*Disclaimer: no cats (except the Poet) were fed chocolate. the cat had beef.
“give the cat cake” – says Machiavelli)
No Right on Red: an art nouveau storybook in poetry.
Byline: Subterranean Blue Poetry
Title of Book: No Right on Red
Author: Helen Hajnoczky
Publisher: above/ground press
Date of Publication: 2017
“Woke up, fell out of bed
Dragged a comb across my head”
- from A Day in the Life by the Beatles
No Right on Red is an art nouveau storybook in the New Age Renaissance Republic of Poetry by Helen Hajnoczky.
The Poet/Poetry Editor, a Canadian of Hungarian descent, lives and works in Calgary, Canada. She has studied and
received degrees from the University of Calgary and McGill University. She has been published in journals and
published books and chapbooks, this is her third Chapbook publication with above/ground press.
This Chapbook is revolutionary, an exciting take on the life of an artist in the post-industrial society. The
presentation is a series of staccato lines, each line a separate thought/subject, together forming a truncated
narrative. Each sentence begins with the letter “We”. Seemingly innocuous, this is in fact very powerful. It means
that the Poet is living their life in concert with at least one other person. It means they are going to places, doing
things, together. It means they are thinking in concert, and think the same way, which is idyllic if perhaps
unrealistic, an interesting mythology. This “We” takes the edge off any darkness or any aloneness of the Artist’s
path. Instead of a single violin playing, it is an orchestra in chorus, challenging the lone wolf/orphan elder’s,
a common reality of this transitionary society.
“We are waiting at a red light to turn right. We
are glad we don’t live in a city where people our
age have their own houses and careers and
cars and kids. We are remembering the time we
saw Leather Face at Fouf’s. We are
remembering the time we threw up in Fouf’s.
We are getting drunk at Blue Sunshine
Watching A Christmas Story and Black
Christmas. We are buying Pall Mall 20 packs
because we can’t afford 25. We are lying in the
grass at Jeanne-Mance.”
The Chapbook is the story of a girl Artist/student, and her friend(s), living and working in Montreal. It is
experiential, everything is happening now, breath in life, even if things are difficult. There is talk of job
interviews, friends leaving for other cities, friends taking jobs elsewhere, crying, throwing up, smoking, what
they are eating, biking, watching baseball, going to school, playing gigs . . . a smorgasbord of life. The story
is avant garde, enigmatic, a truth-telling, a travelogue to places Montreal, the gritty side of a day in the life,
perhaps not having a lot of monies, living in inexpensive places, the underside of heartache in a war economy, the
edge taken off of everything with “We”.
Borrowing from the Beat Poetry tradition, an evolution in New Age literature. Truly a gifted Poet, a brilliant write
from Generation Y, No Right on Red by Helen Hajnoczky.
“when i close my eyes and i think of the memory”
- from Right Now by Seyi Shay
Songs for Orente is a suite of poetry from Psalm A Praise, the Poet gazing at the moon, in worship of the Muse,
a Nigerian love song. Psalm A Praise is a Poet, novelist, teacher and gospel singer from Nassarawa State, Nigeria. He
speaks Yoruba, Hausa and English.
This poetry is an original and exciting presentation of the English language. With new word juxtapositions and imagery,
the Poet brings a fresh gaze to the genre of the love poem, creating new synergies in the New Age Renaissance Republic
The poetry is in the masculine essence, the god of war in love formation, writing love poetry. There is use of nature
and death imagery that intertwines, like the dark and light side of the moon, creating a dialectic and a dance in love.
The poetry is driven by passion and the heat of landscape in the African sky.
Did the arrow mishit
And leave you to groan in pain?
Did it pierce so hard
And leave you ignorant at its pull?
It should have stayed
It should have glued to your heart
Or maybe it wasn’t your heart it struck
Yes! It was the wrong point
Is that why you detest Love?
Is that why you are afraid of another arrow?
Oh! Anytime you try to kiss love,
Do your teeth come in Between?
But, cupid has shot again
This time, merging our heart with a different poison
The poison has taken over me
Let me remain please in this state
For, to love you
Is a dream come true
There is original imagery in the everyday of Nigeria, usually linked to food, with local colloquialisms, revealing the
beautiful/conflicted soul of Nigeria. Also, there is allusions to music and dance and the heart, the beautiful love
potion in the Poet’s repertoire of magic, that sings in the art of the love song.
When your love rains
I’ll paint it with thoughts
Ushered from the depth of words
Living in an expecting heart
The street will sing our song
As I will dry ocean of words
To write the lyrics
Even orchestras will sing only you
When your love rains
I’ll be nude to bath
As it will wash my pains
And yield love’s gain
Let your love rain
Rain in abundance
Till my heart can’t contain
Till all I know is you
This poetry is considered, and in cadence as if a series of songs. The rhythm is achieved through the repetition
of words, and the occasional use of rhyme in rhyming couplets.
An affair of the heart, blown into love poetry, the worship of the Muse, the stars and the moon in the nightsky.
The magic of Africa, the magic of love poetry, Songs for Orente by Psalm A Praise.
Available @ Amazon.ca. (pending)
on golden bird
this blue evening . . . "
a found-in at the “no” palace
(o’ f*!&, you f*!&, you f*!&)
Rebecca Anne Banks
perfection adored me
to broach . . .
to begin the begine
walking and walking
talking through wells and golden bridges
through a thousand years and time
a found in
at the “no” palace
the master of the throne
the king of nothing
in idlewiles of sunlight
friends of the Alamo
you can sleep in a garden”
close to Louis Osprey’s number
only what is real
love and sorrow
sorrow and love
and he said “and hope the storm breaks in the night”
he took me to love,
the breath inside the night.
Rebecca Anne Banks lives in the New Age Renaissance Republique of Poetry. She is the author of over 30 books
of poetry, a guide to the Holy Spirit Way, a primer on marriage discernment, a family cookbook,
a book of children’s stories and a book of World Peace Newsletters 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
Helen Hajnoczky (Poet/Poetry Editor) lives and works in Calgary, Canada. A first generation Canadian,
her people are from Hungary, she has studied at the University of Calgary and McGill University. She has been
published in anthologies and journals. She has written 3 Chapbooks "A history of button collecting" (2010),
"The Double Bind Dictionary" (2013) and "No Right on Red" (2017) published by above/ground press. She has also written
poetry books, Poets and Killers: A Life in Advertising (2010) and Magyaràzni (2016).
Psalm A Praise is a Poet/novelist/teacher/gospel singer living in northern Nigeria. He speaks English,
Yoruba, and Hausa.
Sappho, Ancient Greek lyric Poet born in the 7th century B.C. in Lesbos, Greece. Her poetry was lyrical
often sang with the lyre and she wrote to both men and women. Her poetry was compiled into 9 volumes on papyrus
and kept at the Library of Alexandria, although much of her poetry did not survive until the present day. Plato
called her “the 10th Muse”.
Ayame Whitfield lives in Massachusetts. Reading and writing have both fascinated me from a very young age.
I have been previously published in school literary magazines and in Timeless Tales Magazine, as well as having
placed seventh out of 250 submissions in Wax Poetry’s 11th Poetry Contest.