Feature of the Week – Poetry by Linda M. Crate

Literary Revelations is thrilled to bring you a new and wonderful poetess: Linda M. Crate. We hope you enjoy this feature.


Linda M. Crate (she/her) is a Pennsylvanian writer whose poetry, short stories, articles, and reviews have been published in a myriad of magazines both online and in print. She has twelve published chapbooks the latest being: Searching Stained Glass Windows For An Answer (Alien Buddha Publishing, December 2022). She is also the author of the novella Mates (Alien Buddha Publishing, March 2022). Her debut book of photography Songs of the Creek (Alien Buddha Publishing, April 2023) was recently published. 

do I drift upon your focus?

the sky was honey
and ribbons of rose,
i found you in those
strands of pink pearls
the sky wore;

i read a book
there was a faerie
i was reminded
of your fae song—

i listened to music
we used to know together,
and thought of you;

many moons and oceans
part us

but the memories remain—

i wonder if i ever drift
upon your focus,
because you always drift
upon mine.

don’t cross me or my crows

i am looking for those who are interested in the mythology of my bones, the lyrics of my soul, and the garden of my heart;

i don’t want to be tolerated as i have been my entire life but celebrated—

because i swallowed down things that i should have never, disregarded myself, thought lesser of my magic than i ought;

but now i am rising up on the wings of the phoenix to burn everything that no longer serves me—

wish i could be loved as i am, not in the image of whatever dream they conjured forth; i am not your fantasy—i am a witch full of love and light but also rage and nightmares, don’t cross me or my crows.


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Our First Spanish Feature – La maravillosa poesía y el arte de Mary Grandson

Literary Revelations está encantada de presentar la maravillosa poesía y el arte de Mary Grandson.


Mary Grandson. Española, estudió Arte y trabajó durante más de una década en el área de la ilustración y el diseño gráfico. Gran amante de la naturaleza, el ejercicio físico, la música y toda forma de expresión artística, sus poemas han aparecido en diversas antologías y ha traducido al español un libro de poesía de próxima publicación.


Los cuatro elementos y mi contento

Sus ojos de fuego atraviesan el ganchillo,
están fijos en mí,
luces y sombras hacen piruetas,
en el aire aletean las siluetas.
Maya, Gaia, Gea, Terra,
tu amor me limpia y desaterra,
ofrezco agua, semillas, sustento,
recibo paz,
sagrado alimento.
Hora santa.
Me siento una diosa.
Con los ojos
del dios Sol
fijos en mí.
(Desaterrar: quitar lo superfluo, limpiar).

Regreso a la ciudad

Tras quince años de estar lejos
¡por fin oigo y veo a los vencejos!

En la mañana y en la tarde,
en días de clase o de festejos,
ni una jornada sin sus saludos,
ni un dilema sin sus consejos,
saben que he vuelto para quedarme,
¡cuánta alegría inunda el cielo!
y me recuerdan que ellos fueron
mis primeros profes de inglés


(Del inglés coloquial escrito, hi: hola).

Parada en la esencia

Detengo el caminar del pensamiento.

Una vaca muge en la distancia.

Una mariposa azul cobalto.

Golondrinas y abejarucos volando a mi alrededor y
¡oooooh…! ¡Esta brisa…!

Cierro los ojos:

¿existe mayor delicia, mayor gozo,
que, oyendo sonidos de pájaros,
sentir el sol,
el aire…

y respirar?


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Cover Reveal and Advanced Praise for Building Sandcastles: A Book of Short Poems by C.X.Turner and James Welsh

Literary Revelations is thrilled to reveal the front cover of Building Sandcastles: A Book of Short Poems by C.X.Turner and James Welsh and to bring you more advanced praise for this wonderful poetry collection.

