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The winning poems – ATG poem competition 2019

Against the Grain Poetry Press

We’re delighted to share the three winning poems below. Congratulations to the winners and thanks to Sarah James/Leavesley for judging the competition.

First prize – Kathryn Bevis for starlings

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Ways to be a writer

Rachel A. M.

In writing, there are always new goals to strive toward. There are also always new ways to feel less than.

I’m not a real writer if I’m only writing for work. I’m not a real writer if I’m writing genre fiction, or if I’m writing flash fiction. I’m not a real writer if I’m unpublished. I’m not a real writer if I don’t have a book.

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On phones and during runs and in line

Luv’d #THIS…! !!! 👏 👋 🌟 😉

Rachel A. M.

I’m sure there was a time when I thought there was a process you needed to have in place before you could write. A distinct location or a certain amount of time.

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Game Over

Blog de Leonel Licea

Picture by me L. Licea
Game Over (Español)
En el fondo de la calle se perdía el sonido de sus pasos. No le quedaba mucho tiempo para alcanzar su objetivo y, lo peor, de ello dependía su muerte. Quien me lee pensará que estoy loco: ¿puede alguien correr sabiendo que perderá la vida?
Pues sí, lo deseaba desde que supo que, todo aquel que hubiese muerto ese día, sería recompensado.
Pensaba en eso cuando decidió correr con todas las fuerzas que le quedaban.
Corrió tanto y tan veloz, que ni siquiera escuchó las campanas que anunciaban la medianoche, y con ello, el inicio del nuevo día. Su carrera lo ensordeció hasta el punto que no sentía que lo llamaban por el nombre gritándole que no valía la pena. Algunos corrieron a su lado, otros intentaron cortarle el camino tratando de disuadirlo, pero saltaba desenfrenado sin ver aquel cartel que, delante de él, anunciaba “Game…

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Woke Men, Stop Shitting On Women by Trelawney Grenfell-Muir —

Woke Man is often a Leader of some kind, someone Well Respected for his Work in some sort of Important Progressive Cause. Woke Man may, understandably, think pretty Highly of himself. He’s got quite a Clever Sense of Humor, you see. He’s got Helpful Insights and Wise Advice. He is Compassionate and Committed to Justice. […]

via Woke Men, Stop Shitting On Women by Trelawney Grenfell-Muir —

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Webster Rural Cemetery

So beautiful, and peaceful-looking! !!!

The Cemetery Enthusiast

Webster Rural Cemetery is located on Ridge Rd. in Webster, NY. Established in about 1825, this is another very well kept site. There is a board when you enter tht has rules and regulations for the cemetery as well as a historical timeline explaining the formation of the cemetery comittee over the past two hundred years and the land aquisitions for the cemetery.

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The Witch Gods & the Ultimate Deity

RE: #malewitch #priesthood #morespecifically #gaymalewitchcoven

Coven of the Wolfa“The chief duties of the ancient Priesthood were first, to find out the points of contact or unity between man and higher existences than himself; next, to discover the laws of man’s being, and teach him to adjust his actions to the will of those higher existences; and finally, to invoke or solicit their aid for man in the performance of his earthly mission.”
-“Art Magic, or Mundane, Sub-Mundane and Super Mundane Spiritism,” William Britten & Emma Hardinge Britten; published by Progressive Thinker. Copy pictured printed 1898

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What I am up to this fall

Unearthing the Gift

RWS Tarot Centennial Edition

I’m here with a fall recap/check-in. I did not get to write in the blog for September’s Walking With Mary Journey. But I did share about it over on my Instagram account. Halfway through, or maybe towards the beginning, I had a pretty bad cold that left me needing to rest a lot in order to recuperate. During the following weeks, reading about other’s journeys with Mary and Hettienne’s guidance over on her blog helped me continue the journey.

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Thorne Moors

The Halt

Only in stopping
can I see the blades turning
above the strip farms.
I blink out the frequency,
one eye shuttered and released.

