A few months ago, I submitted a poem entitled “The Fountain of Youth” to the Spring Poetry Contest for the literary journal Wingless Dreamer. Though I didn’t make the final cut, the publisher did say of it “…the resemblance of youth with spring is monumental in this poem.” The good news is, my poem will be published in their forthcoming anthology (I should be on page 35).
The publisher’s compliment means a whole lot, especially considering poetry is not my first nor my most comfortable form. Might it be poetic license? I’ll let you be the judge. Read it when the anthology is published, and more important, read the work of the winners and support literary journals and magazines whenever you can.
As always, thanks for reading.
Benjamin J. Kirby
Benjamin J. Kirby is a writer of fiction, essays, and poetry living in St. Petersburg, Florida.
In 2021, the journal Wingless Dreamer chose his poem, “The Fountain of Youth,” for inclusion in their Spring Anthology. His unpublished Florida crime novel, CANEBRAKE, received an Honorable Mention in the Black Spring Press Crime Fiction Prize 2020. He won first place for his prompt in the 2020 Lewis County Writer’s Guild competition, benefiting the Doyle McKim Legacy Annual Scholarship.
Benjamin worked in collaboration with acclaimed cellist Natalie Helm exploring Johann Sebastian Bach’s Six Suites for Solo Cello. He wrote a short story, “The Queen’s Cookfire”, inspired by the music, and read it before a live audience at the Sarasota Contemporary Dance Company.
Born in western North Carolina and raised in Little Rock, Arkansas, Benjamin lives in St. Petersburg, Florida with his wife, Kendra, his children, Emeline, Finnegan, and Elle, and his dog, Cookie.
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