The Fall 2014 issue of From the Depths features visually artistic works of poetry and fiction blending both the real and the fantastic to create a stunning and unique look at the ordinary. Explore the space between dreaming and waking, truth and fabrication, reality and illusion. Enjoy!
Featured in this issue: Catherine Zickgraf, Sonya N Groves, Pamela D. Hirte, Toni Cogdell, Katie Budris, Liz Jacoby, A. B. Davis, Stefanie E. Raymond, Liz Dolan, Patricia George, Dan Jacoby, Steve Klepetar, Hillary Lyon, Tina Wayland, Connor McGaha, Jessica Van de Kemp, Denise Mostacci Sklar, Alissa Leonard, Erika Rybczyk, Ren Elliott Watson, Joe Young, Susheela Menon, David Hartley, Kathi Nidd, Miranda Lenar, JM Godwin, Zayra Yves, Jackie Keith, Matthew Smallwood, Merridawn Duckler, Ronna O'Toole, Krystyna Fedosejevs, Miranda Ray, Alison V King, W. T. Paterson, Sian R. F. Walton, M. Glyde, Colin W. Campbell, Mohsin Abbasi
Zayra is an Award Recipient in the 3rd Annual Literay Festival Writer's International Network Canada
Zayra had the great pleasure to serve as a panelist at the World Friendship and Poetry Celebration in the Philippines and deliver a new poem specifically written for this occasion titled: The Father of Visual Poetry and Art for Doc PenPen. She also received two awards, one to acknowledge her contribution as a panelist and the other was titled "Woman of Goodwill" to honor her contributions to the International creative community. Her favorite part of the event was assisting with giving awards to many of the young creative writers within the Filipino community and she looks forward to visiting the Philippines again one day.
Photo shoot and interview by Claudia Hernandez
Please save the date for Today's Revolutionary Women of Color fundraiser.
Galeria de la Raza
2857 24th St, San Francisco, CA
Saturday, October 26th 1 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Panel Discussion 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.
Writing Workshop 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Poetry Reading 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Silent Auction 1:00 – 9:30 p.m.
Entrance fee / Donation: $20
FEATURED POETS AND ARTISTS:
Alma Flor Ada • Avotcja • Ayanna Mashama • Betty Sanchez • Carolyn Brandy • Genny Lim • Claudia D. Hernández • Holly Ayala • Isabel Campoy • Leticia Hernández • Melanie Cervantes • Nancy Aidé González • Nancy Hom • Odilia Galván Rodríguez • Zayra Yves
Zayra's poem "In the House of Eternity" was lovingly translated into Bengali by her friend and fellow poet Salahuddin Ahammad. And, we are very grateful for this honor!
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In the House of Eternity
by Zayra Yves
Now you are in the house of eternity
having left us too soon.
The shape of you lingers as a fragrance
where the love you lived
becomes the love you've left behind.
We are standing in the temple
holding onto the intangible,
standing in the shadow of your absence,
waiting for the sound of wings.
Your gentle candle light reminds us
of our aloneness
while the inner voice of love
comes to show us
your exile is finally over.
Now you are in the house of eternity
listening to songs
only sung for the beautiful souls
who have arrived home.
It is with great excitement that we announce Zayra has been invited to celebrate as a delegate panelist to honor Pentasi affectionately known as "Doc PenPen" in a historical event in Manila this November. Her poem "Father of Art & Poetry in Focus" will be featured in the commemorative volume of Doc PenPen's book of International tributes.
PENTASI B HISTORICAL FORUM
& OUR INTERNATIONAL FRIENDSHIP POETRY CELEBRATION 2013
SPONSORED BY: THE NATIONAL LIBRARY OF THE PHILIPPINES
WHEN: NOVEMBER 15, 2013!
