#PoetryMonth – @Tashtoo shares a new poem

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Do you want more poetry to read? I’m guessing the answer is a big YES. You did click on a Poetry Month link after all. And that’s what you’re getting on today’s post: a brand new poem from Natasha Head!

I’ve known Natasha for a few years now and like what I’m trying to do with Poetry Month, she does 24/7. This event is to help spread poetry to as many people as I can. And there’s a hope that it’ll keep spreading and people will keep reading. Well, Natasha Head is a huge advocate for getting poetry into everyone’s life. You’ll see poetry all over her social media and for me it’s often a daily reminder to take a minute out of the day to read something new, something to reach inside the reader and touch them, something that’ll have a lasting effect.

This poem, Tapestry, is only a glimpse at Natasha’s talent and passion for the poetic form. I hope after reading this piece you’ll go on to explore more of her words. Remember, like one of Natasha’s more used hastags says, Read More Poetry!

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Tapestry

by Natasha Head

We exist as threads
Intricately woven
Between the then and now

Memories like silk
Through the eye of the needle
Embroidered emotions

Braided as bandage
Quilting our scars
Stitched together

Through that which connects us
A web of emotion
Colourful commonalities

Joy, pain
Love, loss
Lust, envy

It is in our most tender moments
Our most intimate whispers
Our most frightening desires

Where we find the courage
To adorn ourselves
In the lives we have created

Where our mistakes are made art
Our regrets turn to poetry
And our shame is silenced

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If you’d like to read more of Natasha’s poetry, she has a few collections out.

Nothing Left To Lose

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Pulse

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Birthing Inadequacy

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About the Author:

Natasha Head grew up in Hants County, Nova Scotia, spending most of her youth penning odes to the beautiful countryside and the trouble that can so easily be found when you’re too young to appreciate the simple things.

Natasha is author of three collections of poetry. The 2012 Pushcart Prize nominated “Nothing Left to Lose” and the narrative fictional collection, “Pulse, both published by Winter Goose Publishing. Her most recent collection “Birthing Inadequacy” is now available for purchase.  Her work has also appeared in numerous anthologies, including “In the Presence of Poets”, “Inspiration Speaks” and “Signals From Static”. Visit the “News” tab as recent publications are posted here.

After a stint in Northern Alberta, Natasha now finds herself writing along the shores of Lake Timiskaming in the beautiful province of Ontario.

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#NationalPoetryMonth Challange!

That’s right: I’m CHALLENGING YOU! As we all know, April is National Poetry Month (international if you want to say. It’s spread pretty far by now.) I like to celebrate it on A Life Among the Pages, and this year is no different. Bringing awareness to poetry and new poetry to readers is always a great goal, even if just one more person gets into poetry. It’ll still be a win. So let’s kick this month off by bringing back a graphic you may remember from last year…

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Remember that? Either way, you’ll be seeing a lot more of it this month.

Now that that’s out of the way, here’s what I’m challenging everyone reading this to do: Read a book of poetry. Simple enough right?

I challenge each and every one of you to go out and find a book of poetry that you think you’ll enjoy. Then read it. It could be a single poet collection. It could be a multi-poetry anthology. And if that’s a little too much for you, maybe try easing yourself in with some single poems you find online. As long as there’s an attempt to try to read more poetry, that’s all that really matters.

I know many of my readers read poetry even if it’s occasional. But maybe some of you would like a few suggestions. I’m not sure if I’m good at suggestions, but I’ll try by listing some of my favorite collections that I’ve read and some poets, as well.

A few verse novel suggestions might help those not ready to dive right in.

And here is a list of Indie poets you might have seen on the blog in the past. They’re definitely worth checking out. I’ll link a collection into each name.

I don’t really know where to steer anyone looking for an anthology. I own so many and many have overlapping selections. You can’t really go wrong with one. Read a few poems from them and if it seems like it’ll click with you, that’d probably be a great choice.

ALSO, as a little self-promotion and a help for you (maybe), you may notice the prices on my ebooks have dropped. For the month of April, on Amazon (since 99.9999999999% of my five sales each year come from there)…

From Where I Stand is only $1.23

and

Winter’s Homecoming and other Poems is only $0.99

AND, because I want to be generous, if anyone would like to read one of these collections/chapbooks but can’t afford to buy one…let me know. If you’re serious about reading it (and hopefully leaving an honest review when you’re done), send me a message and I’ll hook you up. I can give out Smashwords coupons for you to grab it for free. You can get it in any format through them. I’m here to spread poetry and that’s what I’ll do my best to do!

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Have I tired your eyes out yet with all this reading? One most big of housekeeping to do and then you can run off.

STORY TIME FRIDAY and PROSE VERSE BABEL…let’s get them going this month! A lot of poetry has been featured on STF so far, but we’ll keep that going if we can this month. PVB hasn’t been alive in a LONG time. Let’s fix that.

So I’m asking for you all to help by contributing. Find out more on how to submit work to each here:

Story Time Friday

Prose Verse Babel

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Ok folks. That’s all for now. Help spread the poetic word and come back often to the blog for most poetry fun all month!

#PoetryWeek – poet Natasha Head

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It’s All Poetry

I wake to a morning alive with poetry.

