Nomination for Publication of the Month of May on Spillwords.

I am honored and delighted to have a poem up for Publication of the Month of May on Spillwords. Recently I posted the poem “Visiting a Children’s Memorial Garden”, which is now among the top trending posts. Please continue to to read my poem. Please note, you need to register and/or login to... Continue Reading →

Submission Call MasticadoresUSA

MasticadoresUsa // Editor: Barbara Leonhard

MasticadoresUSA is looking for new submissions to chew on. We adore all those poets and writers who have filled our souls with sweet delicacies. A variety of poetry forms, prose poems, flash fiction, fiction, interviews, memoirs, reviews, and more. Surprise us at the potluck.

The summer months are lined up at the banquet table awaiting a menu of your delightful creations. Don’t be shy. Our readers are welcoming! In fact, as of this date, MasticadoresUSA has 56,000 + views and 20,000 + visitors. Your work will be seen and read.

But numbers don’t measure success, it’s our love of writing about what matters. It’s all about our soul work. Our creations touch lives. Build connections. And in a divided world, it’s the writers and poets who lend a healing hand and serve up meals of luscious wisdom to hold us all together.

Join us at the table! Submit your beautiful…

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“Who Am I Again?” by Isteb Grah

Isteb Grah’s poem reminds me of my mother, who had Alzheimer’s. Mom didn’t express her confusion in this way although I sensed it and knew what a mangle her mind was becoming. Isteb and I have been corresponding, and her situation now touches my heart. I made an audio of her poem, which I am unable to upload on MasticadoresUSA, where I published her poem today. I would like to add the audio to this reblog.

MasticadoresUsa // Editor: Barbara Leonhard

AllI know about me today - I'm definitely not free. Sometimes my mind is clear, my eyes are open, and I can see. Other days my mind is lost, I can't seeanything but gray orremember a single detail about anything, except I'm in a very dark place. Sometimes I don't know my name or even recognize my own face. During my moments of clarity, I recall a past full of love, family and happiness, but I can never remember how I lost them, and I get mad! To be left in this place, I must have done something very bad. During my dark times, I'm afraid, even terrified at times, because well - Oh man, now I forget. I do remember a deep seated fear of something, but I don't know what, maybe regret? I read my journal and ask everyone I see, “Am I sick.” Sadly, I can never…

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“Happiness is an elephant” by Nolcha Fox (and My Review of Fox’s Book, ‘Memory is that raccoon’) — MasticadoresUsa // Editor: Barbara Leonhard

Nolcha Fox is a prolific and entertaining poet! I was honored to review her book “Memory is that raccoon”, which contains the poem featured here. Enjoy! Happiness is an elephant sitting in the best chair, hogging the remote. I can only feed him peanuts and vacuum when he goes to the refrigerator for a... Continue Reading →

“Cupid Sings the Blues” by Barbara Leonhard

A poem up on MasticadoresUSA… Why is Cupid so sad? I. February 14, the day of roses. Chocolate-covered strawberries crave the open palm. The heart, the seat of emotion, shapes balloons. Decorates hand… “Cupid Sings the Blues” by Barbara Leonhard Barbara Leonhard Amazon Best-Selling Author Three-Penny Memories: A Poetic Memoir (EIF-Experiments in Fiction, 2022) Pushcart Nominee,... Continue Reading →

“A Review of ‘Samsara’, a Poetry Collection by Shirani Rajapakse” by Barbara Leonhard

I had the pleasure of reviewing this new poetry collection by Shirani Rajapakse. My review appears on MasticadoresUSA today. Have a look…. To read “Samsara” by Shirani Rajapakse is to embark on a spiritual journey of past and present life reflections on suffering, decay, and death in … “A Review of ‘Samsara’, a Poetry Collection by... Continue Reading →

Hidden in Childhood – Full Cover Reveal and Preface — Short Prose

This highly anticipated anthology is ready to launch in late January 2023. I would like to share Gabriela Marie Milton’s post about the book and her preface. Clearly, this anthology is a major contribution to literature and society.  Her revelation that childhood never really ends is profound. That time is linear is an illusion and... Continue Reading →

“Review of Glass Awash, by Ken Gierke” by Barbara Leonhard

I wrote a review of Ken Gierke’s stunning debut poetry collection. You can find it at MasticadoresUSA. What immediately impresses the reader is the cover, which displays stones hewn into glass by water and time. Different shades of blue and green, … “Review of Glass Awash, by Ken Gierke” by Barbara Leonhard Divider Image: by GDJ on... Continue Reading →

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