ubterranean Blue Poetry
Volume VI Issue I

Cover Art/Photo:

"prayer flags"

by Edie Steiner

"dark, through trees

pink blush blue

sky, star sky blue ..."

prayer flags

the daylight savings

of an organized mind

prayer cards

to the sky

and pennies from heaven

staring into warm Christmas tree windows

night, into July

reading the lonely hearts ads

I hear you

as if they are all from you

we read them together

prayer cards

summer wears a winter dress

love ... it sort of creeps up on you and bites



of the celestial


the night

into day

"grey, grey daylight

white umbrella

she walks in the rain

the day

brightens . . . "

Subterranean Blue Poetry
Volume VI Issue I
(January 2018)

Subterranean Blue Poetry

© 2018

Confuscious Blues

by Catfish McDaris

Plowing Boustrophedon behind a
Missouri mule from sun up to sun
down in an oneiric indigo daze

Schadenfreude of Plato, Kant
Nietzsche, Buddha, Confuscious
Averroes, Schopenhauer, Spinoza

Ghost Dance warriors, united dead
and living, Sitting Bull knew how
to make war not love and love not war,
I feel a déjà vu annihilation coming.

Red Vineyards at Arles

by Catfish McDaris

Was the only painting he sold while living
In 1880 at age 27, he decided to become
an artist, he taught himself to draw and
paint, supported by his brother, Theo

He painted 2,000 works in 10 years at
a furious pace, 900 paintings and 1,100
drawings, he used impasto paint in thick
textures by brush, palette knife, and hands

In 1886 he joined Theo in Paris and met
Degas, Toulouse-Lautrec, Gauguin and
Pissaro, he and Gauguin argued

Gauguin lopped off his ear with a sword
and cut curious zigzags above his ear,
they lied to the police saying he did it
to keep Gauguin out of prison, in June

1889, he went to Saint Remy-de-Provence
Asylum, where from his window facing
east just before sunrise he painted Starry
Night, his dying words were "the sadness
will last forever", his art will live forever

Smell the Music

by Catfish McDaris

Louis Armstrong = Grapefruit
Miles Davis = Boiled Eggs
Jaco Pastorius = Biscuits
Prince = Strawberries
Johnny Cash = Black Licorice
Dolly Parton = Pecan Pie
Bob Marley = Bananas
Willie Nelson = Pine Cones
Janis Joplin = Southern Comfort
Jimi Hendrix = Marijuana
Elvis Presley = Bacon
B.B. King = Cigars
Nina Simone = Coffee
Pearl Bailey = Iced Tea
Taylor Swift = Bubble Gum
Tina Turner = Cherries
Mick Jagger = Pizza
John Lennon = Oranges
Joni Mitchell = Cigarettes
Tom Waits = Beer
Carlos Santana = Cinnamon.

Hey Joe

by David Fraser

Jimi’s in a purple patchouli haze. He wants to kiss the sky,
decked in turquoise, silver, all Afro, Technicolor, velvet pants.
I’m gettin’ chills from this gypsy eye so there’s
no talkin’, no complications, not a mention of the drugs.
We’re in the kitchen makin’ muffins.
I’ve put in my hours of bakin’ time and I’m teachin’ Jimi
how to scoop and drop, left handed,
sweet feelin’ from his fingers
slopped mixture landin’ in those muffin cups,
and he’s experienced, in a trance
hammerin’ on to muffins, pullin’ off
with syncopated pickin’ patterns
like guitars on fire, that spangled banner
napalm from a distant war
and Jimi’s doin’ voodoo and the muffins
with rocket slides and lick and riffs, all chaotic fuzz,
risin’ on the counter all by themselves,
and I say, "Step away from the kitchen, Jimi. Please."
The hour is gettin’ late.
I’ll get my strat.
All I want is to bend
some strings
with you.”

Featured Poet: e.e.cummings

[love is more thicker than forget]



love is more thicker than forget
more thinner than recall
more seldom than a wave is wet
more frequent than to fail

it is most mad and moonly
and less it shall unbe
than all the sea which only
is deeper than the sea

love is less always than to win
less never than alive
less bigger than the least begin
less littler than forgive

it is most sane and sunly
and more it cannot die
than all the sky which only
is higher than the sky

Missed Connections

Montreal Craigslist – Missed Connections – August 19th, 2014 - Anonymous

smile turned into a laugh in the metro - m4w (montreal)

we both sat side to side in the metro. Me back from work after a long day, you beautiful and just in your own thoughts. I smile, you smile back, and we both burst into laughter. I like smiley people and you just made my day. I said bye to you on the way out, but i would lie to see you smile again.

