Summer evening by Natalia Kuznetsova.

      Summer evening by Natalia Kuznetsova.

      – 8/29/18

      Hosted by Kathabela Wilson

      I think we all have the feeling that life is fantastic in one way or another. We feel ourselves stepping outside of ordinary experiences in many different ways, and for different reasons. Almost all are challenging, some blissful, some difficult. This gradually changes our way of perceiving what is normal, and opens up our lives to many new possibilities. This certainly is the story of my life. I think we can all hold hands along the slippery edge of existence.

      ~ Kathabela​​​​

      Sunset on the Atlantic in Bretagne (Photo - Natalia Kuznetsova).

      Sunset on the Atlantic in Bretagne (Photo – Natalia Kuznetsova).

      Michael Rehling

      just my imagination running away with me

      i feel like i will live forever. i am not looking for or anticipating the end. i think i will just keep listening to the music of the clouds and pick a few stars from the sky for dinner later on…

      at the waterfall
      the pace of my life

      Ο Ο Ο

      Pravat Kumar Padhy

      painting contest
      the child puts a drop of water
      on the Mars surface

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      Susan Burch

      a paper towel
      absorbing a spill –
      the days I can’t write
      but just take in

      food network –
      we agree
      to move to Mars
      when they open
      an Olive Garden

      Ο Ο Ο

      Reflections (Photo - Natalia Kuznetsova).

      Reflections (Photo – Natalia Kuznetsova).

      Natalia Kuznetsova

      reflections —
      surrealistic but …
      still reality

      a wind gust —
      feel someone’s presence …

      Ο Ο Ο​​

      Kathleen A. Lawrence

      Head over heels
      me standing sideways
      next to you falling upward
      lands us together.

      Ο Ο Ο

      Deborah P Kolodji

      gray in our love
      boot prints
      on the moon

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      Gerry Jacobson

      Summer days that melt into each other. We share the lives of two Viking princesses. Getting to know the Green Line (tube) between their dwelling places. Lately we’ve been picking Emilia up from school, stopping nearby for an ice cream before taking her home on the tram. She’s a dreamer, often with nose in a book when she should be paying attention to tram doors closing. But she’s not the only one.

      beneath Stockholm
      on a city train
      a gypsy plays
      a passenger dances

      Ο Ο Ο​​

      Haiga Poem by Kris Kondo (Photo - Tom Clausen).

      Haiga Poem by Kris Kondo (Photo – Tom Clausen).

      kris moon

      the flowering
      of stones

      my inner eye
      follows the new map
      what has emerged
      so clearly

      Ο Ο Ο

      Wendy Bialek

      letting go

      not a dry eye
      on my face

      this one turns
      a universal spigot
      of the heart’s soul

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      Christina Sng

      seemingly unharmed
      from a wormhole
      part of me wonders
      am I still me

      still biting me
      the moth-sized mosquitoes
      on Mars

      Ο Ο Ο

      Light Wave by Vince Gotera.

      Light Wave by Vince Gotera.

      Vince Gotera

      curlicue necklace
      of lights swings across the bay
      — stars playing leapfrog

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      Cb Crane

      not sure where I am
      but poetry seems
      the language of wow


      Fantastic: Quotes and Credits

      Of Two Minds by Alexis Rotella.

      Of Two Minds by Alexis Rotella.

      Michael Rehling, an inspiring poet, editor, and publisher of Failed Haiku, lives in Presque Isles, Michigan. He says: “a night alone/i find the worm/in my apple”.

      Pravat Kumar Padhy feels his haiku “epitomizes the science in space and time, the resonance of senses that express the distinct feeling of aesthetic ecstasy of a tender child beyond imagination.”

      Susan Burch lives in Hagerstown, MD, with her husband and daughter. She muses that “some days writing comes easily, while other days it’s hard to write anything, but I like to think that these are the days when I’m observing everything and taking it all in. I like to think zen or when that doesn’t work, go outside the lines to spark my imagination.”

      Natalia Kuznetsova lives in Moscow, Russia. She says: “Daydreaming, imagination, creative spirit and, what Wordsworth once called, “pensive mood” may produce something nice, e.g. a haiku, a painting, a photo…”

      Kathleen A. Lawrence lives in Cortland, New York. She loves “the routine and the boredom of the fantastic that we take for granted, the color of the curving sky, the sweet smell of memory, and the shock of new love and sorrow of loss. “All things in nature, all things in our everyday sphere have the capacity to be boring and stupendous.”

      Deborah P Kolodji
      has had a lifetime love of fantastical literature which led to a tenure as the president of the Science Fiction & Fantasy Poetry Association. She founded a local group called “Southland Poets of the Fantastic” which used to meet in inspirational places like the Griffith Observatory and write fantasy and Sci-Fi themed poetry. She was the first Dwarf Stars editor back in 2006, and has returned to that role for the 2018 edition, ‘Dwarf Stars: the best short speculative poetry from 2017’.

      Gerry Jacobson lives in Canberra, Australia, dotes on four grandchildren, two live in Stockholm where he is currently visiting them. He has a nod to the Beatles in his tanka prose. Imagine!

      Kris Kondo lives over a small river in a mountain village, Kiyokawa in Kanagawa, Japan. She says: “My inner eye, or muse if you will, follows the map that emerges from images I create , or photos Intake or photo’s by friends that call to me. Many of Tom Clausen’s photos bring out that voice and I just listen and add it to the images…”

      Tom Clausen discovers treasure with his camera and his creative spirit in the woods near Ithaca, New York.

      Wendy Bialek says: “everyday is a birthday and i want to share my gifts just as soon as i unwrap them…everyday is mother’s day and i hear the cries and feel the joy of every new born living species.” She lives in Arizona, USA, a transplant from NY, via a short pit stop in Colorado…

      Christina Sng lives in Singapore. She says: “Wonderment brings such joy and awe to my life. It takes me places I’d never go and imagines a world much better and more terrible than the one I am in.”

      Vince Gotera, a Professor of English at University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, is the editor of Star*Line.

      Cb Crane lives in Tehachapi, California. She says: “Right now I’m eager to go out and wander around beneath the this crazy moon” and quotes Jean Paul Sartre “everything has been figured out, except how to live.

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        • Kathabela Wilson

          Kathabela Wilson is a local poet/writer/artist and musician. Her Poets Salon has become an international respected must read in the poetry world. She's the creator and host of the Pasadena-based group, “Poets on Site.”

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      1. SIGRID B SARADUNN says:

        A divine collection of poetry shared here.
        Thank you Kathabella for you hard work
        choosing and assembling these works.

        I enjoyed each and everyone of them…
        such creative and diverse people that
        joined words and became a delightful read.

        Peace and love always to Kathabela and
        all the writier.

      2. Kathabela says:

        Thanks dear Lois and Vince and Alex! For feeling the magic potion! This was a favorite creation. And the vitality and variety of the fantastic poets make it so!!

      3. Lois says:

        I really love the way this all came together with such elegant and lyric synergy. Beautifully done!

      4. Vince Gotera says:

        Kathabela, thanks so much for hosting my postcard haiga. Even though it’s from that other California! You’re the best.

      5. Alex Nodopaka says:

        What I get

        from the fantastic
        is the power of imagination
        overcome by the experience
        of manipulated reality.

        The monster
        being the imagined phantasm..

        And so it is with the magic
        of a trick.

        and ultimately deception
        of a sleight of hand.

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