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:

https://www.amazon.ca/Depths-Poems-StarkLight-Poetry-Marathon-ebook/dp/B01LZE7Y2K/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1475714608&sr=8-1&keywords=from+the+depths+starklight

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.

 

Thanks to Our Poets!

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I am pleased to announce the completion of the First Annual StarkLight Press 24 Hour Poetry Marathon!

We had ten poets take part in our day long poetry extravaganza, and are amazed by the creativity and heartfelt poetic lines that emerged.

A gigantic thank you to all our poets!

The anthology, still to be named, featuring poems from this incredible creative journey will be available later this autumn. Look for release information here!

Remarkable poems, gifted writers, amazing experience- join us next year for StarkLight Press’ 24 Hour Poetry Marathon and take part in the incredible!

 

– Tony Stark,

Publisher and CEO,

StarkLight Press.

 

Perpetuity

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Perpetuity: I Am Yours Forever and You Are Mine

by Virginia Carraway Stark

One day I found a picture of you

And my heart was hurt anew

Because my love, how I loved you

You were mine, my Perpetu

But even more I belonged to you

Someone like my Perpetu

Can never leave my heart too

So much of me was invested in you

Every day you were with me was always new

A part of my soul was claimed when yours was due

I always new the day would come

When I would think of you and numb

The pain and tears that will not be dumb

Some things in life aren’t here to stay

But having a dog taken away

Even by old age, the pain eats us day by day

Rest for now, my Perpetu

One day I know, I will see you

I will hold you in my arms anew

What is gone now is not lost except for a few

When it’s time to wake up know that I’m here

And that I’ve never once forgotten you.

– mixed media on paper, Copyright 2009 Virginia Carraway Stark.

You can watch Virginia Carraway Stark read her poem here:

Seemlie Keybearer’s Ode

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The Seemlie are a race of recalcitrant, watchful underworld beings that reside chiefly in forests and wild places, but have known to make themselves at home in the urban underpinnings of cities and towns as well. Here is a poem written by Virginia Carraway Stark from a denizen of this quiet, magical world:

Hello, Hello

by Virginia Carraway Stark

Hello, yes I see you

Even though I know you don’t see me

Careful where you tread

With your big feet you can make me dead

I wouldn’t like that and I might decide

That I don’t like you

Here in my woods

Squishing the mushrooms under

You are like a a monster to me

Do you know what a problem you are?

I don’t think you know much

And I have important business to do

In the dark shadows

Where you bring your hammering and

Your buzzing machines for us

In the Unseillie Court of the Fair Folk

It is business as usual and you are here

In our realm, maybe I’ll send

Gnats and mosquitos after you

I have a little thing, a special treasure

That I must guard every moment by my heart

And here you are making a mess

Burning things not safe to burn

Running around and yammering

And hello, hello, yes I see you

I know you don’t see me

If you did it would be harder

For you to be such a prick to me

But since you can’t bother to open your eyes

I have a few things in mind, more than one surprise

I don’t think you’ll like them and when I’m done

You’ll be the one to leave the forest at a run

Go ahead, bring your gun,

You don’t see me,

Hello, Hello, Yes, I see you

And if you make me fret anymore

(I do have a habit of worrying so)

Then I’ll just take it out on all you poos

– mixed media on paper, Copyright 2016 Virginia Carraway Stark

You can watch Virginia Carraway Stark read her poem here:

Here’s some information on the different realms of Faerie (but not about the Seemlie, because they are too shy at this point to make Wiki articles):

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tuatha_D%C3%A9_Danann

http://www.worldoffroud.com/books/laby.php

Voices Heard

StarkLight Press would like to announce the beginning of a very special project, Voices Heard.

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This anthology will feature 100 authors who have suffered a violent crime- one for which they have not found justice. Each author will be given 3 pages in the anthology to arrange as they like: photos, artwork, poems, journal entries, essays, creative writing. In three pages, we invite these survivors of crime to explore and explain not just their experience, but the experience of not having been adequately heard by the world around them.

Please feel free to contact us at starklightdesk@gmail.com with a brief overview (200-1000 words) about why you would be a good fit for this anthology. The first 100 appropriate artists and writers will be chosen for this anthology, the proceeds of which go to anti-violence charities in North America.

We thank you in advance for your interest in this very special project, and invite you to share it with organizations and individuals for whom you think it would be useful.

– Tony Stark,

Publisher and CEO,

StarkLight Press.

 

In My Mind’s Eye- A Poetry Anthology

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Here’s the fetching front cover to the first poetry anthology from StarkLight Press!

Inside, you can find beautiful poetry by participants in the online 24 hr. Poetry Marathon and top-notch writers from around the world. Featuring the fruits of more than a year’s poetic efforts, this beautiful anthology will be available the end of October, 2015.

Authors include:

Doris Ray (British Columbia historian)

Laura Callender (President, CW Press)

Monica McCawley

Liane Carter

Virginia Carraway Stark

Jason Pere

Meg Dunn

Jenn Spaulding

Jen M. Duell

Tony Stark

and more!

Check back at starklightpress.com for pre-order links for ebook and print versions!

Tony Stark,

President and CEO,

StarkLight Press.