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the sky is aimless tonight

uncle jack nestles
along my tongue,
soothing watered-
down visions of tow
trucks and past-due
cars. i use the notices
as coasters to keep
from wasting paper.

you can tell a repo-
driver anything, but their
souls are fully invested
in their jobs. that’s all
you can ask of them.

the sky is aimless tonight.
it’s silence soaks up the
shivers of the next morning
as i wriggle out the final
drop of unspoken prayers.

there’s strange days ahead.
they’ll find me one day, cradled
beneath unfinished bombs
digging into spilled imaginations.
they’re only obscured by time because
words age faster than we do.

she’ll rise again tomorrow,
the abyss will have never
existed; addiction will have
been burned away. he’ll
simply be another momentary
lapse of understanding, the
paradise not yet reached.

The Edge

we clench fists into dirt,
praying for mother nature
to wash away our sins; to
wipe the tears from our
cheeks after we fall.

our ears have not picked
up on her voice; our souls
have not been soothed
over by the songs of her
winds brushing her children.

she sat in front of me, eyes
doused in the salt of her tears;
she fell in love with jack but
needed more than a bottle to
carry the weight of her heart.

some families are incapable
of being whole; their children
become lost in the abyss, following
the droplets of what’s left
but never gather enough
to connect them.

healing is a luxury. we
stretch our presence
across our home; it lays
thin across the floor, pushing
further to the edge.

Innards of my car scream with smoke and fire

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Innards of my car scream with smoke and fire

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To ensure Books & Shovels has a successful journey, we have sunk 1000s of dollars into the vehicle, which potentially just fried its motor pulling into the shop.  This may have rendered the vehicle useless, and we are waiting on word from the mechanic.

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Weasel Press: There's Shelter Within These Poems

systmaticwzl:

Weasel Press has started calling for submissions for a special poetry anthology. There is no name for it as of yet but over the coming months we’ll have a working title. The purpose of this project is to provide shelter; to bring awareness and encourage others to get involved with pressing issues. Poetry has always been a healing factor for a vast majority of people in the world. The public soak up poetry in the roughest of times; it simply takes a few words to soothe the wounded. That is the type of work we are looking for in this anthology. There is a wealth of social justice issues that we look at, some of which include: Sexuality, Rape Culture, Bullying, Animal Rights, Education, Immigration, homelessness, and a lot more. The list is not exhaustive and we welcome a variety of topics that encourage communities to become more involved. Passionate poets can email their work to: hitchingpoets@hotmail.com Please review the guidelines below before submitting your work.

Required Information

-Name

-Title(s) of work(s) being submitted

-Topic you are addressing (we encourage any kind of external links that pertain to your topic as well)

-Address information

-Working email

-A Short Biography (about a paragraph), this can include past publications, website info, contact info, etc.

Poetry Guidelines

-No minimum, poems cannot be longer than 2 pages

-All styles and forms accepted

-Previously published material accepted granted the poet has the rights to their work

-Original material only.

-Simultaneous submissions accepted. Weasel Press MUST be notified as soon as possible if your work is accepted elsewhere.

-4 Poems Maximum

-All work must be submitted in a single word document, single spaced (unless the poem is formatted a specific way), 12pt Font, Times New Roman (or something close to that. Please no Courier New fonts).

Artwork Guidelines

-We accept Photography, Artwork (Digital Artwork, Traditional, etc).

-4 Submissions total

-As patt of the Magazine’s ethos we blend art and writing. Please be aware that your art may be accompanied with another form of art (poetry, short story, etc).

-Please submit artwork in Black and White or give consent to make image Black and White.

-The anthology will be printed on a 6x9 (or smaller pending size of the project). Please ensure images in high resolution and at least 1MB in size.

Persons submitting both art and poetry are limited to 4 submissions total.

Deadline: September 19, 2914

Feel free to email, hitchingpoets@hotmail.com with any questions, comments, concerns, etc.

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We are happy to announce our latest release from talented poet Jessi Schultz! Available now on Amazon.com is her first chapbook collection titled Exist in the Moon, a powerful collection of poetry from this latest Vagabond! he chapbook features a short impactful selection forcing the reader into travels they will never forget. We are proud to include the young poet in their line up of epic releases this year.

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Jessi Schultz is a writer in love with seeing the world through varying angles. Much of her writ-ing is typed on a vintage Hermes 3000, though she enjoys iPhone photography capabilities. She writes experimental, romantic non-fiction, short stories and poetry in all directions of themes.

