The B Zine
BE insired … BE creative … BE peace … BE
Volume 1, Issue 3
a publication of Bequine Again and The Bardo Group
Biographies of our Core Team and our Guest Writers are HERE.
The stunning watercolors used to illustrate this month’s cover page are the work of Gretchen Del Rio, all rights reserved
Our theme this month:
The Divine Feminine
Bringing balance to the imagining of God or the essential energy of the universe, we celebrate the Divine Feminine in both her ethereal and more earthy manifestations.
Our lead feature by Rev. Terri Stewart suggests a spiritual practice (The Divine Feminine) for doing this. She’s also shares a feature with us (Words Into Action) that includes links to worthy charities to help us give our compassion legs. On the most ethereal level, we move on to a chapter from Niamh Clune’s cult classic, The Coming of the Feminine Christ.
We present a collection of poems and features that celebrate the more earthy feminine spirit by honoring: mothering (Their Compassion Has Legs), nature/Mother Earth with an acrostic poem from Corina Ravenscraft: sisterhood with Priscilla Galasso (Celebration of Femininity) a grandmother (The Divining Box by Karen Fayeth); wife (one poem by James Cowles and two poems by John Anstie); and those men touched by the Sacred Feminine, The Blessed Mother (Gentleman of the Old School, a short poem).
Under General Interest we have deeply moving and spiritually profound account from a new contributor, Father Dan, a Spiritan priest (Roman Catholic), about the lessons he learned from his brother, Christopher, who died prematurely.
Musician and poet/writer, Marilynn Mair (If You Would Still Believe, poem) and our resident shaman, Michael Watson (The Year Turns, essay) move us into this new year with hope and inspiration.
Under general interest we have poems from several poets including Imen Benyoub, James Cowles, Joseph Hesch and Victoria C. Slotto. We have two flash fiction features, one by Joseph Hesch.
For a tidbit of something on the light side, we present another new guest contributor, Sue Vincent. Grab your sides for more than a few giggles and laughs with Twelve Things Your Grandparents Said …
On behalf of all of us here, many blessings in 2015.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
” The Divine Feminine”
The Divine Feminine, Terri Stewart
Words Into Action, Terri Stewart
A Celebration of Femininity, Priscilla Galasso
The Divining Trunk, Karen Fayeth
Their Compassion Has Legs, Jamie Dedes
Luminous, Liliana Negoi
Tree Cathedral Acrostic, Corina Ravenscraft
Quan Yin, Victoria C. Slotto
Haiku for My Wife, James Cowles
And I Love Her Still, John Anstie
“The Lamb” (AKA “Devotion”), John Anstie
Gentlemen of the Old School, Jamie Dedes
Chris Reminds Me, Father Daniel S. Sormani, C. S. Sp.
The Year Turns, Michael Watson, M.A., Ph.D., LCMHC
How Skinny Girls Survive, Jamie Dedes
Tears for Icarus, Joseph Hesch
While Listening to Mozart’s Requiem, Imen Benyoub
If You Would Still Believe, Marilynn Mair
Rose-Tending, James Cowles
Train Wreck, James Cowles
Warrior in a Place of Ghosts, Joseph Hesch
Blessed Are They Who Mourn, Victoria C. Slotto
Turning Night Into Day, Naomi Baltuck
Special Delivery, Naomi Baltuck
Twleve Things Your Granparents Said …, Sue Vincent