Winning Poem in the Shahid Ali Ghazal Contest

Margo Berdeshevsky GHAZAL: HEAR ME      The handprints in ancient cave art were left by women —National Geographic If the new animal voice cries for my empty bed, hear me. If a wide red wing climbing my cotton gown stills me, unwed—hear me. If wars in blued tongues of the night-scarved crows admit what our mothers pretend to…

Call for Work on Sara Teasdale

Poetry Witch seeks work that celebrates the life and poetry of Sara Teasdale. Although she enjoyed popularity and acclaim in her lifetime and remains fiercely beloved by readers around the world, Teasdale has all but vanished from official literary history. We suspect, however, that she occupies a secret-not-so-secret place in the private canons of many writers and…

Invented Form Contest

Poetry Witch is happy to announce a poetry contest for a poem in an invented form. Poems in any invented form are eligible. Here is our definition of an invented form. An invented form is structured through an original, predictable pattern of repeating language elements. The structure can be based on repetitions of sound (rhyme, meter,…

Shahid Ali’s Birthday Ghazal Contest

UPDATE 2016 Winners:  We’re very happy to announce that Margo Berdeshevsky has won our first contest with her memorable ghazal “Hear Me.” Vince Gotera’s wonderful “Aswang Ghazal”: Santiago’s Confession” is our esteemed runner-up. Thanks to all entrants! We look forward to your participation in upcoming contest devoted to the bop, which will judged by the form’s creator,…

My mom doesn’t approve…

I am a Christian but I am really interested in Wicca and am trying to explore that. However, my mom doesn’t approve. Any advice? —K.L. Dear K.L., You could do some research, then sit down with her and ask her why she doesn’t approve—and then research again based on what she says so you can…

Introducing “Ask a Witch”

Do you have questions about what it means to be a witch?  Dr. Annie Finch, founder of Poetry Witch, has lived the path of goddess and earth-centered spirituality for almost 25 years.  Annie is an initiated Green Witch in the tradition of Z. Budapest, a second-level reiki master. and a gifted intuitive and energy healer. A celebrated poet, performer,…