Jessi’s true novel in the making is without par-ticular theme. Instead, it is a documentation of life through her perception. She has lived in both Virigina andHawaii, yet continues to travel.

She is influenced by Anais Nin, Henry Miller, Jack Kerouac, Sylvia Plath and Allen Ginsberg. There are countless others, but those names stay on top of her list. Nature fills her with interest while, people tend to bring on anxiety with ex-periences: drug addiction, lies, lostness, travel, a naked mind as well as body, and surrender. Some mornings, she has to force herself to write about anything just because it’s another way she can breathe. Jessi can feel dejected and happy in the same moment. She can feel sympathy and distrust all the same. It comes out easier on paper.

A trip to the beach could take her to memory or to new ideas and just a ride on her bicycle away, dreams lay hidden in plain sight. Ske keeps a journal on her to write notes and stones. Lines from the journal sometimes go into novels, but never the other way around.

To follow more of Jessi’s work, you can find her on Tumblr!

http://loschultz.tumblr.com/

Weasel Press: There's Shelter Within These Poems

Weasel Press has started calling for submissions for a special poetry anthology. There is no name for it as of yet but over the coming months we’ll have a working title. The purpose of this project is to provide shelter; to bring awareness and encourage others to get involved with pressing issues. Poetry has always been a healing factor for a vast majority of people in the world. The public soak up poetry in the roughest of times; it simply takes a few words to soothe the wounded. That is the type of work we are looking for in this anthology. There is a wealth of social justice issues that we look at, some of which include: Sexuality, Rape Culture, Bullying, Animal Rights, Education, Immigration, homelessness, and a lot more. The list is not exhaustive and we welcome a variety of topics that encourage communities to become more involved. Passionate poets can email their work to: hitchingpoets@hotmail.com Please review the guidelines below before submitting your work.

This project is expected to be connected with the Weasel Press documentary: Poetry is Dead! which interviews and readings can be viewed on youtube or on the Weasel Press Website.

Required Information

-Name

-Title(s) of work(s) being submitted

-Topic you are addressing (we encourage any kind of external links that pertain to your topic as well)

-Address information

-Working email

-A Short Biography (about a paragraph), this can include past publications, website info, contact info, etc.

Poetry Guidelines

-No minimum, poems cannot be longer than 2 pages

-All styles and forms accepted

-Previously published material accepted granted the poet has the rights to their work

-Original material only.

-Simultaneous submissions accepted. Weasel Press MUST be notified as soon as possible if your work is accepted elsewhere.

-4 Poems Maximum

-All work must be submitted in a single word document, single spaced (unless the poem is formatted a specific way), 12pt Font, Times New Roman (or something close to that. Please no Courier New fonts).

Artwork Guidelines

-We accept Photography, Artwork (Digital Artwork, Traditional, etc).

-4 Submissions total

-As patt of the Magazine’s ethos we blend art and writing. Please be aware that your art may be accompanied with another form of art (poetry, short story, etc).

-Please submit artwork in Black and White or give consent to make image Black and White.

-The anthology will be printed on a 6x9 (or smaller pending size of the project). Please ensure images in high resolution and at least 1MB in size.

Persons submitting both art and poetry are limited to 4 submissions total.

Deadline: September 19, 2914

Feel free to email, hitchingpoets@hotmail.com with any questions, comments, concerns, etc.

Traveling Bookstore: Poetry to the Masses

Poetry has immense power in the community, however it is generally thought of as a dead art. One of the goals of Weasel Press is to help push poetry into a larger light. We have never needed poetry more than we do today. Weasel Press is still filming for a documentary titled Poetry is Dead! In which it looks at several different poets posing the questions: Why are you a poet? What makes you a poet? We look for varying factors that move public opinion (publishing markets, open mics, the feeling of poetry being for the elite, how can poetry get back in touch with people, etc.). So far we’re making a lot of progress.

Weasel Press is not the only one bringing poetry to the masses. I have stumbled upon an intriguing project set out to travel across the United States as a Traveling Bookstore. This band of vagabonds is called Books and Shovels and they are needing all the help that is available, even if it’s simply spreading the word about their project. Right now there is an indiegogo campaign to raise funds for the store to premiere at the NYC poetry fest! Dedication is of no question, the people behind this stunning project are tremendously dedicated to poetry and to Books and Shovels!

