In the end what remains
are the leftovers of years together
late and annoying gestures
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
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
I CROSS THE PAIN
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
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
ROSE RAIN DANCE
by Gregg Dotoli
soft rustling breeze
sway and samba
to the tune
by Gregg Dotoli
like red paint
to the old barn
closer to you
I am as stars
and ivy to rock
closer to you
i am when or where
I'm forever there
FEATURED POET: EDNA ST. VINCENT MILLAY
WHAT LIPS MY LIPS HAVE KISSED, AND WHERE, AND WHY (SONNET XLIII)
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
MARULA: THE LIFE-GIVING TREE OF POETRY BY MICHAEL ELLIS AND KEYNOTE POETRY PRESS
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
"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
"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
"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
"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
CHERRY: PLEASE TO THE TABLE, A FEAST OF LOVE AND INTIMACY
Byline: Subterranean Blue Poetry
Title of Book: Cherry
Author: Kimberlynne Darby Newton
Publisher: Subterranean Blue Poetry
Date of Publication: 2018
in her bedroom
- 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.
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
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.