Interview published in the NY based Press Spill words

I'm excited to see my interview featured in the "Spotlight on Writers" series featured in the NY based Spillwords Press. Really thankful to the editor Dagmara for giving me this wonderful opportunity. Here is the link for the interview. Happy blogging! Megha Sood    

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An Interview with Megha Sood

So thrilled to see my interview published in the Scotland based Literary Journal. Go, take a look.

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Megha Sood’s talent began blossoming in the Himalayan foothills, these days it is flourishing in the streets of New Jersey…


Hello Megha, so where are you from & where are you at at, geographically speaking?
I was born in a quaint little hilly city called Nangal, Himachal Pradesh, India. I have spent most of life in India and traveled a lot around the Northern states as my father was transferred often. After getting married in 2008 I shifted my base from India to the east coast of the United States. Now I live in Jersey City, New Jersey. My home is next to the beautiful Hudson River.

When did you realise you were a poet?
Writing poems has always given me that cathartic feeling and to pen down your deep thoughts have always given me solace. Writing in any form lets you connect to your deeper self. This change in…

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Poetry published in the Writer’s Cafe Magazine Issue 15 Theme “Letters”- “Wait”

So happy to know that my two poems have been accepted in the Writer's Cafe Magazine for the March issue based on the theme "Letters". Really thankful to the generous editor Marie Lightman for continuously supporting my work and for challenging the writer with a monthly theme. You can read my poem here. Happy blogging! Megha … Continue reading Poetry published in the Writer’s Cafe Magazine Issue 15 Theme “Letters”- “Wait”

Poetry published in the Al Khemia Poetica as part of the National Women’s History Month- “Rise”

So proud to be featured amongst the 31 poets on the Los Angeles-based Al khemia Poetica as an ode to the National Women History March Month. So thankful to the Marie C Lecrivain for featuring my poem "Rise". Marie dedicated her poetry blog to feature the works of the 31 women poets/writers to honor the … Continue reading Poetry published in the Al Khemia Poetica as part of the National Women’s History Month- “Rise”

On Amazon: Nightingale and Sparrow inaugural Issue – Flight Magazine

I'm thrilled to announce that finally the print edition of the Flight Magazine is out today and is available on Amazon. So thankful to the EIC Juliette Sebock for supporting and including my work alongside other talented writers. If you want a copy of this gorgeous magazine you can buy on Amazon. Thanks so much … Continue reading On Amazon: Nightingale and Sparrow inaugural Issue – Flight Magazine

Poetry published in the Nightingale and Sparrow-Flight Magazine-“Silence – a lost art”

I'm beyond thrilled to be featured in the amazing inaugural issue of the Nightingale and Sparrow Literary Magazine called "Flight". The issue has been curated and edited by the amazing Juliette Sebock. The magazine is available in the web version and soon to be available in the print edition too. It's an absolute honor to … Continue reading Poetry published in the Nightingale and Sparrow-Flight Magazine-“Silence – a lost art”

ISSUE 04 | The Conclusion Magazine

Poetry featured in the Bangladesh based conclusion Magazine. Do read it and share your precious views.

The Conclusion Magazine

Editor’s Note: Dear readers & contributors, welcome to TCM Issue #04. In this February issue we bring you some excellent poetry, artwork, story, photographs from our creative contributors. Also, we think you people seen we have made a big change in our site as google+ is going to shutdown on April. So, blogger comment section will be open from now. We think new design will be looking damn beautiful. With this redesign we brought YouTube section and from this 21st February we will up work there too. We hope redesign will be beneficial for our readers & contributors.

