ubterranean Blue Poetry
Volume IV Issue VI
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The Cover/Art Photo:

by Ginna Wilkerson

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"raindrops on sunset

glisten in the window

warm songs in the winter tree . . ."

somewhere

je t’aime the cloud girl

at the pink lion hotel

who is the girl with the dragon turfed hair

designs of el grecquo, la kind

“you like it, it’s good”

broken doilies and flowers from heaven

some underground sky

the head of blixton bruises

a 24 hour service bar in a movie

past Singapore or Shanghai

the singsong sellers in the street

the night,

under street lights”










Subterranean Blue Poetry
Volume IV Issue VI
 
(June 2016)










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Earrings

by Steve Klepetar


She slid in the booth beside me, dangling

big earrings, round black dishes hanging

past her shoulders “Solar panels,” she said.

I ordered her coffee. “And a muffin,”

she added. “Cranberry-orange.”

“So,” I said (brilliant conversationalist

that I am) “what do they power, your earrings?”

She leapt on the table, spun three times, and flew

up and around the ceiling fan. I thought about

holding her hand, us married in the suburbs

somewhere with a garden out back, her black

hair tied with a blue ribbon, and her eyes

wet, drowning in mist wafting through

our open door. Waitress stopped mid pour

and we watched her do loop-de-loops

above our heads, boot heels narrowly missing

fixtures as she swam, kicking at high windows

where pale light drifted in, faded shadow of a sigh.




I Remember Your Smile

by Steve Klepetar


hanging from a crab apple tree, heavy

with red and green tinged fruit, sour in the huge,

grassy yard of the green house with peeling

paint where we lived almost thirty years ago.

When I tilted my head to the exactly

right angle, I could just about see where

your shining teeth pressed against your fleshy

lips, but then it wasn’t clear whether you

meant to smile or scowl and I had to locate

your melting brown eyes, those puddles of

pheromones and soul. All night you painted

the sky with the palms of your moist, warm hands,

spreading that beautiful mixture of darkness


and stars, or drumming our roof with rain.

Sometimes when I dreamed in our tiny bed,

I could feel the motion of your art across

that small sea between us, my boat struggling

with the current your sweet, sweeping breath brewed,

oars leaping alive in my blistered hands,

salt spray blasting my face. Was I a lost

traveler yearning for home? Would I have come

ashore with prayers dripping from my lips

like honey stolen from smoky hives

or with another cunning plan? Down toward

the isthmus of your thigh, I rowed through storm.




Bear Lore, Bear Love

by Penn Kemp


It is the time of caves, of deep
dreaming. Great Bear lights     Bearman, come fish from my stream.
a way home to clarity,              Bearman, come fish from my stream.
Polar Star in night sky.             Fish is silver, fish is lithe.

                                                  Slippery scales between the claws.
BearSpirit presses his power,    Bearman, come fish from my stream.
chews the succulent flesh          Bearman, come fish from my stream.
caught and tossed onto shore.    Fish is silver, fish is lithe.

                                                   Slippery scales between the claws.

The pink sweet salmon, wise to
the wise he knows and that
salmon knowing something
about a Bear, his large dark
form stalking the dream.

                                                   Fish is silver, fish is lithe.
                                                   Slippery scales between the claws.










 
Featured Poet: Samuel Beckett

they come

by

Samuel Beckett



they come

different and the same

with each it is different and the same

with each the absence of love is different

with each the absence of love is the same










 
Missed Connections

Craigslist London, U.K. – Missed Connections – August 11th, 2015 – Anonymous


My London Riots Love - m4w (london)

body : athletic height : 5'11" (180cm)


