Mingled Voices 6
Edited by Gillian and Verner Bickley
What Amazon Says
MINGLED VOICES 6 contains the work of sixty-seven poets. The one hundred and thirty-three or so poems were selected from those entered for the International Proverse Poetry Prize in 2021, the sixth such annual international competition administered from Hong Kong.
The International Proverse Poetry Prize was jointly founded in 2016 by Dr Gillian Bickley and Dr Verner Bickley, MBE, in association with the annual international Proverse Prize for unpublished book-length fiction, non-fiction or poetry, submitted in English, which they also founded, in 2008.
Poems could be submitted on any subject or topic, chosen by each poet, or on the subject chosen for 2021 by the Administrators, “Shielding” (interpreted in any way each writer chose). There was a free choice of interpretation, form and style.
Included in the anthology are the poems that won the first, second, and third prizes. Selection to appear in the anthology was also awarded as a prize by the judges. This year, special mention is additionally made of five of these poets.
Poems were submitted from around the world by writers with a variety of previous writing experience.
Brief biographies of all of those whose work is represented in Mingled Voices 6 are included in the anthology as well as authors’ background notes on their work.
I found the commentary by editors and some of the poets at the beginning of the anthology unnecessary. In my opinion, poems should be allowed to speak for themselves. The back stories poets provided for each of their works at the end was sufficient and added a nice touch.
This collection provides poems on a wide range of topics such as nature, current events, and mental illness. I could relate to “A Trip to the Supermarket” by Shikha Bansal. “Le Chat” by Neil Douglas gave me a chuckle. Then, of course, there’s “The Girl with the Flaxen Hair” by yours truly, which I posted here a few days ago.
I found some of the poems way too dark for my liking. But I was delighted to discover work by Carrie Hooper and Lynda McKinney Lambert, authors I’ve known for years, whom I met through Behind Our Eyes, a writers’ organization to which I belong. Whether you like poems that are light, dark, about animals, about humans, this anthology has something for you, and I’m thrilled to have been a part of it.
Copyright 2021 by Abbie Johnson Taylor.
Independently published with the help of DLD Books.
Sixteen-year-old Natalie’s grandmother, suffering from dementia and confined to a wheelchair, lives in a nursing home and rarely recognizes Natalie. But one Halloween night, she tells her a shocking secret that only she and Natalie’s mother know. Natalie is the product of a one-night stand between her mother, who is a college English teacher, and another professor.
After some research, Natalie learns that people with dementia often have vivid memories of past events. Still not wanting to believe what her grandmother has told her, she finds her biological father online. The resemblance between them is undeniable. Not knowing what else to do, she shows his photo and website to her parents.
Natalie realizes she has some growing up to do. Scared and confused, she reaches out to her biological father, and they start corresponding.
Her younger sister, Sarah, senses their parents’ marital difficulties. At Thanksgiving, when she has an opportunity to see Santa Claus, she asks him to bring them together again. Can the jolly old elf grant her request?