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

“a rose for Marilyn”

Courtesy of The British Library










 
“God save the queen

droxy encarna

the gift of Aphrodite

nihilism is dead

long live the queen

(after the night of

she sits in her big white dress

bare feet

and a smile

so beautiful

in the early morning photo

even the angels sing)

the Chorus sings: a-n-a-r-c-h-y in the U.K.

God save the Queen”










Subterranean Blue Poetry
Volume IV Issue XII
 
(December 2016)










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Marilyn Monroe

by

Daniel de Cullá


In the distance

my business daily with the Sky

remains alone.

Pearl clouds that fly

keep me at distance

long listening

white spotted fawns

that I see as black knights

like medieval Dominics

fucking heretics and witches.

Sky has a halfway of lives forgotten

close tome planing

dandelion blow balls

and putting a glint-clink

of beauty wonder

in my open eyes

over the blue Ocean

passing the buck to the waves

of lovely naked Persian women

and Sirens

listening and talking

about the present tragedy

of our time:

Love has forgotten me

into this Planet

with Marilyn Monroes’s

clippers for gardening.










Looking at Her

by Adrian Ernesto Cepeda


“People had a habit of looking at me as if I were some
kind of mirror instead of a person.”
- Marilyn Monroe


She loved disappearing

in front of me. Changing

from one face to another.

She could be a sweet Tinsel Town

ingénue one minute and the deep

soft sultry million dollar voice

the next. She sat in silence

among the clinking glasses

fidgeting with her near perfect hair

as if a camera springs into action,

while taking wild sips of wine

as if auditioning for a part.

Lighting her smoke to say, Relax,

it’s just dinner. Rising again

she mumbled quickly

…I will return.

Checking my pocket watch,

I rushed to the ladies room.

Knocking on the door, I asked

Are you still there?

Pushing in the door, I enquired

Is everything okay?

She was looking at the mirror.

What are you doing, love?

She stood in front of her favorite stall,

whispering: I’m looking at her,

like the way you glare at one of your creations

on the page. She is mine. As if she was

staring at a stranger’s twin.

Softly kissing her hungry reflection,

staying beautifully present,

this is how I loved Marilyn;

clicking her fingers—

taking imaginary photographs—

posing with her always radiant wink.









Sometimes I see you staring outside the sinking window

(From Arthur Miller’s April 30, 1956 love letter to Marilyn Monroe)

by Adrian Ernesto Cepeda


Always trying to calm

the faucet the drips.

As if those droplets

are a reminder of all you

can never erase, the self-

doubting whispers haunting

behind you the make up on

your natural face. I stare

at your spot there, the way

you glared outside, barefoot

wanting to surprise you

with stubble kisses, softly

my lips just wanting to feel

you resting your long blonde

hair sparking desires, retasting

your apple scented flair, loving

each strand wanting to stray

but still you stay exhaling, you

keep me waiting for you to lean

back so soft on my neck. Can

you feel me wanting to slide

my hands, rolling fingers all

over pinching distractions,

rambunctious expressions

waiting to reveal the softness

of your daydreaming breath.

And then I will sigh. And

finally you resist by leaning

back resting your head on

my chest, can you feel

the pounding, repeating the fire

below my belly, my hunger

inspires diversions, waiting

for your appetite to return.

My favorite room is this kitchen

pretending you are there tight

white dress, straps slightly

undone, ready for me to sneak

up behind, press my lips on

the gift that is your shoulders

and rediscover the softness

of your glowing skin, I yearn —

to see you cooking breakfast;

I will kiss your neck and unzip

the rest, feeling your back

exposed squeezing the sweetest

cantaloupes bursting behind

and the backs of your knees

simmering like bacon turning and

just to hear your giggle facing me

sunny side up, softly kissing

your nose, forgetting the dishes,

as the stove keeps frying, feel

you return, while retasting every

inch of our flame—through

our loudest mouthfuls we

love watching the eggs

as they sizzlingly burn.










 
Featured Poet: Rainer Maria Rilke

Love Song

by

Rainer Maria Rilke



How can I keep my soul in me, so that

it doesn't touch your soul? How can I raise

it high enough, past you, to other things?

I would like to shelter it, among remote

lost objects, in some dark and silent place

that doesn't resonate when your depths resound.

Yet everything that touches us, me and you,

takes us together like a violin's bow,

which draws one voice out of two separate strings.

Upon what instrument are we two spanned?

And what musician holds us in his hand?

Oh sweetest song.










