painfully bliss

Ultimately,
we imagined so many things
novelty outran intention:

Power became currency,
battle
our true recreation,
and regarded old aesthetics
to ease the lens of time.

How painfully ignorant to have
died in honor
of forgetting how to live.

Just Finished: “Supernova” by Ris V Rose

My friends, today, I’ve gorged myself: On morsels of chocolate, bitter leaves, and honey wine – on smiles and choked down tears alike. 

“Supernova” was everything I needed it to be and a couple things I didn’t expect. A beautiful poetry collection, the blossoming of a harbinger, inspiration, the touch of another’s empathy, and a nostalgic peach. 

Where I often find consistency dull, “Supernova” cast charm upon the subtle nuances of a theme across years of learning. Insight Ris has come to from the depths of sorrow to the vibrance of her life mimicking the metaphor she carried with her throughout. 

Guiding you through the book, Ms. Rose leaves you with the catharsis of her notes: sometimes punchy sarcasm, others deep longing, often both. Not only do they bring you closer to her world, but provide a new lens with which to re-read the passages. I felt a familiarity with the honesty that lurks beneath compared to the sweetness written above. 

More from Ris here!

Journey’s Across the Poetry Community: allpoetry

Happy labor day!

Lately, I’ve made virtual ventures to a wonderful site called All Poetry (AP). I’ve enjoyed my shallow experience there so far, and wanted to leave a review for anyone who’s interest gets piqued. All Poetry features a few perks that make it an exceptional platform for writers and poetry connoisseurs alike.

All Poetry hosts a large community of friendly and welcoming writers. The fellow readers and writers have opened themselves to me as a newcomer. They even have special greeters to make you feel at home. From there, you have options.

Join A Contest

Similar to r/OCpoetry, AP allows writers to submit to contests after providing 2 comments to other posts in the same contest. Some of these contests provide monetary incentives and some are just plain fun. The contests range from the open-free-verse to the hyperspecific. I found this one particularly clever.

Join A Group

Like so many other online platforms, AP allows members to create and join groups. The multitude of those available appears as diverse as the people who reside there. The communities are welcoming and extremely responsive. You can hang in the back or expose yourself to a lot of helpful feedback.

The Technicals

Navigating through the site has been a breeze. Switching from comments, to contests, to your own profile is a cinch and the performance of the site overall feels powerful.
Once you’ve got your bearings, you’re ready to write. The platform offers a simple interface, but has a lot of pre-coded options for fonts and formatting. This interface lends itself to the poet especially as you explore some of the editing options.

That’s all for now!

Of course, you can find yours truly on AP if you’re interested, but I’d be just as happy if you meander over for your own indulgence.

I hope you enjoy your weekend.
Best,

Josh