WolfPack Contributor Bio: Megha Sood

Megha Sood is a Pushcart-nominated Poet, Editor, Author, and Blogger from New Jersey. An Associate Poetry Editor at journals MookyChick(UK), Life and Legends (USA), and Partner in Literary project “Life in Quarantine” with Stanford University, USA. Over 600+ Works featured including Poetry Society of New York, American Writers Review, Rising Phoenix Review, Kissing Dynamite, etc.

Recipient of Poet Fellowship from MVICW( Martha’s Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing), National Level Winner Spring Mahogany Lit Prize 2020, Three-Time State-level winner of NJ Poetry Contest.Second Place San Gabriel Valley Poetry Festival 2021, Finalist in Adelaide Literary Awards(2020), Poetry Super Highway (2020), Erbacce Prize(2020), TWIBB( 2020), iWomanGlobalAwards(2020).Nominated “Author of the Year” and “Author of the Month” by NY-based Spillwords Press.

Works selected numerous times by Jersey City Writers group, Jersey City Theater Center, and Department of Cultural Affairs for the Arts House Festival. Co-Edited anthologies ( “The Medusa Project”, Mookychick) and (“The Kali Project, Indie Blu(e) Press). Poetry Judge for the SLAM Poetry competition, IITD Kaizen’21, and State level NAMI NJ Poetry Contest 2021. Panelist in WNBA (Women’s National Book Association) DC “Women in Poetry’s Future”. Performing venues includes Nuyorican Cafe, BrownStone Poets, OceanSide Library, Historic Apple Tree House, and many poetry festivals including “Anantha” by Samyukpta Poetry, Jersey City Poetry Festival.

Author of forthcoming Chapbook ( “My Body is Not an Apology”, Finishing line press, 2021) and Full Length (“My Body Lives Like a Threat”, FlowerSongPress,2021).Blogs at https://meghasworldsite.wordpress.com/ and tweets at @meghasood16

Thanks so much for your time and efforts.


Megha Sood
Associate Poetry Editor| Life and Legends (USA)
Assistant Poetry Editor | MookyChick (UK)
Poetry Editor | Indie Blu(e) Press (USA)
Collaborator | Life in Quarantine, Stanford University, USA
Website| https://meghasworldsite.wordpress.com/
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Twitter | @meghasood16

2 poems by Peter Hague in Fevers of the Mind Press Presents the Poets of 2020

Stars, Night Sky, Space, Galaxy
A Place in the Universal

Here, on the bright side of death
I occupy the right side of my heart.
I am at the centre of my being -
a line scribed from head to soul -
a blend of genres, running pole to pole.
I am at the centre of my living dial -
at the confluents of patience, blood and bile,
and all revolving in the universal smile -
that inherent affinity -
dispensing an axis for all.

Relocation of the Heart

The walls of this unfamiliar house
have transformed themselves
into the closest copy
of where I last felt comfortable.

It is not their fault
that paper peels and paint cracks -
or new feet stroll across the creaking floor.
It is an unburdened wish
to liberate change. 

Bio: Peter Hague has written and studied poetry for most of his life and apart from being published in magazines like 'The Interpreter’s House' he is now posting some of his work on Twitter. Two books of collected work are in production now and are expected in the coming weeks. He is also working on a new website, dedicated to his writing. He is also associated with the art name ‘e-brink’ and has a gallery of digital art at: www.e-brink.co.uk.

3 poems by Vicky Allen : ‘The Circle’, ‘I Am Not a Fortress’, ‘Honesty’

Ring Of Fire, Circle, Blue, Fire, Flame
The Circle

The tide is rolling in and out
I allow myself this -
breathe in, breathe out, breathe in
and I let the petals of time unfurl

I allow myself this -
the seeding burst through the warm earth
and I let the petals of time unfurl
as I linger on the cool threshold, a moment between moments

the seeding bursts through the warm earth
breathe in, breathe out, breathe in
as I linger on the threshold, a moment between moments
the tide is rolling in and out

Honesty

Honesty breaches the shadows
and asserts herself.
Fragile, she survives winter's
severe punishments,
withstands the long dark.
Pale, upright
quiet.
Honesty perseveres.
She is stronger than she looks.

I Am Not a Fortress

I am not a fortress
I do not choose to bolster my defences today
I do not want to be impermeable, unmoved

Let me be defenceless
Let my skin be tender, vulnerable
Let me be open-handed, wide-eyed

Let your words take aim
Let your barbs hit home
Let your truth penetrate, dividing marrow and bone

Let there be a grace to the pain
Let there be hope in the harrowing
Let there be us, eye to eye, hand to hand, heart to heart

unfettered
unguarded
understanding

 Bio: Vicky Allen’s debut poetry pamphlet is “Broken Things and other tales” (Hedgehog Poetry Press, 2020). She’s been published in print & online in Mslexia, Stravaig, Bonnie’s Crew, Writers Cafe and others, & in anthologies by Proost, Black Agnes Press & Dove Tales. She is a 2020 Pushcart Prize nominee. She lives on the south east coast of Scotland.

