Poetry

A Man I Used To Love

A Man I Used To Love

He was an avid reader. New York Times every morning, front to back. He rode his bike to and from school, work, and the market. He ate maple pecan granola each morning. He was a coffee snob. He believed in spending…

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Kelley Cooper

Kelley Cooper is a life coach who guides women to connect with every part of who they are. She serves as a guide through the personal transformation journey of finding your inner wise woman. Through her live events, she creates space for women to play, connect, inspire one another, and heal. Kelley lives in Lake Tahoe, CA, with her husband and dog, Huey. Her happy place is deep in the forest among the trees and river.

The Taste of Your Absence

The Taste of Your Absence

I taste the dirt you left in my mouth Infected with injury, grit-stained teeth You lied, and I purchased each facade Opening my aching, needy soul Turning my words into blood, for the devil Don’t call me baby, or girl Your…

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Darla Halyk

Darla Halyk is the Mom of a Teenage boy and Girl. She is a lover of verbal irony, which currently drives her two children insane. You can find her writing on the Elephant Journal, Sammiches and Psyche Meds, Mrs.Muffin Top, BLUNTmoms, Scary Mommy, Original Bunker Punks and has been featured on Blogher. She is a regular contributor and Editor to The Soap Box and currently writes for her blog at NewWorldMom. Bringing a fresh, honest and humorous take on parenting, women's issues, relationships, divorce, and life in general.

The Things You Cannot See

The Things You Cannot See

I am no longer “too thin.” My clothes are no longer hanging from the bones protruding from my hips. I do not count ice cubes and broth as “meals” anymore. That does not mean that this addiction does not haunt me…

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M.L. Flickinger

Aside from writing, Melissa is an advocate for mental health and wellness - fighting against the stigma of mental illness. Focusing on mindfulness, anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, OCD, eating disorders, ADHD, addiction, PTSD, emotional abuse, domestic violence, trauma, and recovery. She has a slight (okay, huge) obsession with coffee and all things pumpkin.

Peace

Peace

Where do you go to feel peace? there is no direct plane ride or person of higher knowledge or a home situated on a ledge in Tibet that will help you forget that every power is right inside of your being…

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Margret Avery

Margret Avery expresses her talents through being a singer / songwriter / actor / writer and poet. She has also worked as a freelance makeup artist with her work gracing the pages of many editorial and commercial publications. The passion to express through song led to her writing and continues to grow with equal tenacity. Margret has contributed as a writer to Suite101, Women’s Voices for Change and now proudly for Feminine Collective. Margret’s writing is included in Feminine Collective: Raw and Unfiltered Vol 1 and that makes her smile on a daily basis. Her music can be heard on Spotify, Pandora, CDbaby, Soundcloud, Reverbnation and NumberoneMusic.

Flies’ Goodbyes

Flies’ Goodbyes

We met, we bartered, we pricked at a dead fly with needles. The papery light above us, a hangout for living cousins. Or perhaps he looks down on us now again, already reincarnated. All with gnashed teeth, insane smiles, buzzing ……

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Neesa Suncheuri

Neesa Suncheuri works as a mental health peer specialist at a housing agency in Queens, New York. She is the founder of a Facebook discussion group for peer specialists and other recovery enthusiasts, entitled “What is Wellness? A Mental Health Discussion Group.” She also maintains a blog called Unlearning Schizophrenia, and is a regular contributor of poetry and fiction at Organic Coffee, Haphazardly. She is also a singer/songwriter, and an enthusiast of the German language and culture.

What I Don’t Remember

What I Don’t Remember

I remember the fire. I remember the warmth of it near my skin. The night was cold. He was with me. I remember his smile. I remember his laugh. The night was dark. We stood close. I remember walking. I remember…

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M.L. Flickinger

Aside from writing, Melissa is an advocate for mental health and wellness - fighting against the stigma of mental illness. Focusing on mindfulness, anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, OCD, eating disorders, ADHD, addiction, PTSD, emotional abuse, domestic violence, trauma, and recovery. She has a slight (okay, huge) obsession with coffee and all things pumpkin.

What If I Don’t Remember Anything?

What If I Don’t Remember Anything?

The words below are lyrics to a song written by Donna Raye Hutchison DeVerna about her mother, a victim of Alzheimer’s Disease. 8/19/15 3:45 AM SPOKEN: Haunted by memories of my mother’s journey with Alzheimer’s I often wonder … Do they…

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Donna Raye Deverna

Donna is a married, piano teacher, songwriter, 'closet singer' (lol) ... Let's see now ... a bit of rebel/flower child who maybe held her own reins too tight! California girl, quite naturally! Doesn't want to 'fit the mold'; still waiting to 'blossom.' Maybe the best is yet to come. Watch for 'free flight.'

Every Other Thursday

Every Other Thursday

I we meet, and I dash across the room at his knock to open and feel the heat of his body engulf me like a blaze in my own galaxy. He runs his rough tongue over my salty skin all of…

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Elizabeth Kirkpatrick Vrenios

Elizabeth Kirkpatrick Vrenios’ poetry has appeared in Clementine, Silver Birch Press, Kentucky Review, Bethlehem Writers Roundtable and Silkworm, in forthcoming issues of Edison Literary Review, Crack the Spine, Poeming Pidgeon and Unsplendid. She co-wrote the book Party Line under the name Elizabeth Kirkpatrick. She has studied with Judith Harris, Gloria Boyer, Hailey Leithauser, Sue Ellen Thompson and Alexandra Van de Kamp. Elizabeth is a professor emerita from American University in Washington DC, having chaired the vocal and music departments. Vrenios’ solo recitals throughout the United States, South America, Scandinavia, Japan and Europe have been acclaimed, and as the artistic director of the Redwoods Opera Workshop in Mendocino, California, and the Crittenden Opera Workshop in Washington D.C. and Boston, she has influenced and trained students across the country. She is a member of the international Who’s Who of Musicians, and is the past National President of the National Opera Association.