Greetings, all, and welcome to my seventeenthFABULOUS FRIDAY FEATURE
This week, I'm brightening up a grey winter with GARDENS. Unfortunately, I have to announce that there will not be a theme to next week's feature. I have made an executive decision based on my work load at grad school, and until further notice, I will simply be posting exceptional pieces I find over the course of the week. If you've got someone you think should be featured in next Friday's Feature, I AM EVEN MORE DESPERATE FOR YOUR SUGGESTIONS, and I'd love it if you would send me a note with a link to the deviation in question and I'll take a peek I'd also love to hear about other features, particularly themed ones. I'll list those in the bottom section to help spread the word! The same goes for contests or news articles!
Please favorite this journal and pass it on! And if you liked this feature, be sure to check out the one from last week: [link]
I am ALWAYS seeking donations and nominations for my pay-it-forward project! So far I've been able to donate four premium memberships, and I'm only a few hundred points away from being able to give away another one! I want to be able to donate premium memberships to deserving members, so please check out my journal for info on sending nominations:
Pay-It-Forward ProjectDeviants so far who have received premium memberships as part of this project:
Thank you sososososo much to $namenotrequired for helping me to promote this project!
Greetings! I am posting this to let you all know I have decided I want to try to pay the premium membership love forward, and so I am looking for donations to go toward buying premium memberships for other people You can find the donation box on my front page. PLEASE DONATE! I'll need lots of help - all contributions are appreciated, no matter how small
That's part one, here's part two:
I'm seeking nominations for extra-special deviants, especially those who are really involved in the community, who don't already have a premium membership. If you'd like to nominate someone (I will accept self-nominations, though I look extra-carefully at those), send me a note with the following information:
ALSO, my dear friend ~angeljunkie is raising funds to renew #lacoterie's supergroup submission and would be grateful for any donations! Please consider just donating a point or two to help! Please check out the donation box on his front page.
And now, without any further ado: THE FEATURES!
in the garden of eden In the days after, I learn the number of corners between her street and mine (four), the number of steps between the street corner and her fence (fifty-one), the number of bricks between the fence and her door (nineteen). I walk across those bricks four hundred times, maybe, and still it isn't until three years latermy last herethat I can bring myself to knock. So much for bravery.
But in the end, I don't have to knock. The door opens for me as I stand staring at it, like I've done every other time, only now her mother is on the other side smiling at me like she knows so
Twickenham GardenThe garden is dead.
The sun is spent
and the earth is sunk,
sullen. And everywhere
the scent of soil,
in the shape of a serpent.
And here I stand:
a senseless piece
of this place; a faceless
in the present tense,
in the I am, I make,
I make-do with the dead.
With the lost marble
limbs and the mandrake.
I suck venom from the snake
and sap the crocodile's tears,
for I do bring the spider love,
fear; those old self-traitors.
O the webs we weave
the stones we've sown
into the horizon,
like so much rope
round my neck.
Dream, she says,
of the a
In the middle of your garden..Through all the crunching ribs
and torn muscle fibers
it was worth it. The
weight of her sternum
drilled down to her
heart tissue, pricking
electrifying jolts of pain,
of progress. Her lungs
were heavy with asthma,
but the burning, the burning
was oh so worth it. Watching
those pounds shed like
dead skin cells when she
stepped on that glass scale
that clarified everything true. Her frame
would become magnificent. She envisioned
the protruding collarbones and tree branch
arms. Finally she would become
ghosts in the gardenand she slung
her slender bones
swallowed by fabric
chintz roses echoed
on the rattling
in her shiver-quake,
her molasses tongue
around the unraveling
storm clouds gathering
—good for the flowers—
and the canny mouse
curled cozy in some
dusky cabinet corner
—bad for the biscuits—
down her furrowed
when i was small,
she said into the silence
on a paper-whisper,
on an errant past,
my sister died.
and they laid her
on the kitchen table
in her Sunday best, and
her small fingers curled
and i fancie
flowerbedbloom my back into a garden,
crack me open with your lover's jargon.
dig the dirt out of my lungs,
feel my insides with the tip of your tongue.
hack my spine into 3s,
see the ugly in me.
break me down with words of truth,
i don't know what i would do without you.
give lilies with full handsBeautiful and apt:
for the story at noon –
the child on your lap,
the firebird in monsoon.
For the story at noon,
on the apple tree
feathers aglow were strewn
for the king to see.
The child on your lap
adores your story, and
follows the same map
through the same well-known land.
The firebird in monsoon
was adored, each time.
Every voiced call and croon
is missed; was sublime.
dandelion winethe dandelion has made its appeal
to wine and whimsy,
but it's plucked regardless of nostalgia.
[i am that lion's ragged blooms, and you are the strong winds that blow my meek seeds away, and he he is the brawny child pulling me like another weed passe. and there have been other gardeners with hands mortared in black veins by fertile soil, savaging between tame dalmatian tulips and mums the color of fat tabbies embellished by aureate mornings; there have always been these potted plants prettily set as if all of creation planned them so.]
and its roots remain tucked
In the good earth,
flirting with raindrops and shelved rever
Dandelion Winethe dandelion has made its appeal
to wine and whimsy,
but it's plucked-- regardless of nostalgia.
