A last flame of sun flickers beyond the shrouded jade mountains where now is falling twilight.
Only there, in a distant valley of cloud glows a gentle mango.
A wind begins to strum leaves. The song of frog & bird drifts through cobbled streets & plazuelas.
To the south, ashen clouds smolder, threatening the jungle sierra.
Lorraine Caputo is a documentary poet, translator and travel writer. Her works appear in over 250 journals on six continents; and 18 collections of poetry – including On Galápagos Shores(dancing girl press, 2019) and Escape to the Sea (Origami Poems Project, 2021). She also authors travel narratives, articles and guidebooks. In 2011, the Parliamentary Poet Laureate of Canada honored her verse. Caputo has done literary readings from Alaska to the Patagonia. She journeys through Latin America, listening to the voices of the pueblos and Earth. Follow her travels at: www.facebook.com/lorrainecaputo.wanderer or https://latinamericawanderer.wordpress.com.
“Everest Base Camp: Close Call is a gripping and fascinating story about Everest told from the perspective of a brave woman who openly shares the triumphs and disappointments of reaching for a dream. Catina Noble pulls the reader in with the warmth from a stove in the dinning room at a teahouse, the humorous attempts at using squat toilets, the delicious comfort food and the kindness of people in Nepal in contrast with the achingly cold conditions and uncertainty felt on her trek. With vivid and absorbing passages, Noble offers a heartfelt reminder that the journey is as important as the dream itself.” Sonia Saikaley, author of Allspice Bath
Catina Noble is an Ottawa writer with over two hundred publications including books, articles, short stories and poetry. Her work has appeared in several publications including but not limited to Woman’s World Magazine, Chicken Soup for the Soul, Bywords, Riverview Park Review, PEN, YTravel Blog, The Mindful Word, Mojito Mother, Baby Post and many others. She is the author of eight books and three chapbooks of poetry. Her poem You Can’t See Me won first place in the Canadian Author’s Association Poetry Contest in 2014. Two of her books have the Reader’s Favorite Silver Seal of Approval; Vacancy at the Food Court & Other Short Stories and I’m Glad I Didn’t Kill Myself.
Find me in the dark with your kisses and wetness the rain outside knows nothing of.
Let us investigate boundaries the same as the sea.
We’ll go out further than It’s safe.
Return to sand each embrace mocking the chill.
Tell me before the eavesdropping moon all you want from sex Is to come in waves
Bio Rp Verlaine lives and writes in New York City. He has an MFA in creative writing from City college. He taught in New York Public schools for many years. No longer teaching, he continues to write and do photography in New York. he had a volume of poetry – Damaged by Dames & Drinking published in 2017 and another – Femme Fatales Movie Starlets and Rockers in 2018. A set of three e books began with the publication of Lies from the Autobiography vol1 was published in November of 2018.
I wage all hope against the day I fall. My leaden halo slipping, my blood turning to bitter wormwood. King Abandon feeds his locust constituents from my flesh, yet, I stay breathing even beyond that plague. A scorching blaze offers no quick sell to glory, and no inland waters can now host relief. It’s shocking how quickly the sea dies once it turns red. No way now to pay against Armageddon. The worst we feared was so much more severe, with hate’s nova’s flare putting the sun to sleep with one burst. So many of us made that sun lapse into darkness, but the terms of my salvation cannot be now laid silent. The illusory satisfaction that I’ll survive makes me bold, so I offer my hand to lay between all other’s burdens, and thus try to transcend to my own apocalypse.
Bio: Linda Imbler’s poetry collections include five published paperback; “Big Questions, Little Sleep”, “Big Questions, Little Sleep” second edition (expanded with 66 additional poems), “Lost and Found”, “Red is the Sunrise”, and “Bus Lights, Travel Sights”. Soma Publishing has published her three e-book collections, “The Sea’s Secret Song”, “Pairings”, a hybrid of short fiction and poetry, and “That Fifth Element”. Examples of Linda’s poetry and a listing of publications can be found at lindaspoetryblog.blogspot.com. In addition to writing, she helps her husband, a Luthier, build acoustic guitars in Wichita, Kansas, U.S.A.
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Jagjeet Sharma is a freelance journalist, poet, and author. She hosts a weekly radio show along with her team of dedicated volunteers on CKCU 93.1fm. She has two collections of poems to her credit. Nature’s Subtle Seductions published 2018; Fragments published 2019.
the homeless heroes on the streets
bivouacked under cardboard and blue tarps
paper cups at their feet hoping
to be filled by your sympathy
endure your impatience and betrayal
they wear their infirmity silently
their eyes seeking yours
both cast in familiar patient pain
suffering withdrawn gazes
and the imperious stares of authority
who sometimes drop their pennies in their cup
stop for a moment to admire their generosity
then wheel and quickly cross away
no longer stunned by withdrawn victims of combat
ignorant of the love needed to end this error
of public despair and faces pillowed
against outside walls and sidewalk sheets as shelters
Joseph A Farina is a retired lawyer in Sarnia, Ontario, Canada. Several of his poems have been published in Quills Canadian Poetry Magazine, Ascent ,Subterranean Blue and in The Tower Poetry Magazine, Inscribed, The Windsor Review, Boxcar Poetry Revue , and appears in the anthology Sweet Lemons: Writings with a Sicilian Accent , and in the anthology Witness from Serengeti Press. He has had poems published in the U.S. magazines Mobius, Pyramid Arts, Arabesques, Fiele-Festa, Philedelphia Poets and Memoir (and) as well as in Silver Birch Press “Me, at Seventeen” Series. He has had two books of poetry published— The Cancer Chronicles and The Ghosts of Water Street.
Hello! Sorry this site has not been kept up to date over the last couple of months. Besides the pandemic, I have a lot of other obstacles that have been thrown my way and I was still recovering from my near death experience in Nepal (December 2019).
The good news is I am feeling much better now and hope to get Fiddles & Scribbles back on track. I already have couple of poets lined up! So when will you see some new material? July 1st.
Keep sending your emails and poetry submissions. I look forward to reading them.
If I have not responded to an email you sent, my apologies and please follow up.
Slow-hum moments when wandering the night my heartbeat and footsteps synced and steady I hear a tune when stars are caught in sight, musing together in a melody
Look up, there are stories amongst the stars perspectives and cares upheld by wonder like scented objects preserved in glass jars tales told from societies asunder
What of other stellar stories unknown, to those with who we share not skies or scenes? differing worlds play to a unique tone of objects celestial left unseen
tis nature’s call to sing and be shared with a universe rife with music and myth
Bio: Nicolas Loyola is a student who has lived in Ottawa their whole life. He is excited by the world, and much of this excitement manifests itself in poetry. He believes the world demands a lot of attention, and lives by his efforts to make light of it.