Whispers and Echoes Poetry and Flash Fiction Index | March 2021

March was a great month for Whispers and Echoes as we got to share so many wonderful poems and pieces of flash fiction by a talented group of poets and writers, some new to Whispers and Echoes, others familiar to regular readers.  Thank you, as always, for submitting, reading, commenting, liking, sharing and supporting this little online journal of short writing.

As of April 2021, Whispers and Echoes is going on a short break, but keep an eye out for news of when we will be opening to submissions again.

You can always check out our submissions guidelines by visiting the SUBMIT page, in readiness for when we return.

To see what we shared – or what you missed – in March, check out the links below.  Enjoy!

Poetry

Flash Fiction

Primal | Glen Armstrong

I listen for incoming

messages

 

from prehistoric fish.


Glen Armstrong holds an MFA in English from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and teaches writing at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan. He edits a poetry journal called Cruel Garters and has three current books of poems: Invisible HistoriesThe New Vaudeville, and Midsummer. His work has appeared in Poetry NorthwestConduit, and Cream City Review.

Town Square | Glen Armstrong

His heart was a strange tree

that failed to center

the city

 

though it was right there,

as central as a flag

or a statue

 

of Davy Crockett.


Glen Armstrong holds an MFA in English from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and teaches writing at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan. He edits a poetry journal called Cruel Garters and has three current books of poems: Invisible HistoriesThe New Vaudeville, and Midsummer. His work has appeared in Poetry NorthwestConduit, and Cream City Review.

Spring Winds | McKenzie Richardson

Winter recedes its frosty tendrils

under the blanket of Zephyrus’ gentle breath

which warms the world under the springtime sun

carrying birdsong on each exhale

to fill the silence that melted with the snow.

 

As the west winds wind and whisper

they whisk away the memories of the chill

knocking on the earthen mounds

to wake the seeds from their winter slumber

in preparation for new growth.


McKenzie Richardson lives in Milwaukee, WI. Most recently, her stories have been published in anthologies from Eerie River Publishing, Black Hare Press, and Iron Faerie Publishing.

When not writing, she can usually be found in her book hoard, reading or just looking at her shelves longingly.

Facebook: www.facebook.com/mckenzielrichardson/

Blog: www.craft-cycle.com

Final Wishes | Glen Armstrong

To the factory girls,

who peel and dip the bananas,

I bequeath my fingers.

 

To the circus dogs,

I bequeath

my bones.


Glen Armstrong holds an MFA in English from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and teaches writing at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan. He edits a poetry journal called Cruel Garters and has three current books of poems: Invisible HistoriesThe New Vaudeville, and Midsummer. His work has appeared in Poetry NorthwestConduit, and Cream City Review.

My Name | Anna Mosca

I sit exposed
in the full sun
no shadow

to cover me

the sky calls
on and on
my name


Anna Mosca is an eclectic artist who spends her life harnessing visual languages, with a clear preference for poetry. She is interested in exploring any given data, visual, perceptual and auditory, to pursue her creative inquiry. Her aim is to support the discovery and the communication of artistic creative experiences running across a palette of emotionally and socially relevant issues.

Born in Northern Italy has travelled extensively to expand her research. A professor of the Visual and Photographic Language for many years in a University in Milan, in recent years she took a sabbatical to foster poetry in the desert of California. Two bilingual books of poetry were the outcome, the California Notebooks, Volume 01 and 02. She frequently holds conferences on Women Artists to raise awareness and teaches courses of Visual Art. She is the founder of Luminesia and Luminesia4U a program that combines poetry and photography to reach consciousness. She created the poetic module Poesia Singolare Femminile to promote the voices of Italian female poets. Her favorite language for poetry is English and she runs a poetry blog at:

http://www.annamosca.com

https://youtube.com/user/moscanna

Meadowlark Magic | Mark Weinrich

The meadowlark gathers warmth

beat by beat, in its flight from Mexico.

And when the lark arrives,

swells its sun-bright breast

flings its golden voice, winter has

to listen. For when those fluted notes

echo: ice shatters, snow melts,

and daffodils upspring. For winter

has been served moving papers.


Mark Weinrich is a cancer survivor, a retired pastor, gardener, hiker, artist, and musician. He has had over 435 poems, articles, and short stories published in numerous publications. He has sold eight children’s books and currently has two fantasy novels on Kindle.

The Fleeting | Anna Mosca

the sky blue
deepening

after the mad
rainfall against
the fleeting

clouds whiter
after delivery


Anna Mosca is an eclectic artist who spends her life harnessing visual languages, with a clear preference for poetry. She is interested in exploring any given data, visual, perceptual and auditory, to pursue her creative inquiry. Her aim is to support the discovery and the communication of artistic creative experiences running across a palette of emotionally and socially relevant issues.

Born in Northern Italy has travelled extensively to expand her research. A professor of the Visual and Photographic Language for many years in a University in Milan, in recent years she took a sabbatical to foster poetry in the desert of California. Two bilingual books of poetry were the outcome, the California Notebooks, Volume 01 and 02. She frequently holds conferences on Women Artists to raise awareness and teaches courses of Visual Art. She is the founder of Luminesia and Luminesia4U a program that combines poetry and photography to reach consciousness. She created the poetic module Poesia Singolare Femminile to promote the voices of Italian female poets. Her favorite language for poetry is English and she runs a poetry blog at:

http://www.annamosca.com

https://youtube.com/user/moscanna

But For Clouds and Bees | Mark Weinrich

Winter longs to thrust its frosty sword within

a crisp and starry night to rob the year of sweetness.

But for clouds and bees winter would extend its reign.

 

A symphony of bees, tuning blossoms and mining

fruit, await the nurturing clouds, that descend

like hens with tender under-feathers setting the crop.

 

As the curtain clouds fall, the sweeter seasons

erupt in grateful applause.


Mark Weinrich is a cancer survivor, a retired pastor, gardener, hiker, artist, and musician. He has had over 435 poems, articles, and short stories published in numerous publications. He has sold eight children’s books and currently has two fantasy novels on Kindle.