WHERE: MARBLE HALL, THE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF THE PHILIPPINES
Father of Art & Poetry In Focus
by Zayra Yves
begin with one point of light:
a center, a void, an egg of heat and blush
our eyes follow the photographic film
as the soul enters through a dance of magic
and speaks poems into existence
born from fluid paradox
spiral of psychedelic
words ignite from the fire of teeth
from the volcano of mouth:
a connection, a direction, a marriage
of colors, printed in periods from the heart
skin to skin
(the closer it is
the more it separates)
folds into trinity angles
the sounds of cello, violin and vase
of mother, child, lover
creates a tear drop from islands of jade
scattered into pale blue beaches
of inspiration under the shade trees
a star with bursting points of light
write angels, write holiness into tender air
where God appears
in the gardens as flowers bloom
on the crowns of dancing girls
thin as a horizontal curve
of earth, of hips, of smiles and pure eyes
and we hear the mouths full of sliced pineapples,
laughing in paradise
tumbling over-sized on pale backgrounds
that climax of words bewitched by love
kissed on lips and toes, women with eyes closed
the expression of divine joy
some with surprise
as the poetry reaches a zenith
where the Father of Poetry has no need
to explain it, it is everything:
the good, the true, the beautiful,
it is complete
(copyright by Zayra Yves)
The Unfinished Sonnet - collage by Zayra Yves
We are happy to announce that Zayra will be featuring several brand new collages in the Red Series as well as some from the Sonnet and Serenade Series. She will also be performing a poetry reading from the favorite "Empty as Nirvana" and sharing an award winning poem "Faded Hieroglyphs" from her CD "Crowned Compassion" at the International Pasta Party Series in Sausalito, California.
Stefano Resta, the host, wrote the following announcement to his guests:
"I am very pleased to let you know that the featured artist of the evening is my dear friend Zayra Yves. Zayra is an internationally admired writer, painter, recording artist, collage artist, and all around delightful person to know. At the event, she will be sharing some of her latest very beautiful collages and also likely reading a piece or two from her expansive and lyrical body of written works. "
It is a honor to be part of such an event.
Please join us on July 20th at 6:30 pm. Location: 575 Sausalito Blvd, Sausalito, CA.
Zayra's art is in the third Twitter Postcard Art Exhibition being held at the Exhale Unlimited Gallery in Los Angeles, California on January 12, 2013.
For more information visit this link: http://twitterartexhibit.org/Brief
Zayra is pleased to announce that she has participated in this project and her poetry is included. It's a wonderful poetry anthology of fifty poets from seven countries around the globe, it is soulful collection to benefit a good cause!
Pick up your copy here: Hummingbird Project at Whistle Press
Three of my poems are published in this world class collection of art and poetry from Internationally acclaimed artists who generously donated their creativity to the voice and cause of bringing awareness to the White Lions and Marine Mammals. The first book was beautiful and the second book is even more triumphant in it's glory. Get a copy today!
African Legend Series Book 2
World Poetry is proud to welcome a new member and honoured participant in the World Poetry Peace Festival, May 25-26 ! Her art and poems will be featured in two displays, one at University of British Columbia, May 4 to May 25th and at the Richmond Cultural Centre, Richmond, BC. May 25-26th. She will be an honoured guest and participant at the festival as well as receiving an award.
World Poetry Website http://worldpoetry.ca/?p=3708
We dropped Reverbnation as a band account and highly suggest that you use CD Baby directly to purchase Zayra's poetic audio collections. She is also iTunes, Rhapsody and many other digital download resources, including Spotify. CD Baby manages our MySpace page directly.
Here is the directly link to CD Baby:
Please contact us directly if you have any questions or want to order an autographed copy:
Zayra's award winning poem, Faded Hieroglyphs, is featured at Integral Life:
Integral Life is a plethora of spiritual ideas and philosophical thought. Check it out!
Andrew Cort, the founder and editor of "Spirituality and Religion" has graciously featured my poetry on his site twice. Both include a free gift, so be sure to check out his site as he gives away a number of media materials produced by the authors and teachers he features.
August 22nd Andrew presented Zayra's Mystical Poetry:
September 9th he presented "Color Me Pomegranate":
Enjoy the links and subscribe to the blog!
Zayra's art will be on display at the Artist's Alley
from March 26th to April 1st.
The details are on the poster, which was
masterfully created and designed by
Kevin Barnard (www.barnardgraphics.com).
The Artist's Alley Gallery
863 Mission Street, San Francisco
Between 4th and 5th Street, across from Bloomingdales
Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door.
Ultrafeel.tv is proud to publish another one of poetess Zayra Yves’ previously undisclosed erotic sensual poems "Abandon to Burning."
Faded Hieroglyphs by Zayra Yves
"This poem is a surreal and exceptionally powerful poem that explores tribal and ancestral belief systems, and highlights the respect and awe that lions once had. Congratulations Zayra, for this and the other poems you entered they were all wonderful to read." Michelle Stewart & Judges
There are eternal images somewhere I have been in my dreams.
I long to return to the sands where lions roam,
sit as sun statues, and roar in the night winds.
