Songs of Selah: An Interview with Don Beukes

On the latest episode of Songs of Selah I had the pleasure of interviewing a good friend and great poet, Don Beukes. Please listen to an archive of the episode here…

Don Beukes - Podcast 2

Don Beukes, originally from Belhar, Cape Town in South Africa is the author of The Salamander Chronicles (Creative Talents Unleashed) and Icarus Rising- Volume One (Alien Buddha Press), which is a unique ekphrastic collection written in collaboration with artists from South Africa, America and the UK. His poetry has been anthologized in numerous collections and translated into Afrikaans, Persian, French, and Albanian. He was nominated by Roxana Nastase, editor of Scarlet Leaf Review for the ‘Best of the Net’ in 2017 as well as the Pushcart Poetry Prize in 2016.  His debut South African Publication was published in August 2018 by Libbo Publishers with three prominent SA poets in a unique anthology reflecting on experiences of Apartheid and other global themes. 

Don Beukes - In Pursuit of Poetic Perfection

Find out more about Don’s work here at his website, The Salamander Chronicles.

Don Beukes - Podcast 3

A past interview with Don featured in the Showcase Spotlight series here at 17Numa can be read here…

Don Beukes - The Salamander Chronicles

Orbs of God/Otherwise Engaged Literature and Arts Journal

Light from the stars is not dampened by a canvass of clouds during autumn. Faith that they shine alive through the night behind a curtain of gray. Even the orbs of God are allowed to rest, still in their sleep, glowing warm with each sigh, dreaming of new worlds to brighten.

I’m stoked to have four poems included in the new winter 2018 print edition of Otherwise Engaged Literature and Arts Journal. 

Otherwise Engaged Literature and Arts Journal Winter 2018 Cover

Thank you to everyone who has picked up a copy of my latest book, Abstract Visions of Light, from Alien Buddha Press. Your support of independent artists and publishers is greatly appreciated!

For anyone interested in picking up a signed copy directly from me for the holidays, please contact me via email at or through Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter. The collection is also available on Amazon at the link below…



Today I received word that my writing has been published in the 300th literary venue since beginning to send out submissions in 2014.

And earlier this month my 1,500th poem was published during that same span of time.

Two nice milestones to reach.

My motto remains the same. One step and then the next. Always looking forward.

I sat on the front porch this morning watching the rain fall along with the leaves, and I thought about my amazing family and friends who have supported and encouraged me during this life. I am truly a lucky man.

I honestly believe that the real work has only just begun. I have big dreams, and I know that in order for them to be achieved my actions must follow suit.

I am more excited than ever about the possibilities of what the future holds.

Above all, I am extremely thankful.

Amethyst and Angels/CultureCult Magazine Winter 2018

The song of aged owls sounds like smelted silver flowing thickly from the woods. Raindrops gently drip from the heavens, caressing newly colored leaves with their kisses as wind chimes howl. A fog of night sits soft and still in the air, sneezing open pathways toward ruptured visions of amethyst and angelic whispers. Swirling mandalas of miracles are made manifest, casting spells of soothing peace to calm the spirit of a fervent season at its core. 

CultureCult Magazine issue 9 cover

I’m honored to have a selection of my work included in the new 2018 winter issue of CultureCult Magazine published out of West Bengal, India by Jagannath Chakravarti. This is consistently one of the most beautifully designed (both cover and interior) magazines being published today. I do not make that statement often, and it is not said lightly. 

The full issue which includes “It’s a Matter of Record/Opinion,” “Kingdom of Chaos,” and “Formulas for Pressing Flowers” can be viewed here online.

But I highly recommend picking up a copy of this gorgeous print edition for your bookshelf. 

My new book, Abstract Visions of Light, is available here through Alien Buddha Press. You can also pick up a signed copy directly from me if interested. Thank you for supporting independent artists and publishers. Cheers!



October 2018 Recap/Holiday Deal!

For anyone interested in picking up a bundle of my books to help ease the holiday shopping stress this season, I have a new package available now for just $40. It includes one copy each of Songs of a Dissident (Transcendent Zero Press), Chaos Songs (Weasel Press), Happy Hour Hallelujah (CTU Publishing), and my latest book, Abstract Visions of Light (Alien Buddha Press). The deal also includes three signed broadsheets and other assorted extras.

Please contact me at or on Facebook to order. Your support is greatly appreciated!

Abstract Visions of Light front

Another exciting month has come to a close. But before fully flipping the calendar over, I want to think these venues for publishing my work during October:

Turn, Turn, Turn – Harbinger Asylum (print)

Eternal and Infinite – Harbinger Asylum (print)

The Good Life – The Dope Fiend Daily

Alms of Ouroboros – Dissident Voice

Specks of Sawdust – GloMag

Empty Pages – Dissident Voice

Stoplight Serenade – Dissident Voice

Dinner for Two – CTU Publishing

Wasteland Carousel – Dissident Voice 

I would also like to thank everyone associated with the following publications for accepting work recently that will be released during November and the months ahead:

The Pangolin Review, Leaves of Ink, CultureCult Magazine, Our Poetry Archive, Cajun Mutt Press, Piker Press, BlogNostics, Synchronized Chaos, and TreeHouse Arts.

Cheers to an inspired November, my friends! And thank you to everyone who kindly orders one of the packages mentioned above.

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Encoded/Harbinger Asylum Autumn 2018

Life has been apocalyptic from the get-go. New revelations of truth manifest by the moment. It’s just a matter of holding on for the ride as long as possible. But even the falls can be fun. Exhilarating evolution. There are no wizened souls that didn’t first overcome their fair share of chaos. Order has to be shoved around sometimes to force it toward a stronger state. It’s all part of the game. It’s all coded in the system.

Harbinger Asylum (autumn 2018)

My poems “Turn, Turn, Turn” and “Eternal and Infinite” are included in the new autumn 2018 print issue of Harbinger Asylum. Published by Transcendent Zero Press.

My new book, Abstract Visions of Light, is available here through Alien Buddha Press.