Go ahead and read! Don’t forget to comment too! We love seeing what you thought of the latest pieces. As the new year approaches already, more change will be coming to site. — thanks for your continued support! ~ Shahadat Hossain (instagram,twitter, wordpress)

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Haiku Published in the Haiku Journal Issue no 61 Prolific Press

I'm thrilled to see myself as a contributor in the Issue no 61 of the Haiku Journal published by Prolific Press. Prolific Press is more than a book publisher. Prolific also oversees the publication of eight established and respected literary journals. Every project employs a fair, blind reading method. The history and success of Prolific Press, its … Continue reading Haiku Published in the Haiku Journal Issue no 61 Prolific Press

Poetry published in Foliate Oak Literary Magazine-“Second Chance”

I'm so elated to see my poem "Second Chance" published in the Arkansas based Foliate Oak Literary Magazine. Foliate Oak Literary Magazine is a monthly online literary journal with international circulation published by undergraduate students at the University of Arkansas-Monticello. Each issue contains fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, artwork and photography from established and emerging writers and … Continue reading Poetry published in Foliate Oak Literary Magazine-“Second Chance”

All the Lonely People is Now Available from Blank Paper Press, Canada

My second poetry anthology alongside 12 other talented writers by Blank Paper Press out today on Amazon. Grab a copy.

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Review by Kristiana Reed

Gagnier’s Swear To Me, his first collection explicitly addressing mental health was a triumph. It united writers from across the globe and there was a raw honesty within the pages which helped me feel less alone as I read it.

Gagnier calls us ‘legion’ and here, as ‘all the lonely people’ unite once more, the pain and strength is palpable.

This sequel goes against the grain and truly is better than its predecessor. Swear To Me was exceptional but its sequel is phenomenal. This anthology, in my opinion, is Gagnier’s best work in the poetry sphere. In his quest for self acceptance, he has harnessed his voice. He teaches his readers how to hurt and then turn the hurt into free verse, truth, hope and humanity. And that is what this anthology is about – our humanity and our struggle to contain it with society’s…

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Three poems published in the Mojave Heart Review – ” Treacherous dune”, “Abandoned” and “Survival”

So delighted to know that three of my poems have found a home in the Southwest based journal of literature and arts, Mojave Heart Review. I'm really thankful to the editor in chief Jeffery Reno and for giving me the opportunity to be featured in their esteemed poetry journal. Mojave Heart Review is an online journal … Continue reading Three poems published in the Mojave Heart Review – ” Treacherous dune”, “Abandoned” and “Survival”

Megha Sood Shares Her Favorite Indie Feminist Books of 2018

Come see my top 3 Indie Books books of 2018.

Whisper and the Roar

Name: Megha Sood

Where you post your writing:

https://meghasworldsite.wordpress.com/
https://whisperandtheroar.com/
https://godoggocafe.com/
http://arielchart.blogspot.com/
https://freeverserevolution.wordpress.com/
https://candlesonline.wordpress.com/
https://poetscornerblog.wordpress.com/

Publications:

We Will not be Silenced ( Indie Blu(e) Press), 2018
Oddball Magazine
Scrittura Magazine
Dime Show Review
Fourth and Sycamore
KOAN ( Paragon Press)
Vita Brevis Literature

Three favorite indie books of 2018

1.  Composition of a woman

Author: Christine E Ray

Where it can be purchased: Amazon

Christine Ray’s debut composition of poetry is a candid and powerful glimpse into the essence of womanhood. The ease and the sheer brilliance she portrays in her writing is highly commendable. The book is divided into five sections namely Nerve, Brain,Blood , Ribs and Breast. Each section leaves you in awe of her magical quill as she describes her struggle with her body, which is heartbreaking and empowering at the same time. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to takes this amazing…

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Lonely moon – Published in TreeHouse Arts

First Published in Literary Yard, August 2018 Time bends on the blade of a grass proving its existence and slowly the innocent raindrops follow the path and makes an impression in the heart of the earth slippery and slimy with the monsoon loneliness carries its weight around my little garden while the black nightingale cries and and the … Continue reading Lonely moon – Published in TreeHouse Arts

Poetry published in the winter issue of the Scrittura Magazine-“Interchangeable”

I'm so happy and delighted to see my poem gracing the opening of this beautifully curated and gorgeous magazine. Please read my poem "Interchangeable" as in the digital publication of the Scrittura Magazine. So thankful to the editors to give me the opportunity to be featured alongside talented writers. Scrittura Magazine is the UK based … Continue reading Poetry published in the winter issue of the Scrittura Magazine-“Interchangeable”