I have heard them singing of golden rings,
of fire in my belly, while ashes and petals
blew in the alleys with yesterday's news.
Red with ceremony was the light
and women's bodies did not harden
as they stood in the shadows
watching the winos commune with jackals
and the children play with paper sails.
Among the kohl eyes and black draped women
shopping in the bizarre,
I long to wander free as a winged creature
in the shape of a hieroglyph,
in the shape of mystery, in the curve of linen…
I long to see the women in the streets who speak to me from their eyes;
hear them as they say: Welcome home my sister, my brother.
I feel their presence now and know that we are one.
If this life is fragile and we are often too easily broken,
then let today be the day we celebrate love, so beautifully transparent
with its perfumes and melancholy vines.
Come me with where the lions roam free
and give over your weary heart to rest in mine.
I long to be once again in ancient sands, in pristine gardens,
in God's country listening to the wild things speak.
Let us be where the journey is loving,
where the tribesmen know secrets we have forgotten.
Come with me now where the white lions are walking.
I have heard them calling your name.
If you are not familiar with Linda Tucker's White Lions, please clink on this link:
In addition to the award winning poem, Faded Heiroglyphs, two more Zayra's poems have been generously included in the African Legend Series: Leopard Song and Tears of Lion.
All proceeds from this compilation will go directly to aid the conservation of these showcased beings.
Take a look at Aquillrelle's online journal! Zayra's essay "Skydiving into Euphoria" is published in Issue 3, along with her poem "Winged Hearts in Love." There are several talented and gifted poets in this magazine. Plus, as a bonus, Zayra's poem "Meditation" is published in Aquillrelle's Anthology 100 (available in print very soon)!
For more info, follow this link: http://www.aquillrelle.com/magazine.htm
Tonight Zayra heads back into part two of the interview and intimate dialogue with Suzanne Barnett for the studio series, which features interesting, wacky, and "hot" new artists (as Suzanne likes to say) in the pursuit of perpetuating dreams, fun and nonsense that inspires. Stay tuned for the show's release date. In the meantime, feel free to visit Suzanne's website to read all about her exciting line up of artists, cooks, dancers and musicians all creating something in the great madness of being passionately alive!
It takes about two or three months for the show to be release but when it does, we will post it here first, so stay in touch! It is something you will enjoy!
Zayra's newest book "Leaving You Unpainted "is the story of love shared through poetry in an unpretentious and unadorned style, yet it is profoundly provocative with its visual sensual feast of beauty, art and love in its myriad of expressions. It is both haunting with sorrow and lyrical with divinity. Once you begin, you will be addicted to the end. It is a must read for those obsessive passionate souls and art lovers who understand that mystery is as much a part of love, as the obvious.
It is a must have for true romantics...
Many dear souls have offered prayers and support since May 6th when Zayra's car was totalled by an oncoming vehicle. The other driver ran a red light and t-boned the driver's side of Zayra's car at full speed. She wishes to thank everyone for their love and offerings. It will take some time to fully recover from the accident but she is grateful to be alive and deeply thankful for all the love that continues to be sent in her direction.
Every day is a miracle. Forgiveness, Compassion and Love are the only real choices worth making. Every breath is a gift. It takes great courage to live the life you are born to live, don't let anything or anyone stop you from reaching for your star.
Zayra's poem Faded Hieroglyphs received the honor of first place in the African Legends competition hosted by Michele Stewart, in honor of the White Lion Global Protection Trust and the Leopard Conservation Project. African Legends is destined to be a beautiful coffee table book with magnificent artwork, additional creative writing and inspired poety. It is such a heart warming joy and honor to be included in this collection of work.
Zayra would like to thank Linda Tucker of the White Lion Global Protection Trust, Fred Berrange of the Leopard Conservation Project, Michele Stewart, and the other judges, for their heart centered approach to life, to creating a sacred place for such magnificent beings, and for including Zayra's poetry in their visionary work.
When the book becomes available, we will send out an announcement. In the meantime, feel free to support the White Lion Global Protection Trust (www.whitelions.org) and the Leopard Conservation Project (www.leopardcon.co.za).
Zayra met Kurt through Mills College, as her daughter Natori is a student who is actively involved with sports, both swimming and crew. Kurt is multi-faceted and talented. He is a teacher, coach, mentor and stellar photographer.
To see more of Kurt's photographic talents, including Zayra's daughter Natori, visit his website here:
Zayra is grateful that he shot studio photos for her new book release, especially considering that she doesn't spend as much time in the water as she writes poetry about water!
