The beginning lays foundation and sets the tone. So, our beginning did the same for us. We published the first issue of PPP Ezine on time and sent the call for the second issue. The response was warm and poets from the ‘four corners of the world’ sent their poems to our Ezine. They also sent their wishes for its success, and their expectations form it in future. That future is not here, in front of us today, but we will travel together to it. To make the journey pleasant, we have poetry with us. In this issue we will meet sixteen poets and their poems.
Morning tai chi by Joanne Olivieri
Growth by Mike Griffith
Thou Shalt not Bow by Sofia Kioroglou
Lost and Found by Ann Christine Tabaka
Advaitic Terra Firma by James Dennis Casey IV
Prometheus Should Have Doubled Down for More by Scott Thomas Outlar
Perfect Form by Darrell Herbert
As far as eyes could see by Sanghpriya Gautam
In Flames by Yajnaseni Mukherjee
Silent Communication by Asha Visvas
Temp shelter by Sunil Sharma
Let me hear by Alok Ranjan
Murmurs by Ndaba Sibanda
I wish to withhold! by Suryasri Saha.
Shameless by Edianna Reyes Ovalle
Railroad by Richard Lutman
We will also read the views of these poets on poetry an poetics in their interviews. For this issue PPP Ezine interviewed five of its poets.
Interview: Sofia Kiroglou
Interview: Darrell Herbert
Interview: Ann Christine Tabaka
Interview: Joanne Olivieri
Interview: Sunil Sharma
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About the Poets
Joanne Olivieri is a published author and poet who is the editor of Stanzaic Stylings ezine. She has been writing for 50 years and has been published in numerous online and hard copy magazines to include Jerry Jazz Musician, Parnassus Literary Journal, Black Poppy Review and many more. Her poem “Symphony Of Lights” was chosen as one of the 300 Short Listed Entries in the initial round of the Cathay Pacific Airways – 100 Reasons We Love Hong Kong contest for July 2007. As a result, Joanne was awarded a round trip ticket to Hong Kong for her winning entry. You can find out more about Joanne on her website at http://joanneolivieri.weebly.com
Michael Griffith began writing poetry to help his mind and spirit become healthy as his body recovered from a life-changing injury. His works have most recently appeared both online and in print in Stanzic Stylings, the Starving Poets Tour anthology book, the Foxglove Journal, Degenerate Literature, NY Literary Magazine, and Wild Words. He teaches and resides near Princeton, NJ.
Sofia Kioroglou is a twice award-winning poet, editor and translator from Greece. She is the author of two poetry chapbooks and the co-editor of a handbook for Supply Chain Managers. Her poems have played on the radio and are included in many anthologies, and a number of literary journals and printed books that include Dumas de Demain, Galleon Liferary Journal, Pengician, Your One Phonecall, Lunaris Review, VerseWrights, Galway Review, The Outlaw Poetry Network,The Festival For Poetry, Verse-Virtual, Spillwords, In Between Hangovers,Odyssey.pm, Writink Page, Silver Birch Press, The Blue Nib, Poetry Super Highway, Halkyon Days, Ashvamegh, Fractal.gr, and Winamop, to name but a few. She has work forthcoming in Spillwords, Ariel Chart and Glance. To learn more about her work, visit: sofiakioroglou.wordpress.com or https://www.facebook.com/Sofia-Kioroglou-1851168701772737/. You can read her poetry chapbook here: https://www.yumpu.com/en/document/view/55336624/poems
Ann Christine Tabaka was born and lives in Delaware. She is a published poet, an artist, a chemist, and a personal trainer. She loves gardening, cooking, and the ocean. Chris lives with her husband and two cats. Her poems have been published in numerous national and international poetry journals, reviews, and anthologies.
James D. Casey IV is a published author of three volumes of poetry: “Metaphorically Esoteric,” “Dark Days Inside the Light While Drunk on Wine,” and “Tin Foil Hats & Hadacol Coins.” His work has been featured in print and online several times at places like Triadæ Magazine, Pink Litter, In Between Hangovers, Indiana Voice Journal, Poetry Breakfast, Beatnik Cowboy, Scarlet Leaf Review, Horror Sleaze Trash, Whispers, Your One Phone Call, I am not a Silent Poet, Tuck Magazine, Outlaw Poetry, PoeTree, Story Mirror, Stanzaic Stylings, Spillwords, Micropoetry, Leaves of Ink, Poetry Life & Times, and Realistic Poetry International. You can find links to his books, social network profiles, and other projects on his website by clicking here: http://louisianakingcasey.wixsite.com/big-skull-poetry
Scott Thomas Outlar hosts the site 17Numa.wordpress.com where links to his published poetry, fiction, essays, interviews, reviews, and books can be found. His work has received nominations for the Pushcart Prize on three occasions and Best of the Net. Scott serves as an editor for The Blue Mountain Review, Walking Is Still Honest Press, The Peregrine Muse, and Novelmasters.