Poetry published in the Pangolin Review Issue 7

I'm very pleased that my poem has been featured in yet another Literary magazine which is a signatory of Pw.org ( Poets and Writers). I'm really grateful to the editors Amit Parmesseur and jane Mayflower for publishing my poem and supporting my work. Pangolin Review  is a UK based bimonthly literary publication. Each issue goes online … Continue reading Poetry published in the Pangolin Review Issue 7

Two poems published in the Madness Muse Press Blog-“Broken” and “Immigrant”

This fills me with happiness to see that two of my poems have been featured on the Madness Muse Press Blog. I"m really thankful to the associate editor Chani Zwibel to have given me the opportunity. Madness Muse was founded in 2016 as a means to publish writing with sociopolitical learnings.Currently it is  press dedicated … Continue reading Two poems published in the Madness Muse Press Blog-“Broken” and “Immigrant”

Contributing Editor at Ariel Chart and Call out for submissions

It gives me immense pleasure and happiness to share with you that I have been accepted as a Contributing Editor at the Ariel Chart. I'm really thankful to the editor in Chief and founder of the Ariel Chart, Mark Antony Rossi to have given me this wonderful opportunity. Ariel Chart is a signatory of P&W. (Poets … Continue reading Contributing Editor at Ariel Chart and Call out for submissions

Indie Blu(e) Publishing Announces The Release of We Will Not Be Silenced

And the day has finally arrived which marks the book launch of my writings alongside other talented and brave writers. It's not just a book but mission to raise the awareness about sexual abuse survivors through prose, poetry, and art. Really thankful to the editors Christine E. Ray, Candice Louisa, Kindra M Austin, and Rachel … Continue reading Indie Blu(e) Publishing Announces The Release of We Will Not Be Silenced

Poetry published in Visual Verse 5th year anniversary edition-“Wonderland”

Visual Verse, a London/Berlin-based Literary Journal, celebrated its 5th Anniversary edition with a bang. Instead of giving us three pieces by the lead artists they gave the opportunity for readers to submit their best within the 24 hours of releasing the image and selected the top 3 to lead. Though I was not in the top … Continue reading Poetry published in Visual Verse 5th year anniversary edition-“Wonderland”

Three poems published in the Ariel Chart-“Dichotomy”, “Broken word” and “Constant Variable”

Really excited to be published in the Ariel Chart, a signatory of Pw.org. Really thankful to the editor Mark Anthony Rossy to have given me the chance to be featured. Please read my poems  "Dichotomy", "Broken Word" and "Constant Variable" and share your precious comments. Happy blogging! Megha Sood    

Acceptance in the Directory of Poets and Writers aka Pw.org

Dear blogging family, I can't contain my excitement as I share the news of my acceptance in the directory of poets maintained by the Poets and Writers (pw.org). Founded in 1970, Poets & Writers is the USA's largest nonprofit organization serving creative writers. Their mission is to foster the professional development of poets and writers, … Continue reading Acceptance in the Directory of Poets and Writers aka Pw.org

Poetry published in KOAN ( Paragon Press)- “Tourniquet”

I feel humble and delighted to see my poem featured in this esteemed journal. This marks a new chapter in my journey of being a writer. KOAN -one of the literary magazines hosted by the esteemed Paragon Press. As they describe themselves "The Paragon Press is an up-and-coming literary publishing house that is home of The Paragon … Continue reading Poetry published in KOAN ( Paragon Press)- “Tourniquet”

Poetry Published in Life in 10 minutes-“Acceptance”

So happy and delighted to see my poem "Acceptance" in the online magazine " Life in 10 minutes".Life in 10 minutes is an initiative started by Valley Haggard, a recipient of 2014 Theresa Pollak Prize and a 2015 Style Weekly Women in the Arts Award. Life in 10 minutes is a challenge to express your … Continue reading Poetry Published in Life in 10 minutes-“Acceptance”

Poetry Published in the FIVE:2: ONE # Sideshow Magazine -“House”(Micro poetry)

