ubterranean Blue Poetry
Volume V Issue IV


The Cover Art/Photo:

“the rites of Spring”

by Patrick Ennis


"quiet shadows dance

the trees,

across the brick façade

blue, blue sky . . . "

and shadowbox clouds

dimebag of Cremona

decanter runner

I looked 4 him

I look 4 him

through the falling snow

the cartesian horse

by water,

somewhere in English Bay

love makes you beautiful

a little piece of Spanish Harlem

somewhere in the blue

love is king

love is

in this crypt of Summer

windsong castle

and open ends

ride the night

the blue

the music



Subterranean Blue Poetry
Volume V Issue IV
(April 2017)

Subterranean Blue Poetry

© 2017

Love Shadow

by Gregg Dotoli

As the first Spring rain

follows the sea

my mind seeks thee

heartbeat chimes and silver thoughts

ignite my soul

a love shadow

chases my blissful spirit


A murmuration of starlings

by Corey Mesler

A murmuration of starlings

at the bird feeder,

and dirt-bathing beneath,

recalls for me,

inexplicably, how I would

place my palm

on your soft, pale stomach,

and feel the universe there,

so young, so

numinous, so full of dying stars.


by Corey Mesler

(for Linda Heck)

The dogs in the woods have all been

blessed. They are no longer

subject to the moon’s recalcitrance.

A small girl, no bigger than

a whisper, clad in white, brought out

the stone. I placed it on the table

with the others, underneath the glim

of Dee’s ball. Late at night,

while I am seeking the elusive slipstream

of sleep, I can hear the stones.

They are muttering secret names for

maladies I am only now beginning to harvest.


If It’s Not One Thing

by David Iasevoli

the lamp light fell             a married woman            before the alarm

pierced the morning          broke the spell                of desire & dust

still dark outside                bright within                   a carnival affair

at autumn’s edge                whisper of ice                up from her book

a family of deer                  home in the garden        California grazing

blessing from afar              still and tensed               deep meditation

in the meadow of thistles   the wind picking up       surge of Pacific

soft contrapunto                 strong scent of lilacs       back to the space

of wooden chimes              and desert morning         Sangre de Cristo

insistent jays                      fighting the chill              soft-falling snow

Featured Poet: William Carlos Williams

The Spring Storm


William Carlos Williams

The sky has given over

its bitterness.

Out of the dark change

all day long

rain falls and falls

as if it would never end.

Still the snow keeps

its hold on the ground.

But water, water

from a thousand runnels!

It collects swiftly,

dappled with black

cuts a way for itself

through green ice in the gutters.

Drop after drop it falls

from the withered grass-stems

of the overhanging embankment.

Missed Connections

Craigslist Montreal – Missed Connections – March 1st, 2016 - Anonymous

happy late valentines day - m4w

happy late valentines day Monique

steve miller band - true fine love

i'll keep posting songs for you ;)

(N.B.: “is there caramel with that?” – a note from the editor

“the good kind . . . not the hard kind that cracks your teeth” - a note from the other editor

“and ice cream!” – a note from the cat

"meow!" - says the other cat)

Book Reviews

Freedom Writes: Soul Affirmations for the New America.

Byline: Subterranean Blue Poetry

Title of Book: Freedom Writes

Contributing Writers: Anne Rhodes, Marv Borgman, Jamie Brookes, Ian Downing, Michael Ellis, Susan McCartney, Reasie Rena Robertson, Bridie Breen, Suzanne Weaver Vignaud, Venice Hughes, Beatrice Othieno-Ahere, Thomasene C. Rogers, Aakash Deep, Vera McBride, Debra Smaszcz-Shtayeh, Jonathan Douglas, Maurice MaNGOD Higgs, Abhishek Kumar Singh, Brian Machiavelli Ombura, Diann Byrd Inge, Douglas Strobel, Jane Veronica Tennant, Saurabh K. Maurya, Bruce Alford, Khadijah (Khalifa) Zirri, Jacqueline Walker Garrett, Emmanuel Isaac Akobi, Willie Sumlin, Irene Emanuel, Tina Clowes Kay, Uvi Thy-Tempest Omimi Okoro, Sher Gillard, Cynthia Sales, Arshad Ayyub, Niyi Babade, Rizwan Muhammad, Corey Cowan, Sajid Ali, Kimberlynne Darby Newton

