL III by VINCENT DE PAUL

BOOK: Flashes Of Vice Vol III

AUTHOR: Vincent De Paul

GENRE: Flash Fiction

ISBN: 978-9966-100-06-1

FIRST PUBLISHED ONLINE: 2017

PUBLISHER: Mystery Publishers (K) Ltd

LANGUAGE: English

Flash fiction! And this is even better as we have already had a taste of what the author has produced in his previous books. This very thought provoking and entertaining book is a collection of short stories which leave the reader wishing for more. Like previous volumes, every story penned by the author is interesting in its own way. Soon as you start on the first story, you get the urge to go on and on without having the urge to stop.  “The 72 virgins” is the first story in the book. This is not just a story, it’s more than that. Through this, we…

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BOOK REVIEW: FLASHES OF VICE VOL III by VINCENT DE PAUL

Our First Poetry Out Loud Competition

We are pleased to announce that our first Poetry Out Loud competition, held at the Alternative School in Columbia County, was a tremendous success!

For those who don’t know, Poetry Out Loud is a fantastic organization that encourages students to learn about poetry through memorization and recitation. This program helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about literary history and contemporary life.  It has reached over 3 million students and 50,000 teachers throughout the United States.

Special thanks to all the dedicated individuals who made this possible.  Helping promote poetry to younger generations is one of the most important things that we, as poetry enthusiasts, can do.  Poetry helps us interpret the world around us and share what we find important.  It is a form of artistic self-expression that makes the world a more open and loving place.  These children’s passion for the art form is inspiring.

Thank you to all those who read.  Congratulations to this contest’s winner, Breanna Schiller, who will now go to Regionals.

 

 

 

– The Poetry Matters Project

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Our First Poetry Out Loud Competition

Call For Entries For 2017

Call for entries OPEN!

Poetry Matters Project Ltd.

Poetry Matters Project is set to receive entires from poets for our 2017 Lit Prize. We are now using Submittables to process entries. For a complete update on entering visit http://poetrymattersproject.submittable.com/submit/51511/general-submissions.

We look forward to hearing from you. Happy 2017!

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Call For Entries For 2017

Why Does Poetry Matter?

Thanks so much for all who sent a response! Looking forward to working with you this year!

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In this post, we address Poetry Matters Project’s central question, “Why does poetry matter?”  In an attempt to answer this question, we asked a variety of poets and people critical to the Poetry Matters Project why poetry mattered to them.  This is what they said: 

“I have been an advocate for poetry, reluctantly at first, for over sixteen years. I learned early on that a great number of people suppress their inner poet. The excuses are many — I can’t write poetry, I don’t understand poetry, I can’t make money with poetry, and so on. Once, I was one of these people. However, I began to see that the love of this great art form wells up in us as children, for example through nursery rhymes, only to be bullied out of us as we move onto ‘real life responsibilities’. 

When we started the Poetry Matters Project, our…

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Why Does Poetry Matter?

Why Does Poetry Matter?

In this post, we address Poetry Matters Project’s central question, “Why does poetry matter?”  In an attempt to answer this question, we asked a variety of poets and people critical to the Poetry Matters Project why poetry mattered to them.  This is what they said: 

“I have been an advocate for poetry, reluctantly at first, for over sixteen years. I learned early on that a great number of people suppress their inner poet. The excuses are many — I can’t write poetry, I don’t understand poetry, I can’t make money with poetry, and so on. Once, I was one of these people. However, I began to see that the love of this great art form wells up in us as children, for example through nursery rhymes, only to be bullied out of us as we move onto ‘real life responsibilities’. 

When we started the Poetry Matters Project, our mission was to give back to a community which was reluctant to accept poetry as an important form of self expression.  I discovered the incredible importance of poetry as the project grew and we discovered more poets.  The poets even began thanking us for providing this art form as an outlet.

Poetry matters because without it there would be no way to describe what we experience, feel and observe in our world. I believe that poetry has an impact on the psyche. It moves the reader or listener, whether the stirring is positive or negative. It is one of the few subjective experiences left in our ever growing tech-soaked world.”

Lucinda Clark, Poetry Matters Project Founder 

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“Poetry matters because it captures remotest feelings and thoughts. It takes the mind and soul to a place where others fear to tread. Poetry allows us to be ourselves, to speak our mind, to laugh the healthiest laugh and cry the deepest cry. Poetry reveals who we are and how we want our space, our world, to be or become. As God’s creation, we speak and think and act poetically. Therefore we are poetry and poetry matters.” 

