Metrical Composition By Sonja Mabel McClure

You know, one would think having six female writers, as the main scribes of a press, may house writing styles that would collide. Nevertheless, they don\’t, we are like minded indeed but, each one of my girls houses specific characteristics that make them all genuinely unique. I love Sonja\’s minimalist approach to poetry — no words are wasted as the architect of her own versification. I tend most of the time to be a tad bit wordy, that\’s so not Sonja. Sonja\’s ability to stitch words together always leaves me in awe, as her pieces tend to be soulful, kind, and incredibly riddled with power.

Elevate me to
wilderness and waterfalls.
Nature I applaud.

Calming clarity.
Uncontained. Unrestrained. Free.
Born to roam the earth. 


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Art credit: J. Jaye Boulter 
off limbs
of laughter

storm lights
flirty eyelids

evening air
earthy musk

amplified heart
keeps time
with sudden 

Excerpt from Parade of Blooms

Daffodils, earth’s trumpets 
announcing arrival of spring

Purple crocus breaks free 
from earth’s snow-laden crust,
reaching for sun’s warm touch

Tulip petals cupped like palms 
adorned with fresh dew

Lush ivy and pinwheel vinca 
creeps along fence edge

Sweet scent of hyacinth 
and pale pink magnolia 

circulates in the breeze

Sonja Mabel McClure holds a B.A. in Communication with a focus on news/editorial as well as a minor in English from the University of Utah. She is the author of the full-length poetry collection Shift//Motion that encompasses different themes of movement, travel, and nature. Her writings and poetry have appeared or is forthcoming in Pyre Publishing, Paper and Ink, Touchstones, Catalyst, and elsewhere. She is of Finnish descent and is a member of the Finlandia Foundation. Sonja loves attending poetry readings and was delighted to take part in the Utah Humanities Book Festival last fall. She’s a nature enthusiast, a dog lover, a coffee connoisseur and she possesses a strong sense of wanderlust.
Outside of her love of poetry and literature, Sonja has always had a passion for dancing and music. She started ballet at the age of 6. Over the years, she studied many dance techniques including modern and jazz. She was part of the performing group, Dance Ensemble. Also, she pursued piano and voice lessons. Later, she discovered belly dance, mesmerized by using different props including, fans, veil, basket, finger cymbals and double swords. Sonja enjoys learning various belly dance styles such as: Egyptian and Turkish but she is most fond of Tribal Fusion and ATS, both which originated in the United States. Connect with Sonja on IG: @sonjasolstice.  

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