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The Summer 2017 Showcase is now published…

1… better late than never!

We have some absolute delights for you this time, and a complete mixture of poetic and prose forms, which is something I have been aiming for since the zen space began. And do you know what? It’s our sixth birthday! the zen space has been going for six years.

In order to read the new Showcase, hover your cursor over the ‘Experience’ tab, and scroll down the drop-down menu. Alternatively, you can click here.

Time to blow out some candles!

MM.

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Submissions invited for the Summer 2017 Showcase.

As always, I’m particularly interested in hearing from people who have not been published here at the zen space before. But equally I’m happy to hear from familiar ‘names’, though I would ask you to wait patiently for one or showcases to go by before submitting more material for consideration.

I have some suggestions for potential contributors this time.

  • 2Tanka. As you know, the core of the zen space is haiku, but it’s not the be-all-and-end-all. I am always looking for short, in-the-moment use of words, no matter what form they fall into. Recently tanka has come into my mind, thanks to the review I recently posted here. Why not compose some for me?
  • Words inspired by art. Or, not so much an exercise in ekphrasis, more an expression of the momentary experience of a work of art. What I don’t want to see, however, is the work of art itself. I don’t even necessarily need to know what the work of art is. Convey the moment you stood before it. (Just to be entirely contradictory, I’ve included here a detail from a painting that struck me recently.)
  • It is currently midsummer here in Scotland. In the Antipodes it’s midwinter. In many other parts of the world such seasons are not even recognised or recognisable. Can you write me something that expresses a moment of standing in one season or climate and being struck but its opposite? A parched throat in a rainy season? A shiver in heat? A colour in a colourless landscape?

Deadline is the day before publication, which is July 1st. I love last-moment work!

MM.

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The Spring 2017 Showcase is published!

Spring has arrived in the Northern Hemisphere, March has come in like a lion and gone out like a lamb, April is here!

With this month comes a new Showcase here at the zen space. You can see it by hovering your mouse over the ‘Experience’ tab and scrolling down. Alternatively you can click here.

I hope you enjoy your visit.

Marie Marshall
editor
the zen space

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The Winter 2017 Showcase is now published!

A final word on 2016 is below, thanks to Autumn Noelle Hall.

Meanwhile, 2017 has arrived at last, and with it a new Showcase of haiku and other short bursts of poetry. To visit, either over your pointer over the ‘Experience’ tab and scroll down to the bottom, or click here.

Best wishes to all readers and writers.

Marie Marshall
editor
the zen space

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The Autumn 2016 Showcase is now published

cote-6-mother-and-son-at-selfoss-detailWe have a wonderful Showcase this time, thanks to our Guest Editor Ray Sharp. He has brought a fresh approach to the zen space – fewer contributors but more poems from each of them, plus some wonderful artwork by Cynthia Coté, with an Icelandic theme.

To visit the Showcase, hover your cursor over the ‘Experience’ tab and scroll down, or go here.

If you’re a new visitor, why not have a ramble through our archives.

MM
editor
the zen space

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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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