I'm so thrilled to announce that the anthology curated by Candice Daquin and published by the Indie Blue Press has been a finalist in the National Indie Excellence Awards. I was lucky enough to have a short poem in this anthology. Below is the correspondence shared by the EIC Candice Daquin from National Indie Award … Continue reading “SMITTEN” Anthology National Indie Excellence Awards Finalist
This is an anthology of poems submitted by women, from around the world, to the first annual Jessie Butler Poetry Contest, in 2020. The contest celebrates the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th amendment, giving women the right to vote, on August 18, 1920. She Speaks Up! has been compiled in honor of Jessie … Continue reading “She Speaks Up” – An Anthology celebrating the 100 years of the Woman Suffrage movement -is a free eBook on Amazon through Sunday.
I’m happy to share that one of my poems is published in the July 2020 Issue of the Desh Videsh Magazine in the “Poetry Section” corner.I’m really thankful to the editorial team of Raj and Aruna Shah for giving me this opportunity. In print since 1993, Desh-Videsh magazine reaches a wide audience of Indians, Pakistanis, Bangladeshi, and … Continue reading Poetry Published in the July 2020 Edition of Desh Videsh Magazine
I'm honored to share this news that my poem "Asyphyxiated" has been published in the Lumiere Review as a response to the #BlackLivesMatter feature. I'm really thankful to the founder and editor in chief Jessica Kim for supporting my work. The Lumiere Review, fully support #blacklivesmatter. In addition to their general submissions, they have made … Continue reading Poetry published in the Lumiere Review #BlackLivesMatter feature
I'm so excited to share the news that the recent community poem which I was featured in alongside 46 other talented poets of the Jersey City community which was curated by the JC Poet Laureate Rashand Wright feature councilman/woman of the JC along with the JC Mayor Stephen Fulop has been published as an ebook. … Continue reading Press release and e-book publication for the community poem “Just Breathe” curated by the JC Poet Laureate Rashad Wright and Arts House Production
Happy to share my list of publications/events/prints for the month of June 2020. The following list may serve as potential places for new and emerging writers to send in their creative works for publications. All the best!! June has been a really wonderful month for me as I was blessed to be a winner in … Continue reading List of Publications/Events for the month of June 2020
I'm thrilled to receive my contributor copy of the Jessie Butler Woman's Contest Anthology 2020 "She Speaks Up".I'm really thankful to the EIC Mila Johansen for curating this anthology. I'm honored to have my poem "My Path to Freedom" featured in this book. This is an anthology of poems submitted by women, from around … Continue reading Poetry Published in The Jessie Butler Woman’s Poetry Contest Anthology by Sierra Muses Press, California, USA
So thrilled to share my poem “Cosmos” published today on the Free Verse Revolution in response to their monthly prompt. Thankful to the EIC Kristiana Reed for supporting my work. You can read the poem here. Happy Blogging! Megha Sood
I'm happy to share that few of my poems were published in the Spring 2020 Issue of the Desh Videsh Magazine in the "Poetry Section" corner. Yesterday I received my contributor copy and am sharing a few pictures from it. I’m really thankful to the editorial team of Raj and Aruna Shah for giving me this … Continue reading Poetry Published in the April Issue of Florida based Desh Videsh Magazine
I’m so thrilled to be in the feature ” Alien Buddha Contracts COVID 19″ by Alien Buddha Press. I received my copy yesterday and am sharing a few pictures.I’m really thankful to the EIC Nicholas Redf for making me part of the final installment of the feature. I’m honored to be sharing space with Jeremy … Continue reading Poetry Published in the Alien Buddha Press-The Alien Buddha Contracts Covid-19: Act 10 (the series finale’): Movement of Ja People
So thrilled to another of my ekphrastic poems published in the esteemed London/Berlin-based poetry journal Visual Verse. Always thankful to the editors and coeditors for their hard work and support. You can read my poem here. Happy blogging!! Megha Sood
Thrilled to share the news that my poem “Angels in Blue” which I wrote as an ode to the medical workers during COVID-19 now shares the space with the poem written by the President of Ireland Uachtarán na hÉireann Michael D. Higgins
You can read his poem ” Take care” here
I’m happy to see my poem “Angels in Blue” which I wrote as an ode of the health workers working in the front line fighting the Coronavirus Pandemic. I really appreciate the efforts of editing team comprising of Joy Redmond, Liz Quirke, Niall McArdle, and Ruth McKee of the Pendemic Journal for supporting my work.
