A Long Island Endeavor

Soliciting poems and photographs

for a forthcoming anthology: 

Paumanok, Transition

Submission period begins November 15th 2019,

Must be postmarked by 

August 15th, 2020 (deadline)

Welcome those who live or lived on Paumanok,

Brooklyn/Queens, Nassau/Sufflok.

(The 3rd and last book of a trilogy.)


You may know about

(1) Paumanok, Poems and Pictures of Long Island, about our natural environment, then

2) Paumanok, Interwoven, about people in relationship to one another. Now, with


Barbara Southard

our Poet Laureate in Suffolk County


Evelyn Kandel

our Poet Laureate in Nassau County


Paumanok, Transition

will be about the changes we make in our lives

or the ones that just happen to us

or someone we know 

or don’t know.

Editorial Staff: 

Richard Bronson, Carmen Bugan, Linda Dickman, Kathy Donnelly, Carolyn Emerson, Gladys Henderson, Mindy Kronenberg, 

Robert Savino, Barbara Southard, Gayl Teller, Pramila Venkateswaran and Claire Nicolas White.


There needs to be rules, so here they are:

Into a snail-mail envelope addressed to —


Island Sound Press

c/o Kathy Donnelly

18 Main Street

Stony Brook, New York, 11790



A)  cover letter with:

1) the list of your poems/photographs (titled), 

2) your name, address, phone number, email address and 

3) a 5-7 line bio.


B) Theme is TRANSITION, must be OK for ‘children of all ages’ to read.


C) Your poems: just one poem on the page(s), any style: free verse, rhyme and forms. If published elsewhere, name the publisher, where it was published and date.  (If you have retained copyright on your poem).  If your poems have appeared in books, you  may need permission from the publisher as well as your own.)  Write your name after the poem.


D) Your photographs- Please send photos to kfd1977@hotmail.com, 5x7, 300 DPI, B&W or color. Photographs should be taken on Long Island. Those selected will be printed in the book from their original electronic files. I'll be working with Rob Bonanno at Color Images Photo Lab in Holbrook.  Include your name, address, phone number, Title of the photograph and location of the photo. Photos are chosen to complement the poem. If a photograph selected is published elsewhere and you have retained the copyright, please send the name of the publication, publisher and date.  You may need permission from a publisher as well as your own. 


Poems and Pictures will be carefully selected.

The book will be available as an e-book at a nominal fee. 

A printed book will need to be ordered 

for no more than its cost.

Examples from the last book:

Terry Amburgey


Paumanok: "The island with its breast long drawn out.”

W.W. Brooklyn Standard


A Midwesterner, an inlander,

a lover of the interior,

arrives on Long Island. “Paumanok!”

he whispers, savoring his Whitman,

local aborigine. “Paumanok,” he says,

half aloud. He feels salt water swaying

on every side of him. He looks around

for the rows and rows of ripening

corn he’d sighted down since he was

pushed from the womb. None. Expressways.


“Paumanok,” he repeats, looking

at a map. “Manhasset…Mineola…Massapequa,

”he reads. He picks out the red and green lines

looping the long breast. He turns them

on his tongue like strange herbs.


”he intones. “Wantagh and Wickapogue.


”He feels a mist drifting in from the shore.

“Quogue and Nissequogue, Nesconsett

and Amagansett,” he sings. He hears the

surf spashing nearer. “Commack

and Speonk and Setauket,” he chants,

“Ronkonkoma, Ronkonkoma.” “Shinnecock,

Peconic.” In the middle of a fog

sliding inland off the sea like

the souls of the dead, he says, softly,

“Mattituck, Montauk.” He whispers,

“Paumanok, Paumanok.” He begins

to hear voices from the interior.



Norbert Krapf

R Robert Harrison



you spread your finned fingers

118 miles east from New York Harbor to Montauk Point,

stretch 23 miles north-south from Long Island Sound

to the southern Atlantic coast,

1,401 square miles of luscious you



you embrace more than 7.5 million devotees

between limbs of the Pine Barrens

from the peak of Jayne’s Hill to the kettle depths

of Lake Ronkonkoma, across emerald lawns

of Gold Coast mansions, past strip stores and busy malls,


along Poospatuck and Shinnecock Reservations

through native-named towns of Nissequogue

Massapequa, Canarsie, Patchogue, Amagansett, Asharoken,

Commack, Copiague, Rockaway, Manhasset, Sagaponack


your vineyards ripe with vintage abundance

arboretums and planting fields vibrant with blossoms 

your tears of sorrow and happiness quenching us

enchanting us with your legends and mysteries

alerting us to your federally-endangered Sandplain Gerardia

your Roseate Tern, Bird’s Foot Violet, Piping Plover


teach us to love you, honor you, abide by your unspoken rules

educate us Stony Brook, SUNY, NYIT, Adelphi, Hofstra, LIU,

Dowling, Molloy, Nassau Community, Suffolk Community


museums, galleries, parks, preserves, aquariums, zoos

– with your brains and talent-show beauty, it’s no wonder you

are the most populated island of any US state or territory


Paumanok, home

to our Islanders, Mets, Ducks, The Big Duck,

the Hamptons wealthy with elegance

Jones Beach, the amphitheatre, the needle, the boardwalk


clamming, crabbing, floating

on your bosom of water

crossing your estuaries, your rivers, your flowing birth waters

commuting your byways, your highways, routes to your heart


ferries at Port Jefferson, Orient Point, Shelter Island

Fire Island Lighthouse

9 bridges and 13 tunnels funneling your lovers

across your historic land


you move us, yearn for our return

with major airstrips at LaGuardia, JFK, MacArthur

railroads, subways, buses, recreational trails, drive-ways


north-south BQE, Van Wyck, Clearview, Cross Island,

Meadowbrook, Wantagh, Seaford Oyster Bay , Robert Moses Causeway, Sagtikos, Sunken Meadow, William Floyd


east-west Belt/Southern State, Grand Central/Northern State,

LIE, Northern Blvd, Jericho Tpke, Hempstead Tpke,

Montauk Hwy, Sunrise


to sunset, you give of yourself, ask nothing in return –

mold us to deserve your generosity

help us to preserve your integrity



we worship you, the ground we walk on, plant in, grow on

arms entwined in fins, protect us from harming you, help us

conserve you, secure you, love us as we adore you

beloved Paumanok,

our Paumanok.



~ J R Turek    

Did Albert die?


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