3 poems from Barney Ashton-Bullock in Fevers of the Mind Press Presents the Poets of 2020

Wild Rose, Leaf, Engine, Rose Drive
Mass Grave #58

The bloodrot rooting
Over the rise that hides the pit,
That mallow mound that salves the flatlands vista.

From outré putrefaction, the wilder roses bloom,
Their pungent spumes of spiky fumes,
Fragrances that flounder in dead-hand dealt air,

A stasis that unstirs the shrill, still sadness,
Staunches the undertow flow of the unforgiven
Charred and hidden in the sods of soil despoiled;

Limbs oiled in its threadbare muddy mercy.

The irremediable blue

in ten years time you might retire,
you might come back to Blighty,
we might return to Port Isaac,
we might have time again
to ride again our bicycles,
from Cornish coast-to-coast again.

wannabe wayfaring,
we might loll laughing again
on a wafeted, scrumped tat
o'tartan rug again
on a dot-dash of distal headland
in the mizzen drench sea-mist
of a "Fogust" again

and brush fingers again
and have, again, the intent of a kiss,
not and never had,
but ever much onwards missed,
again and again, since then,
old friend,
when we'd talk in a distinctly
distant flannel;
we swarding swatches aswirl
within this still vast vista
of irremediable blue...

the last laugh never came to pass

crackling, crackhead rapidity of speech,
in a cack-handed matey tempo
spackled with infomercial riddlings
and pseudo-psychoanalytical patter
about the love in every one of us
being all that really matters

personality types as if purloined sachets
to add a touch of bitter or sweet to the mobby broth
whose vibrant, rolling broil of events
are tampered/sieved/blent into spuzzy negatives of denials
all misfiled into microfiche mêlées of confusion
in a filled-up soup of psyche (with its linger of crouton tumours)

oh, then, to defrag these fleshy coils of cortex
to promote more systematic recall
a crumbly softness arcing through
the spindrift spun trace remembrances
of cogency condensed to illegible;
slapdash jottings made with leaky fountain pens
on absorbent flays of blotting papers
and in there, somewhere, the specifics
of what you'd dare to recall
clogged in five years of such mulching, moulder of drippage
and when, and if, ever discerned, decrypted as
mere juvie, virtue-signalled, naïve jibberish
with no stanchion of good will or best wish
for this unanchored flail of flatline future


Bio: Barney Ashton-Bullock, is the poet/librettist in the ‘Andy Bell is Torsten’ music-theatre-poetry collective and he narrates his own verse on the Downes Braide Association albums. He is the founder of Soho Poetry Nights. He has poetry published, or pending publication, in a wide range of cult poetry journals**, in the ‘Avalanches In Poetry’ tribute anthology to Leonard Cohen, in the Dreich pamphlet ‘Famous’, in the Pilot Press ‘Queer Anthology Of Healing’ and in the 'Soho Nights' anthologies published by The Society Club Press who also published his first collection ‘Schema/Stasis’ in 2017. His latest poetry pamphlet ‘Café Kaput!’ was published by Broken Sleep Books in 2020.<br>(**the Wellington Street Review, the New River Press Yearbook, SPAMzine, Re-Side Magazine, -algia Press, Scab Mag, Pink Plastic House Journal, Lucky Pierre Zine, Poetry Bus, Neuro Logical Magazine and the Babel Tower Notice Board)

Poetry by Julie Stevens in Fevers of the Mind Press Presents the Poets of 2020 ‘Angst’

Mural, Girl, Balloon, Child, Heart
Angst
I'm the thunder you hold now
with my cries,
I'm all around rattling your calm.
I bring dark to your shine,
when you look at me here.

I'm the fall of questions
you keep wanting to catch,
I'm the words you repeat
when they won't drift away,
I know how to taint your breath.

Swirling around
I see where you are,
shaking your ground,
I sense where you flee.
I'm there beside you
telling you how to think,
but you have to let me go.


Bio from 2020:
Julie Stevens has Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and her poems tend to reflect the impact MS has on her life, as well as other topics close to her heart. Her poems have been published most recently on The Blue Nib, The Honest Ulsterman and Dodging the Rain.  Her chapbook, Quicksand, is published by Hybrid Press having come second in the Dreich Chapbook Competition 2020.  Her website is www.jumpingjulespoetry.com