Saturday, January 19, 2008

A Tender Touch And A Shade Of Blue

A tender touch and a shade of blue is an old title I gave to a series of poems most of which originated while in exile in Edmonton, Alberta Canada during the Vietnam era.

Now days, most of thoughts, life, and creativity come from looking out my second floor balcony window. That window is huge and shows me my poetic world each day. A bird feeding basket hangs in the middle of the window; doves, sparrows, and the occasional male cardinal plus a few squirrels come to feed and display their feather and furry attire to me. Sometimes I feel like Emily Dickinson who often would stare out her 2nd floor, bedroom, window out over the streets and write her poems from that milieu. Poems don't have to have a large world to be created in.

A Tender Touch and a Shade Of Blue poetry and general art site is designed for beginners and professional writers. If it were not for small venues and small presses, poets would be alone in cornfields screaming out to the wild winds. So it is here with the sparrows, doves, and Nikki my cat where I spend my time and create my poems and post the creative works of others.

Send all submissions to:

I'm looking for: short poetry including haiku and Tanka, flash fiction, short non-fiction with a social or political message (i.e. inadequate health coverage for 54 million Americans), good short stories. Include a brief 3rd party bio of yourself, 50 words or less, especially any previous publication credits and contact info. We only accept e-mail or electronic submissions. Don't send attachments less they are asked for. No snail mail-it will be ignored unless they are comments and queries. Send no more than 4 poems at one time. The word "Submission" must be in the subject line. Editor retains the right to make a few comments about each selected poem, if you are selected, you chances of it being positive are good. As a general rule we require "one time rights" (meaning we plan to publish and use a poem "one time"). We also allow all rights to revert back to the writer upon publication on our site, which means the writer can have his work back and do with it as he wishes. If you need to remove a work for any reason, email us. Simultaneous submissions are ok, if you tell us, and give credit to the publisher (s); we are more interested in quality of work then if being original per sa.

I would like to invite graphics, nature pictures, sketches original art work to decorate the site with, send to same email address as above. Art: no larger than 5" x 5" or so, keep it small, black and white, or color, in jpeg/jpg or gif format, signed and dated, attached or embedded within the email. In the beginning we will select works and post them as quality provides them-and notify the authors when they are accepted. Visit my other website(s) rich with poems from talented authors at (all open for submission now):
All are now accepting new submissions.

Visit my personal website at:

Michael Lee Johnson, Author of: The Lost American: From Exile to Freedom

PO Box 486, Itasca, IL 60143


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