Review of ‘Measures’ by B. L. Bruce from The Prairies Book Review

Luminous and piercing… Lyrical and reflective, award-winning Bruce’s latest, a collection of poems, micropoetry, and American haiku, offers a litany of ruminations on nature, love, and self. “Full Moon at Albion River” is a meditation on the wonders of nature. With her knack for creating intricate emotional textures, Bruce infuses mourning and grief with tangible [...]

“Rainsong” Winner of the PushPen Press Pendant Prize for Poetry

RAINSONG What of this winter here?The unhappy song of rain andwind in the bay laurel,rainwater in the fountaina mixing of what is oursand what is not. I go to the meadowwhen the storm has slowedto see what has changed,what unknowable thirst was quenched: the howl and fury in the nightbrought down the tall sequoia,and with [...]

New Poem “Mockingbird” by Poet B. L. Bruce Published in Visitant

New Poem “Mockingbird” by Poet B. L. Bruce Published in Visitant

MOCKINGBIRD As it often doesmoving by memory,your body finds mine, fitspuzzled into angles and curvesin those hushed hours—were it not for the mockingbirdscreaming into the moonlit,slate-grey sky. I envy you,your unbothered sleep.No torment. No great,stirring voicein your mindscreaming,screaming. c. B. L. BruceFirst published by VisitantFollow Bruce on Instagram @thepoesis and Twitter @the_poesis

Poem “Dark Star” Published in Emerge Literary Journal’s Issue 16

Poem “Dark Star” Published in Emerge Literary Journal’s Issue 16

DARK STAR I had not expected, mid-life,that already my shining yearswould be behind me, tradedfor more essential things:what it meansto have patience,to wage a war,how to endure. I remember clearer now:the smooth dunes,bare shoulders,my body feeling somehowless bound, belongingto me. You came outof the sea—salt on skin.In a particular way,your face openedbeneath the midday sky.Those [...]

Excerpt from Award-Winning Poetry Collection, ‘The Weight of Snow’

More autumn months graced by frost,the flowering quince dies. I set outto walk the edge of the woods,think of all the pleasures in being alone. c. B. L. BruceFirst published by the Soundings Review PURCHASE COLLECTION Follow B. L. Bruce Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thepoesis/Twitter: https://twitter.com/the_poesis

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS!

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS!

Humana Obscura is now accepting submissions of poetry, prose, and art for its inaugural Fall/Winter issue! While we are open to style, we’re looking for work that is nuanced, honest, raw, and imagistic with strong elements of the natural world or the human-nature relationship. We are an independent, bi-annual online literary magazine that seeks to [...]

“Eclipse” – Excerpt from “The Starling’s Song”

“Eclipse” – Excerpt from “The Starling’s Song”

ECLIPSE You awakened me long after midnight to watch the moon. Our heads rolled back, feeling so insignificant beneath the canvas of stars, infinite cosmos. We name the patterns together. The world seemed to still as the moon came into and then back out of shadow. The amber orb fell away from me. I crawled [...]

Fire and Rain: Ecopoetry of California

Fire and Rain: Ecopoetry of California

"A captivating and visceral portrait of the California landscape by a talented cast of poets.” - Kirkus Reviews   Pleased to announce that two of my poems, "Feel" and "Tempest," were published in Fire and Rain: Ecopoetry of California poetry anthology from Scarlet Tanager Books. The collective contributions to this anthology come together to weave a braid of voices [...]