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
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.
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happy late valentines day Monique
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(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)
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
“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
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.
“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
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.
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.
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.