Call for submissions of Poetry


Call for submissions for the Poverty Initiative Anthology of Poetry, coordinated by Susan Deborah King

THE SONGS I SING by Mary Cowette
I wish I could be like Joan Jett, fearless, tough. Her outspoken words, I Love Rock and Roll. I would like to be like Jim Morrison, mystical, confident. I am the Lizard King, I can do anything. James Taylor, his soothing lyrics make me long to be rocked in the arms of another. Rock-a-bye Sweet Baby James. Sometimes I feel like Ozzy. I’m Going off the Rails on a Crazy Train. I want to be free like Patti Smith. I’m Dancing Barefoot. The Smashing Pumpkins warn, The World is Vampire. Yes, I have been exploited. I like Pink Floyd. I put Another Brick in the Wall that hides me, protects me, keeps me safe so I won’t have to hurt, have to feel or get too close.

The Poverty Initiative anthology of poetry and short prose pieces, tentatively titled, Out of the Depths, will gather powerful writing from writers all over the country who have experienced poverty. It will be a testament to the strength of individual souls and those souls uniting with others to better their conditions, live out the true purposes of their lives, and to unite towards building a broad movement to end poverty. The writing should contain sensual detail and relate specific circumstances; it should be characterized by lyricism. The anthology is meant to carry the message of the Poverty Initiative in an artistic mode that will touch the hearts and move the feet of those not aware of the Initiative’s work. It should also help to shore up the spirits of those who have labored long to bring justice and peace anywhere they have been sorely lacking.

Send poems to be considered for inclusion to samethyst@aol.com and/or poverty@povertyinitiative.org.