In the lead up to the announcement of Issue II, we will be releasing three prompts this week. These prompts hint slightly at the overarching theme of…Prompt Challenge #2
In the lead up to the announcement of Issue II, we will be releasing three prompts this week. These prompts hint slightly at the overarching theme of…Prompt Challenge #1
Issue I from my literary magazine adventure is now available to download for free!
Issue I: hebe (the fountain of youth) is now available for download!
Our issues are free to download but if you wish to donate in receipt of your copy, you can use the Donate page. Currently, donations are used to pay for the domain and for the editor’s time and work.
Thank you to all of your submissions and to the following contributors:
Sreelakshmi Aravind / Ira Ares / Jaya Avendel / Ingrid B / Constance Bourg / Gina Bowen / Adrienne Burris / Karan Chambers / Brandon Clarke / Candice Louisa Daquin / John De Gruyther / Tom Francis / Molly Furey / Deepti G. / Zoe Gray / Laura Groves / Pieter L. Harreman / Barbara Leonhard / John W. Leys / Katy Luxem / Gabriela Marie Milton / Sanket Mhatre / Jay Mora-Shihadeh / S. K. Nicholas /…
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after Nayna Minda I remember our little kitchen above the pub. The tiny window of light, a small set of table and chairs and orange tablemats. I always imagine it in the afterschool golden hour between five and six on a summer eve. And you cut an apple for me. Slice the knife through and … Continue reading Cut apples
We were wanting out loud. Butterflies pinned to a board - twitching deep in the dark. I would have crumbled into your hands, had you but said yes, had you but bared your teeth. We were wanting out loud. Hands, daffodils and daisy - everything soft, crushed between sweaty adolescent palms. Etching the face of … Continue reading We tried to outlive the sun
after Nadine Klassen & Chimen Kouri You look empty, when you are not. You look soft, when you have held calloused things; most notably my heart, after digging furiously past rib and flesh. You are heavy, turning lilac beneath the lupine moon; revealing blueprint lines, hurried next times and a future of wet rose petals … Continue reading Ode to my hands
all of the places I knew in childhood even the ones which made me sad. it is vases of lily - orange pollen sticky, and ruinous of cotton dresses. raised voices and early bedtimes, late nights, waiting for her dark eyes to return. it is the time I have passed with you - sunflower majesty … Continue reading Home is
I play hide and seek with myself: concealed behind bed sheets, curtains and the lines drawn in childish crayon across my face. I giggle in the darkness then trace the oyster edges of my bones in the mirror - whisper “I am still here.” Here, despite the fact you rest your head against my back … Continue reading Object Permanence
We hope you are as excited as we are about the release of Issue I: hebe (the fountain of youth)! To tease you a little further, below are the …Issue I: contributors
Free Verse Revolution has been relaunched as a literary magazine – now accepting poetry, prose, creative non-fiction, photography and visual art ❤
Happy new year!
Our first issue of 2021, will be titled hebe (the fountain of youth). Hebe was the Greek goddess of youth. She represented youth, especially eternal youth, and being in the prime of life; her Roman equivalent was Juventas. She was the daughter of Zeus and older sister of Hera, queen of the Olympian gods. She was the cupbearer to the gods at Mount Olympus until she married the deified Heracles (Hercules). Classical literature explored her powers to keep mortals and immortals youthful, suggesting she was revered by the other gods as a result.
While reading about Hebe, I recalled stories of The Fountain of Youth, written about by Herodotus in the 5th century BC. Clear parallels can be drawn between a goddess of youth and legendary a ‘fountain’ which in tales restores youth when you drink from its waters. For years, explorers have searched for it…
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