To see the Oakland studio photos of Zayra by Kurt, go to the "Gallery" and scroll down.
The interview with Suzanne Barnett is now available on YouTube! It was great fun! Check it out!
Zayra's new book "The Secrets of Unknown Flowers" due for press in 2010.
Plus there is a new audio collection in the works "Love Takes the Long Way Home"...
more to come...
Zayra was interviewed tonight by Suzanne Barnett for the studio series, which features interesting, wacky, and "hot" new artists (as Suzanne likes to say) in the pursuit of perpetuating dreams, fun and nonsense that inspires. Stay tuned for the show's release date. In the meantime, feel free to visit Suzanne's website to read all about her exciting line up of artists, cooks, dancers and musicians all creating something in the great madness of being passionately alive!
It is something you will enjoy!
In addition to Zayra's MySpace deletion, as she moves forward into a more focused approach toward sharing her work, she deleted LinkedIn with 250 connections and 17 recommendations, and All Poetry with 272 friends, over 12,000 comments, more than 120 contests, several trophies and enough poems to fill three books. It was with careful thought and consideration that she deleted the accounts. It was after five years of multi-platformed internet "networking" that she decided to streamline her art into a few well choosen locations that will allow for deeper focus and personal control with less distractions.
She looks forward to sharing her materials via her website, blog, Twitter and Friendfeed, as well as growing into new avenues of expression. May you all be blessed with great joy and awakening in 2010!
Zayra is grateful to MySpace for the fan base that started in 2006 but it is time to say good-bye after 111,365 plays and 59,266 views. What an illuminating experience!
The top two tracks launched and shared through MySpace were "I am SHE" and "Drowned Cathedral."
"I am SHE" on its first run was featured in conjunction with Twin13 in the UK and had over 23,000 plays, then its on second run over 11,000 plays, for a grand total of 34,000 plays! It was definitely the top favorite from the Crowned Compassion collection!
"Drowned Cathedral" is not to be ignored with a near 10,000 play mark in six months from the Sleep in the Sea Tonight with Me poetry collection.
Considering that we are talking about poetry here, then these are really generous numbers for which Zayra is humbly grateful to everyone for listening to and sharing with their friends. She will remember MySpace as the first connection with others globally who were interested in her poetry and graciously befriended her work, as well as spread it to others. In some ways it is sad to see MySpace fade out but in other ways it is a great reminder that all things have a natural cycle, even unnatural things in cyberspace!
If you are interested in finding Zayra's poetry, it can be found on iTunes, Napster, Rhapsody, ReverbNation and many other digital on line locations. You may also order the CD's throuh CD Baby or by contacting Zayra directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Zayra is sharing her creative journey and process with the circle on Sunday at 11:00 AM at New Sun Celebrations. If you are in the area, feel free to join us....
Experience Transformation thru Your Own Creative Voice!
Free up your creative spirit and live from total abundance...tap into your creativity as a means of growing and sharing your joy!
This is your opportunity to become happier, healthier and more prosperous through powerful exercises, poetry, art, music and energy healing!
If arriving by car, allow time for parking to be in the Center by 10:45am. Other transportation and location info available at: www.OurCelebration.org.
On Tuesday, October 6th between 3:00 and 6:00 PM, Zayra will be a guest speaker in the course "Spiritual Intelligence" taught by Daniel Deslauriers at the California Institute of Integral Studies.
Zayra will be sharing her poetry and discussing her journey within the domain of Spiritual Intelligence. She would like to thank Dr. Deslauriers for his generosity in asking her to be part of the experience.
Two poems by Zayra Yves, "a love story inside the structure of colour" and "inside the field of my soul," are published in the most recent release by KREATIV in South African anthology titled: Flax to Gold.
Please refer to the following link and scroll down to section six. http://allpoetry.com/poem/5626589
This anthology is available and can be ordered from Myra Lochner at e-mail address: email@example.com. You may order it from the
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Zayra is grateful for this honor.
"Transfiguration: Art, Poetry and Mini-Collages"
Art is an expression of the heart, dreams and soul. This is an opportunity to experience the transfiguration of your inner most psyche through art, poetry and mini-collage. You will use art and poetry to draw out the song and image of your dreamscape as it manifests in a new figure with a new map to navigate. Creative journeys and supplies are provided.
Divine Science Community Center
1540 Hicks Ave., Campbell, CA
July 23, 2009 @ 8:30 AM
Come join us for the journey! Hope to see you there!