They are a group of writers that met at the John Hewitt International Summer Schoolin Armagh, Ireland in July 2019. They created this site to publish new writing in response to Coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
We cannot thank enough these angels in blue who are risking the life and their families in being at the frontline fighting this deadly pandemic.
You can read my poem here.
Stay safe and Healthy!!
I’m so happy to receive my copy of the Otherwise Engaged Literary and Arts Journal Fifth Volume Quarantine Edition featuring three of my poems I’m really thankful to the EIC Marzia Dessi for her support. Otherwise Engaged is biannual literature and arts journal open to submissions from all artists, writers, and photographers worldwide. You can … Continue reading Poetry published in the Otherwise Engaged Literary Journal Fifth Volume Quarantine Edition
PSNY and Pandemic Poems paired poets up from all over the world to collaborate on a series of Pandemic Poems. Poets were given a partner, a first line, and the last line. Each pair worked together, going line for line, to co-create a sonnet in a single day (May Day). Throughout the day each poem traveled … Continue reading Poetry featured on the Poetry Society of New York as the Pandemic May Day Sonnet poems collaboration
In April 2020, Art House Productions began collaboration on the Jersey City Community Poem project and received submissions from 42 poets with the theme: “Life in the Pandemic and Beyond: Quarantine, Devastation, and Hope for the Future.” Jersey City Poet Laureate, Rashad Wright, then curated the pieces into one crowdsourced, community poem entitled "Just Breathe" … Continue reading Featured in “Just Breathe”- Jersey City Community Poem curated by JC Poet Laureate Rashad Wright
I’m honored to be featured in the Spring edition of The Poet Magazine(UK) – War and Battle” anthology curated by the EIC Robin. Two of my poems namely “Missed Boat” and “Syria- Living in a War Zone” have been featured in the Spring edition. I really honored to be sharing space with Linda Imbler, Moinak … Continue reading Poetry published in Spring 2020 The Poet Theme: War and Battle
I’m so thrilled and excited to share this news that my poem "My Survival Story” has been selected for the First Position as the winner in the state-level poetry contest conducted by the National Alliance of New Jersey ( NAMI ) for its DARA Axelrod Mental Health Poetry Contest. NAMI New Jersey (NAMI NJ) is a statewide … Continue reading State-level Winner First Position for the NAMI NJ Dara Axelrod Mental Health Poetry Contest 2020
I'm happy to share my list of publications for the month of April 2020.The idea behind to share the places I have been published is to create a online resource for the writers looking to publish their work. 1. Willowdown Bookshttps://meghasworldsite.wordpress.com/2020/05/30/poetry-published-in-the-anthology-poems-from-the-lockdown-by-willowdown-books/ 2. Nightingale and Sparrow, Melody Issuehttps://meghasworldsite.wordpress.com/2020/05/30/poetry-published-in-melody-issue-6-of-nightingale-and-sparrow-magazine/ 3. Arts House festival, Virtual Acess JC Fridayshttps://meghasworldsite.wordpress.com/2020/05/29/jersey-city-community-poem-video-premiere-at-virtual-access-jc-fridays/ 4. … Continue reading List of Publication/Events/Interview for the month of May 2020
I'm so thrilled to share that my poem "Does hurt have a gender?" have been shortlisted for the coveted TWIBB Sakhi Annual Poetry Awards 2019. The poem will be featured in the anthology soon to be published featuring the winners and the shortlisted poems. So thankful to the EIC Pooja Garg and the rest … Continue reading Shorlisted in TWIBB (The Woman Inc. Beyond Black) Sakhi Annual Poetry Awards 2019
I'm so happy to announce that three of my poems have been included int he Fifth Volume of the Otherwise Engaged Literary Journal Fifth Volume. I'm really thankful to the EIC Marzia Dessi for her support. Otherwise Engaged is biannual literature and arts journal open to submissions from all artists, writers, and photographers worldwide. You … Continue reading Poetry published in the Otherwise Engaged Literary Journal Fifth Volume
