Muse for our 2014 Poetry Expo — © Luis José Estremadoyro
“The Nightly Unfolding of Madame de Loynes”
2014 POETRY EXPO
“Where Our Expos Started”
“The Promise” — Ryan Farish
We were tremendously inspired by the EXTRAORDINARY and VERY VISIONARY POETRY that we received in complement to our first creative expo muse. The various interpretations were thought provoking and inspired us to publish more of the top judged poems paired with new art. Pairing new artistic connections between poetry, art, music, even film became a ZO tradition. As we continue to develop our talent pool of artists, poets, musicians, writers and other creative connections, we also invite all of you to connect formally with ZO through our new CITY Sponsorship campaign. Sponsorship is the way we are marketing both our developing artistic connections and Time ZOne Masque around the world. We are looking for these connections to become our art eyes around the globe and hope to gain a better feel for what is happening in the creative realm through them.
Winner of the 2014 Poetry Expo
Photo above — © fate atc | Chris Ridings “Prahna Red”
. . . And all I want is someone who can weather my collapse.
On the last train out of the USSR, while it was still
that bright ventricle sickle, my grandfather fell
ill of the kind of dying no one is immune from.
A revolt in the lungs, and endless coughing. Snow
deep in the bones. He banged a carriage open,
introduced himself and his vitriol onto her dress. My gran
looked him straight in the blood. Loved him. Laid him down.
My mother said she was conceived right then. The rocking
of one body to sleep, another to birth. Knowing now
the complexities of babies, the average temperature
of a Russian winter. I don’t believe, but nor does it matter.
We never knew him. Now the universe and its infinite redress
has given me a chance. In the silence I put my hand
on your new stomach as you sleep.
Rafael S.W is a creative writing graduate and founding member of Dead Poets’ Fight Club. He has been published in The Big Issue Fiction Edition, Voiceworks, and is an award winning Australian writer. He also regularly contributes to Going Down Swinging online and competes in poetry slams and giant-sized chess games.
Rafael opted to take the gold coin rather than cash award that we offered; which helped us to open a relationship with the gold dealer that we purchased the coin from. Rafael’s quote below was kind of the magic wand that opened the conversation:
……….“The American Gold Eagle Quarter made an excellent prize. So refreshing to have a physical reminder of my triumph, a medallion that has both weight and worth.” — Rafael S.W 2014 Poetry Expo winner.
We were pleased that communications with Rafael continued from that initial win, and he has become a contributing writer to the magazine. We look forward to connecting with a global network of creative souls and hope our own interactions will spread much further. We’ve had many of the artists ZO has connected with to do projects together and, actually, that makes us feel really great!
Check out Rafael’s article “The Cavernous Heart of Underground Art” on visiting MONA – Museum of Old and New Art in Hobart, Tasmania.
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