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ADVENTURES INTO WHOLENESS ǀ An Introduction

by Reese Leyva ǀ @reese.leyva This new column, Adventures Into Wholeness, was inspired by a poem by William Stafford in which he writes: Ask me whether what I have done is my life. I’ve pondered this question for years, asking myself over and over, “is this my life? Is this my life? What about this? And that? This thing I’m doing now – is this MY life?” Here’s why I’m asking… I grew up in a household where children were raised to be seen and not heard. And not being seen at all, walking through the world as invisibly as possible, was even better. Laughing too loud was offensive. Crying was done in privte because it made others uncomfortable. Speaking one’s mind, speaking up for yourself, or having an opinion different from your elders was the fast-track to a scolding, a pinching, or a spanking. Parts I Left Behind Now,…

ARTIST ǀ Flash 365

Her Heart Poetry presents the creative duo, Flash 365 ǀ @flash_365. Their work graces the cover of Vol. 2 ǀ Issue 3 ~ Howl at the Moon. A word with Flash 365, “One story, one picture, per day for one year” Flash 365 is a collaborative project between a writer, Benjamin Davis, and an artist, Nikita Klimov. We met and now live together in Saint Petersburg, Russia. In October 2016 we decided to challenge ourselves: can we write a story and make a picture every day for one year? Each day Benjamin writes a story, then sends it to Nikita who draws a picture based on that story. He sends that picture back and we post it to our website. We are both in our twenties, both working simultaneously. Nikita is a web designer and Benjamin is a Teacher. A lot of our inspiration comes from the city around us and the…

Well Versed Ink

In recent years, London has borne witness to a surge in popularity and appreciation for spoken word and poetry. A guest post written by Tegan Rhys-Taylor In an unsuspecting Rugby Club hall in Thornton Heath, London, poetry collective Well Versed Ink began hosting compelling poetry nights to a full house, showcasing a diverse line-up that reflects London’s vibrant poetry scene. Now, having relocated to the new Boxpark in Croydon, Well Versed Ink have expanded their regular show to a wider audience. Hailing from South London, Well Versed Ink are not only spoken work artists and hosts of regular poetry nights, they are a community interest company who are impacting people through their workshops. These workshops exist to boost the confidence and literary skills of young people and adults, where the aim is to unlock creative potential across the UK. As well as proving they are fantastic poets, Well Versed Ink…

ARTIST ǀ Galen Ivey

Her Heart Poetry presents Galen Ivey ǀ @galenivey. His work graces the cover of Vol. 2 ǀ Issue 1 ~ The Best of Me. A word with Galen: When I was thirteen years old, I was blessed to be able to work on the set of a music video, and I loved the work that I performed there. The owner of the video company and I became great friends – and still are today – and it was this gentleman that opened up my mind to the joys of photography. It was the first time in which I realized how much I enjoyed photography, but it also sparked in me the realization that I could follow my dreams, and I could be successful if I only worked hard enough, and was dedicated to my craft. To this day, I still thank my great friend for helping me to start upon my…

Donate to Her Heart Poetry this Holiday Season

Help us to make a paper and ink Anthology a reality. Share the Words!  Change the World! We love the work that we do, but we can’t do it without you.  As a small, not-for-profit, all donations make a difference and allow us to continue our mission.  In 2017, we hope to be able to publish and sell a hardcopy anthology (yes, a real paper and ink book!).  This will give our members the chance to see their work on the page. Your donation will help us work towards this goal. Become a Her Heart Hero! By making a donation of $5.00 or more (the same prices as a fancy coffee), you will become a Her Heart Hero.  To thank you for your donation, in the month of December all Her Heart Heroes will receive a shout-out and the chance to have his or her work featured on the Her Heart Instagram page.…

ARTIST ǀ David Hurley

Her Heart Poetry presents David Hurley ǀ @davidhurleyillustration. His work graces the cover of our December 2016 Anthology. Etcetera Etcetera – The work of David Hurley I am always looking for new outlets of expression my work and use various different media including painting, collage, animation, text, sculpture, video, installation and performance. A fair degree of experimentation always helps to keep everything fresh and enjoyable. However, although the media changes from time to time there are always underlying elements that tie everything together. A key component in my work is the sporadic way in which we receive information, in our daily lives, now more than ever, and how all of these different elements collide to create a complex whole. Ideas such as identity and the past are themes that inform the works, and flashes of a memory or a familiarity litter the pieces, causing them to be fragmented whilst at the same…

Share a Sip with Her Heart

Love Poetry?  Love Community?  Support the Cause! Her Heart Poetry was borne out of the knowledge that there is a global community of voices waiting to be heard.  We wanted to give everyone who loves to write poetry the chance to share their work with the world and join a community of like minded ink spillers. We love the work that we do, but we can’t do it without you.  As a small, not-for-profit, all donations make a difference and allow us to continue our mission.  In 2017, we hope to be able to publish and sell a hardcopy anthology (yes, a real ink-on-page book!).  This will give our members the chance to see their work on the page. Your donation will help us work towards this goal. Become a Her Heart Hero! By making a donation of $5.00 or more (the same prices as a fancy coffee), you will become a Her Heart…