The Nzuri Journal: Two Poems

Two Poems

The Nzuri Journal is an online literary arts journal based in Orange County, California.

Nzuri (meaning beautiful/fine in Swahili) is purposed to promote artistic, creative and scholarly work consistent with the values and ideals of the Umoja community.

Issue 2, Volume 2 of the Nzuri Journal is out now and features a fresh and invigorating blend of poetry and prose from all parts of this globe, including Afterglow and Apposto, two new poems by J H Martin.

Issue 2, Volume 2 of the Nzuri Journal can be read and shared for free here.

 

Le Soleil

Le Soleil

 

You are interested in the Tarot.

You do not know very clearly why.

You are vaguely aware that it contains elements which could help you grasp a number of truths about yourself, your orientations and your future, or about things that have from time immemorial remained difficult to access, concerning the nature of the world and the destiny of human beings, about what people mysteriously call “knowledge”.

But you do not know which way to handle the Tarot. You are disturbed by the appearance of some cards. Possibly you recognise shapes, images or ideas which seem familiar or meaningful, but what is to be done with, say, the VI of Cups?

You have read books that deal with the Tarot, you have realised that a considerable number of big words are to be found there, and a great deal of moralising. You have noted that the authors display a lot of confidence about what they profess while remaining rather hazy: you wonder to whose authority they are indebted for such assertiveness, while as far as you are concerned you just manage to skim over the surface of the Tarot; you wonder how true their affirmations are: for in order to buttress their own explanation of the Tarot, they keep referring to other systems, or to their own inner convictions, which, admittedly, are not necessarily erroneous.

But although unable to articulate your impression, you have a deep-rooted feeling that there is something more, that the Tarot is something other than this muddy, muzzy and dusty mixture.

You are right.

The Tarot is in itself a living construction, a pure and integral path.

It is you; it is the Universe. What you only need is a means to see it…

 

Tchalaï

The Tarot – Why, How and How Far

Grimaud, 1982



Reading & Resources on the Tarot

If you are interested in the Tarot and would like to read and learn more, then please make sure to visit Traditional Tarot, where you will find a virtual trove of translations, digests, reviews and critiques of primarily (but not exclusively) French-language materials on the Tarot and related matters, many of which have been largely overlooked in the vast literature on the Tarot in French, not to mention in English.

You can find, follow and subscribe to Traditional Tarot here.

 

 

Edge of Humanity Magazine: Spring Quartet II

Spring Quartet

II

Edge of Humanity Magazine is an online platform that features writing, photography and artwork that deals with all aspects of the human condition, as well as the pressing social issues of our times.

Constantly updated, Edge of Humanity Magazine showcases new work by artists, writers and photographers from all over the globe, including, Spring Quartet; a quartet of new poems by J H Martin, the second of which you can read for free here.

 

Edge of Humanity Magazine: Record

Record

Edge of Humanity Magazine is an online platform that features writing, photography and artwork that deals with all aspects of the human condition, as well as the pressing social issues of our times.

Constantly updated, Edge of Humanity Magazine showcases new work by artists, writers and photographers from all over the globe, including, Record, a new poem by J H Martin, which you can read for free here.

Free Library of the Internet Void: Two Poems

Two Poems

Free Library of the Internet Void is a group of dedicated “librarians, researchers, cretins, and cronies”, who scour the internet for fiction, poetry and art to add to their ever growing library.

Their latest collection – Until Further Notice – is out now and features art by Lauren Buchanan, fiction by Bethan Dee, poetry by Natasha Deonarain, RC deWinter, and two new poems, The Black Watch, and, Mon Coeur, by J H Martin.

You can read Collection XVIII of the Free Library for free here.

Despite what our superiors once suggested, we do not believe our proximity to this endless, howling abyss has had any negative effects on our collective psyches…

If you’re out there, we hear you.

 

Mad Swirl: Les Papillons Noirs

Les Papillons Noirs

This mad swirlin’ creative outlet is a place to showcase the many diverse artists in this big, blue, beat-utiful world of ours and to get this madness into as many heads as possible.

Mad Swirl – an on-line creative outlet featuring art, poetry and prose from all parts of the globe, including Les Papillons Noirs, a short piece of fiction by J H Martin, which you can read for free here.

Kōan Magazine: Le Salon De Jardin

Le Salon De Jardin

Koan Magazine is a new literary magazine from the good people at The Paragon Press.

In its first issue, Koan Magazine presents an eclectic mixture of prose, poetry and artwork, which occupies the threshold between the real and the imagined, the every day and the magical, and the readily credible and the fantastic.

Included in its pages are contributions from artists from every part of this empty globe, including Le Salon De Jardin, a new poem by J H Martin.

You can read the first issue here.

Rue Scribe: Empty Rebus

Empty Rebus

Rue Scribe is the small literature journal of Underwood Press LLC.

“Think Small.”

