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Big news! For the Autumn Showcase…

Ray… we have Ray Sharp as Guest Editor. Ray is one of the good guys of poetry. He’s from Michigan, from the shores of Lake Superior in fact, which he calls “a land of long snowy winters and brief glorious summers”.

Any submissions coming in in the next month or so will be forwarded to Ray. One of his tasks, as guest editor, will be to seek out new names, new talent for the zen space, so he will be making enquiries of his own.

We still have the suggested theme of ‘mountain’, but we also have a fine reservoir of poems outside that theme. Ray has all but insisted that I submit something myself. I’m toying with the idea, even though it would break my unwritten policy of not making the zen space a self-centred farrago. What do you think?

Anyhow, stay tuned, keep that dial locked to WTZS, Stanton, Michigan…

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The Summer 2016 Showcase is now published!

It’s the first day of July, and here in Scotland it does not really start to get dark until after 10pm  – to us it seems like the evening is a time for doing things, walking round our garden, studying the sky, going for a drive. But I’m sure you’ll find time to read the Summer 2016 Showcase. It is full of energy thanks to the visual offerings by KANIHA and the words of the many fine poets and haijin who have contributed this time.

To visit the Showcase, please hover your pointer over ‘Experience’ and scroll down, or click here

… and ENJOY!

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We’re looking for new contributors

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the zen space is looking for writers, poets, and haijin whose work we have not featured before. Our next ‘Showcase’ is due to be published on the 1st of July, and I would like to have some contributions from you. There is no particular theme; for many Northern Hemisphere writers it is summer, but it’s winter to the South, and many areas of the world do not even recognise the seasons in this way, so there is no need to make your submissions season-themed. Haiku, of course, is always welcome; but imagist poetry, and any short, in-the-moment bursts of words will find a place on a Showcase.

I am also looking for photography and artwork to accompany the poetry.

Please pass this on to friends and colleague-poets. Submissions should be made as requested under the ‘Submission‘ tab, and not as a comment below.

Thank you,

MM
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More crows! More Crows!

crowThe deadline is 31st December. The subject is the crow, or crows…

Crows, notoriously random, one moment aerobatic, the next as untidy as a gale-blown paper bag. They stride purposefully across a road, but hop sideways when a car passes. They scatter, musical notation morphing, on a wet, stubbled field.

They are clerks, old priests, undertakers, schoolmasters, dusty disposal operatives.

They are not only crows, but ravens, choughs, jackdaws, magpies, rooks, jays, an entire race. They are metaphorical, or surreal, or deadly realistic. Some have a misplaced white feather here. Or here. Or even here. On a tree, and against the winter sky, they can appear as gaunt as the naked tree they perch on, or they can seem sleek and fat on God-knows-what in contrast with the tortured branches.

They are (perhaps) the National Bird of Scotland, their accent being a throatful of Buckfast after a takeaway kebab.

They are here for you to plunder, to rob, or to dignify your shoulder as you carry them into the room on a haiku, a senryu, a short burst of poetry.

Or you could ignore the crow totally, write about what’s there when a crow is not, write about the most un-crow thing that occurs to you. It’s entirely up to you. Go to the ‘Submission’ tab and use the email address there.

Just remember that the deadline is 31st December…

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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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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.

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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.

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© 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.

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@ 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.

MM

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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…

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and this is one of the many developments…

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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?

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

MM

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