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This anthology represents the highly commended works of poetry submitted to the inaugural Her Heart Poetry micropoetry competition. This anthology is divided into four sections: A Modern Life, Into the Wild, Ties that Bind and 13 Love Letters. With 52 voices from the global poetry community, these works represent a new age of emotion set in the digital ether.

In a digital age of emojis and text language we have seen poetry evolve. Brevity has become its own form. Movement, sound and image have become integral parts of the way we read, see and hear poetry. In this anthology we see works that vary from the micro to the mini. New forms that encapsulate ideas in their essence. Poems that translate in a digital age of swiping and likes.

The poems selected all come with fresh images – images from today’s world. These poems use contemporary language, words and phrases. There are still the old themes of love and loss, loneliness and compassion, but also modern themes of digital identity, transience and of course the cult of coffee. Each located in the here and now, in works that are zany, poignant, tense, tender, stark and violent. Each poem was selected for its unique perspective.

The works represent the voices of 52 authors, both new and previously published. In exploring the works we found that these voices naturally divided into four sections: A Modern Life, Into the Wild, Ties that Bind and 13 Love Letters. Curated to be read as standalone pieces, or as an entire section, we ask you to dig in, savour the flavours and find the hidden heart of each poem.

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Contributing Poets:

Amy Lundquist ǀ Swoon
Andi Dobek ǀ Social Media
Andreea Maria Irimia ǀ Smoke
A. Adams ǀ Our Shaping ǀ London Daze
Brian Powell ǀ View at 4am ǀ Somewhere in Texas
BT Hathaway ǀ chip
Caroline Masters ǀ Storm Connection ǀ Similes and Metaphors
Claire Bunnik ǀ Fish Tank
Cristina Munoz ǀ Breaking Water
Cynthia Anne Cashman ǀ Past Reveries
Denis Bernicky ǀ untitled
Ella Richards ǀ Breaking
Ellory Nash ǀ Windows
G. Bello ǀ Dichotomy
Georgina Beasley ǀ Cold Coffee
Grace O ǀ Imperfections
Indigo Ink ǀ A Prayer for Her
J. P. Meade ǀ The Business Park
Jan Haag ǀ Whalefall
Jaundré M. van Breda ǀ Giving Shelter to the Rain
Jed Wylde ǀ Caught
Katherine Noone ǀ Midlife
Kathleen A. Lawrence ǀ Through Colored Glasses ǀ A Brevity of Affirmations
Kelly Ann Doran ǀ Love Sticks in my Throat
Kelly Davis ǀ Yesterday I Woke Early
Kelly Wilk ǀ Let It Go ǀ Still With Me
Keyla Moura ǀ Death of a Dreamer
Kristina Fanning ǀ Invisible
Leslie A. Mendoza ǀ Origami
Lisa Lopresti ǀ Beseeching
Liv Raimonde ǀ Bruises
Louise Stevens ǀ The Brightling
M. P. Sturrock ǀ The Black Bear
Mara H ǀ //of Sharon//
Melissa Calderon-Rougié ǀ Age is a Number
Nadia De Ala ǀ last bit of advice
Nicole Hartley ǀ Lullaby
Phuong Gip ǀ Second Chance
Ranjan Singh Moirangthem ǀ ART GALLERY LIFE
Raquel Burgess ǀ Regression
Rosamund Gravelle ǀ Exhausted, content
RR Noall ǀ Hands ǀ Sailor
Sagrika ǀ Unanswered Prayers
Samuel Blake ǀ Reunion
SeaWords ǀ Sun Kissed Promises
Simona Carini ǀ Berkley Aquatic Park
Steph Myers ǀ Press
TAK Erzinger ǀ Family tree
Tarra & Wheels ǀ 100 Years, 100 Stripes
Toby Campion ǀ Body ǀ Hymn
VenusBeverley ǀ Dance
Zoe Andrews ǀ Sentimentalism


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