ubterranean Blue Poetry
Volume III Issue III
 
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The Cover Art/Photo:

by Patrick Ennis

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“in sunshine,

the small lime bird, quick

in the winter tree ..”


on a very rare day

love falls, an apple

from the sky

how it finds you

haunts you

dreams kisses sweet

Kid Sooka

whispers poetry

sunlight whispers

into day”










Subterranean Blue Poetry
Volume III Issue III
 
(March 2015)










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Sad Daffodil

by Nettie Farris


now
am
sad
now
am
daffodil


daffodil
now
now
am
am
sad

sad
daffodil
now
now
am
am

am
sad
am
daffodil
now
now

now
am
now
sad
daffodil
am

am
now
daffodil
am
sad
now

Now am
sad. Now
am daffodil.









Wicked Me, Wicked You

by Nettie Farris


You
think
wicked
thoughts
about
me.

Me
you
about
think
thoughts
wicked.

Wicked
me
thoughts
you
think
about.

About
wicked
think
me
you
thoughts.

Thoughts
about
you
wicked
me
think.

Think
thoughts
me
about
wicked
you.

You think
wicked thoughts
about me.









Buttercups (Sometimes)

by Nettie Farris


From
me
to
you
buttercups
(sometimes).

(Sometimes)
from
buttercups
me
you
to.

To
(sometimes)
you
from
me
buttercups.

Buttercups
to
me
(sometimes)
from
you.

You
buttercups
from
to
(sometimes)
me.

Me
you
(sometimes)
buttercups
to
from.

From me
to you
buttercups (sometimes).










 
Featured Poet: Langston Hughes


Bouquet

by

Langston Hughes



Gather quickly

Out of darkness

All the songs you know

And throw them at the sun

Before they melt

Like snow





 
Quiet Girl

by

Langston Hughes



I would liken you

To a night without stars

Were it not for your eyes.

I would liken you

To a sleep without dreams

Were it not for your songs.










 
Missed Connections

Craigslist Montreal – Missed Connections – October 9, 2014 - Anonymous

Sophie at Mcgill - m4w - 29

age : 29

You asked me my name the other night. I drew you a cat, even though you're not a cat person. You are extremely nice, and I'd like to get to know you, though I will rarely be on campus anymore. Get ahold of me if you get this!

(N.B.: awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww! draw me a puppy too – a note from the editor)











 
Book Reviews




Voices from Oja ‘Ba Market: the heartbeat of Nigeria.


Byline: Subterranean Blue Poetry

Title of Book: Voices from Oja ‘Ba Market: A Collection of Poems by upcoming Poets in Celebration of Oja ‘Ba Market

Editor: Wole Adedoyin

Publisher: Society of Young Nigerian Writers

Date of Publication: 2013

Page Count: 40


“Praise the Risen Lord”
- Popular Christian Saying


This is an important work of poetry from the Society of Young Nigerian Writers, in the turmoil of politics and violence in their homeland they are practicing the craft of poetry, getting the word out and finding their truth in constructing thought waves for peace. As I go to write, I hear the song “Don’t stop, don’t stop the dance” by Bryan Ferry in the blue light of winter afternoon.

This book is constructed around the theme of the Oja ‘Ba Market (The Kings Market) the main market of Ibadan Land. Markets exist traditionally in all major centres of countries, they are places of trade, a place of food, a place of meeting, exchanging talk and information and a place of celebration of the arts, the soul of the Community. Oja ‘ba Market accommodates “traditional drummers, flutists, poets, performers, masquerades, dancers.” This book of poetry also features colourful photos of the Market and its produce and people.

Voices of Oja ‘Ba Market is published by Society of Young Nigerian Writers, an organization that “hopes to impact the community and the lives of people through Christian philosophy, arts and computer education.” Their Vision statement: “Improving all aspects of the quality of education and creating a conducive environment for the mental, artistic, social, scientific and psychological development of the masses.”

