Submission Policy

Mel BrakE Press acquires first serial rights to all work published. Mel BrakE Press also reserves the right to electronically archive any content published.

All other rights revert to author upon publication.

Mel BrakE Press has a liberal submission policy, and will accept poetry manuscripts (not books) for its next publication cycle, the Spring of 2018.

We do not charge a reading fee. We DO NOT PAY TO PUBLISH YOUR WORK.

We only accept submissions via email for collection of poems. Please send no more than 3-5 pages of poetry as an email attachment using standard MS format. We do not accept epic manuscripts:10 pages or more will be rejected.

Please note in subject line: "Submission".

Manuscripts that do not follow our guidelines
will be subject to rejection. We do not publish books.

Direct submissions or questions to:

Thank you

Sunday, October 19, 2014


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Mother May I?

Mother may I,
Hold you tight?
May I brush your hair?
And kiss your hands?

Mother may I,
May I under-wrongs?
And make it fair?

Mother, my mother,
From the first opening of my eyes
To the first time I shut them tight
You were the apple of my eye

Mother - Mother
Know that at night
I go back to that place
and stay there until sunrise

Mother of mine,
Don’t shut your eyes
Don’t let go
Don’t leave
Don’t say goodnight

Hear my cry?
Hear me wail,
and fight back life?
See me wilt,
watch me break.

Mother dearest,
Hero, Angel,
Comforter, Caretaker
Mine, of mine,
Please. Please.
May I have more time
I’m not ready to say goodbye

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