In case anyone needs this today. Poetry Files. Wandering Words. Bruce Kilarski. The Candle that Slowly Flickers.


Wandering Words

Bruce Kilarski

The Candle that Sadly Flickers

I see a candle that sadly flickers,

Her flame uncertain but alive.

She sputters from such savage drafts,

Her purpose almost gutters.

And when within a world of suns,

Her light seeems so surrended,

Unfelt, not seen by anyone.

An sadly she just doesn’t see

The life within her fire.

She doesn’t see her fragile flame,

She doesn’t see its wonder.

She could fly with chandeliers,

And light their thousand candles,

Or ignite impassioned blaze

In love that just grows higher.

Her flame could brighten any corner,

Or lighten empty ancient halls.

You see, my friends, she doesn’t see,

How precious is her simple flame,

That glows there on her candle.

And so I ask one thing from you,

My friends, who feel these words,

When you meet a candle flame,

Whose fire so sadly flickers.

Help them to stand straight and tall,

And help them keep their fire lit.

4 Questions with Sophie Bowns.

Sophie Bowns

1, Tell us about you, and your writing (themes, influences etc.)

Hi Katie. I’m 25 and live in Cumbria. I’ve previously completed two years of student nurse training, but hated it so I left and moved back home and worked as a carer. I’m currently an Exam invigilator and I’m training to be a secondary school teaching assistant. I love it, no two days are ever the same, and there is never a dull moment.

I adore writing poetry. It’s something that I feel really passionate about. I always strive to wrtie poetry that evokes a thought process or an emotion within the reader. I love the work of Stephen King, Charlotte Bronte. In terms of poetry influences, I always try and read lots of work by other poets.

2, What are some of the ways in which you promote your work, and do you find these add, or eat into, your time writing?

I post regularly on Instagram. For me, putting my poems on there is the best way to get them read. I also post the Instagram links on there. You can find me on both @SE_Bownsfiction

3, What projects are you working on at present?

I’ve been asked to be a part of a wonderful poetry anthology called ‘Luminance’ which will be available on Amazon as an ebook next month.

4, What does poetry mean to you?

Poetry means a great deal to me. It’s rare that a day passes without me writing something. I strive to write poetry that evokes an emotion within my readers or makes them think. I am always trying to read work by as many poets as possible. It’s important that we support each other, especially with the awful new Instagram algorithm. I am determined to beat it.


This unique book brings together a collection of amazing and diverse poets who shine a light of words on a world gone wrong.
While global warming, poverty, homelessness, the refugee crisis and warfare dominate world news, the poets of LUMINANCE turn a spotlight on the frailty and hope of humanity.
The writers include a 32-year-old mum of four, a 16-year-old school student, a haiku writer, a freedom fighter, a 62-year-old grandfather, a modern day minstrel, a novelist and a self-proclaimed ‘mystic’.
Their poetry is breath-taking in its style, its range and its subject matter, falling nimbly into the categories: Darkness and Light, Heaven and Hell, Love and Theft, and War and Peace.
Most of the writers have, until now, only seen their work published on social media.
This family of contributors live and work 11,000 miles apart, across 18 time zones, in Australia, Bangladesh, Canada, Palestine, Japan, England, Scotland and five different states of the USA. Their writings display the diversity of their home cities and cultures and form the unique nature of the book.
Retired newspaper and magazine editor Nic Outterside from England, is the publisher of LUMINANCE.
“I have edited many publications over the years,” says Nic, “But none has been as challenging and exciting as this.
“I was lucky to have so many amazingly talented people contributing to this hugely diverse project.
“Their writing alone is breath-taking, but it doesn’t stop there… they were all brimming with ideas about the book, its publicity and ways to reach more readers than I ever believed possible.
“And we all hope you enjoy and share their end result… we think it has all been worthwhile.”
The writers of LUMINANCE are:
Anjali Love (Melbourne)
Annabel James (Oklahoma)
Austie Baird (Oregon)
Bridgford Hashimoko (Tokyo)
Brotibir Roy (Dhaka)
Hanalee (Arizona)
Heather Matthews (Ontario)
Joseph Nichols (Kentucky)
Megan Taylor (Inverness)
Nic Outterside (Wolverhampton)
Sophie Bowns (Ulverston)
Troy Turner (Los Angeles)
Zanita (Gaza)

4 Questions with Joanna Valente.

Joanna Valente

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1, Tell us about you, and your writing (themes, influences etc.)

