ubterranean Blue Poetry
Volume VI Issue III

The Cover/Art Photo:

“After – Girl Under an Umbrella”

by Patrick Ennis


"the winter night,

the quiet

in quiet . . ."

After - Girl Under an Umbrella

"shadows in the woodwork

the trees

as the wind falls

o’ rain and rain,

on warm

in someone elses movie

snap the tail of a tiger

go ‘round, go ‘round

spec rate robbery

King Janko

the eternal fire of impetra

on a bad day, it’s a bad hell

on a good day, it’s a good hell

video, video, video

Major Tom

night and vagabondage

into a peacock box

deice for dues

cult objects

lace and violets









o’ Emily Dickenson

I can dream of love,


as love quietly is”

Subterranean Blue Poetry
Volume VI Issue III
(March 2018)

Subterranean Blue Poetry

© 2018


by Mike McNamara
















by Mike McNamara

And where walked you when the rivers kissed
and dove dressed snow confessed cold love
and cursed the mistletoe?

In the Eden. In the wanded garden’s womb.
Beyond perfections stair straight avenue.
Alone and singing within the empty tomb.

Oh, Rome! Oh, stars!
Surround me with fume and glow.
The night is long and shadows knit
a darkening cloak to shroud my dying song.


by Mike McNamara

Soft as silence, God’s pale ghost
treads like musk.
Soundless. Heavy drapes undrawn. Distant.
The farthest point on a forlorn flat earth.
Hunched and resigned, fingers thrum
thread and weave. Thrive. Wed
lifelines, birth and death and rebirth
cast and recast in a single stitch.
None, no one missed.
I less. Unblind. A tallowed rope of smoke
intertwined with long binding prayers.
Tears of disappointment powdered dry,
sprinkled gently
with the scented dust of unlit stars.
Watchful in the parlour of days
The stooped sole keeper of the endless night.

Featured Poet: Virginia Woolf

To the Lighthouse (excerpt)

The Lighthouse: I



Virginia Woolf

“They don’t feel a thing there, Cam thought, looking at the shore, which, rising and falling, became steadily more distant and more peaceful. Her hand cut a trail in the sea, as her mind made the green swirls and streaks into patterns and, numbed and shrouded, wandered in imagination in that underworld of waters where the pearls stuck in clusters to white sprays, where in the green light a change came over one’s entire mind and one’s body shone half transparent enveloped in a green cloak.”

Missed Connections

Craigslist Montreal – Missed Connections – April 30th, 2016 - Anonymous

So let ignore each other, try to pretend the other person doesn't exist but deep down we both know it wasn't supposed to end like this

Craigslist Montreal – Missed Connections – May 2nd, 2016 - Anonymous

Re: B - m4w

How is that any different?
You got what you wanted.


(N.B.: "poetry, poetry, poetry . . ." - a note from the editor

"cry me a river over you . . ." - a note from the other editor

"sing me a cat song" - says the cat

"me want candy" – says the other cat

"I said a real song" - says Machiavelli)

Book Reviews

Trips from Here to There: Poems from the Dreamachine

Byline: Subterranean Blue Poetry

Title of Book: Trips from Here to There: Poems from the Dreamachine

Author: Eric Schmaltz

Publisher: above/ground press

Date of Publication: 2017

Pages: 12

“Your smile beams like sunlight on a gull's wing
And the leaves dance and play after you”
- from Turquoise by Donovan

Trips from Here to There: Poems from the Dreamachine is an exciting New Age Renaissance Republique of Poetry work that celebrates Imagist and Symbolist spaces. Eric Schmaltz (Poet, Interedia Artist, Educator, Writer) lives and works in Toronto. His work has been widely published in Canada and internationally, online and in print, including being featured in Poetry is Dead, Carousel, Open Letter, The Capilano Review, Lemon Hound, Broken Pencil. His art media work has been shown in galleries across the country.

As if the Poet/Artist lives inside a magical dreamspace, looking back across time perhaps past a love affair long ago. As if he is someone who lives above the machine the “Ground Hog Day” loop of a repetition of days, marked by sleep and saved by dreams.

The poetry itself is in the Beat Tradition, a staccato delivery of searing images in few words, a broken thought train that “bangs in the dance.” The full and beautiful nature images that cut in dazzling light, a surrealist magic.

“somewhere on a lake

my house is an elastic.

the drawers are filled with stones.

a crack in the door is a blue light.

the rooms are accented by peacocks.”

