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Well, actually…

200 BunnymanI did manage to get the Winter 2018 Showcase published today! Callooh! Callay! So come and join the Bunnyman and his friends over there, and celebrate Hogmanay.

Actually, I don’t think we mention Hogmanay at all, but there’s a goodly amount of other stuff for your delight. So either hover your pointer over the ‘Experience’ tab and scroll down until a link for the Winter 2018 Showcase appears, then click on it. Alternatively, please feel free to click here.

By the way, I check out how the site looks using Google Chrome. If it looks at all odd in your browser, please let me know. I’m not sure there’ll be much I can do about it, but it would be useful to know. Thanks.


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Late again!

A Guid New Year tae ane an’ a’!

I’m told I shouldn’t use the ‘apologetic apostrophe’ when writing in Scots, but as a preface to an apology it actually seems appropriate. The Winter 2018 Showcase isn’t ready to go and will, in consequence, be a few days late. I have various twiddles and diddles to do to the site, as well as preparation to the draft Showcase. I know you’ll bear with me.


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The Autumn 2017 Showcase is now published!

1Hello, dear readers and writers! We have a new Showcase for you today. It is the 25th, and, as you will read in my editorial comments, I’ve been wondering whether the number of pages I can create here is finite. So, when you have read the latest Showcase (which you can by hovering your cursor over the ‘Experience’ tab and scrolling down, or alternatively you can click here) why not go back to the very beginning and wander through the archive of Showcases, clicking ‘like’ as you go, to record your visit.

Something else you can do for me – invite a friend to come and read the new Showcase, feel free to pass the link around.

New readers! Can you write a piece of short poetry that is in-the-moment – a haiku, perhaps – or expresses something very simple in a few words? If so, I would love to hear from you. Click the ‘Submission’ link, find my email address, and get in touch.

Marie Marshall
the zen space

Please note that I can’t accept submissions that are made as comments, either here on the Home page or in the comment section of a Showcase. I regret I have to delete them.

I don’t mind actual comments in poetry, though. 🙂

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There is still time to submit something for the Autumn 2017 Showcase!


“Gotta get something written… gotta get something written…”

There’ll be time to go “Plop” later!

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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!


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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
the zen space


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