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Collateral Damage — Spillwords

My gratitude to Spillwords for publishing my poem about the collateral damage of Putin’s unhinged attack on Ukraine. I have friends from Ukraine who have lost track of loved ones or who fret daily for their family and friends. The poem leads us to see that war only causes unresolved pain and grief, which eats our bones and dissolves our joints. Still we carry the hunched, bearded signs as honking cars speed by.

Collateral Damage written by: Barbara Harris Leonhard @BarbaraLeonhar4   Viktoriia’s sign, “Children are not Nazis!” My sign promotes compassion, kindness, unity. With hearts dressed in colors for Ukraine. 61 more words

Collateral Damage — Spillwords

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Wombwell Rainbow Interviews: Barbara Leonhard

-Barbara Leonhard’s work appears in Spillwords, Anti-Heroin Chic, Free Verse Revolution, October Hill Magazine, Vita Brevis, Silver Birch Press, …

Wombwell Rainbow Interviews: Barbara Leonhard

Thank you, Paul Brookes, for supporting poets and writers! Check out his other interviews on Wombwell Rainbow!

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Wombwell Rainbow Interviews: Walter Bargen — The Wombwell Rainbow

-Walter Bargen (Amazon bio) has published 25 books of poetry. Recent books include: THE FEAST (BkMk Press at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, 2004), DAYS LIKE THIS ARE NECESSARY (BkMk Press at the University of Missouri- Kansas City, 2009), TROUBLE BEHIND GLASS DOORS (BkMk Press at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, 2013), Too Quick for the […]

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Wombwell Rainbow Interviews: Walter Bargen — The Wombwell Rainbow

Paul Brookes just published an interview with Walter Bargen, Missouri’s first Poet Laureate. In this interview, Bargen is generous with thoughts and information about poetry, and he offers several of his poems. I highly recommend any of his books.

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Wounds I Healed: A #1 Amazon Bestseller! — Experiments in Fiction

I am excited beyond words to announce that Wounds I Healed: The Poetry of Strong Women is now the No.1 Bestselling New Release in Poetry Anthologies in both Paperback and Kindle formats: Chart-topping success!Thank you to everyone who has helped create a buzz around the launch of the anthology, and to all who have bought…

Wounds I Healed: A #1 Amazon Bestseller! — Experiments in Fiction

I hope you have a chance to view this poetry reading. I teared up hearing the powerful words. The stories were so emotional that some poets didn’t want to read their work, which is understandable, so I volunteered to read for them. Reading someone else’s poetry in their presence is both intimate and healing.

Anthologies like this one help us lift each other up and build community. Sharing our grief with the world is healing. These poets tell us we are not alone. I was able to see myself in many of the stories I heard at the anthology launch today. Poetry is indeed the memoir of the soul.

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Wounds I Healed: The Poetry of Strong Women is out! — Short Prose

Wounds I Healed: The Poetry of Strong WomenWounds I Healed: The Poetry of Strong Women is out! To the readers: A stunning poetry anthology. From its gorgeous pages, pain driven away by healing. Souls who endured, fought, and won. Some of them still waiting to win. Empowerment. We all need it. The life of women. We all…

Wounds I Healed: The Poetry of Strong Women is out! — Short Prose

At the time of this post, the anthology is running #4 in hot new releases!
The launch party is tomorrow, Saturday, June 18 on YouTube at 3:00pm London time, which is 9:00am Central Standard Time. The reading will be recorded.
I’ll be reading two poems. To access the reading: https://youtu.be/kEd7FFO4ufA


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Launch Party for Wounds I Healed: The Poetry of Strong Women

You are cordially invited to the Launch Party for the highly anticipated anthology Wounds I Healed: The Poetry of Strong Women, edited by Gabriela Marie Milton (Short Prose) and published by Ingrid Wilson’s company EIF (Experiments in Fiction).

The Launch Party will be live on YouTube on Saturday, June 18 at 3:00PM London time (or 9:00AM CST). Join us to hear authors read their works. I will be reading two poems. You may access the event with this link: https://youtu.be/kEd7FFO4ufA

You are welcome to share the YouTube link with family and friends.

We hope you can attend!

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Wounds I Healed: The Poetry of Strong Women scheduled to be released on June 18, 2022 — Short Prose

Art by Nick Revees Wounds I Healed: The Poetry of Strong Women scheduled to be released on June 18, 2022 Dear Readers, I am delighted to announce that Wounds I Healed: The Poetry of Strong Women is scheduled to be released on June 18, 2022. It has been an honor and a pleasure to edit…

Wounds I Healed: The Poetry of Strong Women scheduled to be released on June 18, 2022 — Short Prose

Stay tuned for news on the launch party reading!

