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Found-Object

Found-Object poetry is a contemporary poetry form that is not only the individual act of writing, but a collaborative work between writer and reader.  Loosely based on Found-Object Art, a Found-Object Poem is a poem that is written by the poet, and then ‘left’ somewhere unexpected to be ‘found’ by the reader.  It is only when the poem is ‘found’ that it becomes a piece of art. Found-Object poems can be any form and rhyming is optional.  There is no set length, however given the constraints of space normally associated with this form, short works such as haiku, are often popular. A Found-Object poem normally has an uplifting and positive theme. Your challenge this week is to bring the magic of poetry to someone else’s day by creating a Found-Object poem.  To do this, you will write an uplifting poem, print it on paper and then leave that poem somewhere that it…

POETRY AND PEARLS, VOLUME 1 ǀ N. R. Hart

by Liz Newman ǀ @liz_newman_writer Romantic poetry and N.R Hart are a match made in heaven. Her book Poetry and Pearls encompasses romance in both content and aesthetic. You’ll likely never pick up a book that is so stunning in both content and appearance, with artwork accompanying each poem. The poems are divided into four sections for each of the seasons: winter, spring, summer, and autumn. The poem opens with the winter season and the quote “I will write you into my forever.” From here, you are transported into a beautiful world of whimsical emotion. The author has a talent for connecting to both readers and fellow writers with poems that describe the emotion of being both muse and creator. “She sits among her shadows living her poetry each day alone with a longing in her heart for just once to be the poem.” She is able to address a…

ONOMATOPEIA ǀ The Sound of Poetry

by Lucy Ochoa-Petit ǀ @lucy_luisana As poets, we have the power to jumpstart people’s imaginations… “To read a poem is to hear it with our eyes; to hear it is to see it with our ears.” Octavio Paz One of my favourite things about poetry is the supernatural ability it has to awaken our feelings and senses. For me, a great poem is like a New Years’ firework show – It’ll make you see, smell, hear, taste and feel whatever the poet is writing about. As poets, we have the power to jumpstart people’s imaginations, using literary devices like onomatopoeia, to ignite their senses. At first glance, onomatopoeia looks like a daunting word, but it’s actually a really fun and simple concept. It refers to words that when spoken, imitate the sound they produce – bang, buzz, tap, roar, click, whoosh, chirp are a few examples. But beware, onomatopoeia is often…

PUNCTUATION ǀ Punctuate with Purpose

by Reese Leyva ǀ @reese.leyva Let’s talk about punctuation in poetry. We all learned “proper” punctuation in school, but in the world of poetry those rules become hazy and less urgent. However, punctuation is still important in poetry. It has its time and place, and can be quite effective when used with purpose. Let’s take a look at one of my recent poems where a small bit of punctuation was, I felt, crucial. Have mercy on these bones, I didn’t mean to wake you, I just thought you should know I don’t deserve to be here… better let me go. Don’t you dare love me anymore.  When I first wrote this poem it had no punctuation at all, but when reading the final version you can see how important those three commas are. Not only do they help clarify the phrasing; they give you the feeling of breathlessness as you…

I WROTE THIS FOR YOU: 2007-2017 ǀ Iain S. Thomas

by Melody Lee ǀ @melody_lee_poetry_junkie I am a certified book nerd. I could spend hours in a bookstore or library and be perfectly happy. Books are my favorite addiction, well, books and coffee! Iain S. Thomas’s book, “I Wrote This for You” captivated me the moment I picked it up in Barnes & Noble. Before I delve into the substance of Iain’s book, let me just say that it wasn’t a grab-me flashing book cover that drew me in. I was compelled to pick this book up because not only was it conveniently and cleverly displayed on an outside aisle next to a few poetry books I wanted to peruse, but it is hardcover…I so rarely find hardcover poetry books, and that was the kicker, the draw, the magnet. I was intrigued. Get past the cover, inside is magic. This book mesmerized me. Upon opening it, I was blown away…the beautiful…

A WRITERS JOURNEY ǀ Networking: A Different Approach

by Samantha House ǀ  @samanthahouse In person, unless I know you, I can be on the shy side. Therefore I find it incredibly difficult to ‘network’ or interact face to face. I’m more than happy to help any one else out if I can, but find it pretty difficult to ask for help myself. Case in point, I was having trouble with a blog post and asked my brother for help. His reply, “Why don’t you ask someone who actually reads? Like that group you belong to on Facebook.” It wasn’t like I hadn’t thought about doing this, but I didn’t want to impose. Instead I chose to ask someone who, although supportive of me, really couldn’t have helped. So I plucked up the courage and did. I posted the link to my blog post and asked for feedback, the good and the bad so that I could improve. And the…

FINAL DAY TO SIGN UP ǀ #Instapoet Secret Santa Poetry Exchange 2017

Last year we asked you to leave poetry across your town or city. This year we are asking you to send your poetry across the world! Her Heart Poetry and Artlixir are proud to host the #Instapoet Secret Santa Exchange in 2017. The purpose of this event is to connect poets across the globe, and share the joy of the holiday season. Each participant will send a joyful piece of poetry to another Instapoet, and receive one in return. We ask each participant to post a photo of the poem they receive on their Instagram account, with the hashtag #InstapoetSecretSanta2017 and selected images will be featured on Artlixir and Her Heart as well. As a holiday season bonus, Artlixir will also be randomly selecting participants to send an extra pack of holiday goodies to! Sign up using the form below and check out our handy FAQ at the bottom of…

#HeartWrds ǀ Prompt 68

Summer approaches in the Southern hemisphere! In honour of the Summer sun write 35 words that express how you feel about a summer’s day. If you would like to see examples of poems written about this prompt than simply search the hashtag #searingheart on Instagram, visit our community, or visit the @heartwrds gallery.

SWOON ǀ Amy Lundquist

Featured in Section 2: Into the Wild ǀ pg. 34 ǀ @aclundquist Amy Lundquist has had a strong passion for writing since she was a young teenager. She discovered in high school that she could attend college and earn a degree in Creative Writing. Leaving Minnesota, she traveled to North Carolina on her own and attended University of North Carolina at Wilmington. Amy earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing, Minor in English, and Certificate in Publishing. Currently, Amy resides in Denver, Colorado, USA working as a grocery store manager. To purchase a copy of THE ANNUAL ǀ 2017 please visit our bookstore. THE ANNUAL ǀ Her Heart Poetry International Micropoetry Prize will return in 2018. Subscribe today for updates.