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A Night Room

photo by Tune Faulkner

photo by Tune Faulkner

COLUMN: Poetry Space

Autumn Edition

We’re delighted to share more new work from across the sangha. Below are four pieces from two poets who are both new to Poetry Space.

Also, don’t forget our Winter Haiku contest – all entries due by December 21. Email your entries to [email protected]; please refer to “Haiku Contest” in the subject line.

Thanks for reading and submitting, and Enjoy!!

“untitled #1”


Beneath the bridge,
with the heat
and pressure
of history

between us, I kiss your eyelid

“untitled #2″

There are only the bones of the want left
“Fetch me the bones” says the want

~~ by Abner Burnett
Abner is a member of the Austin Texas Shambhala Center, a lifelong Texan (and a Pisces). He’s also a graduate of the Summer programs at the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics in 1975 and 1976.


The unfathomable part of death is love.
So we invented the soul to be its ship.

Because what is the soul
if not the collection of our loves.

Distilled to a form like the hull
blooming into dark water.

And as full of meaning as
the soft face of the horses.

A Night Room

We are in a night room.
There is a book and the
passages you loved are
marked in paper colors.

One wall is glass and
beyond it water in the
way of the ocean who
reaches the horizon.

A field of reflection with
music that fills the air with
the same infinite quality,
somehow, of full silence.

It is relief to the soul when
the opposites meet like this
and everyone sees it without
pointing toward contradiction.

When angels look out from
their tossed bedsheets and
beyond the window are the
halos of the morning sun.

~~ by Rachel Blum
Rachel is a poet and reiki practitioner and lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Note on process

We are receiving new submissions continually, and we collect these until we have a sufficient number to review for possible publication. While it’s still early days, it feels like we will be publishing new work quarterly, although if we do receive a large number of submissions, we may choose to publish more frequently.

We have a panel of three editors who review all submissions; the submissions are stripped of all identifiers when they’re sent to the editors. To that end, please submit your poems left margin justified in a simple black font so it’s easier to collect them for review.

Please submit no more than three (3) poems in the body of an email to: [email protected].

We will remove the poet’s name from the submission before it goes to our editors for a blind review, and will make every effort to let you know whether your poem(s) have been selected for publication within three or four weeks. All rights revert to the author 30 days after publication.

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