Poetry Month Continues

Nearly halfway through April- poetry Month- and StarkLight Press would like to congratulate all of our marathoners on their stirring and thought-provoking poems! Thanks to everyone who applied to enter our writer’s circle for the contest, and congratulations to those who have engaged on our poem-a-day endeavor.

Our poets for our marathon will have their work published in our upcoming Poetry Month anthology… which of course will be coming out after May begins 🙂

We encourage everyone to try to write one poem at least for April, and to try to expand your poetic comfort zone with this (inexhaustive) list of poetry styles from around the world, thanks to Wikipedia:

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StarkLight Press Cover Reveal

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StarkLight Press is happy to announce the upcoming release of a new poetry and photography anthology by Lucie Guerre. Soulstice is a collection of poems and images that take the reader through the cyclical changes of love, life and relationships.

 

You can find Lucie’s Book at the StarkLight Press Bookstore later in February- check in later this week for a voice interview with the author where she discusses her poetry, her interests and her thoughts on this first published anthology!

A Touching Poetry Anthology

StarkLight Press is pleased to announce its latest poetry collection by Canadian author Lucie Guerre. This beautiful anthology of poetry and photography celebrates life, love, family and togetherness in the modern world.

Look for Lucie Guerre’s Soulstice, in February, 2017, just in time for Valentine’s Day! Tune in here later this month for exclusive interviews with the poet herself as she talks about her journey and her work.

In the meantime, you can find Lucie as an author on Facebook at The Writings and Musings of Lucie Guerre.

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Poetry Marathon Awards Arrived!

The arrival of our award statuettes for the intrepid poets who completed our marathon in August had to be shared today!

14614298_301308913584520_641074357_oOur poets will soon be receiving a beautiful, 6″ gold statue for their completion of StarkLight Press’s 24 hour Poetry Marathon! Those poets who completed the half marathon of 12 poems will receive the white and silver statuettes, for twelve poems in as many hours is no small feat, either!

All of our poets submitted their works to the anthology celebrating this marathon, which was completed this past August. From the Depths, a StarkLight Poetry Anthology, hits shelves across B.C. later this week, and is released internationally next Thursday. Look for your copy of this beautiful, touching and riveting anthology of poems online today, however, in e-book and print here:

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Our StarkLight Bookstore will shortly be updated with our new title, and we will be sure to post pictures of the poets with their shiny star trophies in the next month!

 

Congratulations again to all the poets who contributed to our 24 hour Poetry Marathon!

If you would like to reserve your space for next year’s marathon, to take place in August, email us at starklightdesk@gmail.com today.

 

StarkLight Press Poetry Marathon

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At StarkLight Press we love poetry.

We believe in Poetry. We believe in its ability to heal ourselves, each other, and the world.

It’s magic, plain and simple.

So, to bring a little more good magic into the world, we are hosting a 24 Poetry Marathon for any interested poets.

(for those who don’t have the time for a full marathon, you’re also welcome to join in for a half marathon)

What is a poetry marathon? It’s a block of time where, once every interval, you write a poem, either based on a prompt given by the organizers or based on whatever comes to mind.

Our First Annual StarkLight Press Poetry Marathon is an online event starting at 9am PST on August 20, and goes until 9 am PST August 21.

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If you’d like to join the marathon, email us at starklightdesk@gmail.com or contact the Press via our Facebook Page http://facebook.com/StarkLightPress/

As an added incentive, selected poems will be published in our Poetry Marathon anthology and will be sold internationally as well as available for e-reading online through several venues.

Share your heart, your thoughts, make some magic- join our Poetry Marathon today!

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In My Mind’s Eye Anthology Is Available Now

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I encourage all of our fans to pick up a copy of In My Mind’s Eye, a collection of poems from StarkLight Press’ Writing Challenge Fun group. These poets from all over the world have come together to share some of the most insightful, thought-provoking and engaging freestyle poems in years.

As an additional motivator, StarkLight Press is proud to donate the modest profits from both print and ebook versions of In My Mind’s Eye to Doctors Without Borders. Help us to give a big Holiday gift to those hard-working care-givers around the world- buy a copy of this beautiful anthology today!

-Tony Stark,

Publisher and CEO,

StarkLight Press.

Our StarkLight Pledge

We pledge to always nurture and cherish the VOICE of our authors.

We are not wedded to grammar school ideas of literary structure. The only witches hat in our house is reserved for fancy dress. We are not concerned about making a story palatable for those who do not like stories in the first place. This reductive fear-driven jealousy tries to abort all great artists before they begin, those of this age, and those destined for greatness in the next. This is why our heroes are those who never once gave in to such petty plastic surgeons of the creative membrane.

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We are only concerned with stories. Good ones. Ones that give us a read that expands our imaginations and heightens our sense of wonder.

We pledge to NEVER MURDER YOUR VOICE.

Having said that, I give you this word of advice. Be complex, not for some hipsterish sake, but to better convey the complex, magical world around us that operates on so many planes. Be learned, for if you find your own voice, I promise you, you will have to defend it.

Be sure you know the intricacies of grammar and literary structure.

Then, let NO ONE who criticizes it murder your voice. Treat it as a legal case, read copiously, learn what the pieces of the stories you read are called. Be prepared to defend your voice with Case Law techniques. Treat is as though you are in a Socratic debate.

But, my friends, be like unto the Grants- Stand Fast, and Let NO ONE MURDER YOUR VOICE.

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Not for the sake of simplicity, nor for ignorance, nor for frightened ideas of mass market palatability. Not for anything.

At StarkLight Press, if you have a voice that is not for mass consumption, that is beyond a grade four reading level, that uses big words well, that understands there is more to life than is dreamt of in a small, grasping, oligarchical philosophy, than I say-

Welcome Home.

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– Tony Stark,

Publisher and CEO,

StarkLight Press.