ubterranean Blue Poetry
Volume VI Issue XII
The Cover Photo/Art:
David Bowie's Place at Mustique Island
"watch the stereolight,
watch the nightsky . . ."
for the love of Driscoll's
"i am sitting
there is nothing
in this moment to the next
watch the sky,
watch the sky
as if all the furniture has been removed
i stood looking at his face
dreams in greyscale
big in Roncesvalles
(how could someone survive without their art collection)
he said "I have cancer"
come for coffee
let the night hold us
bang quiet, the lights blow out.
he is lost
somewhere in cinemascope
my half brother
the broken ice
of no shared remembrance
half a lifetime
bang quiet, the lights blow out"
Subterranean Blue Poetry
Volume VI Issue XII
For David Bowie
by Chris Stolle
"They've got Bowie
playing on the radio."
- Diane Birch, "Superstars"
Stars do look very different today.
Their tops have been joyously removed,
yearning to receive this new ethereal soul.
Some have rusted shut or lost their bauble glow;
they try to boil their bulbous fires to appear brighter,
hoping to pull him inward through lightning osmosis.
Something begins to pulsate-a comet soaring
from our earthly plane toward golden horizons.
He will shine new light upon us fragmented drones;
he will ignite in every lost soul hopes that need fuel.
We shall not let our dormant temptations seduce us;
he shall not diminish in his influence upon our salvation.
There he crests. There he zooms. There he streaks.
Burn, David. Burn slowly as you throttle forward
into that vast darkness that bleeds with regret.
You empathetic beacon. You dazzling cavalcade.
You victory marcher who bridged our offbeats.
We'll wait in our dreams for your resurrection.
by Norma Kerby
halfway through the labyrinth
forward is beyond
backwards has vanished
halfway through the labyrinth
captured by a maze
each step takes her further
away from innocence
grasping at vines and
hairy beasts she pretends
to chase infancy but
bursts through doors
dark hallways she runs and
runs towards the dance
so, you think you are in control
too young to know the answer
too old to care
his music sends
her mind twirling into danger
forgetful of toys and rules
forgetful of rocks rolling
down slopes glistening
with his songs
"takes her in
takes her nowhere . . ."
- from Young Americans by David Bowie
"trees of elencampane
in the warm wind
the autumn sun . . . "
she is a Port Darling manufacturer
the ritual of NoMan
you find love where it lives
a beade and hollow
you find love
(where it lives)
blue hotel rooms
in the road
the grif of no
the haunted object
someone's secret blue pass
he is disparu
she is nowhere
rien de rien
in the street
rien de rien
at the station
of the blue Venus
things weren't meant to be broken,
they were meant to be . . .
you who make me see sunshine
my calico rose
for the love of pretty things
child servant of deotosha
as if from the place of dreams
when there is nothing left to say
all the things left unsaid.
FEATURED POET: WALLACE STEVENS
OF MERE BEING
The palm at the end of the mind,
Beyond the last thought, rises
In the bronze decor,
A gold-feathered bird
Sings in the palm, without human meaning,
Without human feeling, a foreign song.
You know then that it is not the reason
That makes us happy or unhappy.
The bird sings. Its feathers shine.
The palm stands on the edge of space.
The wind moves slowly in the branches.
The bird's fire-fangled feathers dangle down.
Paris Craigslist - Missed Connections - November 21st, 2016 - "Pete"
20 year's in Paris - m4w (Branford)
Dear 20 year's in Paris
On April 17th I gave you a ride from Wesleyan university in CT to union station New Haven.
It changed my life forever
I have been connected to you since the moment I saw you.
You are my soulmate. I think you know that!
Never got your name................................
If you see this please contact me. If you know a women/ teacher from the U.S that fits this description, please show
this to her.
