Autumn 2015 Showcase now published

This time we have some stunning, original work involving fridge magnets. To visit the Showcase, hover your pointer over the ‘experience’ tab and scroll down, or go here.


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Fridge magnets 2

I would really like to encourage people to set their minds, senses, and imaginations free with the ‘fridge magnet haiga’ project for the next Showcase. For a start, it doesn’t have to be haiga…

What can you express by something that attaches to a refrigerator? My first example, in the previous post, was simply a photo of one of the messages left for photographer Robin Malherbe on the fridge he uses. What I love about it is the fact that it has used large, tatty, much-loved, single letters to deliver the tag ‘Rob loves’, and then augmented it with magnetic whole-words. Notice how the word ‘his’ has been improvised from ‘is’ stuck onto another word beginning with ‘h’. it’s not exactly haiga, nor haiku, but it is nevertheless brief and full of gentle impact.


But you don’t have to

Artist Sean Kenney makes creations with Lego bricks; but also in his portfolio are very simple presentations like the image below, made from fridge letters. Again there is impact here. Is it an encouragement or command for you to use your imagination? What do the jumbled letters mean? Are you trying to make a word out of them as you look on? Are you even thinking about John Lennon? Again, it’s not exactly haiga or haiku, but if something like this turned up as a submission to the zen space, for this Showcase, I would be delighted and intrigued.

© Sean Kenney 

© Sean Kenney

Blogger Bhakti has created her own poetry out of magnetic whole-words.

© Bhakti

© Bhakti

Art Lebdev has created a game involving coloured shapes built up from squares, with which an almost infinite number of abstract combinations can be made. There are no words involved, but the shapes themselves can be a form of abstract expressionism.

@ Art Lebdev

@ Art Lebdev

With Lebdev’s ‘Tetrius’ shapes, or alongside any image of anything that can be stuck to a fridge, you can provide accompanying words. They can be text separate from the image, or they can be superimposed on the image. They do not have to be made of magnetic letters.

Indeed, if you make a picture, say of something like the AliExpress butterflies shown below, and you feel that the image alone clearly has an in-the-moment message, then that will do also.

© AliExpress 

© AliExpress

It’s entirely up to you.

Also if you simply wish to write a haiku, poems, or fragment about fridge magnets, that would be brilliant too! Get in touch with me by email – see the ‘Submission’ page.



All images above are selected under ‘fair use’ provisions.

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Fridge magnets and crows, please.

I’m giving advance notice of the next two Showcases here at the zen space. As always I am hoping for new names amongst our contributors; nevertheless if you have contributed in the past and think you can come up with something, I will not turn it away without good consideration. So please, pass along the news about what I’m looking for to others in your circle.

For some considerable time now, I have followed the blogs of Robin Malherbe, who describes himself variously as ‘a cantankerous old mule’ and ‘a peripatetic shutterbug’. I have tracked him and his photography through South Africa, Canada, Madagascar, and Nepal, to mention just a few places. Somewhere in the blogs there was a series of photos he took of creative messages made from fridge magnets. These were made by some South African boys between the ages of 11 and 15 – offspring of a couple who run the church Robin is involved with – and consist of developing messages to and about Robin. This is how they started, with the simple…

rob loves 1

and this is one of the many developments…

rob loves 3

I love the tattiness and the variety in the magnet-letters and words – that says as much to me as the actual verbal message.

The Autumn 2015 Showcase will feature a limited number of Fridge Magnet Haiga, including more by those South African boys. What I want from you, is haiku, haiga, and other impressions and expressions in words and images, created from magnetic items placed on refrigerators. Let me see what you can do!

For the Winter 2016 Showcase I shall be looking at The Crow. What can you give me that members of the genus corvidae inspire?


I’m looking forward greatly! As always, please don’t post your submissions here, but send them to me by email.


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Summer 2015 Showcase now published

cs12aJuly is the month of Liberty, some would say, or certainly of noisy and demonstrative celebration of nation and culture. On the 4th, America goes misty-eyed in the dawn’s early light. On the 12th it’s bowler hats, white gloves, and sashes on the streets of Belfast. On the 14th in France le jour de gloire est arrivé

Here at the zen space we can be quieter, but just as colourful, because the Summer 2015 Showcase is now published. It includes art by Claudia Schoenfeld, to which the poetry of our contributors are certainly not captions. To visit the showcase, either hover your pointer over ‘Experience’ and scroll down, or click here.

By the way, please let the editor know if there are any particular problems with viewing the Showcases in the browser you use. thezenspace{a}

Some interesting, exciting, and quirky ideas for future Showcases are already bubbling under, by the way…

Call for submissions for Summer 2015

Fukuda_Suiko-No_Series-Peony_and_Bee-00034592-030708-F12a bee passes by
weighed with the gold of flowers
this buzzing morning

The Summer 2015 Showcase is due to be published on the 1st of July. I’m opening it to submissions this time, and I’m looking for ‘buzz poetry’ – that’s my name for any haiku or short form of words that is in-the-moment, of-the-moment, expressive, thought-provoking, emotion-evoking, or just zen-cool.

I would like to hear from new contributors, though old friends are welcome too. Just click on the ‘Submission’ tab and email me something. It doesn’t have to be on any particular theme, so surprise me with your brilliance…


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Spring 2015 Showcase now published.

peacockYes, its April 1st, and right on cue the Spring 2015 Showcase is with us! That’s the fifteenth e-issue of the zen space. We have new names and old for you this time, plus mandalas by Marie Taylor. To visit the Showcase, either hover your pointer over ‘Experience’ above and scroll down, or click here. Enjoy!


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Winter 2015 Showcase now published!

1It contains some finely assembled words from various writers, plus the watercolour sketches of Elena Caravela. It’s a good one, readers! To access it, hover your cursor over the ‘Experience’ tab and track downwards, or click here.

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