Tell me what metro and where i got off if that is you

(N.B.: "and a smile 4 smiley" - a note from the editor

"and talk of perjury . . . ‘o my" – a note from the other editor

"’o’ my . . ." – says the cat

"no songs, no singing, no music, no dancing, no cake and definitely no ice cream for you" - says Machiavelli

"pfffffft" - says the cat

“and you cat, you cat, out of my house” - says Machiavelli

"GOODBYE Machiavelli, GOODBYE" – says the other cat)

Book Reviews

Anthem: A Tribute to Leonard Cohen

Byline: Subterranean Blue Poetry

Title of Book: Anthem: A Tribute to Leonard Cohen

Contributors: Ahmad Al-Khatat, Rebecca Anne Banks, Brook Bhagat, Aha Blume, Chris Brauer, R. Bremner,
Bret E. Burks, R.T. Castleberry, Adrian Ernesto Cepeda, Josh Darling, Henry Denander, S.D. Gelber,
Eugene Goldin, Norbert Gora, Mathias Jansson, Michael Lee Johnson, Debbie Jones, Sarah Katz, Rebecca
Ladron de Guevera, Dennis Lee, Susana Lee, Nina Lewis, Rick Lupert, Clint Margrave, Agnes Marton,
Luke R. J. Maynard, Max Mundan, Rebecca Hart Olander, J.C. Olsthoor, Richard Paul, Lisa Prince,
Winston Plowes, Joseph S. Pulver Sr., Stephanie Stickney, Barbara Ungar, Lenore Weiss, Daniela Voicu

Publisher: Nocturnicorn Books

Date of Publishing: 2017

Pages: 146

“Whose eyes to compare
With the morning sun?”
- from For Anne by Leonard Cohen

Anthem: A Tribute to Leonard Cohen is a fantastical collection of poetry inspired by the man, the Poet/Bard, the lover, the father, his quotes, songs, poetry, photos . . . this poetry rises. The Poets are international, from as afar afield as Iraq, Romania, Sweden and Germany as well as from New England, New York, Los Angeles and the United States, Montreal and Canada. And they are diverse in their occupations, including, students, teachers, writers, editors, publishers, marketers, songwriters, musicians, photographers, artists, psychotherapists, art critics, mediators, embalmers, veterans, often wearing many hats. This is an Anthology published on the first anniversary of the Canadian Icon, Leonard Cohen’s death, the book sales going to the Red Cross charity organization.

This work is a celebration in surfacing, from sorrow, from brokenness into light. All of the works celebrate Leonard Cohen, his life, his writings, his songs, memories of performances, his music, love affairs, memories and dream memories. And from there drift into glimpses of the film reel of the Poet’s daily life, food and drinks, mother poems, stories of broken love affairs, allusions to obliteration/apocalypse, appeals for peace.

Some of the poems are written in Mr. Cohen’s post-Beat, post-modern style, most are New Age Renaissance Republique of Poetry offerings, some are narratives. Most are enigmatic with broken thought train, sorrowful, sometimes surrealistic, a product of a violent culture. Highlights include She Glowed on this Terrace with his Guitar by Adrian Ernesto Cepeda, inspired by a photograph of Marianne Ihlen, The Spinster’s Fingernails by Stephanie Stickney, the story of a love affair; Photo Book by Lenore Weiss, a story that begins with a luncheon for veterans and ends with the line “Injustice everywhere wears the same face”; turn you by Sarah Katz, a story of a love affair; On the Death of a Poet by Chris Brauer, listening to the new Leonard Cohen CD: You Want It Darker; Lard by Agnes Marton, a “mad” letter to “Paulie”; The Patron Saint of the Loveless Lover by Rebecca Landron de Guevara, a story of spending nights alone. All of the poetry is considered and like dogs in the rain we shake off our sorrow in our writing.

One of the most explosive New Age stylistic reads comes at the end of the book, titled: Will Home Remember Me? by Joseph S. Pulver, Sr. The long poem is inspired by the Leonard Cohen songs Going Home, Closing Time, First We Take Manhattan, Tower of Song and Take This Waltz. The poem writes as a rambling, surrealistic, enigmatic, in broken sequences of thought, as if a Ulysses-like travelogue in poetry. As if a reminiscence of “Bo Jangles” on the road, of times past, the Old World meets New World village, deep in sorrow, the push and pull of near and far, close and home, someone living largely in his thoughts, a conjectured love affair, stories of Charlotte Rampling (a black girl), waiting for the train, some underground violence, a story of gypsies, unbuttoning her blouse. It was the sort of poem that left you wondering what it was all about, as a certain Zen of nothingness and everything descends, an eloquence in poetry.

It is a difficult universe when even the greats die, like looking behind your skirt, you always expect them to be there, as if expected skies. Yet, invariably, eventually even the greats succumb to the last song . . . the blue streets of Montreal will forever be haunted by the magic of Leonard Cohen. An exceptional tribute to the life and works of a great Artist, Anthem: A Tribute to Leonard Cohen.

Available @ Amazon.ca.

