Tuesday, January 25, 2011

A Red, Red Rose

O my love's like a red, red rose,
    That's newly sprung in June;
O my love's like the melody
    That's sweetly played in tune.

Sunday, January 16, 2011


The Costalegre is home to many talented individuals. Bar None is intended to be a forum that highlights the creativity of writers who are here long-time or short-term. In the winter of 2009-10, a small group of people that shared a love of writing met in Barra de Navidad.

Some are published writers and some are dipping their toes in creative waters for the first time. Knowing that art which is not shared withers away and dies, the idea was born for this Review. We will follow up with new volumes of the Bar None anthologies as material continues to be made available.
photo © Mark Butkus 2010; art © Sharon McBride 2010

Bar None: An Anthology of English Writing from the Costalegre, published in 2010, is available for purchase at select locations in the Costalegre including Chynna's Backstage Bar in Barra de Navidad. For those outside the Costalegre, the Bar None Anthology is available through Amazon.

Published in 2012 Take Two: Another Anthology of English Writing from the Costalegre continues on with more tales, poetry and art from the little Mexican drinking village with a fishing problem. Critics agree that Take Two is heavier than Volume One

photo © Mark Butkus 2015; art © Joe Lusk 2015

Published in 2015, Last Call: Poems, Stories and Art from the Costalegre is dedicated to the memory of our co-founder Charles Longstreet. The Bar None Group has had the honor and privilege of introducing more than 50 poets, artists, writers and musicians over the course of three volumes.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Writing Links and Resources

These are the web pages that link to our favored contributors, resources, and friends of Barra de Navidad and the Bar None Group.

Their writings and insights are more prescient than ours. We encourage you to learn more about them by visiting their thoughts. Links are listed chronologically because that's the way we roll.

Bar None Daily


Latina Voices

Zanne Mack

Movement for the Emancipation of Poetry (Italian)

Statpoet (German)


The Baobab Papers

The Shawback Redemptions

McBride's Organic Farm

The Daily Beat

The Piano Farm

The Garrett

BYPO Revolution

Wellness Renegade

The Writings of Nicole Bataclan

Black Heart Magazine

The New York City Minute

Barra Beth's Blog

Caught in the Cogs

Morena's Bohío

work and poetry

Lum's Space

Between the Essence and the Descent

The Gateless Passage

Keep Calm and Bookworm

Eclipsing Winter

The JulieBook

dVerse Poets Pub


Take It To The Street Poetry

Stephen John Kalinich

Poetry Soup

Concepto Villa Paz

Essaar's Virtual Voyage

I Hate Poetry


Words Before the Door



Modern Life is Rubbish...

Poems From an Open Heart




National Poetry Lab

Hello Poetry

Life Through Words

THE POET BY DAY, the journey in poem

Culture Collage

The Fourth Dimension

a sun kissed life

Russell Rosander Short Stories

Grupo Parasomnia (Peru)


All Poetry

Please let us know of any broken links or links that we are missing.

Saturday, January 1, 2011


I will tell you the dreams of my life
On this deepest of blue nights.
In your hands my soul will tremble,
On your shoulders my cross will rest.