​I’m just a weirdo. I think that sums up basically everything about me. I love the strange, the unusual (hi, Beetlejuice!), and am always interested in people who live life on the fringe, who see things a little differently. In general, I also tend to focus on bodies, involving the deconstruction of gender and sexuality, and how stereotypes influence how we make choices. ​My influences, of course, range widely, but anyone from David Lynch ​to Audre Lorde to Werner Herzog to Kim Hyesoon. I like all the weirdos.

2, What are some of the ways you promote your work, and do you find these add, or eat into, your time writing?

 ​Usually on my social media accounts, like Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and my personal website. I feel like m​edia has become such a huge part of our lives and identities that it often just feels like me updating my friends about what I’m doing. So in many ways, it doesn’t interrupt any writing time, since you can’t be writing all the time anyway. And I think, in many ways, being a good writer means going between different types of writing – and finding various identities.

3, What projects are you working on at present?

  ​So many! Currently, finalizing a poetry collection called “What White Men Tell Me About My Body,” another poetry collection called “Werner Catzog​,” and a novel called “Baby Girl and Other Ghosts.” There’s other things in the works, but some secrets are good.

4, What does poetry mean to you?

​It’s about the exploration of the self, of the world around us, trying to find a way to not speak to void, but to the world around us. It’s just about communicating. Finding ourselves. This is what all good art does.

Sexting Ghosts is a collection of poems by Joanna C. Valente. ‘In Sexting Ghosts, Joanna Valente invites us to join them in their haunted psychiatrist’s chair for a cinematic Q&A with the ghosts and gods of the future past. These poems together form an epic flush with oblique strategies for survival. Valente’s arguments sear then soften, become inquiries, persistent efforts to either understand or to cut ties with what time has shed. Ghosts and humans alike know the exhausting experience of being a human trapped in a body. Ghosts, too, are jailed in their forms.’ – Jasmine Dreame Wagner, author of On a Clear Day and Rings

Joanna C. Valente is a ghost who lives in Brooklyn, New York, and is the author of Sirs & Madams (Aldrich Press, 2014), The Gods Are Dead (Deadly Chaps Press, 2015), Marys of the Sea (The Operating System, 2017), Xenos (Agape Editions, 2016), and Sexting Ghosts (Unknown Press, 2018). They are the editor of A Shadow Map: An Anthology by Survivors of Sexual Assault (CCM, 2017), and received a MFA in writing at Sarah Lawrence College. Joanna is also the founder of Yes, Poetry, a managing editor for Luna Luna Magazine and CCM, as well as an instructor at Brooklyn Poets. Some of their writing has appeared in Brooklyn Magazine, BUST, Them, Prelude, Apogee, Spork, The Feminist Wire, and elsewhere.


A Q & A with Pat Furstenberg, on her AsGoodAsGold Blog Tour

As Good as Gold synopsis

As engaging as a tail wag.
Celebrating the simple things in life as seen through the eyes of our old time favourite furry friends, “As Good as Gold” is a volume of poetry revealing the talent and humour we always knew our dogs possessed.
Dogs are full of questions, yet they are famed sellers of innocence especially when it comes to explaining their mishaps and often foolish effervescence through ponderings such as “Why IS a Cat Not Like a Dog”, “As Brown as Chocolate”, “Silver Stars and Puppy Tail” or, best yet, “Dog or Book?”
A book with an enormous heart for readers of all ages, it includes 35 poems and haiku accompanied by expressive portraits of our canine friends.