Dear blogging family, I could not contain my excitement to share this news that my first micro poetry along with spoken word got published in the #Sidehow part of the coveted FIVE:2: One Magazine. They are one of the esteemed Literary magazines referred to by Poets &Writers aka pw.org.I'm really thankful to the editor in chief, … Continue reading Poetry Published in the FIVE:2: ONE # Sideshow Magazine -“House”(Micro poetry)

Poetry published in the Dime Show Review – Heritage

You know you have hit a milestone in your poetry when you get published in a poetry magazine as esteemed as Dime Show review. Dime Show Review is a curated collection of poetry and fiction featuring poets and authors from around the globe. Each story or poem is paired with a photograph taken by one … Continue reading Poetry published in the Dime Show Review – Heritage

Poetry published in the Vita Brevis Magazine- Impressions

How do you feel when the poetry magazine which you have been in awe of since the day of their inception and have spent countless hours reading their poems and admiring the talent of the writers published on their site has agreed to publish your poem? I fell elated and top of the world since … Continue reading Poetry published in the Vita Brevis Magazine- Impressions

1st place winner at “NAMI NJ Dara Axelrod Expressive Arts 2018 Mental Health Poetry Contest”

Dear blogging family, I'm feeling elated and top of my world to hear that my poem "My Victory Song" got the 1st place in the "NAMI NJ Dara Axelrod Expressive Arts 2018 Mental Health Poetry Contest" among the 10 shortlisted finalists. The award function will take place on June 09,2018. I would really like to thank … Continue reading 1st place winner at “NAMI NJ Dara Axelrod Expressive Arts 2018 Mental Health Poetry Contest”

We are poets

“Poets are shameless with their experiences: they exploit them.”  ― Friedrich Nietzsche We all are trying to touch the bottom of the madness the absolute end to visualize how far we can stretch our insanity and how much it can take the pressure and survive till it breaks down and shatters into small bits of craziness and false … Continue reading We are poets

Fleeting romance

“The very essence of romance is uncertainty.” ― Oscar Wilde Oh! how fleeting it was how softly it made me blush left my heart feeling so sanguine a feathered touch that soft subtle feeling those fleeting glances and catching them through the corner of the eyes I'm trying to hide that feeling so fervently where it … Continue reading Fleeting romance

Social Evils ( An Anthology)

Hello, my blogging family, As they say that "Pen is mightier than the sword" and being a poet/blogger we all know about the mesmerizing and strong impression our words can make on the lives of the people around us. On the eve of the World poetry day, I would like to wish all my bloggers/writers/poets of … Continue reading Social Evils ( An Anthology)

Lifecycle of a poem ( An anthology)

“Every heart sings a song, incomplete until another heart whispers back. Those who wish to sing always find a song. At the touch of a lover, everyone becomes a poet.” ― Plato Hello, my blogging family, This next series of poems I'm trying to write is an ode to poetry. I just wanted to write … Continue reading Lifecycle of a poem ( An anthology)

Metamorphosis

I call this the necessary transformation the inevitable change the unavoidable incident when I lay my heart bare and you ripped it to shreds I gathered the pieces weaved a chrysalis out of it and stayed inside till I came out as a butterfly from the battered caterpillar you left me to be --Megha Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash … Continue reading Metamorphosis

Poetry feature on Whisper and the Roar Can you hold your ground?- Megha Sood

Poetry feature of Whisper and the roar. Go, check it out and let me know your precious feedback.

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can you hold your ground

Have you ever been scarred by the moonlight?

Have you ever been scared to death,

by your big dreams?

Have you ever been scratched

and clawed by the angels?

Ripping your soul apart

as your hope dangles.

Have you ever get burned by the holy water,

left writhing and seething in pain?

Have you ever been torched by love,

left burning and crushing your hopes in vain?

Have you ever been blinded by a rainbow,

and left in the dark to wander?

Have you ever been duped by the trust

of the people you encountered?

Have you ever been succumbed

by the fragrance of the rose?

Does the proximity of  someone

scrapes you a little more?

Does the calmness in the moment

drives you crazy?

Does the feel of dewdrops

blisters your skin easy?