Emmanuel Kane, Author of Theaters of War (2006) and Growing Flames, Fury and Lavender (PRA Publishing, forthcoming)

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“Poetry matters because it is the most direct, succinct and beautiful expression of emotion or thought in words. It is the one verbal medium that allows the reader to see straight into the heart of the poet.”

Geza Tatrallyay, Author

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“because it treasures the history left behind by forgetful people

memory fragmentized in time by careless ones, and

fears unspeakable

regret never combed

loss not understood, or

anger can’t be appeased

as well as

LOVE relieves them all”

–  C.J. Anderson-Wu吳介禎, Author

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“Poetry has always been an outlet in my life. It is a way in that allows me to put my feelings in black and white.  

Poetry is like a deep river that runs through my soul. It is always there for me. Whenever I am thirsty, I can always dip my cup into the flowing water.”

– Sharon Schroeder, Author 

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“On a personal level, poetry is an outlet for me for thoughts, frustrations, emotions, feelings, etc. Things I have been mulling over in my mind find their way into my poetry.  Poetry is consequently often a healthy outlet. It matters to me. And I like to think I can write poetry that matters to others. 

On a broader level, poetry can be a powerful means of expression, carry a significant message, and often “stop you in your tracks”.

For something to matter, it should be of consequence, make a difference, and perhaps cause you to think or reflect on something in your life or the world. We are not alone. Poetry connects us. 

It has always been somewhat difficult for me to explain why poetry matters so much. It ‘s like asking “what is the meaning of Life”? It’s roots run deep, straight through the heart. Poetry is like the jig saw puzzle of life as it connects us in a way nothing else can.

My thoughts as of today. They might change tomorrow.”

– Roger Brock, Author 

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“Poetry matters because it accesses the inner dreams and fears of the human condition. Many of us are afraid of the truth. Poetry offers an outlet, letting the fearful know that they are not alone when it comes to being consumed by vices and worldly concerns. Poetry opens conversation, allowing us to share viewpoints on how we as people can make things better for the next generation, while at the same time, fulfilling our God-given purpose.”

– Calvin Pennywell, Author 

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Today, in this era of instant gratification, many people look at poetry as an unnecessary and antiquated art form.  Why read and analyze the written word when the same story can be experienced with less effort on the computer and television screen?  Faced with this difficult question, many people decide to shun poetry.  They lie, like defeated and dry sponges on the shore of a rising tide, and let technicolor stories wash over them, content not to experience what poetry may have to offer.

However, many people stress that there is something truly powerful and unique about poetry.  For example, in this post, our contributors persuasively speak about poetry’s ability to powerfully reflect the poet’s innermost thoughts and feelings.  In this way, poetry can serve as a creative outlet for those writing and, also, as a source of wonder and inspiration for those who read it. 

Personally, poetry has always mattered to me because it is exhausting.  Though poetry is often short in length, it requires a disproportionate amount of time and patience to truly appreciate.  However, by giving poetry the attention it deserves, the true beauty of the art form is revealed.  The responses from our contributors serve as testament to this. Poetry can change how you view yourself and the world around you.  It is a powerful and beautiful art form if paid attention to.  If you don’t believe me, simply discuss poetry with poetry enthusiasts.  Nowhere have I found a more passionate community. 

— Hudson Diaz

Why Does Poetry Matter?

Georgia Writers Call for Exit 271

The Georgia Writers Association’s digital magazine, Exit 271: Your Georgia Writers Resource, is looking for poetry, short fiction (under 4000 words), and cover artwork. We are calling all quirky, humorous or edgy writers, writers with some Southern grit, writers who surprise us or inspire us, writers who weave stories or poems that engage our fives senses and our intellects. For guidelines and to submit, go to https://georgiawriters.submittable.com/submit

Exit 271 is both a writer’s resource magazine and a literary journal. Four times a year, we bring you a motivational kick to get you writing more, publishing more, and living the writer’s life–Georgia style. Plus, with every issue, we showcase short story authors, poets, and artists who call Georgia home. Please take a look at our winter 2016 issue: http://issuu.com/exit271georgiawritersresource/docs/winter-2016

All writers and artists must currently live in Georgia. Feature articles (1000 – 2000 words) pay $50; the Writer’s Path column (under 800 words) pays $25. Short fiction, poetry, and artwork are on a rolling submission basis; however, the deadline to be published in the spring issue is March 19.

 

Georgia Writers Call for Exit 271