INTRODUCING THE POETS OF VOLUTIONS, the 2014 Savant Poetry Anthology

June 22, 2014
Creating VOLUTIONS, the 2014 Savant Poetry Anthology, was like assembling a self-assembling puzzle. The moment I finished final selection (over a 1,000 excellent poems were submitted) the pieces seemed to arrange themselves. For example, Leilani Madison's "Lullaby For My Mother at 103" singularly placed itself after Lonner Holden's "Upon Dying." Two, intricately crafted poems; each magically illuminating the other.

The voices of the poets, hailing from Northern and Southern California, Washington State, Hawaii, Wyoming, Ireland, and Japan, are strong and diverse, yet wholly interconnected:

Lady Mariposa, a Chola Chicana writes boldly of girlhood and family amid political turmoil.

In contrast, Helen R. Davis, in "Dans la Mémoire de Madame," recounts the memories of a Midwestern high schooler grieving a beloved teacher. 

Lucretia Leong, in "Still That Girl," captures the revelation that somewhere inside us are forever the children we once were, while Suzanne Langford's "Jacaranda Cake" portrays a young identity surviving, even blossoming, despite inattention.

From Los Angeles emerged Duandino's "Blood Type," originally performed with African drummers.

K. Lauren de Bauer's homage to Seamus Heaney in "Seal of Memory" transports one to Marin County.

There are lusting bodies in Hans Brinckmann's "Love in the Indian Ocean," quite differently anguished lovers in Elsha Bohnert's "Revelation" and still another couple with a seemingly more dangerous edge in Kaethe Kauffman's "Fish Snap."

The keen social commentary in Dan Janik's "The World from an Elephant's Back" is juxtaposed with an equally biting view of the world stage through the Irish lens of C.P. Little in "The Peanut Gallery."

Finally, coming back around to socio-political commentary, the deceptively delicate "Alga Fronteriza" by Noemi Villagrana Barragan bravely aligns with the select poems of Lonner Holden and Lady Mariposa.

There's plenty more about each poet in VOLUTIONS awaiting your discovery.

I also hope you will enjoy the cover collage as much as I enjoyed creating it. My collage art is commonly described as "narrative" because it tells a story, much like the story that's told in the interweaving poems in this anthology. Each image in the cover image relates in some way to a poem in VOLUTIONS. For example, a clock ticks away the time, implicit or explicit, in all of these poems. A child appears bathed in pure white light, like the inner children many of the contributors share with their readers in this volume. Look closely and you'll find more: a sensual leg, a cross, a death-like figure. But why the central clown, you might ask? The answer is in the whole of the work. Genius, artist, poet, fool?

I commend the poets in VOLUTIONS to you for your enjoyment and, in the end, utter delight.

Suzanne Langford
Editor and Contributing Poet
     VOLUTIONS (Savant 2014)


September 4, 2013
My passion for creative writing began after a typical small town boyhood in Kokomo, Indiana. Paper routes, basketball, teen dances and too many greasy French fries were followed with a BA degree at Wabash College, a small liberal arts college just down the road from Purdue. As an English major, I contributed cartoons and satiric articles to the humor magazine and short stories to the more serious literary publication.

After a fun summer in New Orleans, where I survived by selling Bibles from d...
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August 12, 2013
Aloha! As a wanderer who's lived in almost every state of the USA at one time or another (I grew up in Alaska when it was still a territory and live in climatically opposite Hawaii), I like to say when people ask me what I do that I'm an author. That is, after all, what I've been doing for over 40 years in a wide variety of genre's under several different pen-names, despite distractions, like being a pediatric (later integrative health/preventive medicine/public health) physician, university ...
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July 22, 2013
I have always wanted to write. More often than not, life opened other doors for me, though the door to a writing career always seemed closed.  I found myself in an assortment of fields to support my family, including industrial supervision, construction, and teaching. It was teaching that took up most of my adult life, and I still find myself immersed in it during my “retirement.”

My mother was my biggest writing motivator. She encouraged me to write poetry when I was in elementary school ...
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March 9, 2013
Tony Tame was born in Kingston, Jamaica, in 1943. His mother was a native Jamaican and his father was "technically" an Englishman who arrived on the island with their baby in arms. An only "island" child, he naturally assumed that simply by being born he had done all that could reasonably be assumed would be required of him in life.

Tony enthusiastically left high school in absolute agreement with his father’s view that "spending further money on tertiary education in his case would be a was...
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November 13, 2012

My name is David Allan Williams and I am a writer. It kind of sounds like I should be standing in front of a group at a weekly AA—Authors Anonymous—meeting. I guess that’s how I feel about writing now: It’s addictive. Especially when a work is finally released.

I would not recommend being an author to anyone looking for a career choice. It is a journey full of rejection and despair, brief moments of relief and excitement and capped with an overall anticipation that something bigger wi...
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October 30, 2012
Like my first book, HELLO, NORMA JEAN (Savant 2010), THE LOONS (Savant 2012) also started out as a screenplay written several years ago. In converting THE LOONS into a contemporary comedy-of-errors novel, I worked hard to maintain the freshness of a play and the visuals of a movie. Reminiscent of the screwball comedies of the 1930s, THE LOONS is replete with heavy doses of love woven throughout the chaos.

As with HELLO, NORMA JEAN, I was excited that Savant Books and Publication saw promise i...
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September 29, 2012
I have been writing for as long as I can remember. As a teen, in particular, I wrote awful poetry and tried to emulate Bob Dylan. I started writing seriously in seminary at Boston University in 1972. There I was published for the first time—a series of poems in an alumni journal—work lost long ago. During my six year tenure as a parish minister, I became a disciplined writer, having to produce a sermon each week, both a literary and theological task. During this period I wrote many short ...
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August 10, 2012
When I was little, we would eat good food and then listen to stories. I was fortunate to have two of the best storytellers ever: My father’s mother told fables, horror, and zombie stories. Her stories were flights of fancy, intense and imaginative. My mother told real life stories of growing up in the fifties and sixties. Alternating between each of their homes (I lived with both) I heard the best of both worlds.

I remember as a child telling myself that when I grew up, I wanted to tell sto...
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June 28, 2012

I have been a freelance editor and writer since 2004. My first paid gigs were for writing short plays and film scripts for a small production company in Atlanta. A theatre-kid, I attended film school and upon graduating thought I was the king fish. Then the production company didn't produce any of the scripts they bought from me and eventually folded. The same thing occurred with several other projects, first a TV show, then a newspaper in Tampa, Florida, and then another TV show, "The Bleepi...
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