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Author: Jeffrey_Fink

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Email: [email protected]

Mar 03

Reopening Poetry Space

Filed underArts and Poetry

Noble Sangha—

After much heart searching, we have decided to reopen the Poetry Space column on the Shambhala Times. This is not a decision we take lightly. We are all broken hearted. We are all feeling lost as to how to “simply be” at this point. We’ve trained for years to hold our seats when groundlessness arises, and here we are.

I don’t know what a vajrayana lineage is when the guru is troubled. But I do sense the emergence of a new, authentic heart of Shambhala that resonates from the mandala of the sangha itself. Leaving is always the easiest answer, but from the Interim Board, to the Process Committee, to the local leadership groups and others, I see my dharma brothers and sisters holding their ground, not giving up. And I feel that within that holding, we preserve the possibility that Shambhala might finally “grow up.” Perhaps the “Monarch” wasn’t ever intended to be a single man (or woman), but instead each of us manifesting as the Rigden king and queen that is our own true nature. Then the Shambhala mandala can truly be without center or fringe. Then the Great Eastern Sun can arise.

So let’s go forward. In the past, our focus was on selectivity; for the time being, it will be on inclusivity. We invite poems of all stripes. Our “editing” will be to temper only those things that we judge to be malicious (or, of necessity, overly long…) We will look to publish as often as we have sufficient material and when there is room for an article in the Times.

Our aspiration is that Poetry Space might become a place to express heartbreak, anger, betrayal, joy and inspiration in a good way. This isn’t a chat board, so we won’t be hosting comments and responses- there are already many venues for that. Rather, show us your heart, and we will do our best to share that in an elevated space. Soon, we will have a companion Instagram account ready to go – we love how words and images inform one another. Stay tuned for that.

So join us. Bring what you feel. Process that feeling with the alchemy of poetry and image. We all need to hear from you.

With tears,

Jeff Fink
Coordinator of Poetry Space

To submit- email your work to: [email protected] Include your poems in the body of the email, and please include your name and where you live; if you prefer to submit anonymously, that’s perfectly fine…


Since 2013, Poetry Space has provided readers of the Shambhala Times a venue to submit their poems for publication in the Times. We have a small team of anonymous editors who review all submissions on a blinded basis from which we select those we would like to publish. We publish as the level of submissions warrant and are always looking for new, previously unpublished work.

