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Early Liliac Spring at Spillwords

Spillwords has published my Lilac poem:

Early Lilac Spring
written by: Iulia Halatz
https://spillwords.com/early-lilac-spring/

My secret castle
lies in Spring
at the corner
of vernal vicious winds…
Surrounded by lilacs
and violets blue
Prolonged in the hue
of abstaining pink…

Faces and rivers
smile in the sun
Patience is nowhere to be found
as ethereal blooms
Expect the moons
to ignite from early
copper twilights…

Lilacs are the surreal kisses
of Spring
Clinging like stardust
to butterflies’ wings.
They color the dark
wink to the larks
And wait for the bees
to appease…

Art – Sergey Tutunov

Iulia Halatz
She says: “Be the one who cares, make words so disruptive that they create new worlds, hopes and dreams. Even if we are unhappy dinosaurs and find shelter in an Iron Tale or ruminate about feeling too much, whilst declaring colorless apparel, we should take power and strength from our stories.”
Her published poems can be found in The Sudden Denouement Anthology Volume I.

An inventory of light

My humble words about celebrating Christmas in Romania have been included in the Spillwords December Newsletter:

“Christmas in Romania means drummers dressed up in bearskins to spook evil spirits and joyous children in colorful apparel chanting at doorways: ‘Do you welcome the Christmas Eve’s carolers?'”
Iulia Halatz

“Christmas in New York is an experience of the heart; the grand tree at Rockefeller Center, the Christmas Spectacular and dancing Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall, exquisite Department Store window displays, Santas and roasting chestnuts on every corner.”
Phyllis P. Colucci

“Christmas is the spirit of sharing selflessly under all circumstances….”
Hema Ravi

“‘Christmas is our childhood reawakening, evoking memories of participating in spiritual awakening at Christmas.12 reasons of the season to think of those without and of family members no longer here.”
Robin McNamara

“For me, Christmas means people getting together to celebrate the birth of Jesus. I love joining in the community carol-singing at a local housing estate. Magical if it is snowing.”
Denise D’Souza

“Christmas in Australia is a multicultural feast of food and summertime love.”
Fotoula Reynolds

“Christmas is the most joyous day of the year. As we celebrate Christ’s birth and reflect on our blessings, it is time to look forward to the New Year. Christmas is a time to rejoice with our families and loved ones.”
Mary Bone

“Christmas is not just a Christian holiday. It is a celebration of another year in the enigmatic journey of life. In my part of the world (Los Angeles), it is like the opening number of La La Land.”
Alex Andy Phuong

“Imagine sitting in the cool of the evening, sipping chilled Marlborough Sauvignon as the sun sinks into the horizon hazed by the embers of a mellow summer’s day, wind-kissed manuka blooms blushed by sundown.”
Elizabeth Barton

“Christmas means a lot of different things to a lot of different people. But to me, it always conjures these words to my mind: fellowship, community, love, friendship, family, companionship.”
Linda Crate

Art by Carl Ivar Gilbert.

December Light at Spillwords.com

December Light
written by Iulia Halatz

December is what we are
When love glistens back
the light in the baubles.

We have the White and the Words.
Words that move mountains
tiptoe to touch the stars
whet the wondrous luster of the sea
travel with the wind
glimmer with the moon
Feel not the rejection and foible
of the world.

Words are a soft warm pillow
on which I rest
my threadbare soul
that trod naked
on paths of ice
and thorns.

Words keep my bloodshed
clean on a stave
and in hues of red
a song is made…

https://spillwords.com/december-light/

Iulia Halatz
She says: “Be the one who cares, make words so disruptive that they create new worlds, hopes and dreams. Even if we are unhappy dinosaurs and find shelter in an Iron Tale or ruminate about feeling too much, whilst declaring colorless apparel, we should take power and strength from our stories.”
Her published poems can be found in The Sudden Denouement Anthology Volume I.

The Merman’s Rhyme at Spillwords.com

The Merman’s Rhyme
written by: Iulia Halatz

He has no love
but music
and cold whispering trees
that were in bloom
under the last dim moon.

He has seen
the unseizable moors
that glitter and dance
in the wandering waves.

He has crossed his Rubicon
The enchantress’ songs
took him along
until he crossed the line of
glimmering waters and fog
with a feral nod.

Photo: Sunrise in Zakynthos

Iulia Halatz
She says: “Be the one who cares, make words so disruptive that they create new worlds, hopes and dreams. Even if we are unhappy dinosaurs and find shelter in an Iron Tale or ruminate about feeling too much, whilst declaring colorless apparel, we should take power and strength from our stories.”
Her published poems can be found in The Sudden Denouement Anthology Volume I.

Silver Lace Cloak at Spillwords.com

written by: Ann Christine Tabaka

@TabakaChris

Silver lace spills off her shoulders,
like armor against the storm.

Read the full poem at Spillwords.com.