I’m so happy that one of my poems got included in the “Poetry From The Lockdown” anthology published by the UK based Willowsdown Press. The anthology features the work from the 115 poets across the world. The book has been beautifully sectioned into nine parts namely Social Distance, Inside, Virus, Wry, Art, Close, Social Politico, This Spring, … Continue reading Poetry published in the anthology “Poems from the Lockdown” by Willowdown Books
I’m thrilled to have my poem “Bittersweet Symphony” included in the Issue 6 Melody of the Nightingale and Sparrow Press. I’m really thankful to the entire team and EIC Juliette Sebock for making me part of this beautiful gorgeous magazine. The cover in the meantime is a photo by Martina Rimbaldo and is titled “rose is … Continue reading Poetry Published in Melody Issue 6 of Nightingale and Sparrow Magazine
I'm very excited to announce that my poem has been included in the Jersey City Community Poem. Jersey City community poem has been curated by the JC Poet Laureate Rashad Wright as part of the Virtual Access JC Fridays for the following theme "Life in the Pandemic and Beyond: Quarantine, Devastation, and Hope for the Future". … Continue reading Jersey City Community Poem Video Premiere at Virtual Access JC Fridays
So thrilled to be included in the Online Poetry reading series "Poetry and prose in the time of Pandemic" by Pittsburg, USA based bilingual magazine Setu Bilingual सेतु पत्रिका. Really thankful to the EIC Sunil Sharma and Anurag Sharma for giving me the chance. Setu Magazine has been curating the poetry read by poets all over … Continue reading Poetry reading for the online series by Setu Magazine, Pittsburg, USA
I'm thrilled to share this news that my poem "Peace - A Metaphor For Denial" has been chosen as the First-place winner in the adult category for the Poetry Month Challenge 2020. The Adult Prize is also known as the Spring Robinson/Mahogany Red Lit Prize. The poem will receive a publication in the next edition … Continue reading Winner of the Spring Robinson/ Mahogany Red Lit Prize 2020
I'm thrilled to have my poem "Bittersweet Symphony" included in the Issue 6 Melody of the Nightingale and Sparrow Press. The Magazine is out to be published in May end. I'm really thankful to the entire team and EIC Juliette Sebock for making me part of this beautiful gorgeous magazine. The cover in the meantime … Continue reading Poetry to be published in the Issue 6 Melody Issue by Nightingale and Sparrow Press
I'm so thrilled to be in the feature " Alien Buddha Contracts COVID 19" by Alien Buddha Press. I'm really thankful to the EIC Nicholas Redf for making me part of the final installment of the feature. I'm honored to be sharing space with Jeremy Blizard, Brian Rihlmann, Jay Passer, Carrie Magness Radna, Mike Zone, Marian … Continue reading Poetry Published in the Alien Buddha Press-The Alien Buddha Contracts Covid-19: Act 10 (the series finale’): Movement of Ja People
I’m so proud to be part of the online series JCTC CONVERSATIONS: VOICES FROM AROUND THE WORLD Hosted by the Jersey City Theather Artistic Director Olga Levina. JCTC’s new weekly online series brings together artists from the Jersey City community and from around the world for an interactive experience featuring performances, interviews & discussion. I was invited … Continue reading Featured as one of the artists in the Jersey City Theater Center (JCTC)Conversation Online -Voices from around the World by Olga Levina Episode: Strength
I'm so thrilled to share the news that I have been longlisted in the UK based coveted Erbacce Poetry Prize 2020. This year the competion received a whopping submission of 9000+ entries and my poem was one of the 120 longlisted entries. The annual erbacce poetry competition with great prizes for the best seven poets. The outright winner will be … Continue reading Longlisted for the Uk based Erbacce Poetry Prize 2020 amongst 9000+ entries
