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April 2023

1. Weatherman

       Poem by Willow Kang

2. Butterfly

       Poem by Tom Vandel

3. One Day in April

       Poem by Sheila Dinn

4. Untitled

       Photograph by Lisa Finegan

5. Experts on Poetry

6. Book Review: Play the Devil by Scott

        Laudati, by Jack Moody

7. Featured Writer: Tom Vandel


By Lisa Finega

"She paced down the empty aisles of the bookstore in a fury. This anger wouldn't dissipate; the injustice of it brought her hands to her head, her fingers dragging through her hair.


Her arms collapsed back to her sides just as she stumbled over something lying on the waxed wooden floor. She kicked out hard, sending the little red book sliding further down the aisle. She strode after it and kicked it again. Only once she had reached the end of the long aisle did she stoop to pick it up."


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 The Experts on Poetry:

"A poet’s work … to name the unnamable, to point at frauds, to take sides, start arguments, shape the world, and stop it from going to sleep."

- Salman Rushdie


"A poet is, before anything else, a person who is passionately in love with language."

- W. H. Auden


"Poetry is nearer to vital truth than history."

- Plato


"A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness."

- Robert Frost


"Poetry is the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings: it takes its origin from emotion recollected in tranquility."

- William Wordsworth

"All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling."

- Oscar Wilde


“Poetry is not an expression of the party line. It’s that time of night, lying in bed, thinking what you really think, making the private world public, that’s what the poet does.” 

- Allen Ginsberg

“Poetry is one of the ancient arts, and it begins as did all the fine arts, within the original wilderness of the earth.”

- Mary Oliver


“If I feel physically as if the top of my head were taken off, I know that is poetry.” 

- Emily Dickinson

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Editor in Chief 

Emily Menges

& Trusty Sidekick Turtle

A note from Emily:

Bel Esprit provides a platform for artists to publish their work.

We pay $25 per piece to all artists, but we don't charge you for enjoying their work.


I do not keep a dime of the profits for myself.  It all goes back to keeping Bel Esprit alive.  Considering contributing to the project. 

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