(N.B.: "the last time I saw her face . . ." - a note from the editor
"her eyes were bathed in starlight . . ." - a note from the other editor
"we take a break in this program to inform you that David Bowie has died" - says Machiavelli
"ICE CREAM" - says the cat
"I want to buy all of his records" - says the other cat
"MORE ICE CREAM" - says the cat)
A COMPLICATED WOMAN, REVELATIONS IN POETRY, REVELATIONS IN LOVE
Byline: Subterranean Blue Poetry
Title of Book: A Complicated Woman
Author: Kimberlynne Darby Newton
Publisher: Subterranean Blue Poetry
Date of Publication: 2018
"These were our macaroni days."
- from Stolen Kisses, Starlit Caresses: A Journey
by Kay Kinghammer
A Complicated Woman, is a beautiful book of poetry, celebrating revelations in life and love, a progression
into the New Age. This book is dedicated to the Poet Kay Kinghammer best known for writing Stolen Kisses, Starlit
Caresses: A Journey and the unforgettable line in the Epilogue "these were our macaroni days". Kimberlynne Darby
Newton is a former university professor who began writing poetry to help with healing after a stroke. She has become
the consummate Poet with a very considered style and is one of the greatest American Poets of the 21st century.
A Complicated Woman is poetry in a series of revelations of the goddess, the Poet as Oracle, the word awake.
Revelations in love and life, revelations in family. A creationist mythology that breathes light out of the darkness
of racism and oppression. After a life of experience, a celebration of Zen and the wisdom of The Oracle, in a
fantastical offering of the celebrated Poet's craft.
A huge spiritus, her experience of love from her mother gives her all is, which is portrayed in poems that speak of
her mother, her husband and her son and projects out into the world, a beacon of light in the dark night. There are
a series of poems about her mother, her family which like all of her work, are rich and vibrant, like a
wellspring. "Sisters" is a celebration of solidarity with women through the goddess. "Little Girl" is a lament about
a child she knows. "Revolution" is about the love of her husband and exists within the violent imagery of a war won.
"First Love" is a fantastical story of her first lover. "Lullabye" is for children growing into adulthood and the need
to fight for love. "Flight of Flower Birds" is about the magic of hummingbirds. Each poem a gift of a story in
celebrated language inside the spiritus of the Creator.
The poetry comes from an empowered place of "us" and "us" as she raises her voice and our spirits from a place of
embattlement against injustice. This poetry is a progression in Beat Poetry, short lines, writing stories in poetry
in both the first and 3rd person. She invents new words and brings new life to the English language through Black meme
from the southern U.S. A brilliant ensuite of poetry that underlines the importance of love, the celebration. The
importance of love in longterm happy committed marriage and the importance of family. With the wisdom of loving people
through conflict and darkness. Poetry, the magic, A Complicated Woman by Kimberlynne Darby Newton.
Available @ Amazon.ca.
DIE DEEPER INTO LIFE: THE NEW AGE WORK OF CLAUDIA RANKINE, DENISE RILEY AND MAGGIE NELSON
Byline: Subterranean Blue Poetry
Title of Book: Die Deeper Into Life
Author: Claudia Rankine, Denise Riley, Maggie Nelson
Publisher: Penguin Random House U.K.
Date of Publication: 2017
"Why is that sad look in your eyes"
- from Tell Me Where It Hurts
Die Deeper Into Life is the 6th in a series of "Modern Poets" by Penguin Random House U.K. Each book consists
of excerpts of the work of 3 renowned Poets writing in the 21st century. This book of poetry features work by Claudia
Rankine, Denise Riley and Maggie Nelson.
The title is telling, Die Deeper Into Life, gives an oeuvre into the suffering wound, dwelling inside the
darkness of the overconstructed postmodern Western world with the broken social scene, broken love lives and cult
of ego culture, each of these outstanding women Poets brings a sense of themselves, their soul rhythms and experience
inside the writer's craft to their work. All 3 Western women Poets write largely in poetic narrative, are considered
and publicly acclaimed, bridging the Industrial Age era into the New Economy.
Claudia Rankine is a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets, teaches at Yale University and has received many
awards and honours including fellowships with the Guggenheim Foundation, and the National Endowment of the Arts. She
has written 5 books of poetry, including Nothing in Nature is Private (1994), The End of the Alphabet
(1998), Plot (2001), Don't Let Me Be Lonely: An American Lyric (2004) and Citizen: An American Lyric
(2014), 2 plays, including Provenance of Beauty: A South Bronx Travelogue (2009), contributed to several video
collaborations and is the poetry editor of several poetry anthologies.
