Every year, online journals are invited to nominate individual poems for the Best of the Net Anthology, published by Sundress Publications. The poem, story, or essay must have been first published or appeared on the web between July 1, 2016 and June 30, 2017. Blue Heron Review is delighted to announce our nominations this year. To read each poem, in full, simply click on the issue and scroll to find individual poets. Congratulations and good luck to all of our nominees. We are so very proud and honored to publish the work of all of our contributors. Six choices are never enough.
From Blue Heron Review Issue #6 Summer (July) 2016
• Elise Hempel (“Night Exposure”)
• Karla Van Vliet (“My Blessing”)
• Lynne Burnett (“Clear Night Over Treadwell Bay”)
From Blue Heron Review Issue #7 Winter (Feb) 2017
• Timothy Walsh (“Following the Sound of a Bell into Silence”)
• Janet Reed (“Sock Widow Empathy”)
• Marie Loeffler (“Blue”)
Welcome to the September edition of Blue Heron Speaks! We are so delighted and blessed to feature the work of poet, Rachel Dacus, this month. Author of Gods of Water and Air (Aldrich Press, 2014), Earth Lessons (Bellowing Ark Press, 1998), and Femme au chapeau (WordTech Communications, 2005), Rachel Dacus allows us to float on her lyrical river of words and images, as if the reader is part of her poetic choreography. Dream-like and magical, her poems invite us to enter a new space in which to exist. Dacus speaks to us of our loved ones murmuring advice and hope from the other side: “On the other side, just there, I see the gone ones/ digging in unearthly ground, planting/ the seeds of the future.” What if we were to quiet our lives and listen more? What if we could reach that beauty with an arabesque? Join me in celebrating these beautiful poems. Dacus beckons us to “begin fresh” and to help create “a world as heavenly as it always/ meant to be …”
Visit the Blue Heron Speaks Featured Author page of our site, to read sample poems by Rachel Dacus, and to learn more about her books.
Rachel Dacus is the author of Gods of Water and Air, a collection of poetry, prose, and drama, and the poetry collections Earth Lessons and Femme au chapeau. Her poetry and prose have appeared in Atlanta Review, Boulevard, Prairie Schooner, The Pedestal, and Valparaiso Poetry Review. The Renaissance Club, her time travel novel involving the great Italian sculptor Gianlorenzo Bernini, is forthcoming in January 2018 from Fiery Seas Publishing. Her fourth poetry collection, Arabesque, is forthcoming in August 2018 from FutureCycle Press. Read more at https://racheldacus.net