The Poetry Marathon Anthology is Now Available

The 2020 Poetry Marathon is now available for purchase. In the US and Canada you can purchase it through Aer. Internationally you can find a copy through Amazon.

You can see the Amazon UK listing here.

The Amazon India link is here.

Thank you to everyone who contributed their wonderful work. Also a huge thank you to Shloka Shankar for her wonderful job editing and to Dexta Rodriguez for the wonderful cover art.

An email with the digital copy should be sent out shortly to contributors. If you do not receive it please send us an email at

A 2021 Poetry Marathon is in the works, although the exact date is not determined, because right now we are scheduled to move in June. Final dates should be released in February 2021.

The Poetry Marathon Schedule of Events

The main 2021 Poetry Marathon Schedule of Events is now finalized.
From the 12th to the 23rd of April we will be open to editor applications and cover art submissions.
June 1st through the 19th we will be open for registration, and on June 26th we will host the full and half marathons.
More details about the editor applications coming soon but editors must have participated in half or full marathons in the past.


Suspended in the moment between dusk and morning light,

the relentless sun lies peacefully asleep under the sky.

The breaking dawn leaves shadows and takes away silhouettes,

so the faceless forms you painted will soon wake up and forget,

expressions sullen with regret.


The space between the striking match and matchbox finds the spark

The flame compels a memory of springtime meadowlarks

How innocent the fingertips of kids who play with fire;

How quick the flame will burn your funeral pyre

Don’t try to pick the roses from the briar.

As Water


The purple flowers along the stream

Shrivel under your step


The wind tearing at my hair makes it impossible to see the hillside path ahead. Soon enough the rain washes away the horizon. I am as water, rushed into the ocean with the stream.



Our Ocean keeps breath in your lungs

Against all odds, you survive.


It’s a fantastic world; alien and beautiful. Time is not measured here, and everything seems to be a work of art; thoughtfully assembled, priceless and unique. It’s an impossible realm, yet so close to home for those who seek it . . .



You are carried back to shore. You  wake up to the warmth of sun-dried rocks against your skin.

You step onto the unfamiliar land. 


Everything you know, washed away . . .



Run back to the ocean, with your heart overflowing

Into a River of Joy, which you can follow to your destiny.



In your head, there are endless paths traced with every choice


You see things like an artist



                               Sleep easy, dream boy





Majumdar, who led the review alongside film committee chair Marc Samuelson

Hailed as a “watershed moment for BAFTA” by chair Krishnendu Majumdar, the changes were unveiled Thursday following the conclusion of the primary phase of a comprehensive, eye-opening and, at times, painful seven-month internal and external review, launched in response to the controversy that erupted following the 2020 BAFTA Film nominations in January when all-white nominees made up the highest acting categories and therefore the director category did not include one female filmmaker.

The changes — considered the most important BAFTA has ever implemented — includes the introduction of a replacement longlist round in voting to realize greater diversity; increasing the nominations and making rule changes to many categories, including acting and directing; making film viewing compulsory for all voters in one round of voting; a big expansion of BAFTA’s voting members that targets those from under-represented groups; and pushing screenings onto a replacement digital platform.

“This may be a watershed moment for BAFTA. The Academy has never opened itself up like this before,” said Majumdar, who led the review alongside film committee chair Marc Samuelson and a specially formed steering group.

Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, Majumdar described the changes as a “wholesale” and “interlocking,” claiming that they might make the Academy stronger. But he admitted that the discussions — which were had with quite 400 people from across the industry — had often been “incredibly uncomfortable” which he and Samuelson had “broken down and wept” on several occasions after hearing first-hand testimonies of how individual had been subjected to racism and discrimination. “I didn’t sleep one night,” he said.

Throughout the review, a good array of potential alterations to the BAFTA awards that would impact diversity levels were debated and discussed, including quota levels and even a category solely dedicated to female directors. But ultimately BAFTA said the choice was made to not tell voters what to vote for, but to vary the culture and make them more conscious of their responsibilities.

“I think the keynote is that we’re leveling the playing field,” said Majumdar. “That’s what people wanted, people didn’t need a guarantee of a quota in terms of diversity. they only wanted their work to be seen then judged on a more level playing field, so then there’s the chance and chance to be nominated.”



Prompt 9:Coffee

Good Morning!

Nothing like a cup of coffee

with cigarettes  to start the day

The elegant taste of full flavor lingers

from my mouth then a swallow of hot

Frothy French vanilla.

A sense of delightfuliness

as the pain goes away.


Prompt 4: narrative

The Sweetest Thing


The sweetest thing that ever lived

Was high yellow girl,

 born on August 23, 1979

With light brown eyes 

And a beautiful smile.

Her smile lit up the sky and

every room she entered 

 Too tomboyish for the girls’ world at large

And too strong for the boys to wrath upon

To arrogant to be part of the crowd

Her shoulders strong as boulders 

Pressed high among the clouds

Her long legs run wild with the wind

Breathe with long of jet black hair

The sweetest thing that ever lived

Was high yellow girl, 

Born on August 23, 1979

 Amongst the stars she shines

and like butterflies she camouflages

in her own skin. 

Day dreaming about tomorrow

And in the wind she soars

Never afraid, fearless

She was the sweetest thing I ever known.

In fact the sweetest thing that ever lived.


Prompt 23: Doubt


As the sun sets,

The inner blues

Slowly creep upon me

Anger surrounds me

Can’t sleep, can’t eat

Thoughts deceiving conjuring concept

As they toy with my mind

I sit wondering is it really worth it?

My life, my life

Deeply distress pain ignites

I’m counting every second, minute, hour

To free me, free me

Sweeter bitterness

As my remandt slowly paints itself

Suppressed mindless thoughts 

Swallowed always by my tongue

My instrumental struggles 

To free me from this mask



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