A shadowed Victorian day hospital, this poetry rolls out in poetic narrative with Imagist influences spins into day
mares and Surrealist spaces. This poetry begins somewhere firmly rooted in reality, creates as if the Poet were in
public spaces, with her thoughts spinning into spaces of fear. Dealing with themes of racism and death, the poetry
brushes with the underlying American horror movie esplanade, zombies, vampires, monsters, witches with the occasional
angel, a subtle violence becoming louder. The illumination that it didn't matter if you were gifted, if you were
stupid, if you were blonde or non-blonde, if you had no redeeming features everyone was systemically ruined by
someone through broken love bonds that translates as emotioinal violence and perhaps actual violence. This poetry is
a magic awakening of the Spirit into the dark spaces of the lonely disembodied universe, the constant watch for
violence and how it destroys the peace of angels. A brilliant and considered read.
Denise Riley is a renowned Poet and philosopher. She is a professor at UEA in London and has held teaching positions
at universities in the United States, the U.K. and Europe. She has written many philosophical works on feminism,
early childhood, language and several books of poetry, Including Marxism for Infants (1977), Dry Air
(1985), Mop Mop Georgette (1993), Penguin Modern Poets 10 (1996), Selected Poems (2000) and
Say Something Back (2016).
New Age Renaissance poetic works that bang and recede in poetic narrative with Confessional and Beat poetry
influences. This poetry breathes in original use of language and images, rooted in colours and the natural world
while presenting a high degree of personal introspection. Themes of loneliness, violence, death, loss (of a son,
possibly a lover(s)) dialogues as if the Poet is a witness creating a journal of days. Some of the endings of poems
are bit offerings as if the thoughts are Escher black ink drawings, hallways and stairs that are blocked.
One of my favourite poems is:
Navy near-black cut in with lemon, fruity bright lime green.
I roam around around around around acidic yellows, globe . . . "
As if she is painting a picture interspersed with a longing for a lover, the poem becomes a fantastical poem of want.
A beautiful montage of wordscapes, a commentary on the emotional and actual violence of life in the West.
Maggie Nelson (Poet, literary critic and non-fiction writer) lives and works in Los Angeles and won a MacArthur
'Genius' Fellowship in 2016 and other awards. She has written: Jane: A Murder (2005), The Red Parts:
Autobiography of a Trial (2007), Women, the New York School, and Other True Abstractions (2007),
Bluets (2009), The Art of Cruelty: A Reckoning (2011), The Argonauts (2015) as well as the
poetry collections Shiner (2001), The Latest Winter (2003) and Something Bright, Then Holes (2007).
This poetry is a darker Victorian day hospital with a Spanish oeuvre, it is a dark poetic narrative based in realism.
Elements of Confessional poetry influences with original word juxtapositions and images, the poetry is exciting even
if it seems to be couched in an Eraser Head* movie, as if gulag poetry. Some of the poems dwell
on themes of a lost lover, or casual sexual encounter, the book of Jane about the murder of a woman,
"A Halo over the Hospital" is a story of her friend who has become a paraplegic and how the Poet is looking after her,
the poetry celebrates the microscopic truth, dwells in places of the body, sex as an end in itself without commitment.
From Bluets, the Poet confesses to love the colour blue and a rich dialogue travels about blue, love, lovers,
"20. Fucking leaves everything as it is. Fucking may in no way
interfere with the actual use of language. For it cannot give it
any foundation either. It leaves everything as it is."
The dark hallways and passages of the furniture factory.
The Argonauts a first-person narrative about being the wife of a transgendered person is a very eloquent
story of love.
Full of rich literary coins, fantastical imagery and original juxtapositions of words, these Poets are an exciting
example of the craft of Poetry inside progressions from the Confessional, Beat, and Imagist schools into the
postmodernist age. Excerpts from the 21st century House of New Age poetry greats, Die Deeper Into Life from
Penguin Random House U.K.
