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Artwork by Daniel Adams

Submissions for the summer HEALING issue of Blue Heron Review are NOW CLOSED
. All submissions will be read with great care and attention. Response time is approximately 8-10 weeks from the date the submission was received. Thank you for the wonderful offerings sent for this special issue! Our online launch will be at the end of July 2017. Looking forward to curating another beautiful collection of poetry and visual art!

With kindest wishes for your creative journey!
Cristina M. R. Norcross, Founding Editor
Blue Heron Review

The April 2017 Blue Heron Speaks Featured Author is Gwendolyn Brooks

Happy National Poetry Month! Welcome to the April edition of Blue Heron Speaks. In honor of National Poetry Month, we always shine a spotlight on a voice from the past – someone who can enter our current world and offer up some wisdom through verse. Our featured author this month is renowned poet, Gwendolyn Brooks (1917-2000).


Gwendolyn Brooks photo credit Poetry Foundation

(photo credit: The Poetry Foundation)

There exists in words many doors, many roads, and many fields leading to the open terrain of the human heart. In Gwendolyn Brooks’s poems, we find inner pathways, leading to places of longing, regret, captured reflections, and raw truth. The reader may wander in knowingly, but will never leave unchanged by Ms. Brooks’s ability to leap into what is most difficult – the workings of the mind. She reveals the depths of shadows, which we must all face. Don’t forget the lamplight, which Gwendolyn Brooks leaves on for us. There is light. There is always light.

Visit the Blue Heron Speaks page of our site to read 3 sample poems by Gwendolyn Brooks, and to learn more about her legacy.

“We are each other’s magnitude and bond.”
~Gwendolyn Brooks