So thrilled to share my poem "Mirage" published today on the Free Verse Revolution in response to their monthly prompt. You can read the poem here. Happy Blogging! Megha Sood
I'm so thrilled to be selected as one of the winners in the Jessie Butler Poetry Contest 2020. This contest is conducted by Mila Johanson, Grand Daughter of Jessie Haver Butler, as a homage to the 100th of the Women's Suffrage movement. The winning entries will be curated into a book marking the 100th anniversary … Continue reading Winner in the Jessie Butler Women Poetry Contest 2020
I'm so thrilled to share the news of the publication of my two poems in the Spring Edition of Poetica Review. So thankful to the EIC Mark A Murphy for giving me the opportunity. I'm blessed to share space with RC deWinter, Brian Rihlmman, Oormila Vijayakrishnan Prahlad, and many others. POETiCA REViEW stands in contradistinction … Continue reading Poetry Published in Poetica Review Spring Edition Issue 5
I'm so honored to feature on the online "BackStory of a Poem" series curated by Christal Car Copper. I am very excited to share the backstory of one of my favorite poems "Silence - a lost art" with the readers of the blog. The features trace the origin of the poem right from the early … Continue reading Featured in the “ Backstory of a poem” Series by Christal Car Cooper
I'm so honored to be part of the "Family Legacies" Vol 2 2020 Edition of the esteemed SONKU Collective. I'm also thankful to the EIC Taylor Enlow and the team for accepting my three poems for the upcoming edition. SONKU Collective is a creative and collective space for Black and POC artists, which sits at … Continue reading Poetry accepted for the SONKU Literary Collective Vol II 2020, Temple University, Philadelphia
I'm so thrilled to share my list of publications/News/Events for the month of April 2020. Being the National Poetry Month, I got a lot of opportunities to collaborate with lots of poets and took part in numerous open mics.(One of the Oldest running Open Mic in the USA since 1989 ) I was also was … Continue reading List of Publications/News/Events for the Month of April 2020 NationalPoetryMonth –So thankful to my readers.
I’m elated to share the news that my poem got selected the second time in the poetry challenge by WNYC Radio Station. The poem has been written as a response to the weekly prompt project “Poems from the Isolation” in response to the National Poetry Month.I’m really thankful to the WNYC reporter Shumita Basu for her to support … Continue reading Poetry featured in the #PausePoetry challenge by WNYC Prompt ” Lesson Learned” #WNYC #WNYCStudios #BrianLehrerShow #HappyNationalPoetryMonth
I'm so proud to be part of the online series JCTC CONVERSATIONS: VOICES FROM AROUND THE WORLD Hosted by the Jersey City Theather Artistic Director Olga Levina. JCTC’s new weekly online series brings together artists from the Jersey City community and from around the world for an interactive experience featuring performances, interviews & discussion. I … Continue reading Featured as one of the artists in the Jersey City Theater Center (JCTC)Conversation Online -Voices from around the World by Olga Levina Episode: Courage
Dear blogging family, I’m happy and excited to share the news that one of my poems got shortlisted for “NAMI NJ Dara Axelrod Expressive Arts 2020 Mental Health Poetry Contest” among top 10 finalists. They will be choosing the winners based on voting. Please click on the link here to cast your vote. They have concealed the … Continue reading Shortlisted for a State-level Poetry Contest- Please vote for my poem-“My Survival Story”. Voting ends 31 May 2020
I'm honored to be featured in the Spring edition of The Poet Magazine(UK) - War and Battle" anthology curated by the EIC Robin. Two of my poems namely "Missed Boat" and "Syria- Living in a War Zone" have been featured in the Spring edition. "War and the Battle" is an amazing anthology featuring 103 poems … Continue reading Poetry published in the “The Poet Magazine Spring Edition “War and Battle”