* A movie by David Lynch.
Available @ Amazon.ca.
“She pressed her ear against the shell;
she wanted to hear everything
he never told her”
- from Tablets
by Dunya Mikhail
diamonds and pearls
Rebecca Anne Banks
“the winter sky heavy,
trees caught in blue
places without . . . “
so dark the sky
I could have imagined
a diamond dinner ring
(how quick the flash of diamonds on a long day)
all on an overcast afternoon
the cast of a white rose
prayers over flowers
skies over blue
a shadow in dreams
the gypsy girl sits under a tree
lays out the cards
divining fortunes, looks for love
but she is older
there is something missing …
this is something one did when young
not after the horse before the cart
not after the,
maybe the forests bleed
stopped by the colour blue
the white duke . . . by boy corps,
perhaps death in a foreign land
as his heart kisses the sky
pearls in season . . .
the white rose, floated, bloomed in shadow
caught in the quiet of the overcast sky
I watch the doorway for you
drink my coffee
the silence of the white stone god descends
as some white/black iconoclast child plays the piano
the tin drum, watches
some snotnosed child
burning matches in winter
smelling only death
a dime shill
a story written by Dicken’s and a shotglass
a borrowed land that values only winning
“if we win we live”, while everyone has died,
the cult of ego values . . .
I looked for you after the gift of a thousand love songs
some cast off prisoner of war
surrounded by silence, a wire cage
a bird, that sings
after years of disallure,
his hat in hand,
smells death on the sidewalk
steps away into shadow,
some unwritten history
two people stare into a mirror
love of a thousand years
some giant wave of the sea
turns, on war and time again,
falls, as the snow of winter falls
cold, as she gathers the scarf around her,
into the shadows of the street.
"I read the news today oh boy
about a lucky man who made the grade . . . "
- from A Day in the Life by The Beatles
(inspired by The Muse and David Bowie)
"blue sky, blue sky day
quiet edge of sunlight
in my dream i have a lover . . . "
a winter day
should have been in Europe years ago
and the antique keys to the Berlinergate apartment
i read the reports
a tear falls
and i cry into my morning coffee
(it is like being in the next room)
"i never done good things"
I go back to bed
sleep, sleep for days
and time goes
but never dies, never dies
"i never done bad things"
wake the flower with a little water
"ain't that close to love"
someone beautiful in jingo Friesian
and i couldn't bear to look at him
beauty that defies the rain
like turning cover, the eyes of the sun
and talk of angel Ariel,
my lover/my brother/my lover
he who quested through ancient lands
"i never did anything out of the blue"
i can taste the oranges on my breath
but who will send me dresses in the mail
and everything is cinema
(we are all in other rooms)
"ashes to ashes"
"don't stop, don't stop the dance", wait i . . .
a day that never ends
a night that never ends
a love that never ends
and do you want to live forever
"bunk to bunkee"
and the boyfriends
could or could not
for whatever reason
let me walk home, alone
ink on Eddies thigh
and i don't imagine love too much
being some girl wanders . . .
"we know Major Tom's a junkie"
and no one was ever supposed to know the truth
somewhere out on Route 66
hear no evil,
see no evil,
think no evil
"strung out in heaven's high"
"men are monkies with monies and guns"
"hitting an all-time low"
(i could paint inside the clouds,
love, inside the clouds
who knows where the days go
by sides nor conts
the only thing that saves the day
is still warm coffee
i am burying myself in mounds of poetry and never coming out
the last dance serenade, poetry by
and the snow
those that touch us
the unlived lives
give birth to a bright star
i can dream my days to heaven
degrees of momenchance
inside a mirror
and the snow
and everything and nothing is magic
he in good nik soul
and nothing matters
at the crossing
and suddenly the day seems old
i don't imagine love
sell meat for bones
bones for meat
sell me heaven
he dances on the boulevard
and in the rising morning
I don't think anything is going to make me feel better today
anything for coffee
something to live for
"a second chance, a second time"
i'll post one last tribute before i go
and a loose fitting cloak
Monday, Cecile, Monday
half expecting him to walk out of the horizon line again
maybe if i'd called him Jamie . . .