Have you ever felt jaded by

the squeals and laughs of everyone around?

Do you still…

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Poetry Feature on Whisper and the Roar Flinch- Megha Sood

Poetry Feature on Whisper and the Roar. Come read and let me know how you feel.

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flinch

My soul flinches at the

very mention of your name

My fingers tremble in the night

as I recall the nightmare

recursively

like a bad movie

stuck on the reels

I want to scrape the

memory of yours

want to mask it with the

empty memories of

my life

the stench of your

sickening presence

has suffocated me

for so long

has left an abyss in my soul

even if I’m blinded

by the goodness

of the light surrounding me

you still can manage

to cast a shadow

and eclipse my heart

with all the pain

I have been

hiding all along

the shivering, trembling

and those seizures of

incessant pain

never seems to slow down

the gut-wrenching

feel of your touch

which scarred my soul

has left a deep impression

which I so want to ignore

Not a single day passes

when I wish your

existence should

be a…

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Exciting Changes at the Go Dog Go Cafe!

..and Now officially I’m a barista at the GoDogGo cafe. Yay!!

Go Dog Go Café

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You may have noticed that we have been shining up the counters at the Go Dog Go Cafe, debuting some new menu items and adding some new writers to our Barista and Regular Contributor Rosters.  It is a new year at the Go Dog Go Cafe and we are really excited about the direction the Cafe is going.

We are committed to the Go Dog Go Cafe’s Mission of providing a warm, inviting and inspiring gathering space for building a healthy and supportive writing community.  We will be pairing excellent original writing from our Baristas, Regular Contributors and Guest Baristas with a mix of special features that explore the writing life, including our new feature Ask A Barista, where we will tackle your writing and blogging questions and give feedback on your works in progress.

We are happy to have founding Baristas Steve Fuller and Gina Gallyot back on a…

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Safe

We, humans, have the proclivity to shut down emotionally in a state of emotional crisis.We all feel that we are safeguarding ourselves from all the pain and angst by keeping the help at bay and downplaying the hurt we are going through. It takes a lot of courage to open to someone and to share your deep emotional thoughts with people around us. We all feel very vulnerable by doing so, but are we really keeping us safe this way?

Love Making

Megha's World

This poem is in continuation of the micro poetry of the same name.Read it here

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When you roam
freely
inhabit me completely
and wildly 
trace your origins 
in the freckles on my body
and breathe me as your air
and exhale out the
breath laced 
in passion and desire
When you touch 
with the
electrifying
fingertips which 
ignite a spark in my soul
and sets my soul on fire
so I can barely breathe
and I gasp 
for the next wave 
of air laced with 
my carnal desire
When you speak 
love from those crimson lips
every verse dripping 
from those 
parting petals
sings the beautiful 
rhapsody
a melody so divine
a treat for my ears
a sight for my 
ashen eyes.
 
When we make love
we give birth 
to a new poem
art so sublime
etched in our soul
for now and ever
in the ripples of time.

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The Wall

Megha's World

“Stab the body and it heals, but injure the heart and the wound lasts a lifetime.”
― Mineko Iwasaki

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I’m pushing and shoving
hoping it would fall
it should crumble any moment
I have to weaken its resolve
it cannot surround me anymore
it cannot fight me out long
I’m done being pushed into a corner
waiting for a miracle to happen 
after all
I have loosened its foundation
no more bricks can be laid on it
there are cracks 
begin to appear everywhere
now it can never intimidate me
it reeks of the smell of misogyny
it has been standing there for ages
now it has to go
let me be free
of all its aches and pain 
and general bondage
I’m pushing and shoving
too hard to let this wall fall
too bad that I don’t realize
they are building one 
behind my back
after all.
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Poetry published in the Drabble

I'm so delighted to see that my attempt to drabble has succeeded and one of my poems has found a place in the Drabble, a site dedicated to publishing original fiction, non-fiction, and poetic works of 100 words or less. Do read my poem - Ask a child, ask a butterfly. Happy blogging! Megha Sood … Continue reading Poetry published in the Drabble