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Knowing – poem/poetic prose by Gabriela Marie Milton and an update on Wounds I Healed: The Poetry of Strong Women — Short Prose

Corsica – beach Knowing – poem/poetic prose by Gabriela Marie Milton Around me “all-knowing” people. Happy because they think they know. Yet what brings them happiness is what they do not know. Ignorance repeats itself with the precision with which Big Ben tells the time. These days the child has an imaginary friend called Li Boo.…

Knowing – poem/poetic prose by Gabriela Marie Milton and an update on Wounds I Healed: The Poetry of Strong Women — Short Prose
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An Interview This Week

You are cordially invited to a short interview featuring me on a Podbean program called Vlogging Pod with Eri Nelson on June 2 at 7:00pm EASTERN time. I plan to promote my forthcoming book, Three-Penny Memories: A Poetic Memoir, which will be published by EIF-Experiments in Fiction (Ingrid Wilson) this fall. To register for this event, click on this link. You’ll need to download the Podbean app.

Thank you for your support!

Featured Image – a Neurographica drawing of mine representing my life story, tracing major events that brought me to my present-day accomplishments.

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Exciting News!

I am pleased to announce that this week I signed a book contract with EIF (Experiments in Fiction) for my poetry collection, Three-Penny Memories: A Poetic Memoir! Thank you for signing me, Ingrid Wilson!

Ingrid is currently preparing the anthology Wounds I Healed: The Poetry of Strong Women, edited by Gabriela Marie Milton, a best-selling poet on Amazon. I also have two poems in this collection, which also happen to be in my forth-coming book, which will be out later this year.

My forthcoming poetry book is about my mother and me. Our lives were entangled in many ways. As the oldest daughter, I was her main helper throughout my life, and there were interesting parallels in our lives. She helped me through recovery from measles encephalitis, which caused a brain injury and burned up many memories. Likewise, I helped her navigate aging and Alzheimer’s, which as we all know is a brain injury which steals memories.

However, we had differences. Mom was fertile, able to have 7 children. Because she had 4 babies over the course of 4 years (a set of twins in there), and she almost died with the last baby, I had to help out a lot by mothering the babies. I would learn many years later that this period of time, when I was only ages 9 to 11, would be my only time as a ‘mother’.

Unfortunately, when I was in utero, Mom was prescribed Diethylstilbestrol (DES) to prevent spotting. This drug ruined my reproductive organs and hormone system, and caused cancer scares and major surgeries, ultimately a total hysterectomy.

I am one of many DES Daughters (and there are DES Sons too). DES also has other effects on people, and the damage from this drug affects several generations. If I had by chance I had been able to carry a baby full term by having the T-shaped uterus tied off so as not to miscarry, my child would have still suffered the effects of the DES. The book explores my having to come to terms with my broken womb and a miscarriage because of the deformed uterus. This condition has caused me a freat deal of grief.

The Mother Wound. This is a deep topic for me. Some poems reveal the healing I had to do to help my mother in her later years. I was willing to forgive her for taking DES, but she forgot about the role that she inadvertently played in my infertility and health problems and threw it in my face that I was childless.

This leads to another level of the Mother Wound. Were Mom and I competing? And how? Our lives were so entwined with grief and loss. I also address inter-generational trauma which affected our mother-daughter relationship.

Mother felt abandoned by her mother, so she was motherless. This lack of bonding made my mother over bearing at times and also asked a lot of me to make up for what she lost from her mother as I learned to be codependent. Mom’s relationship with her mother was complicated by the deaths of her sisters. I feel Grandmother was unable to bond with Mom because of the fear of losing her too.

Another facet to this Mother Wound diamond is what really motivated this book. When I told my uncle Mom was coming to live near me, he surprised me with the question, Do you love her? This question uprooted me and caused me to examine whether or not I loved her at all, so this book explores that question as I trace my relationship with my mother over the years to her death from Alzheimer’s.

Writing this poetic memoir was truly healing. Some poems are tough to share. This book explores the possibility that a daughter might not love her mother because of life conflicts yet must be present to her as she faces the challenge of Alzheimer’s.

If you would like a taste of my work, Spillwords published two poems I am including in this book: ”Cooking a Life with a Wire Spine”, which was nominated as Publication of the Month last August (2021) and “Marie Kondo Cleans My Purse at Starbucks”.

Stay tuned for updates! And I hope you can purchase the book and join me on this journey of processing grief and loss.

My featured image is my own neurographica art. You can learn more about this art therapy at neurographicacademy.com. My intent with this image was to seek guidance. I realized that the blue circles are blueberries, and the heart represents my mother, who loved to pick blueberries. Therefore, I feel she is still present to me as I continue to heal my grief.