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Primal Elements Out Now!

Sorry I wasn’t able to get this up yesterday. It’s been very busy for me lately, with being added to the Executive Board of OWS Ink, LLC and the Primal Elements release party that was last Friday! I’m here to talk a little bit about the Primal Elements poetry anthology now that it’s live. And a little bit about poetry in general. Scroll down for my write up on imagery!

I’ve written poetry since I was about 13 or so. I discovered Pablo Neruda through my older sister and I was hooked. Like many youngsters though, I had a hard time really understanding what went into writing a successful poem. Though I wrote them constantly through high school, it wasn’t until college that I really began to blossom as a writer of both poetry and fiction through my classes.

Poetry has always meant a lot to me, so I was pleased as punch to accept the position of Head Poetry Editor at OWS last year. It also meant that I was extremely involved in getting Primal Elements together. From selecting the poems to shaping the final product, I was submerged into these poems and this anthology. And I loved the process! Especially getting to read everyone’s poems.

Primal Elements was inspired by the elements; air, fire, water, earth, and spirit. And even though it was themed, all the poets went a multitude of surprising ways with their poems making for a very diverse and well-rounded collection. Here’s the blurb:

Earth, Air, Fire, Water, and Spirit. The raw force of these elements is truly phenomenal, but can these extraordinary poets harness their power?

What happens when you give poets an open call to write about the elements? You get a diverse array of poems that touch on everything from loss to the celebration of life, passion, and long lost memories, to the feeling of being at home in a storm. Though each poet wrote about these same five elements, each tapped into different themes and emotions, creating a well-rounded anthology that has something to offer to everyone.

OWS Ink Anthology collection brings you themed poetry from the brilliant minds of J.K. Allen, A.F. Stewart, Dorothy Tinker, Anna Schoenbach, Ed Ahern, Janet McCann, Ynes Malakova, Karla Linn Merrifield, Kerry E.B. Black, Matt Wilson, Rebecca R Pierce, and Stacy Overby.

From the lyrical to the concise, from odes of joy to the desolation of war, you’ll find your next favorite poem in these pages. Grab your favorite brew and settle in to explore Primal Elements today.

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So without further ado, here are some excerpts that I really loved.

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And the write up as promised!

Now to me, part of what makes poetry so powerful is the imagery it uses to invoke emotions in us. I find imagery to be a really integral part of what makes me connect to a particular poem really strongly. So I wrote a little bit on imagery, giving some tips and examples here. Be sure to check it out and let me know what you think.  Happy writing!


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