Hi. I thought this might construe to ‘hope’ regarding the current global crisis.
a male cardinal
passes a seed to its mate
by Stephen Page
thanks to Caroline Skanne, Editor
hedgerow: a journal of small poems #123
#123—the spring print issue is here! : https://hedgerowhaiku.com/…/123-the-spring-print-issue-is-…/
Caroline Skanne Hedgerow: a journal of small poems Stephen Page
If You ever make your way down to Nashville, or you live there, you may find the book “The Salty River Bleeds,” by Stephen Page in the following establishments:
Review: The Salty River Bleeds by Stephen Page
Length: 96 Pages
Publisher: Finishing Line Press
Get your copy on Amazon!
The Salty River Bleeds by Stephen Page is a story told in verse about the lives of Jonathan and Teresa and the ranch on which they live. Using both poetry and poetic prose, the author makes the story come to life.
Page’s writing is as gritty as the sandy prairie and he does not shy away from coarse language or difficult topics. Page has created something raw and gritty that is full of local flavor. The reader can feel the heat of the pounding sun and smell the scent of the farm animals. Life on the ranch is hard and oftentimes painful; as such, Page’s writing will cause readers who would prefer to imagine an idealized version of the American West to be uncomfortable. His writing forces his readers to reckon with the harsh realities of life and how we treat the environment.
As the story progresses, the protagonist must deal with both the daily challenges of life on the ranch as well as his own internal struggles. There are no easy answers, and as such, the book leaves the reader with an unsettled feeling. It is this same discomfort that makes the book so powerful and so memorable. I found myself slowly reading and rereading Page’s words as I worked to understand their multiple layered meanings. In the end, Page takes his reader on a journey into America’s heartland as well as into our problematic past. Is there a future for Jonathan, Teresa, and their ranch? Or will the Salty River, along with the rest of the natural world, continue to bleed?
“Your Violet Hair Ribbon” by Stephen Page
Last night you slept with your head on my chest,
My nose in your hair.
While I dozed the violet ribbon upon my wrist
Broke and fell off. This morning I searched for it
But could not find it, anywhere. I tied a new one
To my ankle. Hid another in my journal cover.
Did you have the same dream I did last night,
You with your head on your husband’s chest,
My wife with hers on mine?
madswirl editor’s note: A ribbon of deception; identities mistaken, lovers mismatched. So hard to awaken… – mh clay
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As published on MadSwirl
And included in the book, “The Salty River Bleeds,” by Stephen Page https://www.finishinglinepress.com/product/the-salty-river-bleeds-by-stephen-page/ and published by Finishing Line Press.
Page uses his poetic verse to create a cowboy legend.
— Read on poets.media/a-universe-within-verse
Congratulations! We are delighted to inform you that your piece “In the Room of the Dead” has won the first place award in Poetry for the 2019 Bravura Literary Journal.
As a recipient of this award, please understand that this is an incredible accomplishment. From the competitive pool of over 500 submissions, not only was your piece selected for publication, but it also earned the esteemed honor of taking first place in its category.
Congratulations on Your Momentous Achievement,
2019 Editors of Bravura
the literary journal of Palomar College
Below is the link for the digital issue of Noctua Review. Check it out!!
With a poem on page 37 by Stephen Page, entitled “Parrot Plague,” which by the way, will be included in a book by Stephen Page to be released later this year.
(Photo of parrot courtesy of 123RF)
(Cover and bird super mobile courtesy of Noctua Review)