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Starlight by Tee Linden | The Annual 2018

This beautiful piece of encouragement was penned by Tee Linden whose writings frequently link the ins and outs of the human condition to stars and the celestial host. ‘Starlight’ is the last in section one of The Annual which is titled, “Who I Am,” because this is a poem that tells of your origins and seeks to encourage those lost in their journey. Many of us go through life every day not just not thinking of ourselves but thinking little of ourselves, many to the point of thinking themselves worth nothing at all, but Tee’s poem is meant to remind you, that you are worth far more than you give yourself credit for: you are the stuff of the cosmos! Tee’s work frequently delves into the starlit worlds above but always finds a root in humanity’s relatable core – more than enough reason to check out the rest of her writing…

A Beautiful and Simple Space by Olivia Katharine | The Annual 2018

Olivia Katharine, better known to some as @sunflowerpoetryblog, is today’s featured poet from The Annual, and as her handle suggests, you’re guaranteed to find two things when you visit her page. What you’re not guaranteed, though, is a typical experience. Olivia works hard to provide beautiful and personal poetry on a variety of themes including love and relationships, but what makes her work stand out is her propensity for capturing relationships outside the romance. This piece, in particular, is beautiful, because while it is clearly and deeply personal to Olivia, she has communicated her heart in such a way, that we can’t help but also think fondly of cherished grandparents. A Beautiful and Simple Space is part of the largest section of The Annual titled, ‘The Significance of Significants’ which contains poetry on all things related to relationships be they platonic, romantic, familial, or otherwise. We are so proud to have Olivia’s…

Anew by Anna Contrafatto | The Annual 2018

Anna Contrafatto is our featured poet from The Annual today, but don’t let the brevity of her words stop you from checking out the rest of her work: there is beauty in simplicity like this. Short rhymes like Anna’s are usually the poems that get stuck on repeat in your head, forcing you to consider all the ins and outs of their underlying message. Anew is part of the largest section of The Annual titled, ‘The Significance of Significants’ which contains poetry on all things related to relationships be they platonic, romantic, familial, or otherwise. We are so proud to have Anna’s work included in this year’s anthology! Please, please, please check out the rest of her work and show her and Her Heart Poetry your support by picking up a copy of The Annual. The Annual is available in both physical and digital formats and can be purchased from…

Do Not Save Me by My Life in Yellow | The Annual 2018

This slightly darker take on love poetry is one of a couple poems written by My Life in Yellow and included in this year’s edition of The Annual. My Life in Yellow has a common theme throughout her work but especially on visual platforms like Instagram where the visual browsing aspects combine beautifully with her style of writing and really help her work to stand out among the rest of our talented writers. If you’re ever walking the streets of New York City and find a bright-yellow sticker complete with poetry attached to a light post, garbage can, or maybe even the railing as you head to the subway, then you’ll know you’ve stood where greats like My Life in Yellow have walked before. We are honored to have this and other of her works included in The Annual this year and hope you will not stop at enjoying this…

Echoes by John Fonti | The Annual 2018

We are so proud to present to you the winning piece of this year’s international micropoetry competition, written by John Fonti and titled, “Echoes.” It was a brutally difficult decision to make, because there were so many outstanding submissions (this and every year), but the nostalgic notes of love, loss, and regret combined with haunting rhymes and flawless meter helped John’s poem to stand out from the rest. Being this year’s top pick, John will receive three copies of the physical version of The Annual along with a copy of the digital anthology and $250 USD. Congratulations, John! We’re honored to have your work not only included in but also headlining this year’s anthology. Over the coming weeks, be looking forward to a different highlighted poet every day, and consider those features just a taste of what the full anthology has to offer. We are so proud of all of…