The book of poetry begins with The Raucous and Serenades of the Market by Tenibegi Karounwi. As if a traditional song, the poetry flows “This morning is a gathering from all corners of the four winds/ On battered Lorries, wrecked vans trailed by wheeled iron coffins.” The poetry illuminates the current violence and life of the people. For style the poetry appears to have the influence of the traditional culture as well as the tenets of English Literature, particularly the Beat Poets and the Moderns. The lines are constructed with capitalization at the beginning. Occasionally the poems will have obvious rhymes, an evolution from the Postmoderns, perhaps influenced by modern rap/Hip Hop. This poem continues with a description of a dance celebration:

“In the presence of all and the bustling forest for witness

Aduke and Abeke entered into a dance contest

To know whose feet will command the best cheer

Delightfully, Aduke croons with spiteful hiss

As she daintily twirl her wrapper with a mocking tease

And Abeke rolls voluptuous waist with seductive ease

Swinging with grace and the pride of a calm breeze . . . “

Market Girl. By Obrnide Joseph Ikotun, is a poem of the thoughts of a woman who runs a market stall as she anticipates meeting her lover, “Eyes fierce and dim/ As if translating over a seam.” The excellent use of the English language (when it may be a second language) presenting mystery and intrigue in word juxtapositions in the celebration. Often in this New Age poetry, there is a stream of consciousness and new word synergies that are exciting.

There is a poem titled Boko Haram by Ubah Chetachukwu, an open letter for peace to the terrorist group, “Masses, massacred Masses, shattered Tragedy so sad to see When all that was asked to be Was to live peacefully . . . ”

Of Gangster Gods and Goddesses by Salawu Olajiobe begins “My country gods are goons/ They take the sacrifice and frighten the bearers . . .” And Political Brouhaha by Babalola Adeniyi Abraham speaks of the corrupt politics of Nigeria. The poems that reveal the violence and political condition of Nigeria are the beauty of truth, as if planting the seeds for peace in the written word.

The One in White (Eyo) by Onwuasoanya Chika Tobi is a description of a play at the market.

“Have you seen the play of Adamu?

Mortals of earth, have you seen the play,

Of Amadu Orisha?

The one in the white mask waits,

His rod stiffly in hand,

He waits in the wings of life,

Ready to take center stage,

The tall white one,


O great Eyo gogoro!

The one whose feet are ever impatient,

Whose dancing feet stirs up,

The black dust of morning in men’s heart, . . . “

Women’s themes are also present with The Praying Voice Beside the OSun River by Babatunde Idawu Enbener: “Again came the tiny voice from beside the peaceful river,/’Bless me mother and make me a mother.’” And Twenty Children by Aduwale Bakre:

“A tale of a score of kiddies

That they claim cannot be

Together for two decades,

“True indeed is the postulation

Of our great sagacious Mother Africa

With her third leg that shivers

And shakes as if it would break

The third leg she uses

In guiding us to the path of rectitude . . . “

As if a poem with prophesy.

The Closing Stage by Adebesin, Ibraheem Adekunle is in the exultation of “Apocalypse Poetry” with the repeated line, “I’m afraid the end-time is near” and

“See the abundant infections now afflicting us

As though newly spawned by some angered gods

See the apocalyptic disasters now daily rocking our earth . . . “

The Beauty and Power of Yoruba Culture by Adeleye Kunle is a consciousness raising about the importance of culture.

“Most people forget that a state

Without a recognized culture is

A country with no identity.”

The final poem is titled Oja Oba Market by Dalinton Joshua, is a prayer for peace and protection with the celebration of dance in poetry.

In these times of change with the miracle of the Internet, the West as well as the Second and Third World countries are experiencing a Transition Economy and violence. The discovery of peace begins with happy covenant marriages, the cornerstone for peace in Community through the discovery of Signs from God and the Holy Spirit way. Signs from God discern a happy covenant marriage, tell the truth of all serious matter, protect the innocent and create safety, peace and democracy. (see Newsletters @ Tea at Tympani Lane Records, www.tympanilanerecords.com).

This dance of poetry, like the dance of life despite adversity and violence. A prayer for peace for these poets and the peoples of Nigeria in the midst of violent times. One day we will be free!

Available @ OBOOKO.











 


Abject Lessons: exciting Gothic Imagist Poetry from above/ground press.