To those with eyes to see, they know what I speak of. It’s about much more than simple words.

It’s the red of the rising sun against the smoldering clouds of a passing storm on the heels of dawn breaking. It’s the horrid, scratching, call of the raven leaving goosebumps trailing down my spine. It’s the feeling that settles over me as I take a smoke break pondering a Dali print and feeling my afternoon slip into evening.

“Poetry” is the call to respond to that inspiration in whatever medium overtakes you. It is the desire to capture a moment you never want to forget. It is a pain so bitter, the only road to healing is found through expression. It is a love so strong you can feel yourself slipping away on a sea of rainbows and butterflies, (whoops…should leave my sarcasm behind!)

Whether you express it with a pen, a paintbrush, a glue gun or a crayon…to me…poetry is the call to create, and the time has never been more ripe for us to do just that.

The digital era has invited many new areas for the creative to explore. Smartphones are eating their memory at the speed of light as each new photographer, poet, painter, takes their skills on the road. Never has been capturing a moment and bringing our expression forth been easier. Now, we really can reach an audience, and each other.

I watch on a daily basis, relationships grow, expire, die; as even our creativity learns to manage our ever pressing need for instant gratification. I see communities rise and falter, then shrivel up and fade away, buried under egos, competition, envy, or that ever rotten stench of exclusion.

The traits of human nature that can hurt so bad, are the very traits that birth some of the best art, sadly…the same traits that will keep many from even entering the arena.

The opportunities for promoting and sharing our work have never been so abundant, but I have also discovered that awful defeatist attitude seems to grow stronger every day. It’s sad to see that even our artistic communities cannot escape the ugliness of our operating systems.

The “ME” generation is alive and well. We are pitted against each other by the powers that be. Divided and separated by labels and status, mocked because our values do not mesh with another.

  • Published vs.blogger
  • Independent vs. publisher
  • Signed vs. unsigned
  • Desiring an income against the starving artist route of suffering
  • Giving away our work, our blood, sweat and tears, because we’ve been convinced by the systems that we have to, as though the hours we have invested are somehow worth less than the hours worked by another in a more “appropriate” field.

Hubby…please forgive me…but I’m about to drop a confession…

I will keep us broke supporting the arts.

My bookshelves are overflowing with work by amazing authors and poets…many who I also get to call friend. My most recent work can be found in the brilliant release from Emmett Wheatfall, “Bread Widow”. I have looked up to Emmett, his poetic voice, since I first ventured into these waters, and never imagined I would be given the honor of writing a forward for one of his collections. This happened, for real! All because I reached out, connected, supported, and shared. The lessons I have taken from my fellow poets have been amazing, the opportunities even more so.

My windows in my new home are alive with color. Beautifully crafted stained glass pieces that moved across country with me, from the wonderful Angie Chase, of Gothic Glass. Though we lived only a few hours apart, I found and fell in love with her amazing creations through the twitterverse.

My walls proudly display photography and art from familiar names such as Peter Wilkin, Jack Varnell AKA The Emotional Orphan, my most favorite t-shirt features the face of none other than a young #njpoet Charles Bivona, who is on his way to starting his own publishing house with the help and support of his social networking community.

There are so many ways we can give back to the communities that give us so much. When funds are running low, I go into sharing overload…and have no doubt gotten on the nerves of more than one reader…but it is just too easy not to do.

The real poetry is the inspiration…right back to the beginning…be it a piece of jewelry, a stained glass all seeing eye, a song…it’s all poetry!

I believe we can come together, and bring the arts once again to the forefront. I believe it is the artists, poets, who are going to be the ones to wake up the masses. God knows, the wars haven’t been working.

We need to come together, stand up for ourselves, our work, and not be manipulated by those seeking only to take advantage. Our time, our efforts, matter…we make a difference every single day. It’s not about letting go…it’s about taking it back.

And when you find that flow, that poetry…magic starts to happen. I’ve been honored to be included in a wonderful opportunity to take our work to the airwaves through The Nexus Café by The Creative Nexus. When I first met Roger Allen Baut, AKA @ChasingTao…I never dreamed we’d come together to produce a radio program dedicated to the arts. 40,000 listeners later, we are preparing for a whole new season of music, art, poetry and conversation. We are adding programs, and making changes, with the help of poet/photographer Susie Clevenger & our resident painter/audio producer Matthew Hatt…the team is growing, the shows are evolving, and we’re looking forward to bringing you artists of all mediums from all around the world.

So, while I may have strayed from my purpose to define poetry…I think it’s safe to say It’s all poetry…and I hope you, like me, believe the time is NOW for us to come together, support, share, and help each other however we are able. No matter the labels you’ve been assigned…we are all in this together!

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About the Author:

Natasha Head is a published poet who hails from the beautiful east coast of Canada. You can find her work in Inspiration Speaks Volume 1, and her debut collection, 2012 Pushcart Prize nominated Nothing Left to Lose, both available through Winter Goose Publishing.  Her blog, tashtoo.com, is a vibrant example of her work in progress. She is also a proud OpenLinkNight host and resident tweeter for dVersePoets, and founding member of The New World Creative Union. Join her on BlogTalkRadio’s The Creative Nexus each Thursday.

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