Compiled by: Kimberlynne Darby Newton and Anne Rhodes

Edited by: Rebecca Anne Banks

Publisher: Subterranean Blue Poetry

Date of Publication: 2017

Pages: 132

“Tryna rain, tryna rain on the thunder
Tell the storm I’m new
I’m a walk, I’m a march on the regular
Painting white flags blue”
- from Freedom by Beyonce Knowles and Kendrick Lamar

Freedom Writes is an anthology, a fantastical write in freedom poetry, a continuation of the story of an end to violence against innocents, an end to oppression in the United States and everywhere. The poetry reads as soul affirmations for the rights of all oppressed people for civil rights and self-autonomy under God. This book was compiled by Kimberlynne Darby Newton, a Poet and former professor at Alabama State University and Poet Anne Rhodes. The Contributing Poets come from all walks of life, they are teachers, Veterans and disabled Veterans, writers, artists, musicians, singers, photographers, filmmakers, psychotherapists, journalists, students, wives, husbands, parents, and children. Also, this book is international including poets from the U.K., Ireland, Nigeria, Kenya, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa, and from across the United States.

The theme of the Anthology is Freedom, a cry freedom in violent times when people’s rights and safety are being infringed upon by an often oppressive systemic undertow in N.A. In the violence of Existential absurdist theatre, the black culture does not have the same structure as the dominant white culture, as people and ideas clash in the idea of what America should be, violence rains down. Absurdist theatre is a conflict of wills, one person or group of people may want to do something, live a certain way and another person or group of people may want to do something, live a certain way and the two ideals clash manifesting conflict and sometimes violence. This systemic violence does not only apply to racial tensions but exists when people do not have an idea of God, have not been mentored or discerned effectively for love and work, when they do not understand themselves enough, when they are too emotionally hurt, and conflict occurs. This art installation is a wave in light as people express themselves in the the way of love and poetry for their ideal of peace, love and freedom.

Michael Ellis, an American Poet who teaches poetry to prison inmates is an iconic write in Freedom Writes. His poem SOAR is a classic presentation of Hip-Hop/Harlem Renaissance influenced poetry that captures the imagination and creates ecstatic experience, as you become a bird transcending in the sky. A fantastical poem.

Kimberlynne Darby Newton, an American Poet, formerly a history professor at an Alabama University, is a study in the black sacred feminine, a song of love. As one of the voices of black America she is an instrument of the language, a song of freedom. Poet Newton rocs.

Beatrice Othieno-Ahere is a Poet from Kenya. The poem FREEDOM, reaches into the soul and attempts to recapture the sacrament of God.

“Free from a negative world
That denies the mystery”

Niyi Badade is a Nigerian Poet/journalist in the poem FREEDOM, is creative use of language and a considered rhythm, a celebration, a great read.

Reasie Reena Robertson an American Poet, homemaker, and disabled Veteran explores the nature of power combines and the overconstructed way of the white culture, with the metaphor of life as a game of poker in A STACKED DECK. Inspiring the comment “if I had known I was born playing poker, I would have been born with a deck of cards in my hands.”

Sher Gillard a Poet from New Zealand writes INDIGENOUS UNSEEN, a story of the Maori, a protest for equal rights.

Abhishek Kumar Singh, a rap artist and graphic artist from India writes UNLEASHED, a story of demons and suffering in a Beat tradition style.

Saurabh K. Maurya, a self-taught visual artist writes the poem PALACE OF TIME, a story of suffering that brushes with the Symbolist tradition.

Willie Sumlin a Poet/Artist living in California, writes inspiring, free train of thought poems.

“Deep, deep, deepest, a rapid tremble, uncontainable
reservoir, that rupture, a rushing flow, drained.