Byline: Subterranean Blue Poetry

Title of Book: Abject Lessons

Author: Jennifer Baker

Publisher: above/ground press

Date of Publication: 2014

Page Count: 18


“week after week, in the empty room, wove into itself the falling cries of birds . . . “
- from To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf


Abject Lessons is an exciting long poem Chapbook that explores the violence of the war culture North America in fantastical animal imagery. Poet Baker is a Phd candidate, teaching at the University of Ottawa. She grew up in small town Ontario, living in Exeter and visiting her grandparents on their farm.

The beginning is tentative but it quickly draws you into a long poem story with the theme of love lost, mystery and haunting images. Stretching the boundaries of language, Abject Lessons dances with dark gothic imagery in a running stream of consciousness that borrows from the New Age school. The new word synergies are exciting and original, exploring the dark underside of love in the cursehold North America. The poetry explores rural nature imagery, perhaps imagery influenced from life on a farm.

The Chapbook is divided into 3 sections titled “Pilgim”, “Dwelling” and “Abject Lessons”. “Pilgrim” introduces a dialectic where someone may be predicting outcomes,

“forget the lurking idyll

it all comes out gothic

no unicorns but horse bones

swallowed by the quick sand

at the edge of the field.”

“Dwelling” introduces the idea of a broken love life, perhaps in serial relationships,

“become human become equine

breaking their bodies on shifting ground

they can’t own”

and a house fire

“a fieldstone housefire

secret raging

bursts a scream through the windows

lace curtains daintily

carbon confetti

to the clouds”.

Something is wrong, someone is yelling at the sky.

“Abject Lessons” explores the theme of broken love life “I can’t scratch the hot from my skin”.

The beauty in the poetry lies in the fantastical images of animals in a rural setting juxtaposed with the suffering of an unfortunate love life. The dread and violence of

“I read somewhere:

hawks mockingbirds owls

hunt kittens

I can’t stop counting

A small circling shadow”

is an incredible use of images, borrowing from the pared in style of the Imagist/Symbolist School, the predecessors to New Age poetry. Gothic artistry in poetry, Abject Lessons by Jennifer Baker.

Available @ above/ground press.











“dark the winter dark

by night by sky . . . “



 
looking for moonlight and butterflies

by

Rebecca Anne Banks



she swallows her silence

a stone

let me gaze upon your beauty

in the garden, some stone cat

passion inside the veil of the moon

(I live for summer)

at your feet, I leave offerings

oranges, flowers, poetry

to placate the god of the hidden moonlight

I look for you …


from your hands

the paintings

of rice paper butterflies.










 
Biography



Rebecca Anne Banks lives in Montreal. She is the author of 24 books of poetry, a family cookbook, a book of children’s stories and a primer on marriage all available on (www.amazon.ca). She is also the CEO/Artist at Tea at Tympani Lane Records
( www.tympanilanerecords.com) and The Book Reviewer at The Book Reviewer (www.thebookreviewer.ca).

Patrick Ennis. Patrick received formal training from poet laureate of Ottawa Patrick White he has had showcases all over Canada dozens of art show including a TV show in Saskatchewan currently art battle champion of Edmonton 2013-14. he has had a steady running art career for the past 12 years and will be representing Edmonton in art battle of Alberta in June usually and I agree Patrick lets the art do the talking.

Nettie Farris lives in Floyds Knobs, Indiana and is the author of Communion (Accents Publishing, 2013). In 2011 she received the Kudzu Poetry Prize. Her work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

Langston Hughes was born in Joplin, Missouri and is considered a prominent member of the Harlem Renaissance. His parents were James Hughes and Carrie Langston, a broken home, he was raised by his maternal grandmother. He attended Columbia University for one year, leaving to travel to Spain, Africa and Paris. His work came to the attention of American Poet Vachel Lindsay, Novelist/Critic Carl van Vechten who helped get his first book of poetry published. He received a scholarship to Lincoln University, Pennsylvania and was a war correspondent during the Spanish Civil War. He is most noted for The Weary Blues, Fine Clothes to the Jew, Let America Be America Again, Montage of a Dream Deferred, Not Without Laughter, The Ways of White Folks, Mule Bone, Street Scene, Tambourines to Glory, Black Nativity, Jerico-Jim Crow amongst others.