Ann Christine Tabaka
SEPTEMBER 2018 AUTHOR OF THE MONTH at Spillwords.com
Ann Christine Tabaka was nominated for the 2017 Pushcart Prize in Poetry, has been internationally published, and won poetry awards from numerous publications. She is the author of 9 poetry books. Christine lives in Delaware, USA. She loves gardening and cooking. Chris lives with her husband and two cats. Her most recent credits are: Burningword Literary Journal; The Write Connection; Ethos Literary Journal, North of Oxford, Pomona Valley Review, Page & Spine, West Texas Literary Review, The Hungry Chimera, Sheila-Na-Gig, Pangolin Review, Foliate Oak Review, Better Than Starbucks!, The Write Launch, The Stray Branch, The McKinley Review, Fourth & Sycamore.
(a complete list of publications is available upon request)

The Portrait at Spillwords.com

The Portrait

written by: Mehreen Ahmed

@MehreenAhmed2

On the crossing of Victoria and Harriet Street stood a massive block of a grey apartment building. Up in the front of each flat, balconies jutted out like open matchboxes, creating a blind spot for the incoming traffic. It posed an undeniable threat to the traffic on the road. Notwithstanding, the building had much to offer in the way of charm.

View the full article at Spillwords.com.

Mehreen Ahmed
A critically acclaimed writer, Mehreen Ahmed has published flash fiction, short stories, novels, historical travelogue, academic reviews/article and journalistic write-ups. She has published with Routledge: Journal of Computer Assisted Language Learning, Cambridge University Press: Cambridge journals Language Teaching, Language Learning and Technology, Straylight Literary Magazine: University of Wisconsin-Parkland, English Department, Storyland Literary Review, Wordcurd, Story Institute, Cosmic Teapot Publishing, The Sheaf: Campus newspaper for the University of Saskachewan and the Dawn blog.
The Midwest Book Review, has reviewed one of her books, The Pacifist. Two of her short stories, The Anomalous Duo has been translated in German, Familie (er)zählt: Selection of stories completed; Sammlung abgeschlossen, (In press) and The Black Coat, in Greek: ΤΟ ΜΑΥΡΟ ΠΑΛΤΟ, published in Nyctophilia.gr.
She has an MA in English Literature, Dhaka University and an MA in Applied Linguistics from the University of Queensland, Brisbane Australia.
She was born in Dhaka, Bangladesh, but lives in Australia.

Ousted at Spillwords

Ousted
written by: Sultana Raza

@sultana.raza.7

No perch to hang onto, no nest to stay,
Aurum eluded him, or brother took,
New graves; most of his family lay,
Later in sickness, friends forsook.

View the full poem at Spillwords.

Sultana Raza
Sultana Raza has a Master of Arts in English Literature. Her poems have appeared in 40+ Journals, including Caduceus (Ed. Yale University), Columbia Journal, and The New Verse News. More poems have appeared in Gramma, Enclave, Entropy, Poetry24, The Society of Classical Poetry, Bewildering Stories, Spillwords, and The Peacock Journal.
Her fiction has been published online (Coldnoon Journal), and received an Honorable Mention in Glimmer Train Review (USA). Her 100+ articles (on art, film, and humanitarian issues) have appeared in English and French. She has presented her fiction and poetry in Creative Writing Panels in international conferences in the US and Europe, where she’s also presented papers on Romanticism (Keats) and Fantasy (Tolkien).

The Moon – Iulia Halatz at Spillwords

The Moon
written by: Iulia Halatz at Spillwords

“I’ll be looking at the moon,
but I’ll be seeing you.”
– Michael Ondaatje

In the evening
with my fingers
I spin yarns
For your sweet bedlams…

View the full poem at Spillwords.com.

Iulia Halatz
“Be the one who cares, make words so disruptive that they create new worlds, hopes and dreams. Even if we are unhappy dinosaurs and find shelter in an Iron Tale or ruminate about feeling too much, whilst declaring colorless apparel, we should take power and strength from our stories.”
Her published poems can be found in The Sudden Denouement Anthology Volume I.

CHILD OF URANUS at Spillwords.com

Child of Uranus
written by: Andrea E. Lodge

Over a thousand shades
of purple.
Without a definition.
Without definition.
Occurring between
the reds and the blues.
Where violets
mean nothing.

Full poem can be viewed at spillwords.com/child-of-uranus/.



Andrea E. Lodge

My name is Andrea Lodge and I live in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with my boyfriend and my two, somewhat disabled cats. I graduated from Holy Family University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Arts. I studied Secondary Education/English and obtained my teaching certificate. After graduating, I taught middle and high school Writing and Literature for 6+ years, until becoming disabled. Now, I spend my days writing and consider my profession to be “writer,” though I have yet to have anything professionally published.
I have experience writing educational and informational pieces, though my passion is in creative writing. My main focus has been in poetry for many years. I have recently, however, returned to my roots, by writing fiction, something I did when I first started out. My strongest writing comes from things that are based on fact, so I have many pieces based on my own experiences that would be considered ‘Creative Non-Fiction,’ or ‘Memoir,’ and I am also working with my father to write his stories.

MEETING DE KOONING

MEETING DE KOONING at Spillwords.com
written by: Dianne Moritz

“This is how it was: his shipwreck
of a house, beached on green lawn.
He held a wet paintbrush in his
paint-flecked hand. But Dennis
says: there was no paintbrush.”
Read more: https://spillwords.com/meeting-de-kooning/

Dianne Moritz writes poetry and picture books for kids. Her next book, HEY, LITTLE BEACHCOMBER, will be out soon from Big Belly Books. Adult poems have been in print and online in Adelaide Literary Magazine, The Drabble, Poets Salon, Writing in a Woman’s Voice, Spillwords, and others. She is a frequent contributor to Highlights for Children.