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Deborah Guzzi travels for inspiration: China, Nepal [during the civil war], Japan, Egypt [two weeks before ‘The Arab Spring’], and most recently Peru. First published at the age of sixteen, she writes articles for Massage and Aroma Therapy Magazines. Her poetry has been accepted in the Literary Journals of Western CT. University, Inclement Magazine, Pyrokinections, Jellyfish Whispers, Grey Wolf’s Summer Legends Anthology, The Germ, Wilderness Literary Review, The Anthology Sweet Dreams & Night Terrors, Bitterzoet Magazine, haiku journal, Contemporary Haibun Online, Bella on line, The Autumn Sound, Eskimo Pie, and Ribbons, The Inwood Indiana Review, Five Poetry, Tanka Society of America Journal, and 50 haiku. She has published two illustrated volumes of poetry, The Healing Heart and Heaven and Hell in a Nutshell.


A Christmas Gift to the Youngsters & All


Blog Posted:12/10/2013 9:34:00 AM

There are so many Christian writers on Soup, and it IS Christmas time, so, I wanted to forward this to ALL of you ESPECIALLY THE UNDER 15 POETS ... This letter is a call for SUBMISSIONS [I have submitted and that is why it was sent to me. I write of faith often.]





Dear Deborah,

The last time I wrote with a call for submissions I mentioned that we were also seeking poems written by young people. I have a new call for submissions now, but we are so proud of the new Young Poets Anthology that I can’t resist taking a moment to share this with you first. The annual anthology is a stand-alone collection of poems written by poets age 15 or younger—several of them as young as three and I owe it to them to make sure they have the audience they deserve.

The goal of this project isn’t to encourage young writers—though that’s a great bonus.  The goal is to give voice to the intensity of childhood, and to remind adult poets and readers of the compelling honesty and inhibition of that age. Compiling this anthology was the highlight of the year—we saved the poems for last at our editorial meetings, like dessert, because that is often how they felt. As someone on Twitter just wrote, the Young Poets Anthology “has some of the most lovely, heartening work I have read in a long time.”  We laughed and we cried—all of us—in putting this together.

It’s such powerful poetry that I literally don’t know how to express it to you.  For more information on the anthology, visit its page, http://www.rattle.com/poetry/children/y2014/.  I’ve just added a sample poem by Kofi Edufo, age 7, of Ghana—just 1 of 60 poets in the anthology.

It’s available to order, of course, and blah, blah. However, even if you don’t want to read a print copy, I still encourage you to keep an eye on Rattle.com throughout 2014—I’ll be adding work from the anthology as part of our regular poem-a-day content, often with audio of the children reading their poems themselves, like Kofi on the page above. I promise it will be worth your time.

As for the submission call, we’re currently seeking work by “Poets of Faith” for next fall’s issue—that means poets for whom faith is a central part of their life and/or their writing. To submit, all you have to do is follow the regular guidelines, but explain how you’re a “Poet of Faith” with a sentence or two in your cover letter. Deadline: April 15th.


**This is a further explanation I found on their site.

The poems may be any style or length, but must be written by someone for whom religious faith is a central aspect of their writing and their lives, with a special emphasis on members of the clergy. Please explain why this is true for you. The poems should also relate to faith in some way, even if only subtly. This is a self-selecting theme; we won’t be vetting anyone’s religious credentials, but each contributor will be labeled as a Poet of Faith and will have to explain that faith in the contributor notes.






 We are still looking for cover  art—so if you happen to be an artist who has a colorful piece that makes  you think “love,” let me know.

In  addition, don’t forget that we have open issues every summer and winter, so even  if you’re not a “Poet of Faith,” we’re always open to reading more of your work  at any time.

That’s all for now. I hope you and your family has a  wonderful holiday, and a
vibrant New Year!

Best wishes,
Timothy  Green
Editor / Rattle
12411  Ventura Blvd
Studio City, CA 91604
tim@rattle.com
www.rattle.com

Please accept this information [and ASSISTANCE if needed] as my Christmas gift to you.

Just let me know if you need help during the submission process.

Merry Christmas

Debbie







 



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  1. Date: 12/12/2013 5:22:00 PM
    I need to come back to this when I am fresh so I can read it again..It is great to encourage youth to write in any way that one can get them to write so that has to be a great site..Thanks for dropping by.I appreciate your comments..Sara

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  1. Date: 12/10/2013 8:49:00 PM
    Thanks Donna there are not a lot of Magazines that ask for spiritual verse.

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  1. Date: 12/10/2013 4:32:00 PM
    This sounds awesome Debbie...I'm going to check it out! Thanks!

