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Today is the deadline for confirming your spot in this year's edition of The Annual, but before we begin putting the book together, we wanted to share this particularly powerful piece written by one of our amazing judges, @leahjstone.
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Leah's work tends to revolve around notions of romantic love, self love, and self empowerment, and her poetry often takes on the form of a call to action wherein she encourages others to be proud of who they are and what they have to offer.
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This poem of hers is an excellent example of that encouraging vibe. She clearly understands, that she has value, and if that value isn't recognized by the person she's involved with, romantically or otherwise, letting go is the best option.
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Thank you so much, Leah, both for sharing your work with us today and for working your butt off to create the wonderful anthology that The Annual 2018 is. We cannot tell you how much we appreciate you. ^.^
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Despite her handle, @littleraincloudpoetry is actually quite the positive and inspiring Brooklyn-based poet.
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This poem by her goes a long way toward bridging the divide between those who deal with pain and those who do not. Truthfully, no one is exempt from pain, but certain kinds of pain? You bet.
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Maybe you deal with mental illness, or you've been the victim of assault. Physical infirmities are certainly not exempt from this category, and even heartache qualifies. No matter what is it, you are not alone, and to anyone who has never dealt with all the pains of the world, we hope this poem reminds you, that everyone suffers: that doesn't make it okay to judge them for it.
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Thank you for shedding light on such a huge issue these days, @littleraincloudpoetry. We hope many will find strength through solidarity in your words today. <3
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Please contact the author for permission to repost: ©LittleRaincloudPoetry 2018
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It would be easy to pull multiple meanings from this poem by @remymarylrousselle, but that's part of what makes poetry so wonderful, isn't it? That it can be so many things to we who write it and so many others to those who read it. ^.^
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To us, Remy's piece says, "Don't give up. At least not yet." No matter what you're considering letting go - your job, a hobby, your marriage, or maybe life, in general, heartbreaking as that is - just give it one more year, and during that year, really live it up!
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Be the sponge to soak up every good thing you possibly can. That way, even if you do end up giving up that thing, at least you will have tried, and you should have at least a couple fond memories to hold onto.
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Thank you for sharing this piece with us, Remy. Can you tell us a little about what was going through your mind and heart while writing this poem? We'd love to hear your thoughts. (:
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Please contact the author for permission to repost: ©Remy Marylrouselle 2018
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*Love* this Her Heart Work of the Day by @bruisedmelodies who writes on forgiving the self as a means of healing.
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Often spoken is the adage, that we are our own worst critics, and sometimes 'critics' is replaced with the word 'enemies,' and both versions are true. No one can crush our hopes and dreams like we can crush our own.
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True, sometimes there are outside influences which play a role in the self-degradation, but ultimately, if we can learn to embrace our flaws and forgive ourselves for not being perfect in every way, instead of gaping wounds, you'll find flower beds just waiting to be planted, and instead of hearts dripping blood, they'll drip with life-sustaining nourishment.
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Thank you for sharing such a wonderful insight with us today, @bruisedmelodies. We hope your words and wisdom touch others the way they have touched us. ^.^
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Please contact the author for permission to repost: ©BruisedMelodies 2018
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Here's a dose of #truth from @p.bodii that we couldn't not share with you, and because it's such an important message, we're going to let her caption say it all.
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"Mental illness truly is often invisible. And to put whatever you're going through into words, that you may not even fully understand yourself, can be difficult and exhausting. And of course stigma comes in when you DO try to voice what you're going through! It's so easy for those who have not experienced to misunderstand, or worse, not even want to try understanding. Baring yourself, being vulnerable, being open, isn't always met in kind. And it's important to share only when you're ready, and with people you feel safe with."
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Thank you, @p.bodii, for baring yourself, being vulnerabile, and being open with us. Leadership by example is the best kind. <3
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Please contact the author for permission to repost: ©Becca DeFazio 2018
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Not quite sure if this is technically #blackoutpoetry or not, but the concept is similar, and we still love it!
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@epeolatry.edits has a talent for finding poetry in words already written, and this piece is particularly well done where subtle tones of sensuality meet whimsy and nostalgia.
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We love your unique take on a much-beloved form of poetry, @epeolatry.edits. Thank you for sharing your work with us today! ^.^
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Please contact the author for permission to repost: ©Epeolatry.Edits 2018
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A #herheartpoetry Work of the Day written by @earth.speaks. .
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A #herheartpoetry Work of the Day written by @rrnoall. .
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A #herheartpoetry Work of the Day written by @writingtoinspire. .
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A #herheartpoetry Work of the Day written by @k.m.crane. .
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A #herheartpoetry Work of the Day written by @phoonpoetry.
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Curated by Mei 梅 ǀ @lipstickandmiracles .
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A #herheartpoetry Work of the Day written by @words.heart.love.
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