Our eyes met while we were looting JD sports on Wood Green high road. Your face was partly covered by your purple scarf and the Adidas cap you picked up as you crawled under the mangled shutters and through the smashed up door, treading hastily over the tiny shards of glass that lay strewn across the floor like tiny diamonds. We both reached over for the same tennis racquets. Pulling them off the shelf together we briefly glanced at each other. I'll never forget your face. In a word it was 'angry' but I could tell that beneath the anger lay an ocean of tranquility and beauty. I gazed dumb struck at your lips as you whispered expletives in to my ear at the top of your voice, all the while pulling the racquets from my hands. We both knew it was love at first sight. Your course voice as you screamed at me......it will forever play through my mind like a chorus of angels. I dropped the 6 boxes of Nike Air Max trainers that I was holding and just watched you as you grabbed at anything you could see.....It was as if everything was happening in slow motion, as if we had entered a matrix all of our own. I've never seen anyone loot so frantically and yet look so graceful. Your graze next focused on the mens XXXL swimming trunks (12 pack) and before before I could draw a breath, you stuffed them into your now bulging jumper. There was no way you would ever need those but it didn't matter to you. Right then and there I thought to myself: 'here is a woman who knows what she wants and will do anything to get it'!

I handed you a large JD Sports plastic bag for you to put all of your loot into but you just screamed in anger (very cute), barged past me in your effortlessly graceful way and headed to the large container of items for sale. To this day I have no idea why you would head for the sale items. I guess you just have an eye for a bargain even when looting. We were rudely interrupted by the sound of a helicopter overhead and approaching police sirens. I carefully made my way to the exit but I could tell that you had somewhere that you urgently needed to get to.  You ran into me, knocking me to the floor. I still have the scars where you stepped on my face, pushing it into the tiny pieces of glass, all the while screaming at me in your cute way.

You dropped a Speedo Breeze Rider Frisbee as you crawled out under the shutters. In a daze I grabbed it and jumped to my feet to hand it back to you....but it was too late.....you were gone.

  I have the Frisbee hanging on my bedroom wall as a constant reminder of you....my London riots love.

(N.B.: “rioters make the best lovers . . . “ – a note from the editor

“scream for me Ellen Bitchocovsky . . . u stole my . . . ”
– a note from the other editor

“gi’e me dat” – says the cat)











 
Book Reviews



The Weight of Dreams: the rebirth of romance in the New Age Renaissance.


Byline: Subterranean Blue Poetry

Title of Book: The Weight of Dreams

Author: Jeevan Bhagwat

Publisher: In Publications

Date of Publication: 2012

Pages: 69


“Then said Almitra, Speak to us of Love.”
- from The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran


The Weight of Dreams is romance, romance in the third degree by Trinidadian-Canadian Poet Jeevan Bhagwat. Poet Bhagwat lives in a suburb of Toronto, Canada. He is a celebrated Poet, published in many literary journals, on the Internet and in anthologies. He was awarded the Monica Ladell Prize for Poetry twice (2003 and 2005) and the Conscience Canada Art/New Media contest (2011). He has previously published a chapbook, Night Shadows by Plowman Press (1998).

This beautiful book of romantic poetry captures the cours d’esprit of the New Age Renaissance. The poetry lives in the worship of beauty and romance within nature images. A sorrowful backdrop of unrequited love, the poetry spills in a series of short sentences with occasional rhyme. There is a certain violence to the presentation, in the push and pull of longing, the violence of a broken love affair. He writes of the crickets on a summer night “Their hearts explode / Into choirs of longing” and “Pieces of you / Are scattered everywhere”. The use of language is unique, can be truncated creating a tension of violence, without. This tension in suffering is also expressed in the pull of opposites, expressing loss, the pain of broken covenants, a violation of the Holy Spirit. The new word juxtapositions, a shock of lightening, the image becomes disturbing and beautiful.



1

“Somewhere on the edge of
Consciousness
Between light and shadow,
Sorrow and joy,
You led me through
A vale of flowers
Towards an empty field
And said:

Here is the heart
I have stolen from you,
And these were your dreams
That now are flowers
No wind
Will ever disturb.”


It is a very personal presentation, written in first person narrative, experiential yet existing in the place of dreams, pulling you in. As This Writer read, it was like falling into enchantment, the poems like a song, creating cadence in lyrical form. Leonard Cohen once said, “There is a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in.” The broken sorrow of an ended love affair drives the poetry that weaves the memory of the lover with a profound wisdom, and a respect for the sacred. As if the Poet is writing love letters in the rain.



