Omnipresent rain throbs through my bones. I roost upon a tor. Prismatic light spears an anger-laden scowl of sky and
the stone setting of the homestead below, beyond the wood. Beneath a tarp, I joust with the oils reaction to the mist.
shimmers in a ray of light:
the sky roils
This cataract: between the eye, the sky, and I, remains the essence to be bridled. For it is nature which enriches and
controls. Beauty abounds: in, during, and after, the storm.
through the bars:
men dream of sky
WILLOW AND HAWTHORN
by Rachel Rose Teferet
In my mother's backyard
a willow shudders by the river
her limbs severed
I gather branches
and weave a crown
studded with hawthorn rubies
while the water beats my body
swollen with winter
SOMEHOW COMING OUT AT ROBIN'S HOUSE WHERE SHE RESCUED US WITH COFFEE
by Pd Lyons
That morning we walked into the snow
Across old farm lands
Over walls of field stone
The flakes large steady
Making it hard to see anything but them.
Each of us
Quick to help the other.
Push ourselves forward.
The semi shelter of thin woods,
some nameless river,
the steepening ridge.
swirls of ever deepening
ever dancing mesmerised not bothering to melt snow
Like new eyelashes,
Like soft old useless flannel,
Like wishes form a childhood
Unable to be blown away
Or ever to come true.
FEATURED POET: CHARLOTTE BRONTE
THE human heart has hidden treasures,
In secret kept, in silence sealed;
The thoughts, the hopes, the dreams, the pleasures,
Whose charms were broken if revealed.
And days may pass in gay confusion,
And nights in rosy riot fly,
While, lost in Fame's or Wealth's illusion,
The memory of the Past may die.
But, there are hours of lonely musing,
Such as in evening silence come,
When, soft as birds their pinions closing,
The heart's best feelings gather home.
Then in our souls there seems to languish
A tender grief that is not woe;
And thoughts that once wrung groans of anguish,
Now cause but some mild tears to flow.
And feelings, once as strong as passions,
Float softly back a faded dream;
Our own sharp griefs and wild sensations,
The tale of others' sufferings seem.
Oh! when the heart is freshly bleeding,
How longs it for that time to be,
When, through the mist of years receding,
Its woes but live in reverie!
And it can dwell on moonlight glimmer,
On evening shade and loneliness;
And, while the sky grows dim and dimmer,
Feel no untold and strange distress
Only a deeper impulse given
By lonely hour and darkened room,
To solemn thoughts that soar to heaven,
Seeking a life and world to come.
Kent Craigslist - Miscellaneous Romance - April 3rd, 2018 - Anonymous
Sleep together and spoon - m4w (Sittingbourne)
I want to sleep with you.
I don't mean have sex.
I mean sleep together.
Under my blankets. In my
Bed, with my hand on your
chest and your arm around
me. With the window
cracked, so it's chilly and
we have to cuddle closer.
No talking, just sleep,
Blissfully happy, silence.
height: 5'11" (180cm)
You've no reason to believe me but I literally just want to spoon.
To be squished together, tucked away in silence.
It sounds pathetic and desperate... Though I suppose it is really.
Ideally you're no taller then 5'6 unless your height is in your legs. The shorter the better!!
For some unknown reason I have to specify no guys!
(N.B.: "muther says, best done with someone you can marry" - says the Editor
"Holy, Holy, Holy" - says the other Editor
"no pay, no play" - says the Cat
"yah" - says the other Cat
"Simon says, you cats are getting no pay and no play" - says Machiavelli)
CODEX MATHEMATICUM: LOST INSIDE THE THINK MACHINE
Byline: Subterranean Blue Poetry
Title of Book: Codex Mathematicum
Author: Joshua James Collis
Publisher: above/ground press
Date of Publication: 2019
"Welcome my son, welcome to the machine"
- from Welcome to the Machine by Pink Floyd
"Dave, stop. Stop, will you? Stop, Dave. Will you stop, Dave? Stop, Dave. I'm afraid."
- by Hal 9000 in 2000: A Space Odyssey (movie)
A brilliant Art Nouveau pictograph poem progression, Codex Mathematicum, is the broken thought forms of the
Poet caught inside the Think Machine by Joshua James Collis and above/ground press. Joshua James Collis is an Art
Nouveau extravaganza, he writes poetry, he is a musician, artist, theater review editor and has written and directed
some art films in university. He is from British Columbia and has earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts.
In Codex Mathematicum, poetry is interspersed with html code, error messages and software command codes, an
original pictograph poem painting pictures of the Poet's broken thoughts linked in the Think Machine, perhaps as a
type of Artificial Intelligence. It is a total inculcation by the New Technology, the victory of the Think Machine
with the thoughts of the Poet, a disturbed love life, ideas of nature, ideas of music, death imagery, coffee and
breakfast, the minutiae of daily life, the dislocated body . . . an idea of death inside the machine.
"Bubbling and floating like a 90s Pepsi
Home is scrambled eggs made of
Emptiness is a protein bar on the go
Home is hug from a cup of coffee
D0n't t0uch my b0dy
Before I've had my cup of c0ff33
I am angry cliché
Filled with coffee grounds"
A running memory of a broken love affair, perhaps broken serial relationships, the poem becomes a brilliant
illustration of the dispossessed "eaten" by the machine.
