POETIC BLOOMINGS

POETIC BLOOMINGS is a Phoenix Rising Poetry Guild site established in May 2011 to nurture and inspire the creative spirit.

ANDREA HEIBERG

Andrea Heiberg

I started writing in English in the autumn of 2006. After a couple of years, in spring 2008, I sent a sample of my work to a British editor firm and asked for a critique – and the response was: “There’re errors sprinkled all over the place but there’s actually a story here.” This was my first review.

I was so lucky to reach an American editor who edited my stories and she also had me introduced to Poetic Asides. There I met Andrea Porter from the UK who helped me get published. Last year Salt Publishing created “Next Stop: Sejer Island,” which is a collection of my short stories.

So from being a completely unknown Danish writer who writes in English, I become the Andrea Heiberg, the second Danish author who writes this kind of fiction directly in English – Karen Blixen being the first.

Here, on Poetic Bloomings, I enjoy poetry and the pulse of worldwide life.

Here you can read my short story “A Kingdom for a Kalashnikov”: http://www.belletrista.com/2011/Issue14/features_4.php

Here you can read a review: http://www.belletrista.com/2012/Issue15/reviews_17.php

Here you can see the opening of my short story “Where There is Fish, There is Hope” (scroll down): http://www.saltpublishing.com/books/smf/9781844718702.htm

Here you can read about me:  http://www.saltpublishing.com/writers/profile.php?recordID=213744

© All postings and intellectual materials on this page are property of Andrea Heiberg.

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  1. Prompt 41

    FOR THE LITTLE OLD YOU

    I say
    the truth is that
    I’m twenty one,
    and add,
    honestly.

    Though in my fifties I
    sense this childish
    grin
    on my face
    when asked,
    how old I am.

    Old enough to be your mom?
    Grandma?
    Pa?

    Na, I’m not old enough for anything
    but
    to tell you
    that I love you.

    And when you tell me
    that
    you love me, too,
    I wish
    that I could live for ever
    and I tell you
    that,
    I’m twenty one,
    always.

  2. Prompt 42

    WHEN MOM ROCKS

    No one lives in glasshouses.
    No, granddad doesn’t.

    Well, when I say he doesn’t,
    he doesn’t.

    What has stones got to do with it?
    Oh, so they said you shouldn’t throw stones?

    Oh, the saying with the glasshouse?
    That’s a great one.

    Yeah, great,
    only it says rocks,
    not stones.

    Well, when I say it says rocks,
    it does.

    No, granddad doesn’t throw rocks and
    he grows tomatoes
    in his glasshouse.

    Yeah, great,
    but not stones.
    You’ve got it now.

  3. Prompt 43

    O MAGNITUDE

    The days never end but
    for the longing of
    the damping forest
    morning,
    the on shore wondering,
    the red-necked grebe
    on its way
    with her two heavy babies on her back,
    resting.

    No, the days never end.

  4. Prompt 44

    DOING EUROPE

    When you saw
    Rembrandt,
    chewed the old
    Gouda,
    bought a
    Genever for
    Granddad,
    lined up the stairs
    for
    Anne Frank,
    picked a yellow
    water bike and
    pedalled through the canals
    and
    learnt how small
    you are
    among ocean going ships in
    the industrial harbour,
    that’s when
    you wonder
    how a gondolas
    feels like
    and
    that’s when you reach out for your bag
    to put a tick next to
    Amsterdam,
    Venice it is tomorrow.

  5. Prompt 45

    WHEN MOMS HEAR FOOTSTEPS BEHIND THEM IN DARK PLACES

    This is not about breast feeding,
    no,
    this about another proud mother
    who knocked down somebody
    on a road,
    no,
    a trail
    a curling, narrow,
    dark
    trail
    in a park
    in order to come home
    safe and sound
    for her little baby.

    Better safe than sorry
    she said
    when a young man
    claimed he’d been
    attacked
    by
    a monster.

  6. Prompt 46

    TO BE REMINDED

    Laurels grow in gardens even
    here with me
    there is this little tree
    shielding
    so I can see
    that anything is possible.

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