No Shame by Azriel Johnson

By Writing Knights Press

Don’t be shamed by terms like twig –
twigs are pieces of trees –
like mighty oaks standing
as guardians of the souls of mankind.
You can make my heart pound
through my skeleton
like Atalanta running a marathon.

Like majestic eagle women
soaring like thunderbirds –
rising from the ashes
of those who have tried
to burn them down –
casting shadows on lesser men
afraid of the matriarchy
shattering their precious egos.

Don’t be shamed by terms like thunder thighs –
cause those that use it with derision
forget that the seasons are punctuated
by forces of nature’s mating calls –
like powerful bison roll across the prairie –
like Paul Bunyan’s ox –
Babe I lose my breath
and turn blue without you.


Like fertility goddess totems
from the cradle of society –
descended to Victorian ages
of wide hips singing all the men’s ships –
standards of beauty shift –
like earth mother’s flesh
wrapping folds of herself
causing rocky erections
lasting billions of years.


Don’t be shamed by femininity.
Two souled people have been revered
by our ancestors since the dawn of cognition.
You are true healers
because you can understand all aspects of humanity,
because you ARE all aspects of humanity.
You have the force of Scylla and Charybdis
as you tear apart normalcy
and devour every scrap of life you can.


Your transition is one of reality –
mythological in proportion –
our shamanic journeys lead
through your example of perseverance
and distortion of normal to find the truth.

Don’t be shamed by terms like bitch.
That just means you’re standing up for yourself.
Like slut, that just means you’re bold in seeking your desires –
like cunt the holiest of holes,
armor, sheath, protector, essence and life bringer.
And for Aphrodite’s sake –
never –
ever –
be shamed by the term…
woman.


Azriel Johnson is an inkspatter analyst by day, a serial writer by knight, curator of amazing poetry for Writing Knights Press and always looking for new experiences. He can be contacted personally at azrieljohnson@live.com.

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The Frayed Edge of Memory by James Croal Jackson

By Writing Knights Press



$8.00 USD
Chapbook (plus Free PDF)
$0.99 USD
E-Book (PDF)

Excerpt
a week ago we soared through the sky
with all parts intact and fully functional.
I didn’t need to look out deep, endless windows
we will never have the biology to fly, no matter
our construction, no matter the fantasy of the air-
and the air is a fantasy you breathe easy and pure
descend slowly on telephone lines beyond reach
to know what I am made of will never be enough.
About the author:
James Croal Jackson is a writer, filmmaker, and
musician born in Akron, Ohio. He rediscovered his love for poetry while working in the film and television industry in Los Angeles. He is the winner of the 2016 William Redding Memorial Poetry Prize via The Poetry Forum in his current city of Columbus, Ohio. This is his first chapbook. Visit him at jimjakk.com.
Publication Date:
May 10 2017
ISBN/EAN13:
1546495215 / 9781546495215
Page Count:
44
Language:
English
Related Categories:
Poetry / American / Asian American


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Challenging Submissions — The Wayward Sword

By Writing Knights Press



$15.00 USD
Litmag (plus Free PRINTABLE PDF)

…poetry should be subversive turning
your heart and mind against one another,
making them rivals and best friends
because of it. poetry should challenge
the reader without alienating them.
stimulate them without stringing them out.
it should be concise without being spare.
poetry should be a lover
you can never get enough of…
Contributors:
Alicia Cole, Allen Berry, Bethany W. Pope, Christopher Hivner, Darrell Lindsay, David S. Pointer, Dean K. Miller, Eli Williams, James Schwartz, Jonathan Thorn, Justin Jackley, Karlo Sevilla, Ken Goldman, Layla Lenhardt, Leslie M.P. Abramson, M.V.L. Narasamamba, Mr Valery Petrovskiy, Peggy Schimmelman, PREM PALLAV, PW Covington, Scott Thomas Outlar, Sergio Ortiz
Publication Date:
May 10 2017
ISBN/EAN13:
1545490775 / 9781545490778
Page Count:
36
Language:
English
Color:
Black and White
Related Categories:
Art / Mixed Media


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Chapbook Submissions for 2018

By Writing Knights Press

(Domestic/International)

Submission Call Duration:
12:05am (0:00) November 1, 2017 Eastern Daylight Time
to 11:55pm (23:55) December 31, 2017 Eastern Standard Time
Any submissions before or after this will be deleted with no guaranteed notice.

