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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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The Spring 2016 Showcase is now published!

10Please go visit – tell your friends! You can visit by clicking here, or clicking the image to the right, or by hovering your cursor over the ‘Experience’ tab and scrolling down.

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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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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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