Thursday, October 31, 2013

NEW Online Poetry Magazine! BLUE HERON REVIEW

"Great Blue Heron" used with permission by artist, Daniel Adams

Blue Heron Review is an online poetry magazine specializing in mystical and spiritual verse.  Blue Heron provides a space for poets who offer a positive message about living fully and engaging with the world through beauty, a sense of community and acceptance.

Blue Heron strives to promote and feature works that nourish the soul, encourage deep reflection and support a peaceful life path.  Blue Heron poets embrace the concepts of:  joy, abundance, grace, love, light, connection, awareness, acceptance, balance, peace, one’s soul path, and spirit in their works.  Think, Rumi ~ think, Hafiz!

We are getting ready to announce our reading period for the 2nd issue of Blue Heron Review, which will have an online publication date of summer 2014 The FIRST Blue Heron is due to be released as an online issue ~ winter / 2014.  Please watch this space for further information, regarding guidelines and submission deadlines.  For a general overview, please click on the tab for Submission Guidelines on the Blue Heron Review website.  We look forward to reading your thoughts on life, through the lens of poetry.

Thank you!
~Cristina M. R. Norcross, Editor

Please send all correspondence and submissions to:


Thursday, October 10, 2013

The Red Drum: Selected and New Poems (2nd ed.) NOW AVAILABLE on Amazon!

The 2nd edition of my poetry collection, The Red Drum: Selected and New Poems, is NOW AVAILABLE on Amazon!

Click HERE to order

Reviews of The Red Drum:

"The Red Drum is a heart-felt collection of poems written by a woman quite obviously in love with living.  Cristina Norcross sets out to celebrate the joy of living in the presence of authentic moments, and these poems are just one way, I imagine, that she succeeds in doing this.  As a reader, I go to poems in search of beautiful language, and light, and wisdom.  And I found quite a few gems in The Red Drum."

~Ingrid Goff-Maidoff, author of: Befriending the Soul, Moonlight and Remembrance, What Holds Us, The Honey Sutras, Calling Forth the Riches, Conversing with the Holy, Good Mother Welcome and other titles. (

"The Red Drum by Cristina M. R. Norcross is a testimony to the transformative power of words.  Her masterful poems find joy and meaning in every day experiences through vivid language and imagery."                             
~ Michele Wehrwein Albion, author of The Florida Life of Thomas Edison, The Quotable Edison, The Quotable Henry Ford and The Quotable Eleanor Roosevelt.
"Cristina Norcross’s THE RED DRUM is a joy to read. Like a camera captures precious moments, her poems capture the emotions of those moments. In simple yet elegant language, she writes of a love of words—words that she uses to create those special moments as well as the emotions surrounding them.”
~ Maureen Hand, author of Write the Snapshots of Life. (

“The Red Drum resonates with fine texture of delicate sounds and moments captured in time- woven with the intricate and delicate workmanship of a spider’s web that glistens with dew. Like an orb, her words reflect life and light under our glorious sun, moon and stars. 

Share time with Cristina and sip the magic of her amazing mindscapes that bring gentle enchantment through every captured moment.”

 ~ Brenda V Northeast, author /illustrator/artist of five children’s picture books. (

Friday, October 04, 2013

The Red Drum (2nd edition) by Cristina M. R. Norcross coming soon! (Publication Date: Fall, 2013)

The Red Drum by Cristina M. R. Norcross  (Lone Gull Press, 2013)

Wisconsin author Cristina M. R. Norcross writes about the sacred, every day moments that bring us joy, while reflecting on what makes the soul search for philosophical answers to modern living.  Inspired by the beauty of landscapes, nature, visual art, music, parenthood, faith and the creative process itself, Ms. Norcross sheds light on why we need to strive for more out of life than just the external or temporal.  The Red Drum has poems for every searching soul.

Cristina M. R. Norcross is the author of Land & Sea: Poetry Inspired by Art (2007), The Red Drum (2008, 2013), Unsung Love Songs (2010) and The Lava Storyteller (2013).  Her works appear in North American and international journals, such as The Toronto Quarterly, Red Cedar, Your Daily Poem and The Nervous Breakdown.  Featured in the BVAG show, ARTiculate (2011, 2012), Cristina's work also appears in the anthologies, Contemporary Women’s Literature (2007), Verse and Vision (2011, 2012) and Sounds of Solace (forthcoming).  She was the co-editor for the project One Vision: A Fusion of Art and Poetry in Lake Country (2009-11) and is currently one of the co-organizers of Random Acts of Poetry and Art Day.  Find out more at: 

Sample Poem from The Red Drum:

Growing Windows

What the body remembers

is the swell of oceans –

the tumult of lengthening limbs –

hands that start writing

the stories of age

with each stretching muscle.

No bump is showing –

yet I’m feeling thick around the middle.

My soft, tender belly

knows curves –

roundness was here for three pregnancies.

Two of them stayed and grew.

A woman’s torso extends to fill space.

Age walks –

it wanders into wisdom unknowingly

and finds the longest book to read.

We may be here awhile,

says the body.

Take root,

grow windows

and look out.

Cristina M. R. Norcross

Copyright 2012