The Rain Knows Your Name

It is raining again.

The rain knows your name.
It sings it to me
All through the night,
Filling me with a longing
I cannot escape
A longing that burns me inside.

The rain calls
From my window,
Its whispery tongue
Licking my ear,
Seducing my senses
With the memory of you
And drowning me in despair.

In these last low hours,
When I miss you most,
When love is a ghost
With your name,
There is no refuge
In the arms of night,
No comfort
In the music of rain.


Perhaps the Poet writes about an impossible love, perhaps a love affair not properly discerned, perhaps a love affair caught in the cultural/political undertoad of war N.A. This poetry speaks of the Pink Lion Hotel, of hot Summer nights, gin and cold lemonade twists under the starry sky. The poetry unfolds like a prayer, reminiscent of a more immediate Kahlil Gibran. As well as the theme of the Muse as lover, he writes about his father, a disaster (Poem for the Children of Beslan, Russia), foreign places, nature, people. The universal themes dwell in the heart and mind of a Poet, reflecting the magic of the romantic soul in spiritus. The poetry is stark and yet clothed in the elements of nature, the essence of love with a profound oeuvre using only few words.



Phoenix

I am getting too old to
Write of love,
And yet
Each time you come to me,
Your mouth, a violet
In full bloom
Your eyes, a sanctuary
To fallen stars,

My heart arises
From the ashes of youth,
Rekindled
With the flame of desire.


A beautiful suite of love poems, expressing longing and sorrow, a worship of the sacrament of love. The Poet presents a study in the violence of an ended love affair contrasted with the sacred, celebrating the Muse, the season of the goddess in the New Age Renaissance. The night is warm Summer, and the poetry is The Weight of Dreams by Jeevan Bhagwat. A brilliant read.

Available @ Amazon.ca.






 


Off the Leash, Generation X writes in the New Age.


Byline: Subterranean Blue Poetry 

Title of Book: Off the Leash

Author: Ryan Vallee

Publisher: Creative Talents Unleashed

Date of Publication: 2015

Pages: 84


“My daydream screams bitter 'til the end
The love i share -true- selfish to the heart
My heart, my sacred heart . . . “
- from Daydream by Smashing Pumpkins


Off the Leash, the grand, the sweet, the conflicted and violent love poetry truthtelling of the New Age, a new offering from Generation X. Ryan Vallee was born and lives in Michigan. He has been writing poetry since public school and intermittently since high school. I suspect, now a calling, his regular poetry offerings can be found on Facebook, GooglePlus and the Internet channel. This is his first book of poetry.

This book of poetry has a dog on the front cover and the title Off the Leash, alludes to the man/Poet as dog theme. Revealing the conflicted power constructs of life N.A., perhaps the pain of rotating love relationships and the effects of sexual violation on the human soul.



 
Didn’t Stop Me

Your body
Is a wonderland.

Your heart
Is a haunted house.

Your mind
Is a serial killer’s
Basement.


A new art nouveau style, perhaps a fledgling Leonard Cohen, an evolution from the post-modernist school, 30 years later, a man’s narrative on love and the violence of serial sexual relationships, N.A. The poetry is more pared in, often visceral, some of the short poems present as a type of non-traditional Haiku with profound wisdom.



 
Note to Self 2

Flowers

Can grow

Anywhere,

As long as

You

Let them


The imagery brushes with themes from nature and the grey of the crumbling urban cityscape architecture. As if love letters, the poetry is sweetheart and engenue, giving insight and perhaps a secret "behind the curtain" glimpse into the mysterious landscape of the Poet’s personal life. The universal theme of love, man’s natural inclination for love/sex and how it can all go terribly right and terribly wrong. As if the tenets of the Holy Spirit and the cultural/political milieu need to be revealed so that people in their natural state are married to their Starcrossed or more suited lover on a Sign from God for longterm, hopefully when they are young adults.