 
Missed Connections

Craigslist Montreal – Missed Connections – March 22nd, 2016 – “A”

Metro, Orange Line - Hand Tattoos – (Berri-Uqam station)


Hi Zi,

You had this glowing warmth coming from you. We smiled at each other as you left and it was really lovely. I wonder who you are :)

Love,

A

(N.B.: “twinkle, twinkle, little star . . . “ – a note from the editor

“how i wonder who you are? “ – a note from the other editor

“feed the cat” – says the cat)










 
Book Reviews



fragments: poems, intimate notes, letters by Marilyn Monroe.


Byline: Subterranean Blue Poetry

Title of Book: fragments: poems, intimate notes, letters by Marilyn Monroe

Author: Marilyn Monroe

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd.

Date of Publication: 2010

Pages: 239


“Goodbye Norma Jean
. . . And it seems to me you lived your life
Like a candle in the wind”
- from Candle in the Wind by Elton John

“And too many moonlight kisses,
Seem to cool in the warmth of the sun”
- from When I Fall in Love by Victor Young/Edward Heyman/Marilyn Monroe


fragments: poems, intimate notes, letters by Marilyn Monroe a compilation of letters, notes and poetry penned by Marilyn Monroe further feeds the legend of beauty that was Marilyn. Marilyn Monroe was a stunningly beautiful and critically acclaimed Hollywood actress. In her early life she was an orphan and was abandoned to multiple foster homes. She had serial love relationships that broke taking its toll on her health, she committed suicide in 1962. She is best remembered for the films Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, How to Marry a Millionaire, The Seven Year Itch, Bus Stop, Some Like it Hot, and The Misfits amongst others. The book was compiled and edited by filmmaker Stanley Buchthal and screenwriter and translator Bernard Comment.

This book is a beautiful gift, the actual pages of her hand written notes are photographed and presented with a page of type written for clarity. Most of the notes are her hand printing, some are written in flowering script and some of the beginning pages are typewritten (these beginning pages were about her first husband and it was as if she was beginning to write an autobiography). The notes are an intimate portrait of a beautiful young woman, she is sensitive, very intelligent, very hurt, a free spirit, a Poet. Themes of her notes are her broken relationships with the men in her life; daily activities e.g. thoughts about the people riding the bus with her, thoughts about if she will be able to deliver a good performance as she did not like to let people down; notes to clarify her feelings; thoughts about surgery, psychiatry and acting; thoughts about Lee Strasberg’s acting class; early childhood memories; letters to her doctors; a song list; a menu list and some ephemera. Sometimes the notes are from notebooks, sometimes from Waldorf Astoria or Parkside House stationery, or from letters, an interview.

As thoughts some of the offerings are original poetic forms. As a Poet, this Writer recognizes some of the writings as crib notes, the writing down of ideas that are later formed and constructed into a poetry offering. And some of the notes, stand alone as poetry.

“Life–

I am of both of your directions

Somehow remaining hanging downward

the most

but strong as a cobweb in the

wind – I exist more with the cold glistening frost.

But my beaded rays have the colors I’ve

seen in a painting- ah life they

have cheated you”


“Stones on the walk

every color there is

I stare down at you

like a horizon-

the space/the air is between us beckoning

and I am many stories up

my feet frightened

as I grasp towards you”

Some of the writings deal with her suicidal feelings around her broken childhood and broken marriages. Some of the writings are quite introspective, as if she is viewing herself outside a shattered perspective, because of her painful experiences.

“It’s not to much fun to know yourself to well or think you do –

everyone needs a little conceit to carry them through and past the falls”

Rather traditional and in Renaissance, this poem reminds me of John Dowland’s “Weep ye’ no more sad fountains”:

“Sad, sweet trees –

I wish for you - rest

but you must be wakeful”

and is like an Haiku.

This writer remembers the story of how she helped Ella Fitzgerald get a singing booking at the very popular Mocambo club in Hollywood. African American artists were often discriminated against in the 1950's America. Marilyn Monroe called the owner of the club and told him if he would let Ella Fitzgerald sing at the Mocambo she would sit at one of the front tables every night. She said the press would love it.

Writer Arthur Miller, a husband of Marilyn Monroe said, “To have survived, she would have had to be either more cynical or even further from reality than she was. Instead, she was a poet on a street corner trying to recite to a crowd pulling at her clothes.” It was as if her great beauty eclipsed how the American male audience viewed her, as if reducing her to an object, an ideal that people worshipped, a public fantasy of love that ignored who she really was. The objectification of women is a violence, it is trespass, it is a symptom of an unhealthy society. If she had lived and developed her writing arts calling she could have become a brilliant Poet, as it was she was a brilliant Oracle/Artist in her own right. She existed as a bright soul, as goddess, Aphrodite, the goddess of love, such brilliance in a violent and war-ridden world. Once she said, “People had a habit of looking at me as if I were some kind of mirror instead of a person.” Often big spirit people challenge people, sometimes they remind them of ex-lovers who have left or people compare themselves and come up wanting, in a world where a majority of people suffer broken serial marriages it is difficult for people to be happy in themselves. In a happier world all people would be married to their Starcrossed or more suited lover, to a happier world in the New Economy.

fragments: poems, intimate notes, letters by Marilyn Monroe reveals the real Marilyn in her own words. Marilyn Monroe an icon of our times.

