Friday, September 20, 2019

SUCH LUCK!

That's the title of my newest publication, a full-length book of poetry (my first!) from Flowstone Press, available from Amazon. The poems in Such Luck concern themselves with finding beauty in a time of darkness. Sometimes playful, sometimes deadly serious, always accessible. And a beautiful cover:

Equinox + Duck

Often, in po-biz, an editor will accept one poem of mine and then never accept anything else I submit months or years later. I am grateful to the handful of editors who choose my poems for more than one issue. For "Equinox + Duck," a poem on the edge of slipstream, I thank editor John C. Mannone of the high quality Silver Blade Magazine. I read every issue!

His Wheat Dream

Do you like short poems?  I love the way unstamatic pairs short poems with pictures. Check out "My Wheat Dream" from the link.

Revising Cleveland

I find it fascinating how people remember different things about the same place or event. As people age, their memories become more psychological than factual. "Revising Cleveland" is online at Sweet Tree Review.

I Walk Inside a Cocktail

Print journals are lovely and easy to read. So happy to have my poem "I Walk Inside a Cocktail" in San Pedro River Review's Fall 2019 issue.

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Stella at Sunrise

Growing old is hard--but some people age in more interesting ways than others. This poem, just published in Noble/Gas Qrtly was prompted by the tarot card The Star. Stella at Sunrise

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

The Calligrapher

How many animals are involved in writing? Find out when you read my poem "The Calligrapher" in Turtle Island Quarterly, #17.

School Bus

Here's a micro-fiction piece for people who are willing to look deep into their souls and find some discomfort there. "School Bus" appears in The Furious Gazelle.

Light Sleeper

Some people need night-lights in order to sleep, and others need darkness. I'm in the darkness camp, and darkness is getting harder to achieve in our non-stop lit world. My poem "Light Sleeper" is published in a lovely British online journal, The Lake.

Monday, June 10, 2019

Blue Inside Green

My unrhymed sonnet "Blue Inside Green" about how a child learns, how something as common as nesting bowls can shape our futures, is published in Snapdragon: A Journal of Art & Healing, 5.2

Sunday, May 19, 2019

"Meet Ryszard Krynicki"

That's the title of my article which appears in the May/Summer 2019 issue of The Writer's Chronicle, sponsored by Association of Writers & Writing Programs. This is a big deal. (awpwriter.org)

This Polish poet writes poems that feel, as Jan Blonski said, "like a shot in the heart." Krynicki is a master of compression and compassion. He is in the Nobel Prize league.

Although you can't read it online (unless you're an AWP member), if you care about poetry, please find it in the library of any university with an MFA program or sometimes in enlightened Barnes & Nobles or independent book stores. It's the most important thing I've ever written.

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Springerle

This poem is autobiographical. Springerle were good cookies to send to American troops in Germany during the Second World War because they had no butter. Only three ingredients; eggs, butter, and flour. I have my own mold, now, and bake them every December.

The poem is published in Hawaii Pacific Review: https://hawaiipacificreview.org/2019/04/29/springerle/?fbclid=IwAR1Ruv_vANQiSA4KYGif8pBqJpkoRtZ_8ihcEGNcj-Se5pYbl19Ycn-bIPM

Monday, April 29, 2019

No Moon Midnight

I'm so pleased that Moria published my poem "No Moon Midnight" and with a stunning photo of a sunset. This one received much praise on Facebook. How baffling than something so personal is what resonated with so many--but that's practically a definition of poetry.

Here's the link: https://www.moriaonline.com/issue-three/2019/4/29/no-moon-midnight-by-sara-backer?fbclid=IwAR1rYgbKD-LghlcIvF4gLQjWFZtT13om-OJNoXUx_kmSISr_sBPs5rapHfQ

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

The Genius

A very aberrant loose sonnet published in Writing in a Woman's Voice. (Originally appeared in Mithila Review.)  Enjoy: https://writinginawomansvoice.blogspot.com/2019/04/the-genius-by-sarabacker-shes.html

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Pencil Leaf

This short poem came out of a prompt to pair two random words. The words became my title. You can read it online at Turtle Island Quarterly (10 Jan 2019).

27 Saras

An autobiographical poem inspired by Wayne-Holloway Smith's poem "Some Waynes" and published by Queens University of Charlotte journal QU. (5 Jan 2019)

I Can Do Nothing for the Woman in the Air-Conditioned Room

Read Dante Alighieri's Canto III of The Inferno and then go to Nonbinary Review to read my 21st century example. What better way to celebrate New Year's Day?

(Anyone else remember the one-hit wonder "Just Walk Away Renee"?)

Oh, What a Night!

This prose poem combines hallucination with memory to achieve insight. Published on December 31 in one of my favorite online sites, Journal of Compressed Creative Arts. Nominated for  a Best Small Fiction award.

Such Luck

A semi-surreal poem about my California single girl days published in the wonderful Pedestal Magazine. (Trigger warning: this poem includes a talking non-human.)

A Stranger Asks

This poem came out of a prompt to write a long poem in one sentence. A good way to get your internal editor out of the way and let it spill. Published on December 17 by Valparaiso Poetry Review.

One Line Poems

After reading Robert Hass' book on form, I became intrigued by the single line form. I wrote seven poems using conjunctions as titles and Amaryllis published them. They are not to be read as a single poem. Take them slowly, each separate. A special delight that they were published on November 5,International Time Travel Day.

I Imagine Myself in Australia

A prose poem fantasy published in Unbroken (01 October 2018).