It was the advertising slogan for the Volkswagen Beetle developed by the  Doyle Dane Bernbach agency in 1959.  Since then, it has been called the single best advertising campaign of the 20th Century. We think it fits us perfectly.

We think small as in Small Literature – small but powerful.

Get rid of any fluff. Distill it down to its essence and then distill it again.

Get to the point.  Get to the point, now.

Featuring a well packed and constantly updated supply of powerful short fiction and poetry, Rue Scribe also features Empty Rebus; a new poem by J H Martin, which you can read here.

Coffin Bell: The Days of the Locust

The Days of the Locust

Coffin Bell is a new quarterly online journal of dark literature that publishes poetry, flash fiction, short stories, and creative nonfiction that explore the darkest themes.

Volume 1, Issue No. 4 is out now and  features a dark mix of waking nightmares, dark CNF, dystopian flash and the most cursed of verse, including The Days of the Locust, a new short piece of dark fiction by J H Martin, which you can read here.

Rue Scribe: For the Record

For the Record

Rue Scribe is the small literature journal of Underwood Press LLC.

“Think Small.”

It was the advertising slogan for the Volkswagon Beetle developed by the  Doyle Dane Bernbach agency in 1959.  Since then, it has been called the single best advertising campaign of the 20th Century. We think it fits us perfectly.

We think small as in Small Literature – small but powerful.

Get rid of any fluff. Distill it down to its essence and then distill it again.

Get to the point.  Get to the point, now.

Featuring a well packed and constantly updated supply of powerful short fiction and poetry, Rue Scribe also features For the Record; a new short piece of fiction by J H Martin, which you can read here.

Rue Scribe: Hooded Eagle

Hooded Eagle

Rue Scribe is the small literature journal of Underwood Press LLC.

“Think Small.”

It was the advertising slogan for the Volkswagon Beetle developed by the  Doyle Dane Bernbach agency in 1959.  Since then, it has been called the single best advertising campaign of the 20th Century. We think it fits us perfectly.

We think small as in Small Literature – small but powerful.

Get rid of any fluff. Distill it down to its essence and then distill it again.

Get to the point.  Get to the point, now.

Featuring a well packed and constantly updated supply of powerful short fiction and poetry, Rue Scribe also features Hooded Eagle; a new poem by J H Martin, which you can read here.

Genre: Urban Arts: Monday – Monday

Monday Monday - Copyright J H Martin

Monday – Monday

Genre: Urban Arts are a group of creatives who utilize both print and digital platforms to share creativity in all of its forms.

Our vision differs from other arts communities because we do not dis-aggregate art. We compartmentalize in enough of life. Our goal is to meditate on creativity. Discuss creativity. Display creativity. Collaborate creatively. Become eclipsed by creativity. Experiment with familiar and unchartered spaces of creativity.

Genre: Urban Arts Print Issue No. 4 is on sale now and features 84 pages of art, critical articles, photography, poetry and prose from contemporary artists all over the globe, including Monday – Monday; a new poem by J H Martin.

To help and support Genre: Urban Arts to continue to give a global platform to urban themed art in all of its forms, you can order your copy of Issue No. 4 here.

Curating Alexandria: 阳光

阳光 (Sunlight) - J H MARTIN 2018

阳光

Curating Alexandria is a new web and eBook publication dedicated to supporting new fiction and other new works of art centered around or inspired by classical mythology, folklore and legend.

To anyone paying attention, the world of publishing has radically changed in the last decade. To say that the market is crowded is an understatement. Social media allows anyone and everyone to present their lives as celebrity, to chatter in endless self promotion. Self publishing has lowered the bar for what creations enter the market. For many readers and authors, this has been a frustrating turn of events. Curating Alexandria exists, not to add to the noise, but to offer interested readers a well curated, well edited collection of emerging talent.

Their first anthology is now on sale and features new works on classic themes from artists all over the globe, including 阳光 – a new short piece of prose by J H Martin.

To help them continue to support new writing talent and to share the beauty of new works of art centered around or inspired by the most timeless of themes, you can purchase your own paperback copy of the anthology here.

eFiction: 雲鬢花顏金步搖

Prettiest Girl in Town - Moriyama Remix

鬢花顏金步搖

eFiction Publishing is a periodical production company that delivers the best in short fiction in monthly fiction magazines. eFiction publishes genre-specific magazines with each magazine available in all formats on the date of publication.

The company allows readers to read story submissions and vote on them. The highest voted stories are selected, edited, and then put into the issue.

eFiction Vol. 6 No. 01 is out now featuring, ‘Etiquette’ by William Masters, ‘Gunnin’ for More’ by Barnabei Parker, ‘Reflection’ by April Jones, ‘The Stonewall Deception’ by Daniel R. George, and, ‘雲鬢花顏金步搖 (The Prettiest Girl in Town)’ by J H Martin – a short story set in China.

The issue is available in all formats and costs just $3.99.

You can purchase your copy here.