BLJ turns three this month! Glad to share with you artwork (above) from 2 local students, Tom Kwok for the painting and Marco Chan for the mixed-media work - both immensely heart-warming for BLJ's anniversary celebration. Thanks guys!
Also, the following pieces came to me equally passionately to bless this humble literary journal:
You remind me
of that lacquered doll
gave me as a gift --
the kind of doll
I could twist open
again and again,
always to find
— Jacqueline Jules, poet, USA
Balloons, rejoicing and happiness, hopes and dreams.
Since its publishing three years ago, BALLOONS has striven to bring in the magic of language into people's lives. From contrasting and dramatic art pieces, to witty cute poems, the beauty of literature is shown vividly through intricate words and graphics. This magazine brings one venture through audacious journeys, travelling across dimensions and worlds in different perspectives.
While thought exists, words are alive and literature becomes an escape, not from, but into living'. BALLOONS LIT JOURNAL, an intellectual and visual delight, has inspired young readers and writers to appreciate the wonder of literature. Marking the third year of its publishing, this magazine has brought allurement and fascination to readers throughout its previous five issues.
Balloons, rejoicing and happiness, hopes and dreams. Looking forward to more magic to come.
— Oscar Au, student, Hong Kong
For small readers of ‘Balloons Lit’
When you let go of a balloon
and dream of soaring someday soon
...far away into the blue...
your imagination will be flying high
long before you take to the sky.
You read stories in your favorite magazine
that carry you there in the meantime.
Perhaps you want to say: ‘thanks’
and ‘may the heavens bless you.’
Travel angels love to listen
to grateful children’s wishes
and happily help young wings unfold
for journeys of tomorrow.
— Monika John, writer, USA
Words of blessing
to Balloons Lit Journal,
with inspiring thoughts
sent your way.
Turning three has filled us with glee.
Balloons are floating in the air
bringing lots of joy to you and me.
— Mary Bone, poet, USA
Thanks to all of you who have contributed to BLJ by writing, reading, and/or enjoying. I'm looking forward to exploring many more three-years of BLJ!
Children's author Jacqueline Jules recommends BLJ Issue 5.
BALLOONS Lit. Journal was first established in November 2014. This young magazine turns two this month with four lovely and moving issues produced so far. While we received blessings from all over the world, the following texts (together with this cute drawing from Marco Chan, a secondary 1 student from Hong Kong) are particularly thoughtful and thus I'd like to share them with you here:
“Happy 2nd Anniversary to Balloons Lit Journal! Thanks for a magazine that is both an intellectual and visual delight! May you continue to inspire young readers and writers for many years to come.”
— Jacqueline Jules, author, poet, librarian, Arlington, Virginia
“Alles Gute zum zweiten Geburtstag, BLJ!”
— Rebecca Linam, teacher, Alabama, USA. (That's "All the best for your second birthday" in German, the subject I teach.)
“Happy Big 2! Thank you, thank you, thank you for existing. World's a better place for it, and it's been waiting for you.
And great wonder is ahead...”
Everywhere there’s a poem
waiting to be read.
That goose has sat there
in all kinds of weather
upon her eggs.
— Joe Bisicchia, Public Affairs Professional, Marlton, NJ
BLJ 2nd Anniversary
I soared into the starry night sky
Clutching onto a balloon
Reaching eagerly for fluffy clouds
Touching the glimmering moon
Travelling across the vast universe
With just a book in my hand
Adventuring in pages of words, through
Glamorous kingdoms and lands
Two years have passed in a blink of an eye
Since the journal's publishing
Each issue brings us to a whole new world
Fun and exhilarating
Frederick Douglass said "Once you learn to read,
you will be forever free."
I grinned widely at the balloons engrained
Continuing journeys in glee
— Ting-hei Au (Oscar), student (Secondary 1), Hong Kong
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