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The Autumn Showcase draws near…

Weeping willow and swallows, attrib. Rakusan Tsuchiya

Swallows, swifts, all fork-tailed birds here in Scotland, leave us at this time of year. But they arrive somewhere else. So it goes.

I’m aiming to publish the next Showcase on 1st October. It will arrive, like a migrating swallow, wherever you are…

MM

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The Winter 2021 Showcase is now published.

I hate to start this announcement with a moan, but thanks to the “improvements” made by WordPress, actually getting a Showcase online takes twice as long. Also, features such as indenting text, embedding hyperlinks in text, and so on are either no longer options, or the commands for such actions are so well-hidden that it is simply not worth spending time doing it. WordPress, listen! the zen space has had a ten year association with your platform, and this editor is not pleased with all the fancy-dannery that makes publishing more complicated. Get your act together, remove all the unnecessary new features and bring back the useful stuff! Or I’ll look for a better platform.

Having said that, I’m pleased to announce that the Winter 2021 Showcase is now published! If you would like to see it, please hover your cursor over the ‘Experience’ tab and scroll down. Alternatively just click on the following link, which is impossible to embed in text: https://thezenspace.wordpress.com/experience/winter-2021-showcase/

Yeah, I know, I know. 😀

MM
editor

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The Autumn 2020 Showcase is now published!

Autumn is upon us, after a sparkling September, here in Scotland, which only shed tears on its dying day. And with October comes the Autumn Showcase. Yes – it’s published! To visit, hover your cursor over the “Experience” tab and scroll down, or click here. Visit. Enjoy!

MM

editor.

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If ever a time did not feel right to call for poetry…

Image: AP/Gerald Herbert

If ever a time did not feel right to call for poetry, if ever poetry felt like a privilege, that time is now. Nevertheless I am still aiming for a publication date of 1st July for the next Showcase here, and to that end I’m putting out a last call for submissions.

As always I am especially hoping to hear from “new voices.”

Oh how I would love for those new voices to be those of the habitually unheard. But one can’t go seeking, or it would seem like unsolicited patronage. All I can say is that this door is open.

It is as open to new artwork as it is to haiku and other short-burst poetry. Habitually I scavenge the internet for artwork. I would very much like to feature more original visual material. Please, bring it to me.

Thank you.

MM
editor

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The Winter 2020 Showcase is now published!

Another new year is upon us, and with it another showcase.

Readers, spread the word. I’m looking – always looking – for new names for the Showcases. I want anyone who can write haiku or other short forms that are in-the-moment. See the “Submission” tab for how to put forward your work.

Anyhow, this Showcase… hover your cursor over the “Experience” tab and scroll down the list until you get to the bottom. Or, if you want an easy ride, click here.

May your year be filled with moments. Well, you can hardly avoid ’em.

Marie Marshall

editor

the zen space

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A few suggestions for the next Showcase…

  1. The wind
  2. Numbers
  3. A young woman in a dress the colour of sunrise

As always, I welcome new names and new voices, and original artwork.

And while you’re here, this is my latest 4-5-6 piece.

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The Autumn 2019 Showcase is now published

I love typos. One letter changed would have reversed the title of this post to “The Autumn 2019 Showcase is NOT published,” and in fact that’s exactly what I did type in the first instance. This time, the Showcase has been slung together, with abandon, at the very last moment. But then I love doing that. I love balancing planning with recklessness. To enjoy it, either hover your pointer over “Experience” and scroll down, or click here.

I’m always on the lookout for new contributors – people who can sling a few short lines together and leave a fleeting impression. Haiku is the starting point, of course, but not necessarily the finishing line. What say?

MM.

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There’s less than a week to go…

… to the new Showcase, and I haven’t a clue what I’m going to do!

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Guest editor looking for new “names”

DPM

A detail from one of Daniel’s Korea photos.

The Guest Editor for the next Showcase is the inestimable, incomparable poet Daniel Paul Marshall (no relation). Daniel says of himself:

After eight years in Korea, I find myself returned to England in the throes of Brexit; a jobless, semi-alien seeking reorientation after what has perhaps been a warring absence. I am shamelessly, indomitably a poet, but now unemployment has me under consideration.

How could the zen space fail to offer him if not employment then at least a way to spend a little of his time? He comes to us in full culture-shock mode, after having been immersed in the life and times of a land half-way around the hemisphere, which had front-loaded him with so much inspiration to write, and then having arrived in the UK in winter, to find the country upping anchor and sailing further away from the coast of Europe. Interesting times.

As always in the case of a Guest Editor, Daniel is looking for new talent. Can you write haiku, senryu, and so on? Or short-burst poetry shimmering in the moment? If so, then get in touch with Daniel at danielpaulmarshall85@gmail.com

On this occasion please do not submit via the usual channel, but use the email address above. Go to it!

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The Autumn 2018 Showcase is now published.

Picasso 2Poetry portrays Pablo Picasso projecting proud poses.

Be like Pablo – pose proudly!

Man Ray’s photo-portait of a youngish Pablo Picasso introduces our latest Showcase, which blends autumn colours in words with monochrome photography from the twentieth century.

To visit, hover your pointer over the ‘Experience’ tab and scroll down, or, if you like things easy, click here.

MM.

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