ubterranean Blue Poetry
Volume VII Issue II

The Cover Art/Photo:

"Evora Square"

by Edie Steiner

"ice tear drops

on bare trees

drip rain . . .


under grey skies . . . "

"candle ace

violence is a commandant

his flames

lick the dark night

up, up into the dark night

of despair

of love

of love

that is despair

my thoughts

are butterflies

she said

I wrap you in a blanket

give you water

by the river

by the blue

I will bring you flowers

all the poetry in blue . . .

my love

is the sky"

Subterranean Blue Poetry
Volume VII Issue II
(St. Valentine's, 2019)

Subterranean Blue Poetry

© 2019


by Sergio Ortiz

In the end what remains
are the leftovers of years together
late and annoying gestures
loose ends

the almost theatrical intentions
trying to tip truth
to persuade the irresolute

a cup of coffee accustomed to silence
the sigh in a dark corner of the living room
dry tears in the company of distant eyes

I live between guilt and shame
doubts and half truths

In the end all that remains is the sepia of my skin
and whatever else is left of a goodbye


by Sergio Ortiz

I drag my tail
down street

my eyes crystallize

I do not stop at the corners
I feel the hunger

of a warm bone
My vision clouds

Nobody looks at me
I do not see anyone

I am lost


by Sergio Ortiz

I turned off the wave of fear
because my eyes got tired of waiting
my finger no longer points
towards your wet forehead

I rehearsed the babbling
given on all platforms and despite winter
I opened my eyes so the wind
could scar all your faces

I went through this pain like an imbecile
leaps through a burning loop
pretending not to fill the aura with ashes
on the castaway who forgot silent nights
when spotting the ship's bow

And since I can't traverse anything
I traced the walls
with the knuckles of my voice
gnawed stripped
of the obscene nouns
of your body
onomatopoeia of light
in my arms

A voice that does not know
how to go through you
one that survives as more than a name
that from now on designates the air
and my shirt
as the mirror and everything it hides
the steaming sacrilegious coffee
the aura without shore
of your abdomen
in the sun


by Gregg Dotoli

soft rustling breeze
golden sundrops
rustling leaves
spring flowers
sway and samba
to the tune
of perfect


by Gregg Dotoli

like red paint
to the old barn
closer to you
I am as stars
to night
and ivy to rock
closer to you
i am when or where
I'm forever there




Edna St. Vincent Millay

What lips my lips have kissed, and where, and why,
I have forgotten, and what arms have lain
Under my head till morning; but the rain
Is full of ghosts tonight, that tap and sigh
Upon the glass and listen for reply,
And in my heart there stirs a quiet pain
For unremembered lads that not again
Will turn to me at midnight with a cry.
Thus in winter stands the lonely tree,
Nor knows what birds have vanished one by one,
Yet knows its boughs more silent than before:
I cannot say what loves have come and gone,
I only know that summer sang in me
A little while, that in me sings no more.


Craigslist Montreal - Missed Connections - February 9, 2018 - Anonymous

re Re Missing.. What's Your Problem? - w4m


(N.B.: "missing?" - says the editor

"is there a problem?" - says the other editor

"?" - says the cat

"??" - says the other cat

"am I missing someone?" - says Machiavelli

"strawberries" - says the cat

"??" - says Machiavelli)



Byline: Subterranean Blue Poetry

Title of Book: Marula

Contributors: Michael Ellis, Dr. Rajdeep Chowdhury, Sheba Jamal, Caroline N. Gabis, Anupreeta Chaterjee, Hitaishi Chauhan, Dr. Santosh Bakaya, Martin Ijir, Uzma Parveen, Sumana Bhattacharjee, Madhu Jaiswal, Sayan Dey, Diane Funston, Neha Amrev, Adepoju Adeola, Smruti Ranjan Mohanty, Ronnie Lane, Sally Shapiro, Jaweed Ahmed, Sujata Pal, David Chukwudi Njoku, Ashish Kumar Pathak, Khalid Imam, Ngozi Olivia Osuoha, Dr. Rama Krishna Perugu, Larry G. Jaffe, Aruna Lakra, Toni Lovric, Helen Sariita, Shreenivas Badiger, Dr. Sonia Gupta, Ratan Ghosh

Publisher: Keynote Poetry Press

Date of Publication: 2019

Pages: 140

"Hands across the water . . ."
- from Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey by Paul McCartney

