Songs of Selah Episode #156

Align with the Holy Spirit Vibration, feed the body clean foods, activate the chakra system, electrify the auric field, and walk steady in good spirits.

I had a great time reading a new essay and speaking with W.D. Evans on this week’s episode of Songs of Selah. He joined the program to discuss the books and projects he’s been working on this year. We also talked about his entrepreneurial attitude, the synchronistic events that enlighten one’s path through life, some of the technological innovations he’s been on the cusp of during his years, and the philosophy of persistency in following through on dreams. Episode#156 can be listened to or downloaded here…

Jabberwocky Theater

Woe be in the age of corruption and tyranny? Or a Renaissance of the Roaring Twenties? Only time will tell. Choose your own adventure. But don’t blink or else you’ll miss the next peak. It’s going to be a blast. A selection of my recent essay and poetry publications can be found in the links below...

“Jabberwocky Theater” at Dissident Voice

“As Riddles Unravel” at ILA Magazine

Five poems at Sahitya Barta

“The More Things Change” at Mad Swirl

Imagine Thirsting

I was stoked to have received my contributor’s copy of Torrid Literature Journal recently. Thank you to Alice Saunders for including my poems “Imagine Thirsting” and “Student Section” in the latest volume released out of Florida.

Dance your cares away to the sounds of animated activation (if you happen to have any angst to begin with, that is; and, if not, well, in that case, jam even harder in simpatico fashion to the rhythms of high bliss that come your way).

The process is perpetual in its continuous motion, and our perception can be spot on, slightly askew, or completely off base – it’s up to each of us to remain alert and ever-vigilant in the pursuit of bringing mindfulness back into centered alignment upon the path of life as the circumstances around us swirl in a state of flux.

Small, steady steps, one at a time, with quantum leaps mixed into the equation at certain intervals of acceleration.

Hallelujah. La la la. Amen.

Songs of Selah #155

Despite all the lunacy underway in this world right now, honestly, I’ve been having the time of my life so far this year. When you were spit out of the womb with a rebellious streak slashing straight through your soul, existence tends to take on a heightened sense of meaning and more purposeful intensity once the chaos really starts ramping up. These trying times are just a test of character in the end. So, as I continue to say, walk steady with a sturdy spine in good spirits. Hallelujah.

I’d like to take a moment and say thank you to all the editors who published my work during the month of July. I was happy to have had 20 poems and essays published or accepted to appear in future releases by eight different literary venues during the past month, including translations in Italian, Albanian, and Azerbaijani.

Thank you to Beth Gordon for joining this week’s episode of Songs of Selah to talk about and read selections from her new book, This Small Machine of Prayer (Kelsay Books, 2021). We had an interesting conversation that touched on the timeless nature of reality, poetry as a puzzle, the Jeweled Net of Indra, the great affirmation of life despite the inherent nature of suffering, synchronicity, magical tables, parallel dimensions, and much more.

Episode #155 can be listened to here…

But Don’t Forget to Breathe

I’m thrilled to share that my poems “Blue Pines” and “Hymnal for the Sun” have been translated into Italian and published in the new July issue of Rivista Noiqui. Big thank you to Mihaela Melnic for her efforts in translating my work and to Luciano Zampini for including it in his magazine.

One of the pieces is an excerpt from the forthcoming collaborative book, Evermore, written by Mihaela Melnic and I. Our collection is slated for release later this month through 17Numa Press. Further details about that good news are coming soon!

The English and Italian versions of my two poems can be read here starting on page 140…

Songs of Selah #154

I had an opportunity to interview one of my favorite poets on this week’s episode of Songs of Selah. Ryan Quinn Flanagan joined the show and shared his thoughts about the mechanics of writing, what keeps him motivated to stay so consistent and prolific with his work, some of the different stages his style has gone through since he began publishing, several new books he has on the horizon, and even a few stories from Vegas.

Check out episode #154 here on 17Numa Radio…

Ryan Quinn Flanagan is a Canadian-born author who lives in Elliot Lake, Ontario, Canada with his wife and many bears that rifle through his garbage. His work has appeared both in print and online in such places as: The New York Quarterly, Evergreen Review, The Peregrine Muse, The Blue Mountain Review, Setu and The Oklahoma Review.  He enjoys listening to the blues and cruising down the Trans Canada in his big blacked out truck.