Monday, February 18, 2013

Senior Executive Editor's Ink: Nile River

Nile River
By: Isis Harris

3 scores and seven years I’ve been moving mountains

Been through some storms ----experience my share of hurricane impacts

Had to start over and just hold on…. whether the day was too long or the night silently demanding.

Yet, I’ve never met a river crossing that caught my eye… longer than a second but this HERE is calling me and I’ve said YES!!

Yes to peace, to happiness, to possibilities…. to it all!!

What I DREAM and what DESTINY has determined.

Have you said Yes?? Can you be my Nile the longest love of a Life time!!

A resource that restores me like the story… this chapter, verse and repeat is me needing to be reclaimed…. for this Girl is on Fire!!

The rain has never Wet me long enough to slow me down.

Known Head love, Heart love but you quietly whisper to my Soul.  It’s not good for a Man to be aLone; but a Grown Woman must--- surrender ONLY to her OWN Husband.

This is not a game and you have not come to entertain me…to be my playmate in the land of make believer or would’ve, should’ve could’ve if only you knew better…trust a little more.

The Cloud of Witness are speaking… your Mother my Father have been troubling the gates of beautiful on our behalves.

Wade in the Water

Wade in the Water Children

Wade in the Water

God is going to Trouble the Water

I have an Ear to Hear…Do you have a Mind to Understand.

The idea of it all…. Refreshing me…Flowing through me …..Whether like a White diamond or Blue morning sky saying JOY really does come at SON RISES.

For “O” death where is thy sting…Didn’t know…Didn’t know & NOW I KNOW BETTER!!

Can’t be the same

Master Poet: Spotlight February 2013

Richard Blanco was made in Cuba, assembled in Spain, and imported to the United States—meaning his mother, seven months pregnant, and the rest of the family arrived as exiles from Cuba to Madrid where he was born. Only forty-five days later, the family emigrated once more and settled in New York City, then eventually in Miami where he was raised and educated.

His acclaimed first book of poetry,
City of a Hundred Fires, explores the yearnings and negotiation of cultural identity as a Cuban-American, and received the Agnes Starrett Poetry Prize from the University of Pittsburgh Press. His second book, Directions to The Beach of the Dead, won the Beyond Margins Award from the PEN American Center for its continued exploration of the universal themes of cultural identity and homecoming. A third collection, Looking for The Gulf Motel, was published by the University of Pittsburgh Press in 2012.

His poems have appeared in top literary journals including, The Nation, the New Republic, Ploughshares, Michigan Quarterly Review, and TriQuarterly Review; and several anthologies including, The Best American Poetry, Great American Prose Poems, Breadloaf Anthology of New American Poets, and American Poetry: The Next Generation. He has been featured on National Public Radio’s All Things Considered, and various conferences and venues including the Miami Book Fair, The Southern Writers Conference, The Sunken Garden Poetry Festival, the Dodge Poetry Festival, and The Poetry Center at Smith College.

Blanco is recipient of two Florida Artist Fellowships, a Residency Fellowship from the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and is a John Ciardi Fellow of the Bread Loaf Writers Conference. A builder of cities as well as poems, he holds a bachelors of science degree in Civil Engineering and a Master in Fine Arts in Creative Writing.