The Blue Nib

Day: August 7, 2018

5 poems by Joan Colby

Joan Colby has published widely in journals such as Poetry, Atlanta Review, South Dakota Review, The Spoon River Poetry Review, New York Quarterly, the new renaissance, Grand Street, Epoch, and Prairie Schooner. Awards include two Illinois Arts Council Literary Awards, Rhino Poetry Award, the new renaissance Award for Poetry, and an Illinois Arts Council Fellowship …

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5 poems by Ann Howells

Ann Howells, of Dallas, Texas, has edited Illya’s Honey eighteen years, recently digitally at www.IllyasHoney.com. Recent book: Under a Lone Star (Village Books Press, 2016) and an anthology of D/FW poets she edited: Cattlemen & Cadillacs (Dallas Poets Community Press, 2016). Her chapbook, Softly Beating Wings (Blackbead Books, 2017), was published as winner of the …

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4 poems — collaboration: Jayant Kashyap and Lisa Stice

Jayant Kashyap lives in live in Purnea, India, and he is the co-founding editor of Bold + Italic, with poems published around the world in quite a few print anthologies and e-zines, including The Ekphrastic Review, StepAway and Rigorous magazines. One of his poems was featured in the Healing Words award ceremony in London, in …

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The Last Time We Saw Strangers, by Christopher Hopkins – reviewed by Shirley Bell

The Last Time We Saw Strangers, by Christopher Hopkins Clare Songbirds Publishing House Chapbook Series Clare Songbirds Publishing House  Chapbook Series 140 Cottage Street, Auburn, New York, 13021 www.ClareSongbirdspub.com ISBN 978-1-947653-24-5     In the new year in Issue 20, I was pleased to review a chapbook from Christopher Hopkins, ‘Take Your Journeys Home’. He is a …

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Poetry from Kevin Griffin, Byron Beynon, Rie Sheridan Rose, David Ratcliffe and Michael H. Brownstein

Byron Beynon’s poems and essays have appeared in several publications including London Magazine, Chiron Review, Crannog, Southlight, Cyphers and Poetry Wales. He co-ordinated the Wales section of the anthology Fifty Strong (Heinemann). Collections include Cuffs (Rack Press) and The Echoing Coastline (Agenda Editions).   HÔTEL DIEU, ARLES At noon I entered the old hospital, a …

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5 poems from Will Reger

Will Reger is a founding member of the CU (Champaign-Urbana) Poetry Group (cupoetry.com), has a Ph.D. from UIUC, teaches at Illinois State University in Normal, and has published most recently with Front Porch Review, Chiron Review, Paterson Literary Review, Zingara Poetry Review (forthcoming),  Innisfree Poetry Journal (forthcoming), and Broadkill Review (forthcoming). His first chapbook is Cruel …

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Jane Simmons on her first collection of poems

Jane Simmons on her first collection of poems Jane Simmons takes a break from her series of reviews of contemporary women’s poetry to write an article about her first collection of poems.   Grey Stones Press ISBN  9781987609011 Currently only available from Amazon I am grateful to Shirley Bell, editor of The Blue Nib, for this opportunity …

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Editorial Issue 34

Well, as you will see from Dave’s article, this is the last e-zine for the magazine, which will become a quarterly print magazine instead. It will be a large one as it will hold the same amount of content as the e-zines but obviously collected together into one print issue. In his article Dave has explained what …

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The little magazine that could – Dave Kavanagh looks at the birth of The Blue Nib

I conceived of The Blue Nib in 2015; I wanted to offer aspiring poets a fresh platform for new work and I wanted it to be something special. I went in search of a formula; I searched the web for magazines and E-zines. During my research I found three types of poetry websites. There were …

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5 poems from our featured poet, Clifton Redmond

Clifton Redmond lives in Carlow, Ireland with his wife and son. He is a member of the Carlow Writer’s Co-operative and studies at Carlow College Saint Patrick’s. His work has appeared in various print and online journals in Ireland, Britain and America. He has been long listed for the Over the Edge Poetry Contest and …

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5 poems by Bev Smith

Sometimes we find ourselves in the damnedest places. Stumbling around in the dark,  poetry was the shade I needed before I could tolerate the sun again ~ Equine professional since high school. Horseman since birth. I train dressage horses and riders in Texas on our family farm with my husband and two sons.   dear sisters our …

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Its Here! Chapbook 2

It is our great pleasure to be releasing this today, Chapbook 2, featuring the work of our three prize winners chosen by Irish poet, Kevin Higgins. The thrill in publishing this work is all the more for us, as each of the winners is a debutante. We give you the work of Anne Walsh Donnelly, …

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New Release: The Still Room by Shirley Bell

The Still Room, -Shirley Bell

New Release: The Still Room by Shirley BellThe second of our books released in this our final online only issue. This is a collection by Shirley Bell which I had the great pleasure of selecting.I first encountered Shirley in the summer of 2017 when she submitted work to our then fledgling magazine. I was impressed …

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