Monday, June 27, 2016

Ivan Jenson - Two Poems

Going Green

You have shared
very profound insights
into the human condition
and shown yourself
to be an intellect of
the highest order
while
shedding light
on important
dark issues
while alluding
to some bigger
implications
which could
effect the well being
of generations to come
however, I confess
I have been
unable to fully
absorb
your brilliant
truth
due to
a spinach chive
on your front
tooth


Spring Cleaning
May I give you
a deconstructive
criticism
concerning
your post-modern
past tense
predicament
which led
to your current
state of unease
and do you mind
if I point you
away from
your newfound fame
in the blame game
where your parents
are at fault
for the sink-hole
you are in
and may I
hit you
below
the belt
with my tough
love
and thereby
bring you
to your knees
so that you get down
to scrubbing
the floors of
your subconscious
until everything is
spic and span
and your attitude
changes to “Yes, I can!”



Ivan Jenson is a fine artist, novelist and contemporary poet. His artwork was featured in Art in America, Art News, and Interview Magazine and has sold at auction at Christie’s. Ivan has written two novels, Dead Artist and Seeing Soriah, both of which illustrate the creative and often dramatic lives of artists. Jenson's poetry is widely published (with over 500 poems published in the US, UK and Europe) in a variety of literary media. Ivan Jenson's website is: www.IvanJenson.com

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

John Mingay - One Poem

Downwind

I never could
splinter
the waxing waters
of a certain
single flood
coming in

pounding
each minute
beyond being gone

I never was
strong enough
from any
to others
to have beaten
the morning cold

my breath a fog
thick
like the smiling wind
with evil in its eyes

but you
prone to paying
for whatever is gifted
may never
have plucked
even one short word
from many
a prayer

though
like you
whatever I felt
was felt
as if in my blood

our blood
above ambition

the years
having passed us by



From Paisley, John spent the late 1970's working at The Citizens' Theatre and 1985-90 as Writer-in-Residence and Writer-in-the-Community in Darlington. As managing editor of Raunchland Publications from 1984 to 2009, he initiated and edited 3x4 magazine and the Lung Gom Press, and continues to be widely published in literary reviews, anthologies, collaborative projects and in over forty individual collections.

Monday, June 20, 2016

J. Lewis - One Poem

Filler Text

lorem ipsum he said
you know
the stuff you use
when you don't have content
but you need to see
the lay of the land
the fit of the phrase
the pattern on the page

but my hearing is going
and i swear he said
dolores whips 'em
and i stopped listening
because i had an instant nightmare
the spanish inquisition
led not by the church
but by the household servants
where anything
and everything i said
had been heard
recorded
reported

the accusations cracked
like a whip
against my conscience
splaying my resolve
laying my heart as bare
as a tree in winter

oh, yes i thought
oh, yes
no one ever hides the truth
when sweet dolores whips 'em



J. Lewis is an internationally published poet, musician, and nurse practitioner. When he is not otherwise occupied, he is often on a kayak, exploring and photographing the waterways near his home in California.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Glen Armstrong - One Poem

Golden Years

Grandfather dreamed
of a champagne

that would stir rebellion
throughout the vineyard.

Grandmother dreamed
of a fur that might rejoin

and resurrect the animal
from which it was ripped.

They held hands with conviction.
There was something they needed

to set straight
but no one left would listen

to their dream-words,
those raspy, whispering yelps

from which language
was born.



Glen Armstrong holds an MFA in English from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and teaches writing at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan. He edits a poetry journal called Cruel Garters and has three recent chapbooks: Set List (Bitchin Kitsch,) In Stone and The Most Awkward Silence of All (both Cruel Garters Press.) His work has appeared in Poetry Northwest, Conduit and Cloudbank.