Patricia Furstenberg came to writing through reading. She always carries a notebook and a pen, although at times she jots down her ideas on the back of till slips or types them on her phone.
Patricia enjoys writing for children because she can take abstract, grown-up concepts and package them in humorous, child-friendly ideas while adding sensitivity and lots of love. What fuels her is an exhilarating need to write and… coffee: “How many cups have had this morning?” “None.” “Plus?” “Five cups.”
Between her books you can find the beloved Joyful Trouble, The Cheetah and the Dog, Puppy, 12 Months of Rhymes and Smiles.
She is a Huffington Post contributor and pens the Sunday Column for as well as dabbing in freelancing. After completing her Medical Degree in Romania she moved to South Africa where she now lives with her husband, children and their dogs.


Q & A

with Pat Furstenberg

1, Tell us about you, and your writing (themes, influences etc.)

Writing helps me express myself – is an art form that allows me to express my thoughts, feelings, beliefs. Much like an artist uses his brush to create a reflection of what he sees through his mind’s eye or a dancer uses his body, his face and even the noises he can produce to express the way he hears and feels the music – a writer uses words carved in sentences, shaped in verses or modelled into chapters.

I think the themes found in my writing are very much rooted into my beliefs. Love, friendship, kindness, joy, animals, innocence – are often encountered in my books. My characters know, or soon discover, the magic of friendship, the importance of love, the joy of sharing and giving. These values, I believe, should be placed at the foundation of our lives and are indispensable in raising happy, well balanced children.

I wouldn’t consider myself influenced much by writers of my own decade. I see myself as pertaining to the ‘anxiety of influence’ authors. I still love Shakespearean Sonnets, Robert Frost and Mihai Eminescu, Ana Blandiana, Charles Baudelaire – as classics were the books I read the most in my teens and even my 20s.

2, What are some of the ways in which you promote your work, and do you find these add, or eat into, your time writing?

I use social media extensively to promote my work and, yes, it does eat into my writing time but it is something that I have to do if I want to get my work out there, outside the confinement of my desk drawers. I think social media is at the heart of 21st century.

3, What projects are you working on at present?

I have a very exciting project on the go, a historical military novel. It is a book about being fulfilled as a human being – at war. And about war dogs – or military working dogs, as they are called!

4, What does poetry mean to you?

Poetry puts a spring in my step and a smile on my face. Poetry is like a rose that changes its shades from the bud until the bloom – each stage revealing a different aspect as each time you read a poem. Poetry is joy and sorrow combined. It plays at the strings of my heart and breath fresh breeze into my life.

Thank you for inviting me to your wonderful blog, Katie!

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4 Questions with Leila Tualla.

Leila Tualla


1, Tell us about you, and your writing (themes, influences etc.)

– I am a follower of Christ, first and a mama second. I most definitely use faith – struggles, waywardness, intensity of being “in it,” and motherhood, in all its messy and beautiful glory, in all of my poems.

2, What are some of the ways in which you promote your work, and do you find these add, or eat into, your time writing?

I go on Twitter, Instagram and FB. There is a “clean reads tweet” group I belong to on FB and I’ve gotten some exposure from people rt to their followers. I try to remember to do it everyday, but I’m really a terrible self promoter.


3, What projects are you working on at present?

I am working on a trilogy – possibly just finish a book and see if I want to continue with this trilogy but they’ll be stand alones just in case I change my mind, which I have a habit of doing. I haven’t written a novel in years, so this “should” be “fun.” I’m also trying to finish my full poetry collection called, the Token Asian writes. I hope to have that done by fall of this year. I’ve been submitting a poem or a chapbook series to different places each month and it’s a neat, if not stressful little motivator.


4, What does poetry mean to you?

Poetry has been my lifeline. It’s helped me to piece together memories of depression and grief that I had long ago buried. Poetry is incredibly therapeutic for me.


I love the life I live
I love the life I live
if I say it over and over again,
Maybe I’ll live the life I love.
Author and Poet, Leila Tualla, chronicles her pregnancy journey riddled with anxiety, a preeclampsia diagnosis, and later postpartum depression in Storm of Hope: God, Preeclampsia, Depression and me. This memoir is told in journal entries and poetry.