to "In Our Own Words," the Ezine from BBBooks. We publish and distribute
books, list "Calls for Submission," Contests, and
Writing Classes here on our web
We are a grass roots organization, not a corporate entity, so
we don't dance to the dollar sign. You can expect to find thought-provoking,
creative, alternative writing, information and politics right
here. We offer the "People Before Profits
Poetry Prize" each year and offer all kinds of other
stuff for writers, poets, students, educators, spiritual types,
feminists, humanists, and activists. We're people who follow
their conscience, but like to have fun too!
writers in this edition of In Our Own Words
range in age from their teens to their 80s and came to our attention
as a result of their entering our annual PBPP Prize.
editorial philosophy is simple: Writers respond to life;
they chronicle our times and remind us what it is like to be
writing strikes a truth and reflects how events in our nutty
world affect us. While vulgarity is often a part of our daily
lives, the profane used for its own sake, rarely benefits anyone.
Nevertheless, since expression is largely a matter of individual
taste, we accept all styles and forms of poetry and prose. While
the writing we've chosen reminds us that life isn't always pretty,
we choose writing that
reminds us that life can be extraordinary!
Rarely do difficulties between humans have simple solutions
that can be solved by "products" (other than basic
food, shelter, medical care). Attempts to buy a remedy for
an intellectual, emotional, spiritual quandary "in a
box" inevitably masks and delays the hard work we must
do to evolve as humans. Many writers discover, process, clarify
and make evident their own and even our human collective intellectual,
emotional and spiritual evolution through their work.
Should we choose to look outside ourselves to the ever-present,
always-willing-to-hook-our-attention commercial media, we
will be find simplistic formulas. Actual life is enormously
complex. Commercial interests rarely present us with accurate
versions of history.
At BBP we believe writing is an artform, a process, and a
fundamental human right. We understand that all writing has
a political context, even through omission. On the other hand,
overly polemic, dogmatic writing does little to inspire readers
to think for themselves. At BBP we wish to support the power
to think independently, the most precious component of human
BBP is not affiliated with any particular political or religious
group. Writings contained on this web site do not necessarily
represent the opinions of the staff or management of BBP.