Marula Poetry Anthology is a fantastical event initiated by Poet Michael Ellis and Keynote Poetry Press. The title of the Anthology, Marula is the name of a tree in Africa that provides sustenance for people and animals, healing and shelter from the hot sun, not unlike poetry. The Anthology is an international peace accord featuring selections from Poets around the world, India to Africa, Australia to Micronesia and the United States. Keynote Poetry Press and Michael Ellis (Poet, Poetry Editor, Teacher) is the Administrator at the Facebook site Poetry Pen & Ink (part of the book is from the most popular poems sent in), as well as his considered picks. He organizes Poetry Readings, conducts poetry workshops in the public school system. He taught creative writing several years in a maximum security prison. Often he organizes food and clothing distribution for street people. A famous Poet, he is known for his Beat inspired rap poetry, he is best known for the poem "Soar" about flying like a bird in freedom, amongst other brilliant poems.

The poetry in this Anthology is about the poetry, a post-modernist progression that dances with Beat poetry, the Romantics and Imagist influences. A mix of emerging and established Poets, a truth telling recounting themes of violence against women, a celebration of family, about being, about death, about romance and everything in-between, a lovesong to the world. Marula is presented in a new format that includes photos and quotes by the Poets that make the work come alive.

Particularly of note is the tradition of W.B Yeats and Rabindranath Tagore in the work of the East Indian Poets. Rabindranath Tagore Poet/musician/artist won the Nobel Prize in poetry (1913). His work is influenced by the rural folk songs of Bangledash, mysticism and the Vaishnava Poets of the 15th and 16th century, a certain ecstatic experience within classical formalism that eventually evolved into his own iconoclastic style. W.B. Yeats was an Irish Poet inspired by Irish myths and folklore, the occult and the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood who were a progression from the Romantics and also won the Nobel Prize in literature (1923). Africa has a rich cultural tradition in music, dance, creating wood sculptures, clothtrade, pottery, paintings and jewelry, the Northern Nigerian culture existing in the 14 Kingdoms Period (10th - 19th century), the Sokoto Period (19th - 20th century), Colonial Period (20th century) and Post-Independence (20th century to now). Many famous writers are from Nigeria, including Chinua Achebe, Wole Soyinka, Amos Tutuola, Ken Saro-Wiwa amongst others. There are also Western influences from William Shakespeare to Walt Whitman to Langston Hughes and more.

The Marula Anthology presents universal themes all couched in nature imagery often with a certain Romanticism, as the Poets find their own iconic voices, a progression in post-modernism. This poetry is a Spirit cry, people suffering and God hearing them in ecstatic experience. All the works in this Anthology are wonderous and these are some of the one's that struck This Writer as moonshine.

"Virgin Kiss!!" by Madhu Jaiswal moves as a love song with influences of William Shakespeare and Rumi. The poem has the wonderment of love poetry, fresh in short staccato lines, a beautiful event in new love.

"Addiction" by Diane Funston is the story of an ex-husband with an addiction, the pain of the ended relationship inside new and considered word constructs and images, an illumination.

"Why" by Jaweed Ahmed is an original Beat Poetry progression with the beginning words of 2 lines rhyming down and ending in "me", a considered poem that rocks.

"Suicide Beggars" by Adepoju Adeola is a painted picture in violent and poverty using original word juxtapositions from Nigeria.

"An Odyssey Along the Estuary" by Dr. Rama Krishna Perugu is a very beautiful painting of imagery, walking by the river bringing images of his mother. The work is considered and flows into beautiful memory.

"The Axiom" by Caroline N. Gabis presents inside a Victorian day hospital, with beautiful imagery that lives inside tragedy, like a gothic romance that lives in poetic climes.

"Unimaginable" by Ashish K. Pathak is a series of beautiful nature images with a question mark at the post-modern diaspora.

"Pilgrim's Hymn" by Martin Ijur is a beautiful lover's lament, like an old-world tryst it plays sweet.

"Cannibas Dreams: The Escape Route" by Sayan Dey is an exploration of hidden angst using nature images and symbols in a post-modernist style inside a developing aesthetic. "Acronyms" is a disconnected concoction of the modern love, the modern life, a great write.

"Hard Working Poet" by Larry G. Jaffe is considered and espouses on the role of the Poet, lives inside whimsy, a great read.

"The Girl Child" by Ngozi Olivia Osuoha is an ingenious work of original word rhymes like a progression in rap poetry, espousing anger at the abuse of women because of an overbearing patriarchy.

And there is more . . . much more, as all these fantastical Poets with fantastical poetry, largely unknown, live and thrive in the sunshine under the Marula tree. This poetry moves the world. Marula by Michael Ellis and Keynote Poetry Press.

