A quick note to wish all my readers a very Happy Christmas, and to let you know that a new anthology has been released by SWN (Spiritual Writers Network). The Kindle edition of The Best of Spiritual Writers Network 2016 is free today on Amazon, so if you’d like a copy, now is the moment! It’s a delight to have my poem ‘What Time is This?’ included in this collection along with poems in two previous SWN anthologies this year, with thanks to the judge(s) and editorial team.
Follow this link for your free copy…and have a safe and joyful festive season. ❤
I’m a little late with the annual ‘Spring ritual’ of posting a series of flower photos from my garden – partly because here in south Western Australia we had a particularly long, cold winter. The rain that came with it in abundance has given us a truly wonderful Spring, with wildflowers in bloom that hadn’t been seen for years. The photos below are a little sample of the ‘glory of the garden’ this year, accompanied by some favourite quotes about flowers. Enjoy! 🙂
The temple bell stops, but I still hear the sound coming out of the flowers. ~ Matsuo Basho
A flower never worries about blooming, it just opens up to the light. ~ Anon
Fractal geometry is everywhere, even in the lines drawn in the sand. It’s the cycle of life…you see fractals in plants, in flowers. Within the human lung are branches within branches. ~ Ron Eglash
People from a planet without flowers would think we must be mad with joy the whole time to have such things about us. ~ Iris Murdoch
What sunshine is to flowers, smiles are to humanity. These are but trifles, to be sure; but scattered along life’s pathway, the good they do is inconceivable. ~ Joseph Addison
The earth laughs in flowers. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
With love to all, Joanna. ❤
For those of you who live in Perth, Western Australia, or who may be in Perth on November 19th, all are welcome to an ‘evening of love poetry under the stars’, to be held in the Japanese Garden at the Perth Zoo from 7pm. My poem the sheet could be silk is a finalist for this year’s Poetry d’Amour Award, for which prizes will be given and the Summer of Love anthology launched on the night! Hope to see you there. 🙂
Details are available on the WA Poets Inc. website.
I just came across a new writing competition ‘2024’, and as this concept is close to my heart, I’ll link it below.
The theme: “Seeking the best credible positive vision of life in 2024, in a satisfying narrative context.”
Entropy being what it is, all that we can create, without first imagining it, is a mess!
So. tell us a story we can believe in, about a world not far in the future where things are not perfect but getting better, not just for a few, but for humanity.
This is not easy to do, dystopias abound in all forms of fiction and “utopia” is pronounced with a sneer more often than not. But how will we avoid a horrible future if it is all we can imagine?
So, if you feel motivated to imagine an inspired and inspiring future Earth, this competition could be a helpful focus. What sort of world would you love to see, walk around in, and co-create with?
More info can be found at 2024!
The Light Within, an anthology of inspirational poems which were shortlisted in the Spiritual Writers’ Network Competition 2016, has just been released, in both print and digital editions. It’s a pleasure to have my poem ‘Heart of Light’ included in this new collection. To celebrate publication, the ebook edition will be available to download from Amazon for free until September 5th!
If you would like a free copy, please follow one of these links, depending on where you are:
Congratulations to all the poets whose fine, heartfelt verses can be found in the pages of The Light Within.
It’s a delight and an honour to have heard that my poem ‘Emu Girl, on the day before flying’ has won the Open Poetry section of this year’s Banjo Paterson Writing Awards, which are run annually by Central West Libraries and Orange City Council. My gratitude goes to them, and to the judges of the award.
I first entered ‘the Banjo’ in 2008, and won it with ‘Walyunga’, followed by a second win in 2010 with ‘Orpheus, in the desert’, and several poems which placed for third prize in intervening years; ‘Ledge Beach’ in 2009, ‘Crown of Stars’ in 2012, and ‘Circle of Stones’ in 2013. This Award has become particularly close to my heart, and I’ve used it as a focus-point for inspiration to write poems that have a specific Australian element to them. This has often been a response to the presence and atmosphere of this ancient land that I love deeply, sometimes with a social or cultural aspect, and the interweaving of mythology.
‘Emu Girl, on the day before flying’ is a speculative (science fiction/fantasy) poem which takes a prominent group of stars visible in the night sky from Australia – the Southern Cross and the ‘Pointer’s, Alpha and Beta Centauri – and blends word etymology and the ancient Arabic names of the stars with the Aboriginal myth of Tchingal, the mighty Emu in the sky whose head rests in the Southern Cross and whose body stretches through the Centaurus constellation. The poem is ‘told’ from the point of view of an Alpha Centaurian ‘descendant’ on Earth, the Emu girl of the title, who recalls fragments of the invasion of her star system by smoke birds, and the battle of the two brave brothers, recounted in the Aboriginal stories as the Pointers, who fought to ward them off….until gradually the fragments weave together in the Emu girl’s awareness.
With thanks again to the judge(s), and congratulations to this year’s prize winners in all categories of the Banjo Paterson Writing Awards, of which a full list can be found here.
Alpha Centauri and Beta Centauri, from the Hubble telescope. Image courtesy NASA.
Dear Readers, in the southwest corner of Australia we’ve been experiencing an unusually wet April. As I look out through the window now, rain softly falls, and the garden is a lush green more characteristic of May or June. Before its winter sleep, my favourite rosebush (‘Mother’s Love’) has flowered prolifically throughout the month, and I hope the photos below will bring a smile to your heart, as these blooms do to mine.
These few lines came, while I sat on a step beside this rose:
Love walks the spaces
The gaps between words
Its threads cross synapses, invisible
Uncurling between heartbeats
Its ribbons twine life with life
In the bloom of constellations
In the touch of a finger
In an unwinding frond
In the spaces between
Enjoy the spirals and spaces of the rose, the golden ratio in living form …. 🙂