Poetry, Writing

What They Said When Io Ran – a poem by Rebecca Holland

It is always a joy and a thrill to have a poem accepted by a literary magazine. My poem, “What They Said When Io Ran,” was published by the Amethyst Review: New Writing Engaging with the Sacred. The Amethyst Review is one of my favorite literary magazines because it focuses on work that specifically explores the intersection of faith and writing. As a writer, this is one of my favorite themes.

I am delighted to be included in Amethyst Review and I hope that you will take a moment to explore the pages of their magazine as well as to consider my poem, which I have reblogged here.

-Rev. Rebecca

Amethyst Review

What They Said When Io Ran

Words liberate
Poetry heals

The sages of the ages past
Tried their best to lock away
The knowledge of what words can do
They should not keep them from you

They will try to chain you with meter
And clip your wings with rhyme
Say that you are not good enough
Because you cannot write like them
Because your iambs are trochees and your lines stumble on broken feet-

But they do not see
That you are writing a new song
They do not see
That a new language is required
To tell the world of how you were
………………But never silenced.

When Io ran, they claimed she liked the chase
When Daphne transformed into a tree
Rather than embrace her rapist
They said, how lovely is the laurel
And used her arms to crown…

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The January edition of Captivating reads, "The Gift of Disability Lights the Way for Others"
Disability & Accessibility, Diversity, Writing

Two of My Articles Were Published in CAPTIVATING! A Magazine Empowering People with Disabilities

I'm so excited - I had TWO articles published in CAPTIVATING! Magazine! As a preacher, one of the things that I am most passionate about is making the church fully inclusive for people with disabilities. I also love to write. I view writing as a natural outgrowth of my call to preach. I love it… Continue reading Two of My Articles Were Published in CAPTIVATING! A Magazine Empowering People with Disabilities

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Author Q&A, Book Reviews, Books, Disability & Accessibility, Diversity

Audiobook Review: “I, Win” by Win Kelly Charles with Author Q&A #DisabilityAwareness

"I, Win," by Win Kelly Charles is an incredible book by an incredible young woman who is working to redefine the way the world views people with disabilities.

Author Q&A, Books, Poetry

Poetry Review & Poet Interview with AK Hutzler @calipollution

Title: I Have Note Decided If You Can Drown On A Plane Author: AK Hutzler Genre: Poetry/ Chapbook Length: 26 Pages Available on Amazon and for free on Kindle Unlimited! I stumbled across Hutzler’s work in the blogosphere and I was intrigued when I found out that she was a fellow Filipina. I was raised in… Continue reading Poetry Review & Poet Interview with AK Hutzler @calipollution

Blogging, Books, Writing

Blogger Recognition Award: Why I Write & Tips for Bloggers

I am so thankful to be have been nominated by Shanice at Faith & Turtles  and Carrelle from The Aesthetic's Vida for the blogger recognition award! Truly, it means a great deal. all writers want to be heard. Having nominations like this one gives me a warm fuzzy feeling inside because it lets me know that… Continue reading Blogger Recognition Award: Why I Write & Tips for Bloggers

Ministry, Writing

Awaiting the Proofs for My First Poetry Book!

Update 12/6/18: My chapbook Through My Good Eye: A Memoir in Verse is now available on Kindle (FREE with Kindle Unlimited!) or in paperback!  As I sit here, I'm so excited that I can hardly contain myself. This morning, I completed my order on Amazon in order to receive five proof copies for my very first chapbook, Through My… Continue reading Awaiting the Proofs for My First Poetry Book!

Devotions, Disability & Accessibility, Ministry, Order of St. Luke, Sermons & Sermon Notes, Writing

What Does Healing Look Like?

This past week, I deepened my spirituality by spending time at a retreat with members of the Order of St. Luke. Throughout the week, we emphasized how Luke portrays Christ as the healer, and I couldn’t help but wonder, why does God heal some people and not others? Glaucoma: The Silent Thief of Sight About… Continue reading What Does Healing Look Like?