Available @ Amazon.ca.






 


GINA NEMO: Book of Haikus.


Byline: Subterranean Blue Poetry

Title of Book: GINA NEMO: Book of Haikus

Author: Gina Nemo

Publisher: Zava Poetry

Date of Publication: 2016

Pages: 191


“Laughin’ on the bus, playing games with the faces
She said the man with the gabardine suit was a spy
I said be careful, his bowtie is really a camera . . .
They’ve all come to look for America”
- from America by Paul Simon


GINA NEMO: Book of Haikus, Dreamland America, authentic haiku poetry from America’s sweetheart Gina Nemo. Gina Nemo is a Poet/Writer/Award-Winning Singer and Music Producer/Filmmaker/Actress/Producer/Director, a Hollywood palindrome. She was the co-star of the television series “21 Jump Street” for which she won an Emmy Award and has been on stage and screen since a child. Currently, her film "VOICES" about New Age cutting edge Poets and their poetry was submitted to The Santa Barbara International Film Festival and The Sundance Film Festival. She has written 3 books of poetry, Strings (2013), Scarlet (2014) and Carousel (2015) with magical audiobooks Strings (2014), Swoop (2015), and Serenade (2015).

The Japanese tradition of Haiku is enjoying a Renaissance in Western culture as many Poets pick up their pen to write in this enigmatic form. First popularized in Japan by Matsuo Basho in the 1700’s, this beautiful nature imagery driven form in few words, is fantastical weaving light into darkness, in a breath. Poet Nemo was writing an Haiku every day for a year, a celebration of her life’s journey and arts calling, this is a compilation of her Haiku writing practice. She is the wise child with a magical representation of life in the everyday, through the enigmatic presentation there are glimpses of happenings, the day, thoughts, a certain photograph in time. Little girl lost, little girl found, falling into sunshine, a journal of days.

"RACE THE SKY

Dancing in her dreams

Wishing she could fly to him

Race the bluest sky"


"SHE WANTS TO DANCE

She is dressed to dance

Fire inside her slippers

Currents in her heart"

The images are based in romance with elements of nature and often with the themes of art, time and truth. There is great joy and happiness, but on the edge is the shadowland America, the undertoad of violence in serial love relationships.

"HE GAVE HER LILIES

She wanted roses

He gave her lots of lilies

They floated with love"


"TIME DISAPPEARS

Time is like a dream

It disappears with journeys

Ends up in your heart"

The Haiku form is for the most part traditional Haiku in 17 syllables, 5 – 7 – 5. Also, most of the Haiku rhyme regularly in rhyming couplets at the end of the poem. As if East meets West, the traditional Haiku form with elements of the rhyme of Shakespearean sonnets, the Haiku become, a mix of romance and white pagan magic for true love.

Gina Nemo, glimpses of her everyday, romance and art, a celebration of American girl nation in Haiku poetic form. And love into the long night, GINA NEMO: Book of Haikus.

Available @ Amazon.ca.






 


The Children of Orpheus Anthology from Subterranean Blue Poetry.


Byline: Subterranean Blue Poetry

Title of Book: The Children of Orpheus

Editors: Rebecca Anne Banks and Bruce Kauffman

Contributors: Adrian Ernesto Cepeda, Stephen Bett, Strider Marcus Jones, Zo-Alonzo Gross, Alexia Zakariya,
Jeevan Bhagwat, Gregg Dotoli, Michael Thomas Allen, Mercedes Webb-Pullman, Cassy Welburn, Sarah Brown
Weitzman, Bekah Steimel, Megan Merchant, Elizabeth Beck, Lila Hope-Simpson, Su Zi, Jennifer Footman, Judy
Hall, Kenneth Kesner, Psalm A Praise, Edilson A. Ferreira, Rebecca Anne Banks.