Darrell Herbert is a recipient of a national silver medal and gold key, presented by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers in the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards of 2014. He is also a recipient of the 2016 Scythe Prize, and the 2017 Scythe Prize. He was one of the winners in the second North Street Book Prize competition. His fiction and non-fiction has appeared in the Utica College Ampersand. His poetry has been featured in the likes of the “Best Teen Writing of 2014,” by Hannah Jones, NotMyPresident Anthology, Writers- Black Artists Connected Blog, A Shared Format 4 Poets, Yellow Chair Review, Poetic Treasures Magazine, Section 8 Magazine, Blacktopia: Black Utopia Society Blog, Works in Progress newspaper, Woman of P.O.W.E.R. blog, Media Blast Press, Madness Muse Magazine, cocktailmolly, New York Rising Blog, thisis50.com, Supastars Magazine, downsouthhiphop.com, Beat Yard Magazine, All Black Entertainment Magazine, Southeast Hip-Hop Magazine, Poets & Writers Magazine, UC English Corner, Utica College Ampersand, Children’s Screams are Whispers, Tuck Magazine, Wild Sound Festival Review, Dwartonline, Zoomoozophone Review, The Naga, Scarlet Leaf Review, Free Lit Magazine, The Basil O’ Flaherty,Whispers in the Wind, as well as in HangTime Magazine and The Lemonade Stand Magazine.
Sanghapriya Gautam is an Indian poet whose inspiration is varied. From the Romantics to the Moderns, he has loved reading poems. He belongs to the tradition, yet his own self shines in his poems.
Yajnaseni Mukherjee speaks three languages, reads and writes poems in two, and dreams in one. She has always been a poet. She writes poems whenever she is not busy doing so many other mundane things. She also gets joy in teaching poetry and literature to University students.
Asha Viswas is a former Professor of English, Benaras Hindu University, Varanasi ,India. She has also taught at Aligarh and at the University of Calabar, Nigeria. She has published three collections of poems. The first collection Melting Memories was published in 1996 [Delhi]. For this she was awarded Michael Madhusudan Academy Award [Kolkatta] in 1997. Her second collection Mortgaged Moorings [writers workshop, Kolkatta] was published in 2001. For this she was given the Editors’ Choice Award by the International Library of Poetry , U.S.A. IN 2003.Her third collection of poems was published in 2011 [Kolkata]. Her poems have featured in the shortlist anthology of all India poetry competition organized by the British council and the poetry Society India , Slug fest [U.S.A.] , The Mawaheb International [Canada] ,The Brob Times [ Ireland] , Jalons [France] and various other journals and anthologies in India. Some of her poems have been translated into French. She has read her poems in Western Europe, the U.S.A. and African universities. She had a fan club of her poetry in the U.S.
Sunil Sharma is a senior academic and a widely-published writer from Mumbai, India. He has already published 16 books: five collections of poetry, two of short fiction, one novel; a critical study of the novel and six joint anthologies on prose, poetry and criticism. He is a recipient of the UK-based Destiny Poets’ inaugural Poet of the Year award—2012. His poems were published in the prestigious UN project: Happiness: The Delight-Tree: An Anthology of Contemporary International Poetry, in the year 2015. Sunil edits the English section of the monthly bilingual journal Setu published from Pittsburgh, USA: http://www.setumag.com/p/setu-home.html. For more details, please visit the blog: http://www.drsunilsharma.blogspot.in/.
Alok Ranjan is a poet from Hazaribag, Jharkhand. His poems reflect his state of existence and angst. At the same time they reflect the universal states too.
Ndaba Sibanda has contributed to the following anthologies: Its Time, Poems For Haiti- a South African anthology, Snippets ,Voices For Peace and Black Communion. He edited Free Fall (2017). The recipient of a Starry Night ART School scholarship in 2015, Sibanda is the author of Love O’clock, The Dead Must Be Sobbing and Football of Fools. His work is featured in The New Shoots Anthology, The Van Gogh Anthology edited by Catfish McDaris and Dr. Marc Pietrzykowski, Eternal Snow, A Worldwide Anthology of One Hundred Poetic Intersections with Himalayan Poet Yuyutsu RD Sharma scheduled for publication in Spring/Summer 2017 by Nirala Press and Seeing Beyond the Surface Volume II.
Suryasri Saha is doing B.Tech. She loves writing and believes that poetry is her forte. She is from India. Her poem ‘Nights-Soothing and Frightening’ has been published in the vol 2,issue 2 of ‘The Phenomenal Literature’ and ‘Loosening ties’ has been published in the first volume of ‘PoetryPoeticsPleasure’ Ezine. She has written a book: An Unexpected Love Story. Two of her poems have been earlier published in The Evergreen Poetry Journal. Her poem has been published in The top 100 poems of 2016 anthology and two other poems have been published in From the Heart magazine.
Edianna Reyes Ovalle evokes vital emotions, knowledge, morals, truths, and values, through writing. She loves being outspoken because it has helped her to freely express her opinions of the world and its people. Her work has been featured in the likes of HangTime Magazine.
Richard Lutman has a MFA in Writing from Vermont College. He has taught composition and literature courses at Rhode Island Community College, Fairfield University, The Learning Connection in Providence, Rhode Island, and short story classes as part of Coastal Carolina University’s Lifelong Learning program. He has published over two dozen short stories, three chapbooks, two novellas and one nonfiction book. He was a 2008 Pushcart nominee in fiction and the recipient of national awards for his non-fiction, short stories and screenplays. His first novel was published in May of 2016. His web site is: http://www.patchofdirt.net