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  1. Date: 12/10/2013 4:16:00 PM
    I mean the Young Poets Anthology is in print so the next Anthology they will do is open to adults for the Fall Issue on Poet's of Faith

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    onclaud Avatar nette onclaud Date: 12/11/2013 1:20:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    i like spiritual themes, debbie... i hope i can find time for this like a year or so back when 3 poems of mine were published online... those were the days when life was easier... :)
  1. Date: 12/10/2013 3:48:00 PM
    A perfectly great idea!!---What do you mean that adults can enter too??

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  1. Date: 12/10/2013 3:18:00 PM
    Remember Andie Adults can enter too they just encourage youngsters!

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  1. Date: 12/10/2013 2:43:00 PM
    Nice blog with info for the young'uns!!

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  1. Date: 12/10/2013 12:25:00 PM
    Thank you Ruben, I can't give money, but I can share my skills and my time and my love of poetry. If everyone focuses on 'sharing' instead of competing we'd all be happier!

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  1. Date: 12/10/2013 12:10:00 PM
    Thanks for sharing it, Deborah. Happy holidays and wonderful new year!

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My Past Blog Posts

 
Things That Make You Go Hmmm
Date Posted: 10/11/2014 10:48:00 PM
The Power and Peril of Punctuation
Date Posted: 10/9/2014 8:49:00 AM
Aiming for Poetry as an ART
Date Posted: 10/4/2014 2:19:00 PM
More, More, More
Date Posted: 9/30/2014 5:22:00 PM
Published Poetry of the 21st Century [not mine]
Date Posted: 9/28/2014 2:41:00 PM
HELP the Meow Meow Pussycats!!!
Date Posted: 9/8/2014 3:54:00 PM
What Does Debbie Sound Like???
Date Posted: 8/29/2014 11:53:00 AM
Eunoia Review
Date Posted: 8/23/2014 7:58:00 AM
Doowop
Date Posted: 7/30/2014 3:16:00 PM
Thank Ruben! OH Oh, Mr. O
Date Posted: 7/24/2014 7:38:00 PM
SHUF Home of Experimental Poetics
Date Posted: 7/22/2014 3:52:00 PM
Grrrr PS please STOP
Date Posted: 7/17/2014 8:27:00 AM
Dead Snakes
Date Posted: 7/15/2014 11:30:00 AM
I got 'splaining to Do!
Date Posted: 7/7/2014 11:03:00 AM
Sijo
Date Posted: 6/14/2014 3:42:00 PM
Tincture - A Fine Magazine
Date Posted: 6/5/2014 3:22:00 PM
Smart and Small, Yet Says it All
Date Posted: 6/1/2014 5:42:00 PM
I'm Waiting!!
Date Posted: 5/27/2014 8:22:00 PM
Help Me
Date Posted: 5/17/2014 12:40:00 PM
Last Call Anyone Else want help? Spring haiku Contest
Date Posted: 5/13/2014 11:37:00 AM
Some Good Advise
Date Posted: 5/9/2014 3:21:00 PM
Andrea Dietrich, Joanne Grisetti, Susan Burch
Date Posted: 4/14/2014 9:17:00 AM
A Ghost Hunt by Jack Horne
Date Posted: 4/9/2014 5:32:00 PM
Intro to a VERY Friendly Publisher
Date Posted: 4/6/2014 5:17:00 PM
Thoughts on Faith
Date Posted: 3/29/2014 7:07:00 PM