 
Lipstick Lover

I believed everything

Disclosed through

Your ruby rush

Lipstick

Illusions in the night

That asked to be warm

Into silk carnations

With the morning sun


The poetry, in a breath, is the push and pull of romantic tension, an exciting and new breath. As you fall into the round aura of the poetry, it is an exciting escape from the everyday, a new personality, a new reality, a new love affair. A promising first book of poetry, I look forward to more work from this poet, Off the Leash by Ryan Vallee.

Available @ Amazon.ca.











 
hey, Smiley

by

Rebecca Anne Banks



hey, Smiley, don’t look happy, if u don’t got nuthin’ to be happy about

even if you do got somethin’ to be happy about,

no smilin'

. . . it’s a dead giveaway

like sittin’ down to cards

an’ winnin’ an’ losin’ too

an’ in the background is some girl servin’ drinks

she serves them jus’ right

until she see u smilin’

an’ she spill one in your lap

o’ an’ that’s why u don’t forget to say sorry,

say sorry a lot

even if u don’t got nuthin’ to be sorry about

an’ don’t forget, no smilin’.










 
Biography


Rebecca Anne Banks lives in Montreal. She is the author of more than 27 books of poetry, a family cookbook, a book of children’s stories, a book of World Peace Newsletters and a primer on marriage discernment all available at 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).

Samuel Beckett was born in Dublin, Ireland. He is a Poet/Novelist/Playwright/Theatre Director/ Writer and has a Bachelor’s degree from Trinity College. As a youth he had severe bouts of depression. He moved to Paris and traveled through Europe. He won the Croix de Guerre for his participation in the French Resistance during World War II. He won the Nobel Prize for Literature and was secretly married to a pianist, Suzanne Dechevaux-Dumesnuil. He is best remembered for Eleutheria, Endgame, Waiting for Godot, Malone meurt, Malloy, Mercier et Camier, The Unnamable amongst others.

Jeevan Bhagwat born in Trinidad, lives and works in a suburb of Toronto, Canada. He is published in many literary journals, on the Internet and in anthologies including Blue Skies, The Amethyst Review, Quills, Archaeology, The Ontario Poetry Society and The Canadian Authors Association. He was awarded the Monica Ladell Prize for Poetry (2003 and 2005) and won the Conscience Canada Art/New Media Award (2011). He has written a Poetry Chapbook: Night Shadows (1998) as well as the book of poetry The Weight of Dreams (2012).

Penn Kemp London ON performance poet, activist and playwright Penn Kemp is the League of Canadian Poets and their 2015 Spoken Word Artist of the Year. As Writer-in-Residence for Western University, her project was the DVD, Luminous Entrance: a Sound Opera for Climate Change Action. Her latest works are two anthologies:  Performing Women and Women and Multimedia. Forthcoming is a new collection of poetry,  Barbaric Cultural Practice as well as a play, The Triumph of Teresa Harris.

Steve Klepetar’s work has appeared in nine countries, in such journals as Boston Literary Magazine, Deep Water, Antiphon, Red River Review, Snakeskin, Ygdrasil, and many others.  Several of his poems have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net.  Recent collections include Speaking to the Field Mice(Sweatshoppe Publications, 2013), My Son Writes a Report on the Warsaw Ghetto (Flutter Press, 2013) and Return of the Bride of Frankenstein (Kind of a Hurricane Press).

Ryan Vallee was born and lives in Michigan. Noted for creative writing ability in school, he has been writing intermittently since highschool. His poetry can be found on Facebook, GooglePlus and the Internet channel. His first book of poetry is Off the Leash, available at Amazon Station.

Ginna Wilkerson completed a Ph.D. in Creative Writing at University of Aberdeen in 2013, also the year of publication of her first poetry collection, Odd Remains. In both text and visual art, Ginna concentrates on a surrealist view of the internal world. Her photographs have been displayed in both Scotland, Spain, and the US. In summer 2014, Ginna was in residency at Can Serrat Artist’s Residence in El Bruc, Spain, and plans a residency at Small Pond Arts in Canada in 2015. Currently, she teaches at Ringling College of Art and Design.