Noire Verbatim

Noire Verbatim

Every so often I will feature a new piece

Feature Guidelines

Word to the Wise: See what Athena’s Poetry is looking to publish below…

Finalists Will Win $100 For Best Piece

Deadline April 1st 2020

Do not write a typical poem. Be raw. Write an open letter to someone who’ll never read it. Compose an ode so beautiful it could make Neruda cry.

Find your own voice, and style to tell me a story I’ve never heard before.

Below I will post my favorite poets, some of my own original work that I have had published.

As a warning to anyone who would think to steal the work of myself, or of anyone featured, do not do it. It is not worth it. Read my Disclaimer here.

Excerpts from a few of my faves

Get a feel of what I’m looking for, by looking at what I enjoy 😉

“….While I am writing, I’m far away; and when I come back, I’ve gone.

I would like to know if other go through the same things that I do,

have as many selves as I have, and see themselves similarly;

and when I’ve exhausted this problem,

I’m going to study so hard that when I explain myself, I’ll be talking geography.”

Excerpt from: “Muchos Somos” or “We Are Many”

-Pablo Neruda

“…My soul is not satisfied that is has lost her.

My sight tries to find her as though to bring her closer.

My heart looks for her, and she is not with me….

I no longer love her, that’s certain, but maybe I love her.

Love is so short, forgetting is so long.

Because through nights like this one I held her in my arms

My soul is not satisfied that is has lost her.

Though this be the last pain that she makes me suffer

and these the last verses that I write for her.”

Excerpt from “Puedo Escribir” or “Tonight I Can Write”

-Pablo Neruda

Please continue reading to help your chances of being featured. This is about more than poets you’ve never heard of.

Allow me to introduce you to one you may know very well…Rupi Kaur. All excerpts from “The Sun and Her Flowers,” by Rupi K.

“If I am the longest relationship

of my life

isn’t it time to

nurture intimacy

and love

with the person

i lie in bed with each night”


-Rupi Kaur

“my voice

is the offspring

of two countries colliding

what is there to be ashamed of

if english

and my mother tongue

made love

my voice

is her father’s words

and mother’s accent

what does it matter if

my mouth carries two worlds”


-Rupi Kaur

Lastly, Atticus. I want to encourage you to read something. Poetry isn’t just in dusty old books you went over in class. Its living, and breathing today. All excerpts from, “Love Her Wild.”

“Break my heart

and you will find yourself inside.”


“I feel

like girls

who drink






These examples are just a small tasting spoon of what all is out there. If you saw anything that resonated, Google these authors; you will not be disappointed!

Remember, I will be featuring a poem beginning March 1st.

Send yours to for a chance to be featured.

Subject: Poetry for Athena

$100 ‘Best Piece’ Giveaway

Do you want a shot at being the next Poetry Finalist, and Winner of $100… Mail your poem to the address below.

Subject: Noire Verbatim

Athena’s Purse

PO Box 4515

Meridian, MS


Prose or poem length should not exceed 1 full page. Failure to meet these requirements will result in immediate rejection.

The winning poem will have to be superb: thought provoking, lyrical, poignant, and above all original… join us on Facebook to stay up to date.

If you’re a student, come join us.

Word to the Wise: It is not okay to use someone’s work as your own. Never. You will have the full wrath of Athena after you, if you disobey.

Comment down below if you love poetry. Who do you love? Do you write? Do you struggle with analyzing other people’s poetry?

Or, just contact me to say Hi

Any wise words?

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