Available @ Amazon.ca.


Byline: Subterranean Blue Poetry

Title of Book: Cherry

Author: Kimberlynne Darby Newton

Publisher: Subterranean Blue Poetry

Date of Publication: 2018

Pages: 57

"a teacup

in her bedroom

a teacup


nothing on"
- from his dresses: dark after dark by ai li

Cherry, provocative and beautiful Erotica from Kimberlynne Darby Newton, the celebrated Poet of Anthem and "Song of the South", published by Subterranean Blue Poetry. This Writer looks at the Book Cover and the fantastical, a large maraschino cherry in the mouth of a beautiful black woman. Art indeed. The entire book is the art of the committed love affair in nature imagery and the imagery of the boudoir, in a classical lilt. A progression in Beat poetry, the steady rhythm of soul and soul heats the sunshine day, new words often emerge and flower. This erotica is hot.

Erotica is a new trend in poetry, newly emerging like a flower in a world that is questing for a release from its brokenness, into happy committed love and intimacy. Highlighting the importance of real intimacy in a real life, this said from a large N.A. city where in parts, half the population lives alone. This poetry illustrates the nature of real, and the naturalness of true intimacy in a love bind that no one expects to end.

There is no celebrated tradition of Erotic poetry in English literature, it may have been underground but was not something openly celebrated or published in the official press. Ancient Greece and Rome featured poets such as Catullus, but the genre died out as a public offering. Historically there is an East Indian tradition of intimate poetry and also erotic Japanese Haiku which emerged in the 18th century. Around 1968 gay literature began to flourish with erotica and erotic poetry.

Currently, with art and poetry offerings celebrated everywhere on the Internet the popularity of the word and the picture seems to have manifested everyman as artist. With the surge in popularity of Haiku, erotic Haiku has not been far behind featuring such celebrated poets as ai li, Hiroaki Sato, Paula Fisher, Alexis Rotella, Gabriel Rosenstock, Richanda Turner, Uche Ogbuji and flowing over into Art Nouveau poetry including Hera Lindsay Bird, Vanessa Shields, Maddie Godfrey and almost any new poetry you may read seems to feature some kind of intimate portrayal, such is the new undressed nature of poetry.

As if the celebrated goddess, the djinn of love reigns in the New Age of mentoring and discernment, the Internet Information Economy. Please to the table, a feast of love and intimacy in the New Erotica, Cherry by Kimberlynne Darby Newton.

Available @ Amazon.ca.

"she said,

"my heart is a blue valentine"

for Jimmy . . ."



Rebecca Anne Banks

Shakespeare of the dounce

warrant ground

(in season

the blue season)

a very old iconograph


surf mondi

the grand cat of Sha Shabee


one for the Tallahasee

the blessings of the hive


our Wednesday folder

juillet de campanard

lame crime bangs

strait wire

Lincoln towne


the rain

a weekend flat wire

"thank God

it wasn't a bank holiday"

the rain

and Jimmy Dean.


Rebecca Anne Banks lives in the New Age Renaissance Republique of Poetry. She has been writing and producing artistic content for 37 years and 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 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 an Associate Member of the League of Canadian Poets. 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).

Gregg Dotoli lives in Nutley, New Jersey and works as a cyber security. He has a BA in English from Seton Hall and an MBA from Saint Peters University.

Michael Ellis (Poet, Poetry Editor, Teacher) is the administrator of Keynote Poetry Press who organizes Poetry Readings, is the Administrator at the Facebook site Poetry Pen & Ink, teaches poetry workshops in the schools and the prisons, often organizing food and clothing for street people. A famous Poet living and working in California, he is known for his Beat inspired rap poetry, he is the Poet who wrote the poem "Soar" about flying like a bird in freedom, amongst other brilliant poems.

Kimberlynne Darby Newton is a retired professor of history, she is a native of Montgomery, Alabama. She hopes that her writing will help someone; with a smile, a shared experience, and hopefully, an inspiration. She is happily writing her next book, and lives with son, Issac and husband, Barney.

Sergio A. Ortiz is a two-time Pushcart nominee, a six-time Best of the Web nominee, and 2016/17 Best of the Net nominee. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Valparaiso Poetry Review, Loch Raven Review, Drunk Monkeys, Algebra Of Owls, Free State Review, and The Paragon Journal. His chapbook, An Animal Resembling Desire, will be published by Finishing Line Press. He is currently working on his first full-length collection of poems, Elephant Graveyard.

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.