Each issue of Manifestations has both a muse and an editor.
Issue Muse: Ibn ‘Arabi – Islamic poet, scholar, and saint. Let the muse inspire you with his poetry at The Ibn ‘Arabi Society.
A taste of his work is below:
Poem 14 of the Tarjuman al-Ashwaq, translated by R.A. Nicholson.
He saw the lightning in the east and longed for the east,
but if it had flashed in the west he would have longed for the west.
My desire is for the lightning and its gleam, not for the places and the earth.
The east wind related to me from them a tradition handed down successively,
from distracted thoughts,
from my passion,
from my tribulation,
from my reason,
from my eyelid,
from my heart,
That “He whom you love is between your ribs; the breaths toss him from side to side.”
I said to the east wind, “Bring a message to him and say that he is the enkindler of the fire within my heart
If it shall be quenched, then everlasting union, and if it shall burn, then no blame to the lover!”
Issue Editor: Barbara Flaherty – Poet, editor, and lover of godly folly. Barbara is the author of two books, Holy Madness (Chanting Press 2007) and Doing It Another Way: The Basic Text (Chanting Press 2008). She has published poems and essays in various journals, anthologies, and encyclopedia.
Spring Theme: The Journey
Submissions are open from to .
We are looking for poetry, short story, nonfiction, book excerpts, essays, interviews, book or movie reviews, original music, visual art, and media that address archetypal themes of the encounter with the sacred, of spiritual passage, interfaith edges, transformation of the inner person, or the spirituality of relationship with the earth/cosmos/each other. All submissions must in some way speak to the spiritual life. They may reflect a religious tradition or not. Doctrinal and credal discussions are not appropriate for this literary and artistic journal, and are for another venue. Read a little Ibn “Arabi (see below) or Han Shan; or read the old Manifestations Ezine for examples of the type of writing we are looking for.
By submitting any writing you are granting one time online publishing rights to Manifestations Literary Journal, and guaranteeing it is your own work and free from copyright restrictions. Submissions should be sent to our submission manager with the genre in the title box. We are unable to offer you any money for your submission. This is not a lucrative venture, but thank you for the gift of creativity you offer to the world.
For text: please use this Submission Manager and include a brief biography of 150 w0rds.
For photos, artwork, video, and audio, please email the work with a brief biography of 150 words and a brief description of the work to firstname.lastname@example.org
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