I'm beyond thrilled to share my 400th poetry publication as a collaboration with none other than Kate Belew ( Co-editor, Milk Press, Poetry Society of New York). I am really grateful to Kate and so honored to be part of this project. What started as a collaboration between her co-workers become a crowdsourced project, called … Continue reading Pandemic Poems- A Collaboration with Kate Belew ( Editor of Milk Press, Poetry Society of New York) and My 400th Poetry Publication
I'm so happy that my Haiku became a part of the sound collage created by Alan Nakagawa by OCMA ( Orange County Museum of Arts) called the Social Distance, Haiku, and You!. Alan crowdsourced the 500 haikus to create a sound collage project in a duration of two weeks. LA-based sound artist Alan Nakagawa coheres … Continue reading Haiku Published in the sound collage project of OCMA ( Orange County Museum of Arts), California, USA
I'm elated to share the news that one of my poems got accepted for the poetry challenge by WNYC Radio Station. The poem has been written as a response to the weekly prompt project "Poems from the Isolation" in response to the National Poetry Month.I'm really thankful to the WNYC reporter Shumita Basu for her … Continue reading Poetry accepted for the WNYC Poetry Challenge: “Your poems from isolation” #WNYC #Gothamist #NationalPoetryMonth #PausePoetry
I'm so happy that one of my poems got included in the "Poetry From The Lockdown" anthology published by the UK based Willowsdown Press. The anthology features the work from the 115 poets across the world. Below the complete press release for the same. PRLOCKDOWN20April20 Poems from The Lockdown "Press Release Excerpt" Every country on … Continue reading Poetry published in the Willowdown “Poetry from the lockdown” anthology
I'm so honored to be part of the monthly ekphrastic challenge hosted by Paul Brookes. His annual challenge in the National Poetry Month has beautifully evolved to be a collaboration between various poets and artists. Each day the contributing poets receive am image and leave an ekphrastic response to it which he later complies. This … Continue reading National Poetry Month Ekphrastic Challenge, a collaboration between poets and artists hosted by Paul Brookes
I'm happy to see my Haiku included in the #QuarantineHaikus Project initiated by The Bridge - Progressive Arts Initiative, Charlottesville, Virginia. #QuarantineHaikus is a series of crowd-sourced uplifting Haikus to help us get through the COVID-19 outbreak. No matter what level of quarantine, self-quarantine, or social distancing you’re currently engaged in, we’re certain you’re likely … Continue reading Haiku included in The Bridge-Progressive Arts Initiative #Quarantine Haikus Project #NationalPoetryMonth
I’m so thrilled to receive my copy of the Adelaide Literary Award Anthology 2019. One of my poems has been selected as the finalist under the category of Best Poem.I’m really grateful to the EIC Stevan Nikolic for considering my work for such an esteemed award. I’m so honored to be sharing space with such … Continue reading Poetry Published in the Adelaide Literary Award Poetry Anthology 2019
So thrilled to another of my ekphrastic poems published in the esteemed London/Berlin-based poetry journal Visual Verse. Always thankful to the editors and coeditors for their hard work and support. You can read my poem here. Happy blogging!! Megha Sood
In celebration of National Poetry Month Hudson County Community College Department of Cultural Affairs (DOCA) is proud to feature a whole day of poems from Jersey City Writers every Thursday. I'm so proud and honored to be part of this poetry series. One of my poems got selected to be featured in the series. Really … Continue reading Poetry featured on the Dineen Hull Arts Gallery Series in honor of the National Poetry Month 2020
“A weed is but an unloved flower.”