This Writer loved the use of the descriptive colours of turquoise and orange. A brilliant celebration of light and silence. The poetry, a taste of water that leaves you wanting more, Trips from Here to There: Poems from the Dreamachine by Eric Schmaltz and above/ground press.

Available @ above/ground press.

north: Classic Canadian mythos from Marilyn Irwin and above/ground press

Byline: Subterranean Blue Poetry

Title of Book: north

Author: Marilyn Irwin

Publisher: above/ground press

Date of Publication: 2017

Pages: 30

“We’ll tell our stories on these walls
Every year, measure how tall”
- from Sleeping At Last by North

north, a brilliant truthtelling in poetry narrative, broken Canadienensis commiserates and wins in the New Age Renaissance Republique of Poetry. Marilyn Irwin (Poet, publisher) lives and works in Ottawa. Her work includes 7 Chapbooks and she has been published by Puddles of Sky, Arc Magazine, Matrix Magazine, Apt. 9 Press, above/ground press. She is the Poetry Editor at shreeking violets press.

This poetry is a broken narrative telling the story of alone with a subtle humour. The Chapbook begins with a plaint,


he said he wouldn’t speak

to me ever again

if i killed myself”

the poetry continues with (&) at the top of each page, as if a cycle of days, months, years begins and travels. The poetry is minimalist and sometimes surreal, inside a narrative. As a storyline it presents a Neo-Reichstag hell as if broken mismatched marriages turn into more marriages that break in long drawn out time boxes of alone, drugs and mental hospitals inspiring dramatic artscapes. And alludes to a certain hidden violence, an undertoad, in life N.A. north is a fresh look at the underground diaspora.

Inside “a day in the life”, the hassle of job interviews that don’t pan, remembering to water the plants, clean up cat puke, how she feels heavy, going to the bar and having a drink named after her and at the end of the Chapbook alludes to “north”, as if it is some mythical place that is safe where everything is better, better than filling out another job application to Toronto.

This offering is quintessentially Canadian, you can feel the winter in it, the iconography of the movie “Goin’ down the road”. An Existentialist nightmare, saved by poetry in motion, an exciting Art Nouveau narrative in classic Canadian mythos, north, by Marilyn Irwin and above/ground press.

Available @ above/ground press.


somber blue green sky


and slow

the dark falls . . ."



Rebecca Anne Banks

listen to

I can hear the thunder

up in peace green

smash box poetry

art and signature

before or since

and full of grace


the grif of rain

my Jamaican holiday

sites her own carriage

sugi suga

there are worse things to worry about

blues axe and rain

I could watch

the rain

for hours





how quiet this world is

into the next . . .

radio, radio,


the mask of nightrider

the skyman

on Summer bake

dimestore rag

before greatness

before God

bit rag moon

bit and rag


Eastlake highway

di’ angelo

love and love and love.


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).

Patrick Ennis. Patrick received formal training from poet laureate of Ottawa Patrick White he has had showcases all over Canada as well as dozens of art shows, including a TV show in Saskatchewan currently art battle champion of Edmonton 2013. He has had a steady running art career for the past 13 years, resident artist at Lotus Art Gallery 2016 and isbe domain 2012-13. featured artist at Astral Harvest Music Festival as well as other events. Featured on clothing line by acidmath apparel featuring Patrick Ennis internationally known and host of television show painting with pat. Estimate 3000 paintings so far. Facebook.

Mike McNamara Born in Northern Ireland but living in S. Wales, Mike had a collection of poetry Overhearing the Incoherent published by Grevatt and Grevatt, in 1997. Mike is a published songwriter and lead singer with Big Mac’s Wholly Soul Band. His poetry has been published in Envoi, Orbis, Tears in the Fence, New Welsh Review, The Dawntreader etc. Mike had a selection of poems published in the Pterodactyl’s Wing (Parthian, 2003).

Virginia Woolf celebrated British Novelist and founding member of the Bloomsbury Group of writers and intellectuals was born in London, England. She was the daughter of Sir Leslie Stephen and Julia Prinsep Duckworth Stephen and the combined household of 2 previous marriages with 4 half-siblings and 3 siblings. A series of deaths in the immediate family, including her mother at 13 years old and sexual abuse by her half-brothers gave her bouts of mental illness. Her first marriage was to Clive Bell, her second was to Leonard Woolf. Together with Leonard Woolf they founded the Hogarth Press and published Virginia Woolf and T.S. Eliot amongst others. She had an affair with author Vita Sackville West. She committed suicide by drowning. She is best remembered for Mrs. Dalloway (1925), To the Lighthouse (1927), Orlando (1928), and A Room of One`s Own (1929), amongst others.