The Patient Storm in the New Age Renaissance Republique of Poetry

Byline: Subterranean Blue Poetry

Title of Book: The Patient Storm

Author: Dana Claxton

Publisher: above/ground press

Date of Publication: 2017

Pages: 22

“So I try to say goodbye, my friend
I’d like to leave you with something warm
But never have I been a blue calm sea
I have always been a storm”
- from Storms by Fleetwood Mac

The Patient Storm is an exciting enigmatic conceptual art poem, influenced by Native American tradition from Dana Claxton. Dana Claxton (poet, filmmaker, photographer, performance artist, art juror, art curator, teacher), descended from the Hunkpapa Lakota Indian peoples, currently teaches at the University of British Columbia. She directed and produced Wakanhija, an Indigenous peoples themed children’s program, Art Zone, for young adults, First Stories – VTV about the Indian peoples of Vancouver. She won the Eiteljorg Fellowship for Native American Fine Art in 2007.

The poem is a narrative between Storm who is patient, wise and elegant and Lightening who is a trickster type, as if she is a drum majorette in a marching band, talking in riddles, marching across the sky. They are waiting for Wind, Rattling Wings and Thunder People to join them so they can all go to the Sundance. By the end of the poem they are still waiting, perhaps illustrating that something is wrong, our friends are not showing up for us, “The elements are running late. The wait turns into waiting for justice in the abstract.”

The story of the poem is enigmatic, suggesting that something is not alright with the world, it is a story of magic and wisdom. In the personification of the events of the storm (Storm, Lightening, Thunder), an original story-telling element in the Western tradition of poetry, except perhaps in children’s stories, it is used here in a powerful way of great intrigue and magic, a play on New Age ecology themes and perhaps borrowing from Native Indian people’s culture and life ways. Amongst the Hunkpapa Lakota there is strong kinship and a strong bond with the land, the idea of sustainability and stewardship, “mitakuye oyasin” or “we are all related”, an idea of synchronicity.

As if falling into a performance art work in poetry, this short dialogue lives inside the beauty of a truthtelling, a story of the North American present day in old world Native American symbolism. A new offering in The New Age Renaissance Republique of Poetry, The Patient Storm by Dana Claxton and above/ground press.

Available @ above/ground press.

"storm on storm,

my heart

snow and snow

the day

of winter . . ."

notes to blue


Rebecca Anne Banks

great art is like falling into heaven

the perfect Zen

and night

of a Sunday

notes to blue

kid aurelias

saint and love

je t’aime

salmon and oranges

the cat sleeps with me

in the bed

the last of green tea and chocolate

i watch the night

for what love can be heard in silence

thank the night

for prayers.


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, a primer on marriage discernment, a family cookbook, a book of children’s stories, a book of World Peace Newsletters, all available at www.amazon.ca and other Amazon Stations. She has produced 3 CD`s of Folk/Rock music and has 17 CD’s of music awaiting production. She won an IAIRA award for top 55 Internet airplays for Angel Song, 2010. She is mildly brain damaged since birth that went undiagnosed, that gave her a hidden disability. She is also the CEO/Artist at Tea at Tympani Lane Records (www.tympanilanerecords.com), The Book Reviewer at The Book Reviewer (www.thebookreviewer.ca) and the Quilt Artist at Kintsugi Art Quilts (www.kintsugiartquilts.com).

e.e. cummings (Poet, painter, author, essayist, playwright) is born in Massachusetts. He is a modernist poet and is noted for not using conventional syntax and grammar with the goal of creating a greater dynamism in language use. He wrote 2 autobiographical novels, four plays, some essays and nearly 3,000 poems. He served as an ambulance driver in W.W.I. He lived in Paris off and an on over his life. He was married briefly to Elaine Orr and then to Anne Minerly Barton. His third marriage to Marion Morehouse was common-law lasting more than 30 years. He won many awards including a Guggenheim Fellowship (1951). He is best remembered for the books The Enormous Room (1922) and Tulips and Chimneys (1923) amongst others.

David Fraser lives in Nanoose Bay, B.C. on Vancouver Island. His poetry has appeared in many journals and anthologies includingRocksalt, An Anthology of Contemporary B.C. Poetry, and in Tesseracts 18. He has published five collections of poetry and is a member of the Canadian League of Poets. His most recent collection is After All the Scissorwork is Done, March 2016, published in Leaf Press.

Catfish McDaris won the Thelonius Monk Award in 2015. His work is at the Special Archives Collection at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He is listed in Wikipedia. His ancestors were related to Wilma Mankiller from the Cherokee Nation. Currently, he is selling wigs in a dangerous neighborhood in Milwaukee.

Edie Steiner (filmmaker/photographer/music composer/music performer/educator) lives and works in Toronto. Her films have been shown internationally, won awards, and have been featured on CBC, Vision TV and WTN. Her film work has also been screened at many festivals including Cinemathique Quebecois, Cinemathique Ontario, Museum of Modern Art, Banff Centre for the Arts. Her original music can be heard on her film soundtracks. She is best known for the films Felicity’s View, Places to Stay and Roses are Blue amongst others.