Author Archive

Poetry Space
Poetry Space – HIGHLIGHT
6 responses - Posted 09.02.18
Reflections from the Coordinator by Jeff Fink In 2013, I was approached by the then-editor of the Times, Sarah Lipton, about possibly organizing a poetry column for the Shambhala Times. This grew out of an Enlightened Society Assembly conversation, so how could I say no? With the help ...continue
Poetry Space, Summer 2018
Poetry Space, Summer 2018 – HIGHLIGHT
1 response - Posted 08.21.18
Poetry Space – Summer 2018 Sometimes, it seems as if the world is literally and figuratively on fire, and this is certainly what it feels like in the kingdom of Shambhala right now. Also, we’re very late in responding to our most recent set of new submissions, ...continue
Shambhala Day Poetry Entries
Shambhala Day Poetry Entries – HIGHLIGHT
no responses - Posted 02.23.18
Full submissions for the 2018 Shambhala Day Poetry Contest In these complicated days, we’ve decided to publish all of the poems submitted to this year’s Shambhala Day Poetry Contest. Click here to see the winning poem and the three runners-up Winning Entry and Runners Up Below are the other ...continue
Loyalty and Joy
Loyalty and Joy – HIGHLIGHT
1 response - Posted 02.17.18
  2018 Shambhala Day Poetry Contest, Winner and Runners Up We were honored to coordinate the annual Shambhala Day Poetry contest again in this, the year of the Earth Dog. As in years past, we enjoyed entries from the United States, Canada, and several European countries. The “prompt” for ...continue
Shambhala Day Poetry Contest Call for Entries 2018
Shambhala Day Poetry Contest Call for Entries 2018 – HIGHLIGHT
2 responses - Posted 01.18.18
We are delighted to announce the Annual Shambhala Day Poetry Contest for 2018. The theme of this year’s poetry contest is “Loyalty and Joy.” As in past years, the editors of Poetry Space will select one winning poem to be read aloud as part of the Sakyong’s ...continue
Poetry Space, Late Fall 2017
Poetry Space, Late Fall 2017 – HIGHLIGHT
3 responses - Posted 12.01.17
Winter is upon us across the North country. What better time to settle into some new work. With gratitude for all who support our modest efforts here at Poetry Space… continue
Poetry Space- Short Pieces of Late Summer
Poetry Space- Short Pieces of Late Summer – HIGHLIGHT
no responses - Posted 08.19.17
It’s Summer, when our submissions slow and our massive volunteer staff, Shambhalians all, head off on retreat. For those who might have wondered if we’d ever publish again (or for that matter, respond to a submission…) our apologies! In any case, we’re delighted to offer three ...continue
Poetry Space – Shambhala Day Poetry Contest Runners Up
Poetry Space – Shambhala Day Poetry Contest Runners Up – HIGHLIGHT
no responses - Posted 04.11.17
April is National Poetry Month here in the U.S., and given the confusing state of public discourse recently, I’m reminded of the words of poet William Carlos Williams who wrote, in part… “It is difficult to get the news from poems yet men die miserably every day for lack of what ...continue
2017 Shambhala Day Poetry Contest
2017 Shambhala Day Poetry Contest – HIGHLIGHT
1 response - Posted 03.01.17
We’re delighted to share the winning poem from this year’s Shambhala Day Poetry Contest! We had entries from across the united States and Canada as well as Germany, Spain and the Netherlands. The prompt for this year’s contest was “Fresh Start” — and here’s the winning entry.   Who can ...continue
Poetry Space for Winter 2017
Poetry Space for Winter 2017 – HIGHLIGHT
no responses - Posted 01.18.17
It’s full on winter everywhere in the Northern Hemisphere now, cold and snow and snow and snow. We had a number of interesting new submissions, and we’re very pleased to publish the following two poems, both from poets who are new to Poetry Space. Huge Reminder- we’re ...continue
Shambhala Day Poetry Contest 2017
Shambhala Day Poetry Contest 2017 – HIGHLIGHT
4 responses - Posted 01.14.17
We’re very excited to announce this year’s Shambhala Day Poetry Contest! The winning poem will be read aloud during the Sakyong’s annual Shambhala Day Broadcast.* The prompt for this year’s contest is “FRESH START” To enter, please submit an original, previously unpublished poem OF NO MORE THAN FOUR ...continue
Poetry Space, Fall 2016 – a New Prompt, “Into Winter…”
Poetry Space, Fall 2016 – a New Prompt, “Into Winter…” – HIGHLIGHT
1 response - Posted 09.03.16
As we head into late fall and soon the early days of winter, we’re delighted to feature two poems from a poet new to Poetry Space, Sydney Solis from Boulder. As the days shorten, we are increasingly eager to review new work. This time, we’re offering a ...continue
Poetry Space - Summer 2016
Poetry Space – Summer 2016 – HIGHLIGHT
no responses - Posted 06.07.16
It’s spring moving into summer, retreat time in the Shambhala kingdom. This month, we’re delighted to welcome two poets new to Poetry Space. By the way, we’re always reviewing new submissions, so please send us yours! (Previously unpublished work only, please…) continue
Poetry Space -- Spring 2016
Poetry Space — Spring 2016 – HIGHLIGHT
no responses - Posted 04.14.16
After a couple of special projects, we’re delighted to return to publishing work that’s been submitted by the readers of Poetry Space. This also means that we’re back in the business of soliciting new work. If you submitted to Poetry Space over the winter, your submissions ...continue

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