He wants to be loved, true love, passionate love, a love that
beckons memories, a moment to be near, he longs, endless
search, his soul drips, a silent weep, love, a special love, a
soothing love, he wants to be loved.”

Visions of America . . . in a democracy, people have the right to have their say, to talk, to express their opinions, the Artists/Poets have a right to create and celebrate the society, they are the lifeblood of the soul of the Community. The role of the Artist/Poet is to enlighten, report abuses, tell the truth, celebrate, create new mythologies, heal wounds. Freedom Writes is a song of freedom, a song of democracy, of the sacrament of love in action in autonomy under God. A discovery of a world in alignment with peace, a system that is righteous in alignment with Community peace and prosperity. All God asks of us is to follow your calling for love, follow your calling for work and not hurt each other. All wars are just broken love affairs. In all arguments, it is important to be on the right side of God, then your opinion is righteous, ideally there would be no arguements. Prejudice and human rights abuse is often a reflection of self-esteem issues, making a person or a group of people “the Other” is often a way for the perpetrator (perhaps someone who has had too many lovers and is suffering or who has an ego complex and thinks he is better than others or has soul colour discordance or who holds false beliefs) to blow off anger and insecurity, to feel better. Violence against an innocent is suffering both for the victim and for the person who caused it, it is karmic dissonance, it will be magnified and reflected back to the trespasser eventually, all trespass will come to light through the Oracles/village elders, there is a natural reckoning through the Holy Spirit way for justice and peace.

A posse of wild horses running in a river, the day . . . the light and water shimmers down, running, running wild, running free, Freedom Writes, a brilliant read compiled by Kimberlynne Darby Newton.

Available @ Amazon.ca.


Many forms in water: the Spiritus.

Byline: Subterranean Blue Poetry

Title of Book: Many forms in water

Author: Rachel Moritz

Publisher: above/ground press

Date of Publication: 2014

Pages: 18

“From the City of Constellations
To the wanderer
And a Place of Rains . . . “
- from Water Shows The Hidden Heart by Enya

Many forms in water is a celebration of the feminine essence in the New Age Renaissance Republic of poetry by Rachel Moritz and above/ground press. Rachel Moritz is a Poet/Poetry Editor/Poetry Publisher living and working in Minneapolis. She has been published in American journals and is the author of four chapbooks.

This poetry is enigmatic, of distances and broken spaces, that are soothed in nature imagery. The inside of the essence of the woman, the mother, as if a searching, a Zen that dwells inside water and healing, the goddess as home. The nature imagery is written into the sorrow, a subtle backdrop perfectly woven giving subtlety and continuity inside mystery. It is a quest.

“Many forms in water may also be found in clouds

In the turning season, your one clay divided from hers. Like swans, riding a tourniquet of wind. Winter’s aureole, cleft before a fallen oak whose breath is your only explanation. Whose path yields the cabin doorway, hard of hand on burnished leaves. And whose water gathers from the pump, the dark maker. Glued to a world your senses decided, as when millions of years earlier the silence of nature broke.”

The poetry is broken thoughtspeak in narrative form, a beautiful woman’s lament. Poet Moritz tells a broken story in symbolist forms and truths, with mystery, the subtle overture, in the magic of the feminine, the celebration of spititual love. As if someone caught, in the sky, watching the days pass by, romance, as the clouds pass and go by, a spiritus.

The quiet of the beauty of the goddess reflected in water and sky, Many forms in water, a brilliant read from Rachel Moritz and above/ground press.

Available @ above/ground press.

"the figures

walk past


the snow falls . . . "

a pentagogue garden


Rebecca Anne Banks

when the day settles

right in front of you

the poetry writes

like fashioning

a beautiful piece of jewelry

a pentagogue garden

conduit 4 wings

the angel in white

you remind me

of somewhere past yesterday

o’ don’t hurt the children of Aleppo

the children are star notes

the song in the sky

(and the things that happen

on dark winter nights)

men understand violence too well

tales of Ovid Morton

the Jimmy June girl

on swivel Dakota

love, as certain as funerals

arch fiends of didacto

dope prog at the coliseum

bit carrot moon

he only lives in love

things fall apart

she only lives in love

things fall apart

raging at the moon.


