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Divisions by Wendy Hines | The Annual 2018

You may not recognize the names Wendy Hines or @silverlake23, but they are one and the same, and she is one of our 38 poets featured in this year’s edition of The Annual which is now available in physical and digital formats in our shop. This poem was an obvious choice to be included in The Annual, because both visually and conceptually, Wendy illustrates the gaps that can so easily grow between the closest of lovers, friends, and even family. Found in section three, The Significance of Significants, and touching on subjects of bullying and domestic abuse, as well, one of our favorite aspects of Wendy’s poem is the fact that both sides remain genderless throughout the piece. This is so important these days, because abuse doesn’t move in one direction every time, and the sooner we accept that, the sooner we can begin to address issues on both sides of…

Love and Other Notes by Mara H. | The Annual 2018

Do you see Mara’s images in you mind as you read her poem like we do? Can you hear the scratching record and shuffling of sheets across skin as the scent of sulfur and smoke lingers in the air? These treats and more are brought to you courtesy of Mara H, also known as @maragoose, today’s featured poet from this year’s edition of The Annual. Mara is one of our more mysterious poets this year having only published a few of her poems across the worldwide web, but we are all the more honored to have been entrusted with such beautiful work. This piece along with many of her other works, all of which can be found on her website, are highly visual in nature and tend to revolve around relationships both personal and in general. It should come as no surprise, then, that her poem is part of section…

Stitching by Felicia Alyssa | The Annual 2018

You may know Felicia Alyssa better by her Instagram handle, @love.letters.to.olympia, but by either name her work is well-worth a reading or two, especially now that she’s one of this year’s featured poets in The Annual. We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it ad nauseum: the best poetry is often short, to the point, and impacting, and these 14 words are exactly that. The Annual is filled with the poetry of 38 different voices within our community, but it’s these power-packed doses that will keep coming back to you time and time again whether you’re repeating it to yourself or a loved one. That’s why Felicia’s poem is the last in section three of The Annual titled, ‘The Significance of Significants’: because what are relationships but strings which sew us all together and keep us going back to one another in the end? We are thrilled to have your work…

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…