Advanced Praise:

1. Back in my art teacher days, I used to remind students when they were having difficulties that art was fundamentally an act of play. This artistic playfulness is just what we find in Building Sandcastles. Turner and Welsh dive deep into their subjects. Exploring every angle and defining every tint and shade along the way. With both broad brushstrokes and intimate details, these two poets paint the beautiful experience of their haiku worlds.

Bryan Rickert
President: The Haiku Society of America
Editor: Failed Haiku Journal of Senryu

2. Building Sandcastles: A Book of Short Poems, the stunning new collection by C.X. Turner and James Welsh, is a must-have for your shelves. These thought-provoking haiku and senryu left me breathless.

Roberta Beach Jacobson
Editor: Cold Moon Journal and Five Fleas (Itchy Poetry)

Release Date: Late July/Early August


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From New Zealand the wonderful poetry of Elizabeth Barton

Literary Revelations is thrilled to bring you the wonderful poetry of Elizabeth Barton. I hope you enjoy it.


Elizabeth Barton is a poet and artist living in New Zealand, with work featured in numerous anthologies and online journals, including Vita Brevis, Black Bough Poetry, Fevers of the Mind, Hyacinth Review, Amphora and Spillwords. Winner of the 2020 White Label Cinq Competition, she has a forthcoming Collection with Hedgehog Poetry Press. She is author of the chapbook All Revolutions Begin This Way, a mythic journey and exploration of New Zealand’s gold-mining past.


Invisible threads bind us, knitted
in the temple of long musings.
Elegantly the moon sails on shifting
rainbow-edged clouds, Jupiter trails behind
as dreams nurse our forgetful sleep. We bind
with memory, secret keys of recognition.

Past and present are nothing, merged
in a sea of knowing; waves of recollection
pound deep, drumming, awakening ancient worlds,
currents scribing unknown futures.
Synapse and tongue thread minds together,
sparking thought-lit filaments of fire.

Returning to their source as compass true,
remembering, widened eyes are moonlit orbs
mirroring each our portraits, homing to the point,
lamplit, joined in gazing, coruscating paths
take us on bold journeys breaking with the tide
to lift us high, holding keys to the horizon

Desert Song

If you were to tread upon the desert wind
with sand in your hair catching flints of light,
I would answer you with my dreams
contained in the mystery of the East
dark aromas of ancient wisdom.
When the day empties its goblet upon gold sands
let me lay red poppies at your feet
and banquet in the precious depths of your eyes.

Literary Revelations – Reminders

Thank you for your wonderful submissions. We are proud to publish your work.

Please remember:

  • We are now open for art submission. Read more HERE.
  • We apologize but for the time being we do not accept unsolicited manuscripts.


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South African Lyricism – Beautiful Poetry by Mogamat Shafiek Reggiori

Literary Revelations is thrilled to bring you the beutiful poetry of Mogamat Shafiek Reggiori, a South African writer. We hope you enjoy it.

Brief Bio (in the author’s words)

Mogamat Shafiek Reggiori, 4th generation South African with an Italian background. Born Cape Malay. Loves to write poetry. The kind that touches an essential part of your soul. Love ballads being one of his favorite creations. Occasionally revisits long time Fantasy Scifi novels in the throes of creation. M. S. Reggiori is a soul whisperer that enjoys indulging with creatives of all genres. Read his words and he’d kiss the day you came. Poetry book: INTO THE HUSH OF THE QUIET WINDS: Love would remain a vital part of my soul. A dream of his is to be a distributor of God’s wealth, hence he would donate parts of his book proceeds to CANSA ORG (the South African Cancer Foundation).


The soft shades 
Of these pale white skies
Like the foam that once floated in my bath waters
In its deepening I’ve soaked in. 
My skin was soft then
Soft as the memory of your Grand Opus eyes. 
A symphony, playing along…

Would you greet me at my wintering
When she wraps me into the earth’s chest 
& places her ribs at my soul’s edges?