My Recent Poems

Date PostedPoem TitleFormCategories
10/21/2014Above the BroadVersemen,woman,
10/21/2014The Oracle's DescentRispettomythology,
10/20/2014The Party's OverVersebetrayal,
10/20/2014Fall's BountySonnetbeauty,
10/15/2014Dark Angels of HighgateSestinadeath,
10/3/2014Destiny Number 5Limerickfunny,
9/30/2014Forever Blowing BubblesLimerickhumor,
9/29/2014AutumnAcrosticautumn,
9/28/2014Free FormVerselife,
9/23/2014Eccentric EyesSonnetpain,
9/23/2014Hiding PlacesHaibunabuse,
9/23/2014Daddies GirlFree versechildhood,
9/16/2014Holy is the LambFree versepeople,philosophy,
9/3/2014The Devil Made Me Do ItHaibunanger,feelings,relationsh
9/2/2014Watching the Shadows GrowTrioletnature,
8/29/2014Petty-CuredAbecedarianfunny,
8/26/2014Love Froze the FlameGhazallost love,love,
8/21/2014Mist RiseOttava rimabeauty,
8/19/2014Bewitching PowerRhymemen,power,
8/15/2014Unknown InnocenceSonnetfaith,
8/13/2014Mi CorazonLyricromance,
8/12/2014What Ever Gets You Through the NightVersefaith,
8/10/2014A Different FearVerseabuse,
8/7/2014Prayer for HarvestVersesky,
8/4/2014Black Ships SailTail-rhymeabsence,
7/31/2014The Sky Larked MoonVersemoon,
7/31/2014White Shoulder DreamsFree versemissing you,
7/31/2014Masked at MidnightBlitzmurder,mystery,
7/28/2014Velvet as Laughter - BlitzVersejoy,
7/24/2014Soar Among StarsVersegrowth,
7/22/2014Peek A BooVersebaby,
7/19/2014Ride Sally RideBalladsexy,
7/19/2014sun showerHaikucelebration,
7/19/2014Turtle BridgeFree versemythology,
7/17/2014The Scent of WaterVerselife,
7/15/2014The Great Turtle and Sky Woman Rhymemythology,
7/12/2014The Clarity of EyeSonnetuplifting,visionary,
7/11/2014Shattered StagesVerseloss,
7/4/2014Debbie's Rhyme SchemaVersefun,
7/1/2014Moonlight KissesGhazalsea,
6/25/2014SomnabulantSijonature,
6/24/2014Going DownLimericklust,
6/24/2014Dick's PickLimerickgirlfriend,
6/24/2014PenanceVersefaith,
6/17/2014Lord Harry's FrontLimerickfunny,gender,
6/13/2014Sea SawVersesea,
6/10/2014Dream CatchersSijoappreciation,change,
6/9/2014Glass BellsFree versebeauty,
6/7/2014The Virgin, the Villian and the Black DogSonnetlost love,
6/2/2014Munch's Moon Verselonely,longing,
5/18/2014Smiling CharmedVersetime,
5/17/2014The Day's MourningTerzanellebereavement,
5/16/2014blonde bombshellSenryudeath,
5/16/2014I See Your ShellTerza Rimaabuse,introspection,sad l
5/15/2014AwashTerzanellenature,sad,
5/15/2014Picture PerfectVersebeauty,
5/15/2014Sunset ComplimentDizainbeauty,
5/7/2014MacCool's ToolLimerickallusion,humor,
5/2/2014The Red TideKyriellechildhood,violence,war,wi
4/30/2014Antique KnightsGhazalcar,cool,
4/22/2014Blood MoonCoupletchange,death,eulogy,
4/22/2014-drainpipes rattle on - TankaTankaspring,
4/21/2014Thunder DomeSonnetlife,
4/17/2014Wolf PactsSonnetpolitical,pollution,pover
4/17/2014Thread TimeVerseuplifting,
4/16/2014Itty Bitty SpringTankanature,
4/16/2014Wind BornFree versedream,
4/12/2014Crest FallenVersecolor,
4/8/2014Skin DeepFree versemagic,
4/7/2014Dark And Mystical Versenight,
4/5/2014Tick Tock - Itty BittyFree verseage,funny,
4/4/2014Sweety PeepsVersecandy,child,
4/2/2014Trash Talkin'Free versepoems,
4/1/2014The Handy ManLimerickfunny,funny love,
3/28/2014 March GoosebumpsSonnetspring,wind,
3/23/2014St Catherine's WheelFree versesky,
3/19/2014He Crowed the NightFree versenight,
3/15/2014Memories on the BranchRhymeseasons,
3/14/2014Crotches and ScotchesLimerickfunny,
3/13/2014Pushing the EnvelopeFree versespring,
3/13/2014TruthLimerickfunny,
3/7/2014Life is What You Make ItSonnetloss,
2/28/2014Dewberry CobblerHaibungrowing up,
2/24/2014Remember Kent StateFree versewar,
2/22/2014What's White Got to Do With ItRhymenostalgia,parody,
2/21/2014The Naughty BoyQuatraincare,
2/21/2014Dumb BroadAcrosticlost love,
2/9/2014Corpus delictiCrown of Sonnetsaddiction,family,grief,lo
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2/7/2014A Stone in the Cold 7th VerseSonnetnature,
2/2/2014Cafe MusingsFree verselove,
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1/19/2014Snap ShotsAcrosticcute love,emotions,film,f
1/17/2014The Inside GirlKimochild,rain,
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1/5/2014Eternities MawFree verseabsence,visionary,
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Fav Poems