― Ella Wheeler Wilcox
My heart and soul
a garden of weeds
growing for eternity
and deprived of the
beauty of the world
to feel and see
A garden of thoughts and
lanes of the insipid
lying on these thin
carrying the filth of years
within my heart too deep
No one has tended my thoughts
and looked under
that pile of rummage
in growing under that mound
what it hides beneath
Then you came along
with your healing touch
a touch so divine
you picked.. plucked all the weeds
planted lilies and roses to bloom
surely and beautifully
tending it beautifully
with your filigree touch
this tangle of weeds
into a bouquet too sweet.
In response to the Tuesday Prompt at GoDogGO Cafe.Today’s prompt: Write a poem or piece of prose around the words “in the stillness” Incoherent Undefined; Unobstructed, Or refined Lost in the vision the state of my mind Tangled in thoughts Free from fear, Broken into pieces rolled in blood and smeared appalled by the atrocities, … Continue reading The stillness of the thoughts
In response to Today's prompt: Write something around the words “mystic moonlight” at GoDogGo Cafe A sliver of the frothy blessing passing through the narrow panes of my window. Making slant appearances on my parquet floor. The night is young and the waxing moon is bathing in the epitome of its beauty. Shining down on … Continue reading A Clandestine Affair
Between the thumb and the forefinger where I'm counting and mapping your freckles as my fingers slide over your curves and etches a map of my universe where my soul my love my passion finds solace, And in every nook and corner of your soul I find shelter for my darkness to hide and dissolve … Continue reading Location
This feels so exciting as one of my poems have been performed by an artist and made into a small video. It’s an amazing feeling to see your poem transcend into a new dimension when its coupled with powerful images and sound.
Wild Sound Festival is a weekly Film Festival in Toronto & Los Angeles where the screenplay & story readings performed by professional actors. At least 25 performance videos and movies (books and poems turned into a film) made a month.
Please watch and share your precious thoughts in the comments section.
As always, I’m really grateful to my readers for giving me the strength to move ahead in my writing journey and conquer my personal writing milestones.
“One clear moment, one of trance One missed step, one perfect dance One missed shot, one and only chance Life is all...but one fleeting glance.” ― Sanober Khan Oh there it goes fleetingly, swimmingly, gently, just another moment traveling on that speck dust on that sliver of light which you hardly noticed with our heads down and … Continue reading Live to the fullest
One of the publications special to me.
So thrilled to receive the acceptance of two of my poems for the poetry journal ” An Elephant Never”. So thankful tot he EIC Andre Lepine for supporting my work.
An elephant never is a journal inspired by our favorite pachyderm and each week, they offer truncated tales (flash fiction), rumbling rhymes (poetry), elephant art, and creative nonfiction on a variety of themes.
Do read the published pome here and share your view.
“Wherever you are is the entry point.” ― Kabir Sometimes I just want to shatter myself rip apart in pieces shreds in small bits so my beautiful soul trapped in my ego laced body can be set free to roam the mountains and rivers fly high in the cerulean skies get absorbed in the dew drops and … Continue reading Reset
Today’s prompt: Use “beautiful dreamer” in a piece of poetry or prose Daydreamer They call me a daydreamer, a person who still believes in fairy tales and the shiny unicorn riding through the enchanted forests. The one who still believes in the tooth fairy and Santa clause dispensing gifts for good deeds done through the purest … Continue reading Response to the Tuesday Prompt at the GoDogGo cafe
“So it’s true, when all is said and done, grief is the price we pay for love.”
– E.A. Bucchianeri
I’ve always been looking
for empty spaces
spaces in your heart
spaces in your fleeting glance
to adjust mine
space next to you in the library,
an empty cozy corner in the party,
where the deafening noise is
calmed by your soothing voice
space next to you
on the commuter train
next to you in the bar
where I can sit and listen to all
the stories you have to say
I went to all the bars and the cocktails places
and looked for you in the half-filled drink
walked all the dark alleys
seeking for the company
I always looked for the spaces
between my fingers
to adjust yours
I always thought the curve of my body
in the night was like that
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