Rebecca Anne Banks lives in the New Age Renaissance Republique of Poetry. She is the author of over 27 books of poetry, a family cookbook, a book of children’s stories, a book of World Peace Newsletters and a primer on marriage discernment all available at Amazon.ca. She is also the CEO/Artist at Tea at Tympani Lane Records (www.tympanilanerecords.com) and The Book Reviewer at The Book Reviewer (www.thebookreviewer.ca).

Gregg Dotoli lives in the New York City area and has studied English at Seton Hall University and has an MBA in Information Assurance from Saint Peter's University. He works as a white-hack hacker but his first love is the arts. His poems have been published in Quail Bell Magazine, Kitchen Poet, Four Quarters Magazine, Calvary Cross, Dead Snakes, Halcyon Magazine, Allegro Magazine, the Mad Swirl, Voices Project, Writing Raw and Down in the Dirt.

Patrick Ennis was born in Ottawa, Ontario. One of a set of twin boys in a family of 4, he and his siblings were strongly encouraged to embrace the arts by their actress mother. He received formal training from the late poet laureate Patrick White of Ottawa. He has had dozens of shows all over Canada including a television show in Saskatchewan called Painting with Pat. Patrick's subject matter covers a wide variety including landscape, still life, portraiture, surrealism and abstract impressionism, he has recently been interested in exploring the cosmic realm in his work. http://www.facebook.com/PatrickEnisarts/.

David Iasevoli Ed.D., grew up in Brooklyn and now lives and teaches in the Adirondack Mountains of Upstate New York. He serves as an Associate Professor of M.S.Ed. Program Leader on the SUNY Plattsburgh Branch Campus in Queensbury. His wife, Dianne, makes movies. He studied at Amherst College with Bob Thurman (eternal guru and Uma's father), and received his doctorate from Columbia University. The poets who were central to his dissertation are Donne, Stevens, Jorie Graham, and Gwendolyn Brooks. He has traveled through 50 states and loves the deserts of the Southwest, especially White Sands and Death Valley. He has published both poetry and non-fiction, and studied at the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference with Natasha Tretheway.

Corey Mesler has been published in numerous anthologies and journals including Poetry, Gargoyle, Five Points, Good Poems American Places, and Esquire/Narrative. He has published 9 novels, 4 short story collections, and 5 full-length poetry collections. He’s been nominated for the Pushcart many times, and 2 of his poems were chosen for Garrison Keillor’s Writer’s Almanac. With his wife he runs a 141 year-old bookstore in Memphis. He can be found at http://coreymesler.wordpress.com.

Rachel Moritz is an American Poet who lives and works in Minneapolis. She is a poetry editor for Konundrum Engine Literary Review and is a poetry publisher for WinteRed Press. She has had poetry published in VOLT, TYPO, 26, Iowa Review, Denery Quarterly, Colorado Review, Aufgabe, American Letters and Commentary. She has written 4 Chapbooks, Elementary Rituals, Night-Sea and The Winchester Monologues and Many forms in water.

Kimberlynne Darby Newton "is a child of God. A mother, wife, daughter, and friend to many, she is a former World History teacher at Alabama State University. Now she is, happily, a poet."*

William Carlos Williams is a Puerto Rican-American Poet/Doctor/Essayist/Novelist and Playwright born in Rutherford, New Jersey. He studied to be a doctor at the University of Pennsylvania where he met Ezra Pound. He practiced medicine and wrote in Rutherford, New Jersey. He married Florence Herman and they had two sons. He began writing as an Imagist Poet and also knew Allen Ginsberg. He won the National Book Award for Poetry, an award from the National Institute of Arts and Letters and posthumously the Pulitzer Prize for Pictures from Brueghel and Other Poems. He is best known for Kora in Hell, Spring and All, Pictures from Brueghel and Other Poems, Patersonations amongst others.

*Newton, Kimberlynne Darby et al. Freedom Writes. (Montreal: Subterranean Blue Poetry, 2017), 123.