For this I cry, as I write
I could then become my own left behind memories.
Perhaps I am midnight’s companion, like moss stuck to a rock’s purposes & I hold my own child’s hand
Wrapped around my fingers

Until then … 

I’ll wrap my dreams around
These pale white skies
To champion the harbingers of your smile


Written in memory of my Grandma. That is what she called me, by the name of the very first person of color, Golfing champion. I would dream of her, thinking of me as her champion. We’ll meet in my dreams. 

Barista D’ Amour
Serves thee still the breaths
To my silvan heart
Without which I cannot live

My mind fizzles
With susurrations of thee
When Chopin serves me
The mold of his polished ivory

Nocturne, the keys rave
That clavier that casts the lot
Of my days & the wind with swirling
petals across the glades

Earthen tones lisp 
Of Autumn roses
Like a wine tasting
& I’m drunk on sumptuous love

& just like that you carry me
My love, to lift the skirts of my gaze
Onto the palette of your ravenous heart

Look once only they say
Then divert your quiet gaze
For that second scape
Would carry on, far
Beyond forbidden ways

So, this to you 
Dearest lover, I say
I’d keep staring

& the second is an unbecoming
The reverence of your
Nascent eyes holds me 
To my adoration

For the rain, eyes a weeping
A stare, I say
& I’d never look away
For every ray
Of light upon your face
Would be my penultimate gain

Only one more life my love

diD not you see it
The way Monet painted
Our dreams
& that dress you wore

In the reflection of the pond
Our lips met
& an irisation was born 

There must have been two Summer Suns, glazing over opposite waters

One more life my love
My eyes still hold you in it


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Young, Cool, and Talented – Rock & Roll with Matt Jaffe

Good Morning/Good Afternoon to our readers. We invite you to rock & roll with Matt Jaffe, a young and very talented artist. We are proud to introduce him to you. Let’s give him a round of applauses. Before that here is more about Matt.


Matt Jaffe is an indie rock & roll singer/songwriter from San Francisco, California. Cutting his teeth on countless open mics around the Bay, Matt started taking music (a little bit) more seriously when Jerry Harrison of Talking Heads offered to produce his first record. Since then, Matt has continued to churn out more songs than he can remember the words to, perform on stages throughout the land (opening and/or touring with the likes of Mavis Staples, Wilco, Bobby Weir, Alejandro Escovedo, Jackie Greene, Chuck Prophet, Melissa Etheridge, and Blues Traveler), and collaborate with Tom Higgenson of the Plain White T’s.

Along with serving on Bread & Roses Board of Directors, Matt is at work on a musical adaptation of the celebrated Chuck Prophet album, Temple Beautiful. Matt is currently rolling out his 6th studio album, White Roses in the Snow.

Follow Matt to find more about him, his albums, and his concerts:

Website – https://www.mattjaffemusic.com/
Spotify – https://open.spotify.com/artist/0lTsklkHVb4uYKTFSDhhlh?si=qZ57rO9-Sk2FIlnj8dq6xQ
Twitter – https://twitter.com/MattJaffeMusic/
Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/mattjaffemusic/

Voodoo Doll Spotify Linkhttps://open.spotify.com/track/6V7FO1CkK6BPO1q2Nl6iQA?si=dfc908abdec0446f

Thank you for listening!


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Advanced praise for Building Sandcastles: A Book of Short Poems by C.X.Turner and James Welsh from the President of the Haiku Society of America

Dear Readers,

We recently let you know that Literary Revelations is getting ready to publish a spectacular poetry collection entitled Building Sandcastles: A Book of Short Poems by C.X.Turner and James Welsh. We are delighted to work with such talented authors whose poems are breathtaking. You can read more Here.

We are pleased to let you know that the president of the Haiku Society of America Bryan Rickert read the manuscript and sent the authors an advanced praise. It’s a thrill to share it with you. Thank you for reading and for your support.

