Wednesday, November 1, 2017

STACIA LYNN REYNOLDS


WELCOME
TO
OUR POETRY ARCHIVE

Choose your thoughts carefully.
Keep what brings you peace, release what brings you suffering.
And know that happiness is just a thought away.
~Nishan Panwar~

Poets and writers use the process of reasoning and rationalization of thought, then transform those thoughts into written form. All throughout history poets and writers have described what they see and hear in the world around them, along with personal involvements in life; in attempt to bring peace within, or express peace to others. Poets are unique, in the sense that we have an extreme ability to pen emotion upon a page. We manifest our feelings and/ or opinions through indirect representations found in symbolism, allegory, compare and contrast, associations etc. Poets bring various correlations they observe in the world into a lightened awareness, through poetry; whether it be free verse, traditional form, odes, iambic-pentameters of harmonic tune, and/ or rhyme; we devise and develop our thoughts into words that others can grasp with every sense of their being. Readers see, hear, taste, smell, and feel every expression of the poets suffering, fears, longing for peace, love, joy, happiness, unity etc., but do poets, writers, or artist find peace and happiness when they see the world crumbling around them in blackened hate and mistrust? Do we release the emotion that dives deep within the soul after those emotions are penned? Can we, or do we ever find peace within our own souls?

John Lennon said, “Peace is not Something you wish for; It’s something you make, something you do, something you are, and something you give away.” Most poets write to release inner torments, due to extreme emotion felt, through images seen in the world and individually; though emotion pours out on the page, images may continue to circle within our minds. Edgar Allan Poe states, “I remained too much inside my head and ended up losing my mind.” Poets, who are strongly empathetic, find it hard to release the suffering they witness, even though they pen their emotions. As the editor of Our Poetry Archive, and a human being, my desire for peace and unity goes deep within my soul. My aspirations for every tribe and nation to conform from conditions of disagreement, disharmony, fighting, and warring with one another, into a place of neutrality, reconciliation and union goes beyond what can be uttered through words at times. Though, through the inspirational words of John Lennon, I believe the avenue Our Poetry Archive is now traveling; has made something, is doing something, because we are peacemakers, and we all give away our inner selves; a small picture into the window of every one of our souls. This vision of hope, I found, is not only mine, but the whole editorial team of Our Poetry Archive as well. We have seen over the last three years of publication, immense support from poets who submit their work; master works of passion and dignity. Supporters of Our Poetry Archive, graces all, with every monthly edition of Our Poetry Archive, with their words. Our utmost appreciation pours from the editorial team; for the unity of poets from around the world. The woven tapestry from various nations, cultures, ethnic groups, religion, is overwhelming. Everyone who submits their treasured work is unique in their own way, and the vision it carries goes beyond expectation. Our Poetry Archive is astounded at the numbers we receive every month, and continue to find excitement from the contributions received. We believe all can find a sense of release, peace, and happiness within Our Poetry Archive’s online pages. Pages that inspire, communicating inner thoughts, providing aspirations and appreciation for every writer and reader.

“And thus, when with our heart’s whole hope for guide
Towards our goal, we have struggled on unthinking
And find fulfillment’s portals open wide
From those unfathomed depths, a sudden mass.”
~Johann Wolfgang Goethe~

Please take time and enjoy the talent Our Poetry Archive has added to the November 2017 General Edition. In this edition we are also introducing nine new poets to our readers for the first time. Our Poetry Archive is pleased to introduce poet Agron Shele as the Poet of The Month. We hope our readers will enjoy his interview. Those who would like to participate in our upcoming editions, please send three poems and a profile picture, a short Bio written only in 3rd person narrative along with the explicit confirmation of author’s permission for publication of the copyrighted materials in Our Poetry Archive well before the 20th of every month. Please specify, in the subject line of your email, which edition you are submitting to, to avoid any confusion, and to assure your poems are published in the correct edition. Those who are submitting to any Special Edition, please state your country of origin, mother language, nationality, and where you reside. Thank you! Our Poetry Archive’s email address is: ourpoetryarchive@gmail.com

Author Stacia Lynn Reynolds, editor, sincerely thanks each poet, poetess and reader who is actively involved in this wonderful blog and continued support of Our Poetry Archive.

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