I am delighted and proud to share my poem, Briefly I Lived, is published in Vita Brevis Press’s second bestselling anthology, Brought to Sight and Swept Away, A Poetry Anthology About Time!
Within this book, new and established writers stretch their creative minds beyond freedom to explore the diaphanous faces of time.
Vita Brevis Press is a bestselling small publishing press, dedicated to sharing the explorations of emerging and established poets through its anthologies and publications. Vita Brevis Poetry Magazine publishes the best of emerging poets, complementing their work with evocative and layered artwork.
I spent time with my writing in preparation of submitting to the anthology, exploring what time means to me. Time is present in every story, so it was challenging to write a story not completely focused on time but one where time played a prominent role. I enjoy subtly, where a word or title binds together and helps create the meaning of a piece. This was difficult to achieve and sometimes takes days to pin down. The feeling of satisfaction at having rounded out a poem in one word or more just right expressions I cherish.
Time is a ponderous and dangerous concept to explore. Often the minutes crawl while other times it is the sound we hear after it has passed with a roar. Time is a constant cycle. In time, what I am learning will bloom. In time, also, the color of my flowers will also be contradicted and perhaps even crushed underfoot. This destruction is welcome. It is one way the seeds find soil again. Time is a constant dawn to dusk and back again.
Reach deep. Explore the frightening obscure. In the silence, let not your own spoken truths and flowing words stopper you.
Through the eyes of poetic voices I know and voices I will come to love in reading, time takes on new meanings and guises within this anthology.
The following is an excerpt of my poem, Briefly I Lived.
Perfume from Paris
Rises with the ridges on my heart.
I circle a wishing fountain
Watch the coins
From centuries past wink in the
Water . . .
I hope you will pass some precious time with this book in the coming summer scent and shade and be so brave as to allow the startling moments and perceptions of this anthology to last in memory. If you are so called, you can purchase Brought to Sight and Swept Away through Amazon here.
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