Back in my art teacher days, I used to remind students when they were having difficulties that art was fundamentally an act of play. This artistic playfulness is just what we find in Building Sandcastles. Turner and Welsh dive deep into their subjects. Exploring every angle and defining every tint and shade along the way. With both broad brushstrokes and intimate details, these two poets paint the beautiful experience of their haiku worlds.

Bryan Rickert
President: The Haiku Society of America
Editor: Failed Haiku Journal of Senryu

The featured art by C.X. Turner will be used to design to book cover.

Building Sandcastles: A Book of Short Poems by C.X.Turner and James Welsh


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Magnificent Poetry and Art by Sarika Jaswani

Grief, perusal is compared to a tsunami, a capricious force against which we find ourselves enervated and drowning. Life seems to take an oblique course after being hit. Although if we come to the bend in the path with acceptance and pivot along, we can observe that our own inner strengths pull us through the difficult time. Sometimes letting up against the current and letting go is the way to stay afloat. Digging deeper and tapping into the calm within is a journey to realization of our inner buoyant nature.  

Below are five poems titled ‘Sauvignon Night’ along with handmade illustrations. No matter the cause of our woes, the feelings of loss and grief are universal. And any road up always ferrets through within.

Sarika Jaswani


Doctor by profession, Sarika Jaswani is a crochet artist, art tutor, and writer of children’s stories. A philanthropist at heart, she runs a non-profit by selling her fiber art on Etsy. She’s an art lover, bird lover, dreamer and blogger. A published poet who passionately reads and writes poetry. Her poetry has been well-received by various online literary magazines and anthologies.

‘Tide Rises Tide Falls’, On Medium- @ACG @Scrittura @MoveMePoetry, Fever of the Mind Poetry, Silver Birch Press, The Organic Poet, SpillWords, The Women Inc, Trouvaille Review, Antonym, HeronClanPoems, Synchronized Chaos, Silent Spark Press. A frequent VSS prompt writer on Twitter, her poems run on themes of love, reflection, and philosophy of life.  


I cut
my thumb
on sharp edges
of an old song

on my
tongue tip
I lick my
bleeding colors

I ride
the flow
ebb and tide of
a serrated knife

the irony
of staying afloat
in inaction

Your rock
breaks me in thousand pieces
each recall
needles in my throat

each moon
I glue my broken
every starlight defines
where scars have put me back together

each bloom, colors new cracks
fractures, parts I had never known 
a kaleidoscopic art
my grief of you

My words—rolls of silk fabric
I look for the right colors
to sew my pain

For once 
I want to lay flat 
the tapestry

that can speak volumes in colors
instead it turns out to be a mess  
of loose phrases and
unraveled utterances

I let this throb grow on me
like feathers on pigeon
and wait for my ache to take the sky

As if thoughts are a chow
and I, mouth of cattle
the obsession of my mind’s eye
for them is addictive

(This dalliance to constantly
chew on them)

Not all taste like sugarcane
some are wistful, most are downright bitter
But the machine press behind my eyes
insists to juice them

As if, by my will
passing time will bend
and sip the nectar of my wishes

With the sharp edge of kindred thoughts
I scrape off the color of my skin

slice the fleshy fibers beneath my fears
go deeper—

pry open the box of bones with beating desires
bloodied hands shrewdly search

hidden behind the opacity of years of ache
curled up in a corner

I find myself 
living an unbroken – contrasting life


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Naoki Kimura and his Magnificent Fine Art Photography – A Marriage of Black and White

‘Beautiful’ is an instinct. ‘Beautiful’ is an emotion, attributed to human instincts.”

Naoki Kimura – Creed

Naoki Kimura’s art

Naoki Kimura is an artist of high caliber. His stunning photography rewrites our world in black and white, creating new territories where objects – natural or not – become mysteries shrouded in shadows, only to partially be revealed by a diffuse light that refuses to be defined. Light and shadows are antagonistic principles. The shadow is the absence of light; light is contained in, or kept captive, by the shadow. The extraordinary art of Naoki Kimura liberates the light from shadow bringing both in a perfect equilibrium. Kimura creates a world of stillness and beauty that forces one’s train of thought to stop. The emotions conveyed by his art are deep yet quiet, infused with a meditative quality. They reflect the purity and the beauty of the beginning of the world.  