Submissions are Currently Closed!


Submission Goal:

We will publish any and all accepted submissions. We are hoping to get at least 12. That does not mean if we only get 11 subs we will publish them all, they still have to be quality. If we get 24 brilliant submissions, we’ll publish them all.
Basically… send your best possible work…

Email Address:
writingknightspress(at)gmail.com

Email Subject:
“Chapbook Submission – Pen Name”

Email Body:
Pen Name – Legal Name; Email Address; Titles of Pieces.
Also please answer these questions:
1. Have you read a Writing Knights Press book before? Which book(s)? What did you think of the aesthetic, the content?
Note – Honest answers are encouraged. You do not have to like the book you read to be accepted to Writing Knights Press.
2. What lead you to submit to Writing Knights Press?
Note – Please provide a website or a contact person.
3. What is your intended promotion strategy?
Note – Also, for your intended promotion strategy, please have something more than just “I’ll post it on my Facebook/Twitter.” Yes, do this, but plan to do some readings. We know it’s hard, but if you don’t believe in your work enough to take that step, why should we?
4. If you are rejected, do you want a critique or just the rejection?
Note – Critiques will not be extensive, we will probably just tell you things we liked about your submission in general, less what we didn’t like unless it was glaringly repugnant.

Email Attachment:
Manuscript – .DOC (97-2003) files Accepted ONLY – PDF files NOT accepted, .JPG (300 dpi) image files.
8.5″x11″ with 1″ margins.
Chapbooks may be poetry, prose, fiction, nonfiction and/or black and white photography.
Up to 25 page sample: any combination of Poetry, Fiction & Nonfiction.
Note – If there are any issues with the file format, contact Writing Knights before submitting.

Simultaneous and Multiple Submissions:
Accepted, but let us know if the piece(s) are accepted elsewhere when they are submitted.
Submit multiple submissions in separate emails.

After Sample Acceptance:
Writing Knights is currently working to compile a new author’s guide which will tell you everything we need and expect from you as an author.

Length of Publication:

The book will be in print indefinitely with a Kindle E-book released concurrently.

Compensation:
10 author copies.
Royalties to be discussed privately.

Author Copies:
Cost + $1.00 + Shipping
(Shipping per book reduces as additional books are purchased).

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This Friday May 12 – Take the Knight Off! Poetry & Creative Showcase

By Juliet Cook

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Full Length Submissions for 2018

By Writing Knights Press


(Domestic/International)
Submission Call Duration:
12:05am (0:00) November 1, 2017 Eastern Daylight Time
to 11:55pm (23:55) December 31, 2017 Eastern Standard Time
Any submissions before or after this will be deleted with no guaranteed notice.


Submissions are Currently Closed!

Submission Goal:
We will publish any and all accepted submissions. We are hoping to get at least 12. That does not mean if we only get 11 subs we will publish them all, they still have to be quality. If we get 24 brilliant submissions, we’ll publish them all.
Basically… send your best possible work…
Email Address:
writingknightspress(at)gmail.com

Email Subject:
“Full Length Book Submission – Pen Name”

Email Body:

Pen Name – Legal Name; Email Address; Titles of Pieces.
Also please answer these questions:
1. Have you read a Writing Knights Press book before? Which book(s)? What did you think of the aesthetic, the content?
Note – Honest answers are encouraged. You do not have to like the book you read to be accepted to Writing Knights Press.
2. What lead you to submit to Writing Knights Press?
Note – Please provide a website or a contact person.
3. What is your intended promotion strategy?
Note – Also, for your intended promotion strategy, please have something more than just “I’ll post it on my Facebook/Twitter.” Yes, do this, but plan to do some readings. We know it’s hard, but if you don’t believe in your work enough to take that step, why should we?
4. If you are rejected, do you want a critique or just the rejection?
Note – Critiques will not be extensive, we will probably just tell you things we liked about your submission in general, less what we didn’t like unless it was glaringly repugnant.
Email Attachment:
Manuscript – .DOC (97-2003) files Accepted ONLY – PDF files NOTaccepted, .JPG (300 dpi) image files.
8.5″x11″ with 1″ margins.
Up to 25 page sample: any combination of Poetry, Fiction & Nonfiction.
Note – If there are any issues with the file format, contact Writing Knights before submitting.
Simultaneous Submissions:
Accepted, but let us know if the piece(s) are accepted elsewhere when they are submitted.
After Sample Acceptance:
Writing Knights is currently working to compile a new author’s guide which will tell you everything we need and expect from you as an author.
Length of Publication:
The book will be in print indefinitely with a Kindle E-book released concurrently.
Compensation:
10 author copies.
Royalties to be discussed privately.
Author Copies:
Cost + $1.00 + Shipping
(Shipping per book reduces as additional books are purchased).

