Illya's Honey
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Illya's Honey - The literary journal of the Dallas Poets Community


Statement of Purpose

We believe that poetry is not a casual endeavor, but rather a noble vocation through which we can achieve redemption and transcendence. We attempt to provide a setting in which writers, in a gathering of their peers, can create their best poetry and share information on issues of craft, content, and venues for recognition.

Illya’s Honey is proud to announce the recent publication of Editor Ann Howells’ book, Under a Lone Star, from Village Books Press. In this collection of short poems, Howells takes us on a journey through small towns, major cities, across west Texas, along the coast, and through the piney woods, noting in each location an observation, geographical, historical, or metaphysical, that makes that place unique. Each poem, of exactly fifty-five words, is illustrated with a line drawing by Dallas artist, J. Darrell Kirkley. The book is available on

“Every single one of these small wonders has a tonal warmth that produces a crystal clear snapshot of her perceptions. Susan Mitchell says, ‘The world is wily and doesn’t want to be caught.’ Howells has done what all writers want to do: She has not only caught her world, she has found the essence of it and has rendered it into words.”

Dorothy Alexander
Poet, publisher, storyteller

DPC has been holding its twice monthly workshop continuously for twenty years, though the location has changed several times. Currently, workshops are held the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month, 7:00 pm at the main Half Price Books on N.W. Highway. Poets need not join the organization to attend. Each participant should bring ten copies of one original poem, and poets of all levels are welcome. DPC has also been holding its First Friday Open Mic (at 7:00 at the main Half Price, on the first Friday of every month) for ten years. A featured poet reads for approximately twenty minutes, then the mic is opened to anyone who signs up (three poems or five minutes, whichever comes first).

The Dallas Poets Community website is . Information on events and contests, photos, and member profiles can be found here.

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Welcome to Illya's Honey!

Winter 2017

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Editor’s Notes

Welcome to 2017, everyone! More specifically, welcome to the Winter 2017 issue of Illya’s Honey. I know many of us are glad to put the tumult of 2016 in the past and close the door for good; however, to poets, tumult, to borrow from troubadour Kris Kristofferson, well, tumult is “just another word for nothin’ left to lose.”* Well, it’s certainly better than stagnation, that’s for sure.

I’m happy to welcome 2017 because it means I can pay tribute to our recent Pushcart nominees, and they are…in alphabetical order:

- Carol Hamilton for "Weight of Thanksgiving" (Winter 2016)
- Vicki Mandell-King for "Up and Along the Continental Divide" (Spring 2016)
- Brady Peterson for "A Summer Night" (Spring 2016)
- James Owens for "Where the River is Lost in the Lake" (Summer 2016)
- Steve Klepetar for "Werewolf Discusses Gay Marriage on the Bus" (Summer 2016)
- Wendy Gist for "The Shadow Poet" (Fall 2016)

Congratulations to all of our nominees! I especially savor the nomination for Steve Klepetar. The timing is just about right as his poem “The Sound of Taste” was the first submission I read for the current issue, and I was “sold” straight away. The opening line, “There’s a yellow boat on a blue sea” is not just visually expressive. It’s graphically strong and draws in the reader without a lot of fuss. I then read another and then another, and that is when I decided that we should feature him in this edition. I love that none of the poems featured here are remotely similar to the “Werewolf” poems he submitted in 2016, interesting as they were. Again, the timing is perfect since his Pushcart nomination was more coincidental than anything else, but maybe poets don’t believe in coincidences. Maybe coincidence to poets is just another word for, well, you know.

Thanks, Steve.

Of course, we also have many other wonderful poems, many of them seasonally appropriate, by a smashing array of poets just waiting to be discovered, to be savored; likewise, a shout-out to my good friend Renee Baker for her seemingly magical cover photo.

Alas, 2016 did not leave us wanting more. As I prepared to write this introduction, I grasped the unfortunate news that we must say farewell and rest in peace to one of Dallas’ leading poetic lights, Solana DeLamant. She will be remembered not only as an especially poised reader at our monthly series and other notable venues across town but also for her enormous skill, her tenacity for ferreting out the most exact combination of words and sounds, their meaning as well as their meter. I offer in memoriam this poem, which originally appeared in Red River Review, published by DPC co-founder Bob McCranie and edited by the one and only Michelle Hartman:

Largo by Solona DeLamant

The room is always ready
Its emptiness mirrored in silvered walls

The floor, sanded to slickness
waits to accept pressure or rhythm

After a loud day, I dance Satie
to feel strength in my legs

these plies say there is another place
where debts don't compound

I slip my feet into Satieslippers
and move as if shaping beauty is ordinary

I place my Satietorso in position
not beaten but surrender to simplicity

These movements are birds soaring
Hunters stalk. Bullets sing.

Bullets pierce the flock
never touch flesh

The minds, the spirits, the flock
remains whole, remains, remains

(Red River Review...May 2002)

-- Melanie Pruitt, Co-Editor, Illya's Honey

Photo by Renee Baker

We are accepting submissions for our Winter 2017 issue.
Previous Issues
Fall 2013 Winter 2013 Spring 2014 Summer 2014
Fall 2014 Winter 2015 Spring 2015 Summer 2015
Fall 2015 Winter 2016 Spring 2016 Summer 2016
Fall 2016

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