The Anthropocene Hymnal: Publication Date announced! — Experiments in Fiction

I am excited to announce that the anthology The Anthropocene Hymnal will be published on 24 July 2021, and the Kindle e-book is now available for pre-order from Amazon. It has been quite a journey and a steep learning curve for me to get to this point, but I am happy to say that I…

The Anthropocene Hymnal: Publication Date announced! — Experiments in Fiction

A time for writing

It’s been a while since I took up the proverbial pen (so to speak) and wrote or posted anything on this blog. This is in part because I have moved, taken a camping trip and helped my parents sell their house. It’s been a bit of a whirlwind the past month. Within this space, I have wondered about myself. I have asked “What am I doing?” “Where am I going?”.

Change seems like an ever constant friend in my life. But I am still surprised each time Change comes knocking at my door. “Oh! There you are!” I say and proceed to let them in. They really like to stay for a while and shake things up.

Part of me wants to blame the change in my life for my lack of writing. Honestly, that really isn’t the reason. I have been unwilling to sit down and process all these life changes. Moving forward I want to shift this way of thinking and let my writing be a place to express what is happening in my life. I want to commit myself to blogging, penning poetry and rhymes and crafting short stories.

Each time I take a break from writing, I always find myself falling back into its gentle embrace. The words and the cadence of the sentences allow for my mind to sit at ease while a world rages around me. Last year was a whirlwind and I am still processing everything that happened. My mind, my heart sits in silence and my inner dialogue rages while my outward appearance reflects a calm demeanor. I have not let myself process last year. I have not let myself process this now. It feels bottled up inside, waiting, lurking.

What am I trying to say? I want to take time to write thoughts and feelings. Create small snippets and vignettes that express what I am feeling. I want to keep writing. I want to keep this blog going and create more and more. But I have to be honest, it may not be pretty or lovely. It may be very melodramatic or cringy. I am willing to take that chance because I believe that I need this space. I need this small corner of the internet.

So thank you for reading, liking, and commenting. I do not write to become famous. Instead the friends I have made on the way have made this writing journey even more sweet. Thank you for being an excellent listener and staying even when I have lost my voice.

If you are interested in what I have been doing outside of the blog, I have been published in the second issue of Free Verse Revolution, I will also be part of the Anthropocene Hymnal and the Beautiful Struggle Poetry Anthology both of which will be coming out later this year. I have been extremely blessed to be part of these projects and I look forward to stretching my writing and my creativity even more.

Best,

Liyona

Sophistication

Oh the sophistication of man

How he bucks his head

And say the words

In a straight line

/

I heard

I heard of this place called

Timbuktu

/

Gold feathers and ancient names

Roam the streets

And give light

To the folly

Of this day and age

/

I heard

I heard of this place called

Chichen Itza

/

Towering pyramids and glass eyes

That birth

Fire and brimstone

To appease the gods

Of the here and

Now

/

Oh the sophistication of man

How we think there

Is something new under the sun

But it has always been 

alive


Photo by Aarif Sheikh on Unsplash

It’s alway money

Monopoly 

And certain times of the day

Lunch dinner and

Dessert

It’s always money

That has the final say

In the land of

Netflix 

And timezone prejudice

I dared to look 

To the green pastures

Of space and fields 

Of amber

But

It’s always money

That has the final say

In the land

Of breaking news

And forgotten stories


Photo by Josh Appel on Unsplash.

Issue II announcement

Very excited to submit some pieces of poetry to this magazine! You still have till next Friday to submit some pieces!

Free Verse Revolution:

Issue II: hermes (the kaleidoscope)

In the Olympian Pantheon, Hermes is perhaps one of the most multi-faceted gods. He has been linked to guiding those of have died into the underworld, he is the messenger god, he is linked to trickery, mischief and theft, as well as being the god of shepherds and boundaries. And so, he poses a wide array of themes and subjects to explore.

This led to imagining a kaleidoscope. The ever-shifting and changing colours, shapes and patterns. I expect Issue II to be eclectic – celebrating the surreal, the abstract and illusory. I encourage you to reach beyond your comfort zone and use the idea of ‘hermes’ to inspire your work.

As always, interpret the theme as you wish. We accept poetry, prose, photography, creative non-fiction and visual art. Submissions are now open and you can find our guidelines here.

Please respect the guidelines in…

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Tuesday Writing Prompt Challenge: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Go Dog Go Café

Devereaux Frazier and Beth Amanda are currently hosting the Tuesday Writing Prompt Challenge which was started by our star writer Christine Ray. We hope to offer all of you something that will spark your creativity and willingness to participate.

The prompts are designed to be quick challengesthat can be written in 10 to 15minutes, inspire you creatively, are fun, and get everyone interacting. Please post your response to the prompt in the comments below and show your fellow posters some love and support. All members of the Go Dog Go community, including Baristas, are welcome to participate. Feel free to share this post on your own blogs and/or Facebook.

Today’s prompt: Write a poem that uses the words negative, balance, and erosion.

Happy Writing!

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Invisible

Pausing and fearing

The invisible

Bonds that tie

Me to

This place I live

Painting and draping

Over all the

Memories that

Tie me to this

Invisible place

I live

For a mind wanders

And a souls tries

To sing

In this invisible world

I live


My personal journey with mental health has been an intersting one. Poetry helps me verbalize thoughts and feeling that don’t seem to have a space. Many times I wonder if I am alone in my experiences, but because of this little writing community, I know that this is not the case! Keep on writing and living, being and breathing! You got this! Photo by Michael Dziedzic on Unsplash