On Saturday 31 August, I’ll be leading a walk along the Stainforth and Keadby canal to the eastern edge of South Yorkshire, taking in the rich, varied landscape between Thorne and the Humberhead Peatlands, and the 22 turbine wind farm that rises from this flat terrain. Along the way, I’ll be reading poems informed by these complex, layered environments, and discussing the history and ecology of Thorne Moors (and the role of the autodidact and eco-warrior William Bunting in securing its future).

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Mark Pilkington Talk (Stroud)

Invisible MirrorsI will be hosting the fourth Art, Ecology and Science Fiction talk at SVA on Saturday November 23rd from 6 – 9 pm. Our guest will be the writer, publisher and musician Mark Pilkington, founder and editor of Strange Attractor press and the author of Mirage Men (2010). Mark will present an historical overview of psychotronic devices: “the radiant collision point of witchcraft, art and technology”.Mark’s talk will be followed by a performance by Luminous Foundation, his collaboration with Urthona‘s Niel Mortimer. £5 on the door (or £8 for a joint ticket for the talk and performance).

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The History of Knitting.

Jackdaw Moor

I first learned to knit when I was around 6 or 7, taught by my ever-patient Mum and Gran. As the years have gone by, I have enjoyed learning different techniques and styles, but I recently realised that I had never given much thought to the history of the craft that I love so much! As an ex history student, I had to do something about this, so I spent a little time learning about how knitting has developed through the ages and I thought that I would share my findings here.

Early Origins

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To GOP of Good Will?

Experiential Pagan: Ahnesti

I know many Republicans. Well, I knew many Republicans. They stopped talking to me about anything somewhere in the Obama years. They lost their shit in conversations where I asked whether there was no way to stop so many crazies from shooting people in schools and churches. One person stood in MY house and proclaimed the latest shooting (back then) as a “convenient false flag for Obama to come take our guns.” Note, please – nobody came and took her guns.

I hear so much crazy alarmism – and no not from my side. I hear all kinds of outrage about “respecting the office of the Presidency” from people who drew pictures of Obama with a noose, for pity’s sake? What the fuck, GOP, ok? Just what the fuck?

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Getting Back on the Wagon as a Writer

Fragile Winds

note: This is a guest post from author Stephen Zimmer

Writing can involve periods of feast or famine when it comes
to output, and many writers can find themselves in situations where they have
largely ceased to write and create.
During such times, it can take a lot for a writer to get back on the
wagon and start moving forward again.

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Impeachment Explained: Everything You Need To Know About The Trump Inquiry & How Process Works — Hollywood Life

As the House Intelligence Committee hears more public testimony in the Donald Trump impeachment inquiry, viewers have expressed confusion about what impeachment actually entails. Look no further.

via Impeachment Explained: Everything You Need To Know About The Trump Inquiry & How Process Works — Hollywood Life

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Banner Ads Bother. Pop-Ups Annoy. Streaming Wars Aim to Revive Them — Variety

TV’s newest commercials are starting to look an awful lot like the web’s oldest. Any user of Amazon’s Fire set-top device might have recently stumbled upon an interactive on-screen graphic from Geico, the insurance company known for its heavy use of TV ads. In just 15 minutes, the company likes to claim, it can save…

via Banner Ads Bother. Pop-Ups Annoy. Streaming Wars Aim to Revive Them — Variety

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HEX by Thomas Olde Heuvelt

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Leaf Experience

The Workhouse Restaurant Mysteries

Presenting my 750 word challenge story for the above picture by photographer Markus Lang. . This challenge was set by Miranda Kate, please find her on twitter @PurpleQueenNL. The challenge is part of her #MidWeekFlash game on Facebook, and the link is below the story.

Leaf Experience

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Watch The Craft Full Movie English Sub | Fmovies.to

STILL A Personal Favourite

The Craft : Four high school girls discover the secret of witchcraft and band together to form a coven. They all soon conjure up various spells and curses against those who even slightly anger them.

Source: Watch The Craft Full Movie English Sub | Fmovies.to

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Harry Herman Roseland (1868 – 1950)

AMERICAN GALLERY

Watching The Blue Jay

Reading The Morning Newspaper

Published by Ronnie Lowry

Born in Missouri of James and Bettie Lowry. Went to school all over pettis county. Graduated 400 in 600 from Smith Cotton High School 1966 year of grad. BA in Christianity in 1968

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