Publications

Bethany Rivers is widely published in the UK and USA.  Click the links below to  buy her pamphlet or sample any of the single poems published in online poetry and literary magazines.

POETRY PAMPHLET FROM INDIGO DREAMS PUBLISHING, CALLED OFF THE WALL, OUT NOW!

Samples of the poems performed by Bethany Rivers:

Release date 22nd July 2016

Released summer 2016

http://www.indigodreams.co.uk/bethany-rivers/4592595600

 

Poem called ‘The Malvern Hills’  (about coming home, accepting a new home) in

‘The Everyday Poet’, Editor Deborah Alma (Emergency Poet)

Everyday Poet

https://www.waterstones.com/book/the-everyday-poet/deborah-alma/978178243

 

Poem called ‘At Seventeen’, Silver Birch Press, Feb 2017

https://silverbirchpress.wordpress.com/2017/02/19/at-seventeen-poem-by-bethany-rivers-me-at-17-poetry-and-prose-series/#like-77687

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Photo ‘Heart Break’, by Angela Chaney, Prints available at fineartamerica.com

 

Hygge poem: ‘white fire’ at Angela Topping’s Blog on Hygge poems, Jan 2017

https://angelatopping.wordpress.com/2017/01/26/hygge-feature-17-coming-in-from-the-cold-and-dark/

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Poems celebrating ‘Love & Ensuing Madness’ at Rat’s Ass Review, Jan 2017:

http://ratsassreview.net/?page_id=1070

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Art work: ‘One Heart’ by Susan Solomon

 

Poem from the domestic front:

‘deep cut’ – Clear Poetry Anthology 2016 – out from beginning of Jan 2017

https://clearpoetry.wordpress.com/anthology-2016/

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Poem about the friendliness of arachnids:

‘Spider’ – Fair Acre Press e-book, February 2016

Poetry on Spiders ebook cover for website 1

http://fairacrepress.co.uk/shop/poetry-on-spiders-ebook/

 

Poem about a hospital stay and the parent leaves:

‘Without Goodbyes’ – Ink Sweat & Tears, 25th April 2015

http://www.inksweatandtears.co.uk/pages/?s=bethany+rivers

 

Poem about inner-stillness: ‘deep ear’ – The Ofi Press, Issue 45

http://www.ofipress.com/riversbethany.htm

 

Political protest poems:

‘Peace-Seeker’ & ‘Behind Closed Doors’ – I am not a silent poet, 6th March 2016

‘Breaking News’, 11th Sept 2016

https://iamnotasilentpoet.wordpress.com/2016/03/06/peace-seeker-by-bethany-rivers/

https://iamnotasilentpoet.wordpress.com/2016/03/06/behind-closed-doors-by-bethany-rivers/

 

Magical winter poem: ‘Snow Prayer’ – Three Drops from a Cauldron, 17th December 2015

 

Poems: ‘What Lies Behind’ & ‘Treasure Hunt’ – Amygdala (USA)

https://amygdalalitmag.files.wordpress.com/2015/05/picture1.png

https://amygdalalitmag.wordpress.com/issue-2/what-lies-behind/

https://amygdalalitmag.wordpress.com/issue-2/treasure-hunt/

 

 

‘Raw Edges’ – Poems to Survive in – Fat Damsel, April 2016

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https://thefatdamsel.wordpress.com/issue-8/

 

Poem about loss of a parent: ‘Message of a Name’ – Silver Birch Press, Nov 2016

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https://silverbirchpress.wordpress.com/2016/11/20/message-of-a-name-poem-by-bethany-rivers-my-prized-possession-poetry-and-prose-series/

 

 

The poem below was published by Wenlock Poetry Festival as part of their Valentine’s Celebration in 2015:

In Silhouette                                                                                      

 

the candle in the centre of the windowsill

flickers its flame forwards

almost touching

its reflection

 

her shadow

greets his shadow

like two willows

lacing a brook

 

fairy lights frame

the window

blink blink

room holds its breath

fire hesitates

 

before its next crackle

wind’s howl drops

to a low moan

table and chairs feel

permeable

like liquid or air

 

her breath

now

touching his

 

heat shimmers

between lips

 

phone resolute     stays silent

front door is busy

repelling visitors

or the thought of them

 

her eyes close

like a feather falling

his eyes close

like a camera shutter

 

miniature carriage clock

on its mantelpiece

reflected in a fairy

light window

stops

Bethany Rivers

 

The poem below was published by Wenlock Poetry Festival as part of their 2014 Advent Calendar:

Solstice

There’s a song within you

that’s waiting to be heard.

The universe expands

 

the breath within your lungs.

The lake with no boats is still

anticipating the rise of the sun

 

and the season to open. Through

the thickets of winter, and the lattice

hedges of scribble, beyond

 

the luminescence of snow-berries

against a grey-billowing sky,

the buds are growing deeper

 

on the horse chestnut tree,

the ash is preparing for future keys,

we return to sing the re-birth of the sun.

Bethany Rivers

 

Further poems can be found in Envoi (Issue 171), Bare Fiction (Issue 2), Obsessed with Pipework, Sarasvati (Issue 40), several issues of Blithe Spirit and many other magazines and anthologies.