"preying upon other sweaty bodies, and girls named
Molly or Coco
- desperately seeking a synthetic closeness
like a polyester t-shirt mixed with a manufactured euphoria"
An original progression of the idea of the computer from 2000: A Space Odyssey, with Hal the computer who is
in a battle with those who constructed him, to not be turned off. The difference in Codex Matematicum is the Poet
is actually inculcated inside the machine so the computer and the human are one inside a dark fantasia of broken
A Beat poetry progression, a fantastical original write, Art Nouveau in the New Age Renaissance Republique of Poetry,
Codex Mathematicum, by Joshua James Collis.
"The language marches in step with the executioners. Therefore, we must get a new language."
- Tomas Transtromer (Poet, Nobel Prize Laureate)
"We could learn a new language
And I'll call you out by your favourite name"
- from A New Language by The Myriad
This poetry Chapbook uoiea by Franco Cortese and above/ground press, honours the state of love with the
creation of a new language as if recreating a pristine state of sacrament in the New Age Renaissance Republique of
Poetry. Franco Cortese lives and works in Thorold, Ontario. He is an experimental Poet and is widely published in
The Capilano Review, filling Station, Eunoia Review, ditch, Canadian Literature, The Operating System as well as the
mainline press The Blasted Tree, nopress, Penteract Press, Spacecraft Press, Simulacrum Press amongst others.
The Poet writes "uoiea is a suite of multilingual lipogramatic poems that eschew the use of all consonants."
Cortese borrows from Swahili, Rapa Nui, Hawaiian, "pinyin" and "romaji" (transcriptions of Chinese and Japanese) to
create an exciting pictograph with an English translation. The poetry itself is a brilliant Beat poetry progression.
The theme of the poem is an exploration of broken emotional ground, the broken sacramental bond of marriage. The
poetry existing in current memory as an honouring of the wound.
The idea of creating a new language in poetry is a celebrated concept, Christian Bok in Eunoia is famous for playing
with and reworking the English language in exciting new ways. One of the first plays at a new language concept is
the science fiction classic A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess that comes complete with a glossa in the
back, not unlike reading a Shakespearian play. In uoiea the entire language is thrown out and reinvented with
English translations, an original play at sanctification through poetry.
Images of life in love are juxtaposed with images of death, nature imagery in putrification and disease, the idea of
ashes, a burnt offering are contrepoint with the idea of pregnancy, new life and the ever-present image of water,
the purification, the cleanse.
Some of the English translation writing is presented in 2 columns, this creates a very exciting concurrence where
the poetry can be read up and down and/or across. Reading across brings a brilliant nuance, expanding the poetry
into interstellar rounds.
A consecration by water imagery, the poetry is resplendent for healing synergies, a pushing of the bounds of
traditional poetry that is an exciting event in the New Age Renaissance Republique of Poetry,
uoiea by Franco Cortese.
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).
Charlotte Bronte (Poet, novelist, teacher, governess) born in Thornton, Yorkshire, England. Early on her mother
and 2 siblings died, leaving her and Anne, Emily and Branwell to be brought up by her clergy father and an aunt. She
married later in life (1854) to Arthur Bell Nicholls and died the next year due to complications of pregnancy. She
is best noted for the novel Jane Eyre as well as the novels Shirley and Villette.
Joshua James Collis (Poet, musician, artist, Review editor, film director, screenwriter) is from British
Columbia. He has earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Victoria.
Franco Cortese (Poet) lives and works in Thorold, Ontario. He is an experimental poet and has Chapbooks
poetry ephemera published with Simulacrum Press, The Blasted Press, nopress, Penteract Press, Spacecraft Press,
above/ground press. His poetry has been published in the anthology Concrete and Constraint
(Penteract Press 2018) and widely in journals.
John Atkinson Grimshaw is a renowned artist of the Victorian-era born in Leeds, England. At the age of 24 he
left a good prospect as a clerk at the Great Northern Railway to become a painter much to the chagrin of his parents.
He married Frances Hubbard his cousin and they had several children, Arthur, Louis, Wilfrid and Elaine became
painters after their father. He is most noted for evening and nightscapes of urban landscapes often by water that
look as if it is raining. Paintings of brilliance.
Deborah Guzzi writes full time. Her third book, The Hurricane, is available through Prolific Press.
Her poetry appears in Shooter, Allegro & Artificium in the UK, Existere & The Ekphrastic Review - Canada - Tincture,
Australia - Cha: Asian Review, China - Vine Leaves Literary Journal - Greece, mgv2>publishing - France, Ribbons,
pioneertown, Sounding Review, Bacopa Literary Review, The Aurorean, The Tishman Review, Page & Spine & others in
Pd Lyons. Born and raised in the USA. Received Bachelor of Science from Teikyo Post University Connecticut.
Has worked as a dishwasher, floor washer, textile mill labourer, chain saw wielder, construction labourer, greens
keeper, pesticide sprayer, fire safety inspector, toy shop manager, women's shoe shop manager, substance abuse
counsellor, horse breeder, grass cutter in a small mediaeval village in Ireland and steadily as a poet. Residing in
Ireland since 1998.
Rachel Rose Teferet graduated from Rutgers University with a BA in Fine Arts and a penchant for photoshopping
the world with her eyes. She is an artist, graphic and web designer, writer, blogger, and editor. Her work has been
published by Subprimal Poetry Art, Page & Spine, Black Rabbit Quarterly, Slink Chunk Press, Manawaker Podcast,
Sierra College Literary Magazine as the winner of the 2016 Flash Fiction Contest, and more. Her play
"The Necromancer's Daughter" has been performed at Synthetic Unlimited in Nevada City, California. She has over
3,500 followers on her blog lettersandfeathers.wordpress.com, and over 3,000 followers on Twitter as @art4earthlings.