Featured Works: Week of Aug. 21 (Writing & Inspiration)

By on Aug 20, 2023 in Issue Archives

Writing at soccer practice

“Writing Poetry at Soccer Practice” by Alyce Wilson

How do you write? From where do the ideas spring? How do you bridge the gap between the nascent thought and a finished work? This week’s contributors explore that liminal space.

Flower Girl” by Michael Lee Johnson uses floral imagery to depict how poems bloom, or fade.

My intense intents indent the bubbles” by Twixt ruminates on possible futures, as an exercise in language.

The Office” by Craig Kirchner takes us inside a poet’s work space, and inside the writing process.

From crackling within” by Ayaz Daryl Nielsen provides a snapshot of inspiration.

Soul an Invisible Muse” by Hongri Yuan contemplates the ultimate source of creativity.



Alyce Wilson is the editor of Wild Violet and in her copious spare time writes humor, non-fiction, fiction and poetry and infrequently keeps an online journal. Her first chapbook, Picturebook of the Martyrs; her e-book/pamphlet, Stay Out of the Bin! An Editor's Tips on Getting Published in Lit Mags ; her book of essays and columns, The Art of Life; her humorous nonfiction ebook, Dedicated Idiocy: How Monty Python Fandom Changed My Life, and her newest poetry collection, Owning the Ghosts, can all be ordered from her Web site, AlyceWilson.com. In late 2019, she published a volume of poetry by her third great-grandfather, Reading's Physician Poet: Poems by Dr. James Meredith Mathews, which also contains genealogical information about the Mathews family. She lives with her husband and son in the Philadelphia area and takes far too many photos of her handsome, creative son, nicknamed Kung Fu Panda.