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Sep 02
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Poetry Space

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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 of three anonymous editors, we opened Poetry Space for readers’ submissions, and published our first piece in October of that same year. The editors include both men and women, cross generations, and reside on two continents. They have been gentle, clear, and caring. Together, we have published, I believe, thirteen pieces over five years representing more than thirty authors, some new to publishing, most having published before, and some having been published extensively. In each case, we have been touched by the courage of our writers in exposing their hearts in this way, and have always tried to be respectful in communicating with all who submit. Our readers have shared their comments, most supportive, some less so. It’s all good.

Now, it seems, at least for a time, that the “Space” is closing. Perhaps, if the Times survives the current upheavals, we might return. Or perhaps it’s time for something different to emerge. In any case, I’d like to offer in closing two poems of my own – not because they are especially good, but because they emerged directly from our collective struggles during the recent Scorpion Seal Garchen at Shambhala Mountain Center.

May they be of benefit.

With humility, gratitude and love,

Jeff Fink
Coordinator, Poetry Space Continue…

Author Archive


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
Poetry Space- Shambhala Day Poetry Contest Special Edition
Poetry Space- Shambhala Day Poetry Contest Special Edition – HIGHLIGHT
1 response - Posted 03.17.16
The theme of this year’s Shambhala Day poetry contest was The Shambhala Lineage manifesting in the world today, and we received many entries from around the world, each a unique expression of the theme. But one entry touched us all deeply, so deeply that despite the ...continue


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