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Sandpaper Lovin’ – by Victor Clevenger (CC#90)

By John Burroughs

Crisis Chronicles Press is ecstatic to announce the long awaited publication of Sandpaper Lovin’ by Victor Clevenger. This fine chapbook is now available for $6 from Crisis Chronicles Press, 3431 George Avenue, Parma, Ohio 44134 USA.

If you like your pleasure spiked with pain you’ll wanna rub up against Victor Clevenger‘s Sandpaper Lovin’. Even if you don’t, you’ll still wanna. Call him what you like, but I wager he’s got the most endearing scratch and bite of any sonofabitch writing today.
— Hon. Jugborn Airbrush, editor of Cheap and Easy Magazine

Where Do You Want It?
United States $6.00 USDElsewhere $8.00 USD

Sandpaper Lovin’ is hand assembled and saddle stapled. It features a white card stock cover, pastel green end papers and eggshell parchmentesque pages. Cover image by Steven B. Smith. 8.5 x 5.5″. 16 pp. Laser printed. Poems include “the first words of the morning,” “it came easy for us,” “feeding my demons,” “love letters,” “quill pen,” “phallic & forgotten,” “he’d even take one with warts like a toad,” “a garden plot” and “november 10th.” ISBN: 978-1-940996-39-4. Limited 1st edition of 100 copies.

Victor Clevenger‘s most recent full-length poetry collection is titled Congenital Pipe Dreams (Spartan Press, 2017). Selected pieces of his work have appeared in a variety of places online and in print. He spends his days in a Madhouse and his nights with his second ex-wife. Together they raise six children in a small town northeast of Kansas City, Missouri.

Meet the author on Friday 5 May 2017 at 8 pm during the Jawbone poetry festival at Last Exit Books and Coffeehouse in Kent, Ohio, and on Saturday 6 May 2017 at 7 pm during the Kansas City Pittsburgh Connection at White Whale Bookstore in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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The Laura Poems by Juliet Cook (temporary revival of the first Blood Pudding Press poetry chapbook ever, in honor of TWIN PEAKS )!

By Juliet Cook

The Laura Poems by Juliet Cook is temporarily coming back to life, for the month of May 2017 only, in honor of the revival of Twin Peaks!

This was the very first chapbook that the Blood Pudding Press shop made available, over 10 years ago, in 2006.

Now available again, HERE – https://www.etsy.com/listing/58029753/the-laura-poems-by-juliet-cook-temporary?ref=shop_home_feat_1

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NEW in Glass: A Journal of Poetry – Hexagonal Approach to Horticulture by j/j hastain & Juliet Cook

By Juliet Cook

implied dragon eggs and I

couldn’t tell if they were edible

or had revolvers stuck in the yolk.

from the poem Hexagonal Approach to Horticulture, by j/j hastain and Juliet Cook, appearing within the NEW May issue of Glass: A Journal of Poetry.

Delighted to be included in this issue, HERE – http://www.glass-poetry.com/journal/2017/may/hastain-cook-hexagonal.html


Happy first day of May!

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NEW in The Black Napkin!

By Juliet Cook

Extremely excited to have four poems appearing in the new April Issue of The Black Napkin!
The two “When I Used to be a Little Girl” poems are individual pieces by Juliet Cook – and “Bad Leader” and “The Bees That Can Fight Against the Trumpet Flowers” are collaborative poems by j/j hastain and Juliet Cook.
Happy last day of April!

HERE- http://www.black-napkin-press.com/issue-2-4

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