Clare L. Martin, poet and MockingHeart Review editor and publisher, offers eight-week, one on one, poetry-writing mentorships with young and new poets that offer the promise of a sustained relationship beyond the initial intensive generative and critique-based working relationship. The mentorships are structured courses that provide energetic writing potentialities and substantive relative-to-now literary conversations between the mentor and mentees. Great emphasis will be placed on craft and form.  The mentee should have expectations of fast-paced, rigorous writing and reflective, nurturing and honest feedback from a skilled and admired contemporary poet and publisher.

Clare’s twelve-year track record of publishing her own poetry in both print and electronic literary journals and reputation as the author of two books of poetry give her insight into traditional and new media forms of publishing available to upcoming writers. Her guidance in these areas will be offered as well, emphasizing the importance of building meaningful relationships with editors in mutually respectful and beneficial ways. Challenges facing today’s poetry writers in the digital age will always be at the forefront of the conversations.


Session I (Booking now)

September 19th, 2016 through November 7th, 2016


Session II (Booking begins October 1st)

December 5th, 2016 through January 18th, 2017


The fee for the eight-week course is $225.oo US currency, (non-refundable due to course size limits, serious inquiries only), payable through PayPal. The spots are limited due to the very intimate work and close personal attention offered. Mentorships will be conducted through email, phone, computer/camera link up, on a selective basis, to meet anyone across the miles.

For more information, please email:

Volume 1, Issue 3

Dear MockingHeart Review Readers,


Thank you for visiting the pages of MockingHeart Review. We are glad to have your company. We welcome you to enjoy the fall issue just released September 1st.  With this issue, we celebrate our first anniversary. We are thrilled to mark this occasion with more beauty gathered here from poets near and far. So, please pour yourself a beverage and get comfortable. Take in the words of souls who have achieved mastery in the art form of poetry and have chosen to live their lives bringing their gifts to humanity for the betterment of humanity. To showcase such poets is our mission here at MockingHeart Review.

A milestone

Our Fall Issue, which will be released September 1, 2016, will coincide with the one year anniversary of the founding of the magazine! With this celebration of one wonderful year, we have undertaken a new site design. We hope it is to your liking. We hope to bring a fresh look year after year to go along with the freshest, juiciest poetry of all seasons. We have so many to thank: all of our contributors and readers of course. We have had so much interest and positive conversations about our venture! Thank you all. Our Fall Issue will be presented in just a few weeks. Please visit the website often to read its treasures.



The Editor


Progress update

We are at capacity for the Spring/Summer Issue of MockingHeart Review. Poems sent during this open reading period (currently open until April 1, 12:00 a.m. CST) will be considered for the Fall issue.


Excited to have been flooded with fine, fine poetry from across the planet. Thank you for understanding.

Howie Good’s “Dangerous Acts Starring Unstable Elements,” WINNER OF PRIZE AMERICANA

Howie Good


MockingHeart Review contributor, Howie Good’s Dangerous Acts Starring Unstable Elements contains poems that feature a penetrating analysis of contemporary life. It is published in paperback, available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble, and distributed through Ingram.


Praise for Dangerous Acts Starring Unstable Elements

DALE WISELY: One of the poems in this collection is “On Being Asked, ‘Where Do You Get Your Ideas?’” The question annoys artists, but when I read Howie Good’s work, it’s the question I want to ask him. In Good’s recent work, he builds each poem into a hypnotic sequence of seemingly unrelated images and observations, meditations on the strangeness of existence, the anxiety and dread of our time, but with glints of beauty and grace.


LAURA M. KAMINSKI: Dangerous Acts of Unstable Elements is a sequence of “selfies” on exhibit, one per page, in which the poet is relentlessly “photo-bombed” by reality, history, and myth. Nasty stains of every imaginable kind, the memorabilia of a witless age, constitute another section of the museum… (“And That’s What It’s All About”). But the poet gives us clues on how to cope with the nastiness: Point with your fading heart at the shadows puddled in the bottom of the ditch, where, nonetheless, something still glitters… (“Objects in This Mirror”). The only piece in these …Acts… to which I had an objection is the prose poem that ends with I made a list of things still to do: choke, weave, sense, deal, blunder. Which left just enough time to admire, between small, tedious breaths, the snowy egret standing there. The poem is titled “Words Fail Me.” No, Howie Good. I disagree. They don’t.


BRAD ROSE: In Dangerous Acts Starring Unstable Elements the masterful Howie Good teaches us to look coolly and directly into the eye of quotidian surreality. Although the speakers in Good’s stark, yet luminous, poems variously inform us that: the future consists of a certain unrest in all that has been, that behind every work of art lies an uncommitted crime, and that the rider may guide the horse, but only in the direction the horse wants to go, we learn from Good’s inimitable powers of ironic description, keen eye for dark paradox, and unfailingly calm counsel to ably navigate an often up-ended, disconcerting territory.  Indeed, with Good’s skillful guidance we learn not only to negotiate this weird and mysterious world, but to relish it.




Howie Good, a journalism professor at SUNY New Paltz, is the author of several poetry collections, including Beautiful Decay and The Cruel Radiance of What Is from Another

New Calligraphy, Fugitive Pieces from Right Hand Pointing Press, and Lovesick from The Poetry Press of Press Americana. He co-edits White Knuckle Press with Dale Wisely.


Contact information:
The Poetry Press of Press Americana

Americana: The Institute for the Study of American Popular Culture

7095-1240 Hollywood Boulevard

Hollywood, CA  90028


Howie Good




Two weeks until submissions re-open

We are so grateful to our contributors and readers who have helped us skyrocket in our first issue that was released on January 1st. We’ve had readers from over 30 countries visit the site, connecting to the authors within. We hope you have enjoyed the selections we have made. We are getting ready to do it again.

We are looking forward to March 1st, when submissions re-open.  Please read our guidelines and prepare your submissions accordingly.  If you want to surmise a bit about our taste in poetry, read our first issue. Our taste is quite refined, and yet, broad– The quality of the work is our most defined requirement.



Issue 1 of MockingHeart Review

Enjoy the Inaugural Issue of MockingHeart Review, while I sleep tonight, or whenever because it is full of tremendous beauty.


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