The underlying theme of his photographic work is the perception, and further the expression, of “fluctuation,” which Naoki calls “calm=Lull -nagi-“. His works mainly depicted places and times of historical importance such as Italy and the Renaissance period. However, after his first solo exhibition in 2018, he started including Japanese motifs into his photography.

Naoki “creates” photography to explore beauty, and to seek its completion. One way he does it is via “calmness” and “fluctuation,” equivalent to the act of spinning flowers, birds, winds, and the moon [Ka-Cho-Fu-Getsu ][i] as “the beauty of things or pathos of things [Mono no aware][ii]“.


Naoki Kimura is the author of the book Nagi (Shinnihon Publishing) and the recipient of numerous international awards: Annual Awards 2006; Merit Award Winner, Black & White Magazine (USA); Black &White Spider Awards 2007 (Int.l.); Annual Award Nominee; Photobook “Nagi-nagi-“: YPP Graphic Arts 2014 YPP Award Winner The 56th National Catalog Poster Exhibition.

Short Bio

The artist spent his childhood in Nishijin[iii], Kyoto, Japan in a climate of mixed tradition and innovation. This is where the basis of his sensitivity to the gradation of “Qualia-texture” was formed. In the spring of his 15th year, Naoki happened to stop by a photo exhibition featuring work by impaired hearing artists. The photographs he saw impacted him profoundly. At that moment he decided to choose photography to express himself as an artist. As he puts it, to express his sensitivity.

Naoki graduated from Tokyo College of Photography. While at Tokyo College, he also entered Keio University and majored in aesthetics and art history. In 1987 he moved to the U.S. and completed his graduate studies in fine arts and urban planning at Harvard University.

In 1990 Naoki moved to New York where he signed an artist’s contract that took him to Florence, Italy. In Florence he began his career as a fine photographic artist.

After working in the Original Prints markets in Europe and the United States, Naoki’s work started being commissioned by art collectors. In addition, he provided work for domestic and international corporate branding needs.

Naoki has worked in Tokyo and New York. Since 2017, he has been based in Tokyo.

Exhibitions and Art Fairs (selected)

Naoki Kimura’s first exhibition took place in Tokyo in 1993.  His first solo exhibition was also in Tokyo in 2009. He started incorporating Japanese motifs in his work after his solo exhibition in 2018.  

Naoki Kimura Exhibition the tranquility as lullscape -Nagikei- “nagi” In praise of shadows” Sho+1 Gallery 2023
“Naoki Kimura “nagi” on the edge of Milestone – Exhibition” Fireking Café 2022
“Reality and Virtuality-Reality and Virtuality-Exhibition” Sho+1 Gallery 2021
“Architecture and Light -Six Photographers Interacting with Architecture-“Emon Photo Gallery 2019
“‘Naoki Kimura Exhibition’ – Nagi Gaiden – nagi – anecdote – (Special Exhibition)” Ginza Soei Gallery 2018
“Naoki Kimura ‘through the window -falling light-‘ Exhibition” Emon Photo Gallery 2015
“Naoki Kimura ‘Nagi’ Photobook Publication Commemorative Exhibition” Emon Photo Gallery 2014
“Director’s Choice Vol.3 B&W Exhibition” Emon Photo Gallery 2013
“Director’s Choice Vol.2” Emon Photo Gallery 2012
“PORTRAIT” Emon Photo Gallery 2011
“Silent monochrome” Emon Photo Gallery 2010
“Nagi/NAGI”-Standing up, Tamayura’s time-Naoki Kimura Exhibition
Emon Photo Gallery 2009
“ML Collaboration Project: Photography as Interior” Cassina IXC Aoyama 2005
“3 days in ChinaTown” Exposure (Shibuya PARCO) 1993