"I AM EXCITED TO BE ALIVE! I AM NOT AFRAID TO MAKE SACRIFICES TO ACCOMPLISH MY DREAMS!" — From their IndieGoGo campaign

To find out more about Books and Shovels and their affiliates, take a look at the pages below! Keep poetry thriving; Keep passion thriving!

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/traveling-bookstore-poetry-to-the-masses

http://www.undergroundbooks.org/

http://www.nostroviatowriting.com/

systmaticwzl:

The Haunted Traveler is an independent horror anthology seeking to hold the strange and daunting things of this world. We plan on publishing twice a year!

We are currently open for submissions. Our deadline is August 15, 2014. Please read our guidelines for more information on what we’re accepting.

We accept a variety of work such as Photography, Digital Art, Traditional Art, Short Stories, Creative Non-Fiction, Playwrights, Screenplays, Fractal Art and much more. Please note that this anthology does not accept images in color or poetry. Failure to comply with the guidelines below well result in your submission being returned at our convenience unread.

Simple Rules
• The Haunted Traveler is accepting Short Fiction and Flash Fiction, as well as Photography and Artwork.

• Most sub-genres within the Science Fiction and Horror world are accepted; however we are not looking to feature any sort of Paranormal or supernatural romance. We like our monsters to be just that, monsters.

• Contributors are limited to a total of 5 Submissions. Anything over 5 Submissions will not be reviewed.

• Although there is no monetary compensation for being accepted, we will ensure that a copy of the magazine is given to all contributors. This includes a PDF E-book as well as a Physically Printed Copy. If you’re work is accepted by Vagabonds you are granting us first serial rights and nonexclusive electronic rights (Essentially you are allowing us to be first publication and to feature your work on the website). All rights do revert back to the artist and the artist is free to do what they wish with their work. All we ask is that you credit us as publisher of the work if selected. Authors can learn more about rights here.

• We accept these files only: DOC, DOCX, ZIP, RAR, PNG, JPG, JPEG If your submissions are not in the format listed here than your work will not be reviewed. You will be notified via email if that happens.

When Submitting, this information is required.
• Name

• Title(s) of work submitted

• Type of work being submitted

• Address information

• Working email

• A short biography (about a paragraph long), this can include other publications, website and other contact information for our readers who like to keep up with their favorite artists and writers.

For Short Fiction
• 3, 000 Words Max. No Minimum. Flash Fiction Welcome

• We are looking for well written, intense pieces. Essentially, we enjoy rather short scenes that can attack us as we’re reading. Something to really keep us up. The ability to immerse your audience into your work is a key element we look at for all submissions that come by.

• All works must be original. Characters must be owned by the author submitting or their submissions will not be reviewed.

• No previously published material is accepted. This excludes material published on your personal blog or other personal website (I.E. DeviantArt, Tumblr, Self-published book, etc).

• Simultaneous Submissions are accepted, however if your work is selected elsewhere you must inform the editors so they can remove it from the review process.

• Excerpts from a longer work (novel, novella, etc.) are accepted, however the excerpt must work as a Stand Alone story.

• All written work must be submitted in single spaced format, Times new roman, 12-14 pt. font.

For Playwrights and Movie Script Excerpts
· We are looking for short, impactful scenes. Writers can submit an excerpt from their play or movie script, granted the scene can work well on its own.

· Scenes cannot be longer than 5 pages.

· All written work must be submitted in singled spaced format, Times New Roman, 12-14pt. Font.

For Photography and Artwork
• We are accepting Photography, Digital Artwork, Traditional Artwork.

• Traditional Artwork must be scanned. We will not accept a Cell-phone image of your work or anything of that nature. If there are questions regarding this please feel free to email us.

• Much like with our Short Fiction section, we’re looking for work that can immerse us, eat at us, attack us! Images can look at more psychological and sociological condition of the world. We love gritty work.
• All Images must be submitted in Black and White.

• The Magazine will be roughly 6x9 space, please keep this in mind when submitting your work. We typically like to have all images be at least 300 dpi.

For Comics
• We are accepting short comics.

• Comics must not be over 4 pages, and must be able to act as a stand-alone story.
• All comics must be submitted in Black and White

• The Magazine will be roughly A5 (5.833x8.264), please keep this in mind when submitting your work. We typically like to have all images be at least 300 dpi.



Submissions are open. Send all submissions to systmaticwzl@gmail.com Please send all submissions as an attachment with the information requested above. Any submission pasted in the body of an email will be ignored.

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