Poem TitleFormCategories
GodFree verselife,mystery,
Hard TimesCowboycowboy-western,family,fun
For Things Once CountedRhymeintrospection,loss,uplift
PetalVerselove,
Defender of the WastesFree verseart,life,parody,world,
BirthImagismchildhood,life
this is why i woo wordsVerseart,inspirational,philoso
ForbearFree versesad,
BelongingsRhymeloss,love,mother,peacewor
Gold FeverFree versefaithfaith,political,
SplatteredI do not know?life
EchoQuatrainlost lovewords,love,
Bells (after Poe)Lyricpassion
Respectfully, Emily DickinsonLyricintrospection
Give the End Back to the BeginningFree versededication,faithme,
The Bruised and Rotting PearCoupletfaith,hope
flyFree verseanimals
ABC's for a Young CaptainABClife
Not Entirely About Living In New YorkFree verselifeworld,light,light,
WoodcutterI do not know?warold,old,
DreamsFree versefaith,forgiveness
A Feed of ChipsNarrativefunny
Weep O WillowsVersedeath
Harlem BluesFree verseblack-african amerchildre
Summers EverlastingFree versenostalgia
EASTER IVYNarrativefriendshipeaster,,cousin,
The Sowing Free versedevotion,
End of daysRhymeinspirational,lifeme,war,
Past-Life NightmareNarrativemystery,autumn,
I dream of you (to JEW)Free verseimagination,lovenight,swe
jellyfish back stropheImagismallegory,nature,on writin
Disposable WisdomRhymeage,cat,life,wisdom,
LonelinessRhymeintrospection,life
Remission (In Memory of William Watt).Elegybrother,death,nostalgiawo
The Day That Died ForeverFree verseadventure,angst,art,confu
HeritageQuatrainadventure,cowboy-western,
Summer MatineeNarrativebrother,me,
The Moon and II do not know?hope,life,love,nature,pea
Seeking, SearchingFree verseimaginationlove,
BEFORE SPRING CAMENarrativeadventure,animals,childho
PledgeSonnetdevotion
Wild Cherry TreeFree versechildhood,devotion,nature
Words from the OracleLayallegory,philosophy
ScienceFree verse 
Mona Lisa resemblesChokaart
AND WITH MERRIEST SPIRITQuintain (English)faith,father,holiday,insp
Cotton-Pickin' ParadiseVersechildhood,life,nostalgia,
Where The Sycamore GrewFree verseautumn,family,house,life,
LarksFree versedeath,devotion,imaginatio
Big BangLimerickfunny,science
winter (do not forget among the loss of flowers) meFree verse 
LetI do not know?loveme,me,
He Was Smoking HotI do not know?funny
Alabaster NightFree versenature,sea,
Haunted OrbHaikufantasy,nature
This Night Sonnet 
Tombstones & TeacupsRhymeallegory,childhood,death,
Today Not TomorrowFree versededication,depression,gir
Years Of The RoseFree verselost love,loveday,
The Joy that Sweetly StaysFree versehappinessjoy,
Cinder GirlRhymelovelove,
Biography (Thesis Statement)Versehistory,life,philosophyli
Figure FusionVerseart,sports
Dancing Bird - with video linkFree verseanimals,introspection,nat
Poem for a sensuous poetFree versefantasy,on writing and wo
The Road Walked Down Through the YearsRhymelife,on writing and words
The Iceman Cometh!Rhymenostalgia
He says/ She saysNarrativelife
I've seen so manySonnetintrospectionnight,night,
Searching for MichelangeloFree verseart,hope,life,people,imag
When Madness Rides on MoonlightSestinalovegod,light,god,life,li
Falling StarsFree versehopestar,star,
Before the City WakesSonnet 
realisation of self (War Child)Free verseme,me,
Reporting Live On The Soup (Colorado)Rhymefunnyme,me,
Late at nightLyricimaginationme,fear,me,
Reverencing NatureBalladfaith,naturenature,heart,
DreamsCoupletimagination
Simple PleasuresRhymehappinesssummer,summer,
I ExistPantoumintrospectionlife,me,
Leaving Madrid Blank versenostalgia,travel
Magnolia SongFree verselove,romance,
yellow bus roars throughHaikuallegory,nature,places
Ethel's RemediesRhymefunny,people
A Dream In The MistNarrativefantasy,imagination,natur
volga 1 - 3Prose Poetryfantasy
Mama's CleaningQuatrainintrospection,life,mother
UPROOTING THE HEART VEINSFree verseangst,hope,mysteryme,
Revelation Free verseimagination,lifesong,epic
Sports LimerickLimerickfunny
Don't Come Free versedeath,lost love,me,
The SnowflakeItalian Sonnetgirlfriend-boyfriend,roma
Love Beyond the PaleQuatraindevotion,lost love,
JackLyricintrospectionlife,
Night VisionsFree verselost love,passion,
The Ghost That Travels FarPersonificationnature
Kite Flying - TestFree verseallegory,art,imagination,
Dining with CrowRhymeanimals
Beauty, yesSijohope,imagination,philosop
Smart and Final ProseProse Poetrypeoplepeople,red,city,peo

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