Art fairs:

Art Stage Osaka 2022, 2022
Art Fair Tokyo 2022, 2022
Daikanyama Photo Fair 2017
Tokyo Photo 2012, 2012 Frankfurt Book Fair 1993


[i] “Ka-cho-fu-getsu” is a Japanese expression that represents the four seasons of nature: “ka” (花) for flowers in spring, “cho” (鳥) for birds in summer, “fu” (風) for wind in autumn, and “getsu” (月) for the moon in winter. This expression encapsulates the beauty and symbolism associated with each season in Japanese culture.

The concept of “Ka-cho-fu-getsu” embodies the traditional Japanese aesthetic of appreciating nature’s beauty and finding inspiration in the ever-changing natural cycles. It reflects the deep cultural values of harmony, transience, and the appreciation of the present moment.

[ii] “Mono no aware” is a Japanese term that can be translated as “the pathos of things” or “the sensitivity to the ephemeral nature of existence.” It is a concept deeply rooted in Japanese culture and aesthetics.The concept originated from the Heian period (AC794-1185) in Japan and is associated with the literature of that time, particularly in works such as “The Tale of Genji.” It emphasizes the fleeting and fragile nature of human experiences, as well as the inherent sadness that accompanies the passing of time.

[iii] Nishijin is a district located in Kyoto, Japan, and is renowned as a traditional weaving center. Nishijin flourished as a city during the Heian period (AC.794-1185) and became a hub for textile production. Skilled artisans and weavers gathered in the area, carrying on traditional techniques and designs that continue to be used in the production of textiles to this day.


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Cassondra Windwalker -Substance and Great Talent

Literary Revelations is proud to feature Cassondra Windwalker, an impactful and talented writer, and one of her novels Idle Hands. Idle Hands is our recommendation for this week. The novel is “Heartbreaking, harrowing…brilliantly done.” [Isabella, NetGalley Reviewer]


Cassondra Windwalker is a poet, essayist, and novelist who presently writes full-time from the southern Alaskan coast. She keeps company with navigationally-challenged ghosts, chatty books, querulous corvids, and her tolerant husband. You can find her on Twitter @WindwalkerWrite.

Cassondra’s poetic work on social justice and the effects of the pandemic, THE BENCH, was awarded the Helen Kay Chapbook Award by Evening Street Press. Her full-length poetry collection TIDE TABLES AND TEA WITH GOD earned the Cinnabar Moth Press Excellence in Poetry Award, and she currently serves as their poet-in-residence. She has a total of five published novels and three poetic works currently available in bookstores and online.

Idle Hands: The devil is in the details in this haunting novel about the choices we make

You can call me Ella. You generally assign me a whole host of other preposterous monikers. I think the least imaginative name I’ve heard is “the devil”, but I’ll answer to it if I must. 

After making the courageous decision to leave her abusive husband, Perdie and her three young children start over and finally find the safety and love they deserve. But years later, when tragedy strikes, Perdie is left wondering if the choice she made to leave has led them to this moment.

If she were given the opportunity to take it all back and stay, would she?

In a frantic bid to protect her family, Perdie makes a deal to do just that. But in a world where the devil pulls the strings, can Perdie really change the past?
Brimming with enlightened observations and brilliant voice, Idle Hands is a haunting examination of grief, resilience, and what we’d give to spend another moment with the ones we love.

‘Brilliantly engaging.’ —Marie, NetGalley Reviewer
‘Both haunting and inspirational.’ —Lindy, NetGalley Reviewer
‘Compelling and gripping…You will NOT be disappointed.’ —Suzanne, NetGalley Reviewer
‘A book to make you think.’ —Angela, NetGalley Reviewer


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