Cyclamens and Swords Publishing was founded in 2008 by Johnmichael Simon and Helen Bar-Lev. The name is taken from their illustrated book of poetry published by Ibbetson Street Press in 2007 the opening stanza of which appears below:
"Life should be sunflowers and poetry
symphonies and four o’clock tea
instead it’s entangled
like necklaces in a drawer
when you reach in for cyclamens
you pull out swords"
This issue contains poems by 55 poets, short stories by 7 authors and artwork by 7 artists and photographers
Our December 2014 issue - submission deadline 15th November 2014 will be a themed issue for poetry. Theme: Puzzzles and Predicaments
Short stories may be submitted on any subject.
Humorous and controversial submissions are welcomed.
Our Artwork section will include an ARTISTIC PHOTOGRAPHY section - please submit no more than 6 photographs
Cyclamens and Swords Publishing, influenced by the dichotomy of beauty and conflict that characterizes the world we live in, presents this site as an outlet and home for poets, writers and artists from all countries and outlooks.
We publish three editions of our online magazine during the year at approximate four-monthly intervals.
We also hold poetry contests with prizes.