[i am that lion's ragged blooms, and you are the strong winds that blow my meek seeds away, and he-- he is the brawny child pulling me like another weed passe. and there have been other gardeners with hands mortared in black veins by fertile soil, savaging between tame dalmatian tulips and mums the color of fat tabbies embellished by aureate mornings; there have always been these potted plants prettily set as if all of creation planned them so.]
and its roots remain tucked
In the good earth,
flirting with raindrops and shelved reverie.
[i am t
Tire Notwhat flowered bed without weed
is worth our careful tending?
no grass growing in between
the stones of my rock garden
be not a plot worth having
with no good work to finish.
Community News, Features, and Fun(ny) Things
Winter Feature of GrimGloomTale Here we are, one year after our first seasonal feature. I've seen many fabulous works submitted to the group this winter and they all deserve to be seen. Unfortunately, I can't show them all in this one little showcase. Here you will see only works having below 100 favourites.
Go and take a look at all of them, they really deserve more attention than they got!
Creeping Wednesday #15
Welcome to the 15th Creeping Wednesday! This time we'll talk about hair in all its beauty. Thank you to *Sieskja, *SandraHultsved and ~JadasArtVision for suggesting some really good pieces for this article. The next theme is going to be Dracula! Please remember, dear suggesters, that I'm looking for traditionally done underappreciated artworks.
From now, every next Creeping Wednesday will be posted every 3 weeks - the main reason is that I'm preparing a new serie of articles and I don't want to spam you too much (: This means that you may expect the next CW on the 20th of February.
3 questions to ~PookaGoneRabid!
What is that attracts you to traditional art?
Love dA Lit: Issue 113Welcome to the one-hundred thirteenth issue of Love dA Lit! Every Sunday this article will aim to promote volunteer opportunities, various resources, prompts, challenges, and workshops, as well as highlighting various contests, and spotlighting a specific group every week. This is by no means a complete list of all the literature going-ons, merely a tool to help you get involved and stay informed.
This week’s group spotlight is #Glory-Be-Project!
#LITplease's Community Portal
A Smattering of Lit News
Literature Links | Group Spotlight | Workshops, Prompts and Challen
Community Portal: January 27thNews
Love dA Lit: Issue 113
If you'd like to have something added/mentioned in this journal or the article please comment or send me a note!
About Love dA Lit
Love dA Lit aims to promote volunteer opportunities, various resources, prompts, challenges, and workshops, as well as highlighting various contests, and spotlighting a specific group every week. This is by no means a complete list of all the literature going-ons, merely a tool to help you get involved and stay informed.
Love dA Lit is published every Sunday, by `IrrevocableFate via news article, and the Community portal will be updated in accompaniment with it!
Identifying a Possible DD
Colour Feature: NO COLOUR
Sunday Features - January 27, 2013Hey guys! So much good stuff found on dA this past week!!
I drove to Austin Saturday for a lit thing for my dear friend AK, so, naturally, I'm a day late putting up this week's features.
I feature art that inspires me, moves me, makes me feel something. Your art helps fuel my art.
Remember: if you have anything you think I might like to feature, please note it to me!!
And the fave of the week: by :iconvespera:
& ('cause picking just one is for boring girls)
Writing Opportunities (Publishing)Last updated 9th May 2013
We would love to hear feedback from people if they are using this! Have you entered something listed here? Have you won something? Are you actively using this? We want to ensure we are giving the community something worthwhile here- and please don't forget to add opportunities you find to the list too- the more people adding things, the better!
As writers, we always talk about “getting that piece published sometime” or “maybe submitting to a few places”, but how many of us actually eat our words and get on with it?
It was suggested that perhaps we could help nudge you guys by sharing with you the opportunities we know of. Personally, I'm not well explored, but what I do know is that the community is! Therefore this journal is a chance to share the opportunities you find.
How this is going to work?
If you find an opportunity, add a com
To Be Seen .21A weekly article featuring five photographers from all areas in the deviantART community. Spare a bit of time to take a gander at the photographs and their respective galleries showcased below!
If you have any suggestions for (improving) the Photography Gallery, anything photography related in #communityrelations that you would like/we could provide
Fashion This WeekA selection of fashion photography submitted over the past week which deserve some extra attention!
Friday Feature: Issue 010A Collection of -
:iconjussta: :iconmiguel-santos: :iconwrouquephotography:
:iconpartiallyhere: :iconvaldna: :iconnonintentional:
:iconmusetta30: :iconwatersmoke: :iconjuliabohemian:
Art History Photography RoundupBefore we hand over the reigns to Film + Animation, firstly a huge thank you goes to all who contributed this month to make Photography Art History pretty awesome! We've talked about famous photographers, famous photos, people here on deviantART who are making history by getting published in the present day - we've brought you colour features, interviews, historical facts and much more! Here's a roundup of all the articles submitted during the past month...
100 Poem Project Update!
Current progress: 68/100
Also note that the terribly sweet ~SayaStarshine took a look at my list and decided she wanted to do it, too! She is using the same topics as me, and you can find the link to her stuff here.