Links to new work by Somlo, Silesky, Rodley

IMG_2306_2Hey there. It’s already the fifteenth of February and I haven’t checked in with you yet this month. That’s because I have nothing new to report about me. But here’s what’s happening with some people we know.

fileBig congrats to Patty Somlo for Hairway to Heaven, her latest book. It is available from Cherry Castle Publishing. Here’s how it’s described:  “The interconnected stories featured in this book specifically, boldly, and tenderly are rooted in her experiences living in many African American neighborhoods that are beginning to gentrify. Her characters are unforgettable and her narratives ring magnetically true.”

Barry Silesky has three poems—“The Idea,” “Storm”, and “The One I Love”– at Boomer Lit Mag. They are characterized as “mystery with a familiar sounding voice.” Here are a couple lines that got to me: “Even now the time we’ve hoped for is coming. I say I’m ready, but the moment won’t last. Nothing does, and this time when the phone rings I’m going to answer.” Check them out here.BL_Logo_New_10-1

Is it winter weather where you live? Then you’ll relate to Laura Rodley’s poem “Day Runners,” which appeared February 11th at the New Verse News.  Laura also took the photo that accompanies her poem.  Read the poem here.

I haven’t been able to place any writing this past month. I got a very nice rejection from an agent regarding my novel. I thanked her for it because it was encouraging. I try to write a thank-you note whenever I get a rejection but sometimes I flake out. What about you – do you write a thank-you for a rejection?

I did receive an acceptance for one of my photos. I’ll give you the link when the post is up. Last weekend was a big snow here. Usually I use the white snow as a backdrop for winter photos. These days though I’m the lucky caretaker of a dog so the smooth white canvas doesn’t remain undisturbed for long. I managed to get in some pics and I share them with you.

Peace, love, and solace

Smile © Ellen Wade Beals, 2018

Smile © Ellen Wade Beals, 2018

Holding it together © Ellen Wade Beals, 2018

Holding it together © Ellen Wade Beals, 2018

Winter veins © Ellen Wade Beals, 2018

Winter veins © Ellen Wade Beals, 2018


Rare moon, new month, Stephen Crane

Peek-a-boo © Ellen Wade Beals, 2016I can’t let January end without posting. It’s been a tough month for some, what with the flu, the current news, and the fact that there were five Monday mornings to wake up to in January.

Tonight three lunar events take place: a blood moon, a super moon, and a blue moon, giving us a Super Blue Blood Moon. Unfortunately Chicago is not well-placed to witness this rare event.  But I’m hoping the moon will still have its positive effect on us!

I’ve been hibernating. I know a lot of people are – it’s a way of coping with the harsh world environment. But the days are getting longer. February is only days away. If you’ve been stumped creatively, stymied by whatever, laid low by January, I am hoping that February is when your ideas come home to roost.

In my effort to share public domain poetry, I present this fine short poem by Stephen Crane. And to fill space, I’ve posted some of my bird pics. None are flying away like little thoughts. The birds are perched. Let’s all get our ideas on paper.

LXV [Once, I knew a fine song]

Stephen Crane

Once, I knew a fine song,
—It is true, believe me,—
It was all of birds,
And I held them in a basket;
When I opened the wicket,
Heavens! They all flew away.
I cried, “Come back, little thoughts!”
But they only laughed.
They flew on
Until they were as sand
Thrown between me and the sky.

Stephen Crane (1871-1900)

BTW, I got this poem at Academy of American Poets site – check out the site for more inspiration.

I’m hoping to read, write, create, and recreate in  February. How about you?

Peace, love, and solace

Waiting and watching © Ellen Wade Beals, 2014

Waiting and watching © Ellen Wade Beals, 2014

Silhouette © Ellen Wade Beals, 2014

Silhouette © Ellen Wade Beals, 2014

City hawk (Riverside Park) © Ellen Wade Beals, 2016

City hawk (Riverside Park) © Ellen Wade Beals, 2016




Highland Park Poetry’s 2018 challenge—deadline January 29

294_HP_Poetry_color_smallIn the northern suburb of Highland Park, Jennifer Dotson works hard for poetry–organizing readings, exhibits, and contests, such as this year’s challenge in which poets of all ages are invited to submit original poetry in response to:

Electricity (in honor of the 75th anniversary of Nikolas Tesla’s death)

Monsters (in honor of the 300th anniversary of publication of Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley’s Frankenstein)

A Golden Shovel Poem (a poetic form created by Terrence Hayes).

Original poetry (of 30 or fewer lines) should express the writer’s experiences, thoughts or feelings related to the challenge themes or form. Previously published works are accepted but please indicate where and when the work appeared.

The deadline for submissions is Monday, January 29, 2018. Selected authors will be notified on or before February 26, 2018.

There is no reading fee to submit one (1) poem. To submit additional poems, there is a reading fee of $4 per poem. Poems will be awarded in the following categories: Student, K – 5; Student, 6 – 8; Student, 9 – 12; Student, College/University; Adult Highland Park Resident; and Adult non-resident.

For exact details on how to submit, consult the Highland Park Poetry site.

Selected adult poets will be invited to read their poems at a venue and date still to be determined.

Selected student poets will be invited to read their poems at the Highland Park Public Library Auditorium (494 Laurel Avenue) on Wednesday, April 18 at 7:00 p.m.

Selected poetry will also be featured on the Muses’ Gallery on the Highland Park Poetry website throughout April 2018.

Photographers and visual artists are encouraged to submit works related to the 2018 Challenge to be included in our display.

For all the specifics, go to Highland Park Poetry. Once there, you may also want to spend some time watching interviews or reading work in The Muses Gallery.

Write on.

Peace, love, and solace

Electric flower © Ellen Wade Beals, 2018

Electric flower © Ellen Wade Beals, 2018



2018 starts with two new poetry books

IMG_6248Hey there! Happy New Year!  Hope your year has gotten off to a good start. Hope you are keeping snug.

There are two new books of poetry that might interest you.

Solace in So Many Words contributor and Evanston poet Susan Spaeth Cherry has a new book–Sackcloth and Silk: New and Selected Poems. She will be reading from this collection Thursday, January 11 at 7 pm at the Community Meeting Room of Evanston Public Library.

Copies of Sackcloth and Silk will be available to purchase with both Susan Cherry and Scurfpea Publishing donating half their proceeds to Doctors Without Borders.25396232_10155336956679385_1206406005903844711_n

Susan Spaeth Cherry began her writing career as a journalist. Her award-winning poetry has been published in anthologies, literary magazines, and on poetry web sites. She is the author of five poetry collections (I Am the Pool’s Perimeter; Reflecting Pool; Breaking Into the Safe of Life; Sonata in the Key of Being; and Hole to Whole). She often sets her poetry to choral and instrumental music that she composes herself.   Congrats Susan!

Congrats are also extended to Arlyn Miller whose press Poetic License just came out with its latest publication: In Plein Air.

It’s a collection of fifty-two poems in response to the natural world printed in an individually numbered, limited edition of two hundred and twenty books.  Each of the forty-three poets spent time outdoors while creating these poems, so that the collection is not only about the outdoors, but also of the outdoors.

26166789_10155028079636850_3362660982121811949_nIn Plein Air  includes twenty-two graphite illustrations hand drawn expressly for this anthology.

For more information, check out Poetic License site where you can order the book and learn about upcoming events. Previous collections include: A Light Breakfast: Poems to Start Your Day and A Midnight Snack: Poems for Late Night Reading.

Write on. Read on.

 Peace, love, and solace

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