"and i who brought you flowers in the rain"
and me and Jamie at the market
and me and Jamie having coffee
me and Jamie . . . )
1. Ashes to Ashes by David Bowie
2. Young Americans by David Bowie
3. Don't Stop the Dance by Bryan Ferry
4. Quote from Tom Waits
5. Don't Walk Past by Blue Peter
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 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 (
(Award winning Singer, Songwriter, Actor, Playwright), real name David Robert Jones, born in
Brixton, South London, England. A very popular and artistically acclaimed Rockstar, he sold an estimated 140 million
albums around the world. He is awarded membership in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996. He studied art, design
and music before launching his music career in 1963. Noted for creating the glam rock character Ziggy Stardust and
The Thin White Duke and reinventing himself and his art onstage. He is best remembered for the albums:
The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars
, Aladdin Sane
, Diamond Dogs
Station to Station
, Let's Dance
, Black Tie White Noise
, his musical collaborations with Iggy Pop and the Sales brothers, roles in movies including
Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence
, The Elephant Man
and writing the play, Lazarus
's poetry has been published in journals, magazines, e-zines and anthologies. Most recently,
she was published in the anthologies Heartwood
(June, 2018), Another Dysfunctional Cancer Anthology
(Fall, 2018), Somewhere My Love
(Subterranean Blue Poetry), as well as the journals and e-zines,
Dreamland, fillingStation, Prairie Journal, WordWorks, Fresh Voices, and Big Pond Rumours, including a nomination
by Prairie Journal (Fall, 2017) for a Pushcart Prize. A chapbook of her poetry (Shores of Haida Gwaii
published by the Big Pond Rumours Press chapbook contest (June, 2018).
(Poet, non-fiction writer, literary critic) is critically acclaimed and lives and works in
Los Angeles. She won a MacArthur 'Genius' Fellowship in 2016 amongst other awards. She is most noted for the books:
Jane: A Murder
(2005), The Red Parts: Autobiography of a Trial
(2007), Women, the New York School,
and Other True Abstractions
(2009), The Art of Cruelty: A Reckoning
(2015) as well as the poetry collections Shiner
(2001), The Latest Winter
and Something Bright, Then Holes
(Poet, teacher, poetry editor) is a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets, teaches Poetry
at Yale University and is critically acclaimed with a Guggenheim Foundation fellowship, and recognized by the National
Endowment of the Arts amongst other awards. She has created several video projects in collaboration and is an editor
of several poetry collections. She is most noted for: Nothing in Nature is Private
(1994), The End of the
(2001), Don't Let Me Be Lonely: An American Lyric
(2004) and Citizen: An
(2014), 2 plays, including Provenance of Beauty: A South Bronx Travelogue
is a critically acclaimed Poet, philosopher and teacher, living and working in London where she
is a professor at U.E.A. She has taught at universities in the United States, the U.K. and Europe. She has written
many philosophical books on language, early childhood and feminism and the books of poetry: Including Marxism for
(1977), Dry Air
(1985), Mop Mop Georgette
(1993), Penguin Modern Poets 10
(2000) and Say Something Back
's writing has appeared most recently in "Tipton Poetry Journal", "Flying Island", "Edify
Fiction", "Contour", "The New Southern Fugitives", "The Gambler", "Gravel", "The Light Ekphrastic",
"Sheepshead Review" and "Plath Poetry Project". He works as an acquisitions and development editor for Penguin
Random House, and he lives in Richmond, Indiana.
(Poet, Lawyer, Business Executive) born in Reading, Pennsylvania. He studied at Harvard
University and New York Law School and worked for most of his life as an insurance industry executive. He married
Elsie Viola Kachel (Elsie Moll) against his parents wishes, they had a daughter. He is considered a foremost
American Modernist Poet winning awards and the Pulitzer Prize for Collected Poems in 1955. He is most noted for
, Ideas of Order
, The Man With the Blue Guitar
, Notes Towards a Supreme
, The Necessary Angel
, amongst others.