Publisher: Subterranean Blue Poetry

Date of Publication: 2016

Pages: 182


“Suzanne takes you down to her place near the river
You can hear the boats go by, you can spend the night forever”
- from Suzanne by Leonard Cohen


The Children of Orpheus Anthology, a fantastical book of New Age Renaissance love poetry is the first Contest/Anthology from Subterranean Blue Poetry. The Anthology was inspired by the story of Orpheus in Greek mythology, Orpheus is a Poet/Musician/Oracle, his music has the gift of enchantment. Upon discovering his wife Eurydice dead, he journeys to the underworld where in his grief he plays for Hades and Persephone who were so moved they allow her to return to the upper world with him, with the one admonition to not look back. Eurydice follows him to the upper world, but once there he becomes anxious and he looks back, as she vanishes into the mists forever. The prize for the best New Age love poem is a magnum of French Champagne, all proceeds from book sales go to a local Women’s Drop-In, Chez Doris in Montreal. Subterranean Blue Poetry is a popular online poetry journal, Poetry Editor Rebecca Anne Banks is also a Poet/Singer/Songwriter/Musician/Writer/Artist/Philosopher/Counselor/Activist who has written over 27 books of poetry and produced 3 CD’s of music.

The Children of Orpheus Anthology is a cross-cultural and international poetry collection with 22 writers from Canada, United States, Nigeria, United Kingdom, France, Brazil, all writing love themed poetry. The different experiences of love and relationship make for a rich mix, often a reflection of the broken and violent war economy of the Western World. An excellent example of the craft of poetry in the early 21st Century, all of the Poets featured have considered work and write in an original voice.

Adrian Ernesto Cepeda is the winner of the Contest/Anthology with We could’ve painted skies blue. A beautiful suite of poems, in “Love American Style”, hot, erotic love poetry in the back seat of cars and hotel rooms. Reminiscences of Frank Sinatra, Kim Hunter, and Marlon Brando, a postcard of Hollywood. The poetry in sweet New Age forms, a brush with art and nature images in the New Age Renaissance.

Zo-Alonzo Gross is the American Shakespeare. Beautiful and elegant riffs in beats, with regular rhyme, perhaps influenced by rap music and the Beat Poets. The Poet incorporates Old English words in a post-modern context, e.g. “Awaken Thy Love”, “verily”, “sendeth”, the original use of language is also accompanied by original and creative use of punctuation. Love themes of missing a lover and conflicted love themes, a riveting New Age Renaissance beat, bringing new life to the world of poetry.

Cassy Welburn, is the consumate story teller, creating mythos inside the Old World village, she portrays dark power paradigms in a subtle way that reveals violent truths, in the written/spoken word hope for redemption. The poem A Bridge of Feathers inspired by QiXi, a Chinese Valentine’s Day legend, is a dark portrayal of a girl’s search for love. Her poetry is highlighted by nature imagery is a beautiful and original take on the New Age Renaissance.

Stephen Bett, Canadian Poet, writing poetry in bare minimalist form, is an excellent experience in the original use of language. A reflection of the coming of age in the 1960’s peace generation, this poetry takes on the New World in exciting new forms.

Michael Thomas Allen writes like a New Age sage, as if the post-modern Kahlil Gibran. His writings on love in philosophic, universal truths, the nature imagery, the beautiful offering inside the dark spaces of love N.A.

Mercedes Webb-Pullman writes openly of the violence of love, in a world where people often have serial love relationships. In the post-apocalypse cityscape, the violence of love N.A. is reflected in the truncated style of disjointed thoughts, as if influenced by T.S. Eliot. The use of nature images, and Greek mythology and Shakespearian allusions, is an excellent study in the New Age Renaissance.

Psalm A Praise, a Nigerian Poet, in an inspiration for a lover wrote a poem a day for 31 days in Songs for Orente. The Nigerian lilt, of sunlight and earth, casts the English language in a new and exciting form. Love with nature images, and deep inspiration, a song of heaven.

Strider Marcus Jones, reconstructs broken love in Celtic idioms. As if casting words, in pagan sympathies for forever love, the poetry rhymes repeatedly. Perhaps influenced by Seamus Heaney amongst others and a modern trend back to rhyme in poetry. Original images, often based in nature and love erotica, sometimes with new words creates a ground breaking trend in literature.

New Age Renaissance poetry is celebrated in The Children of Orpheus, this tour de force Anthology. Art nouveau poetry rhythms with highlights of nature imagery, sometimes erotica, a return to romance and always the beauty inside. In the truth telling the mythos of love is recast, as an ideal, the dream of a happy longterm marriage, the forever heart. The Children of Orpheus from Subterranean Blue Poetry. A brilliant read.

Available @ Amazon.ca.











“through the poetry of winter

quiet in sunlight

the bird sings . . . “


 
Marilyn

by

Rebecca Anne Banks



i can hear footsteps in the hallway

a karma of plethora

(and the wings of angels)

she was the beginning of everything

warm yellow goddess

cake and gun metal icing

rat rummy

woo, to be wooed

and anything before or since

an out of circle, circle

pin dish assault

in qua tatta

somewhere God lives

tell her some long eddy cross

with a Bible and sugar lips

runnymeade it

i’ll paint my guts for him

grazia da be atta,

the jonquils bloom.










 
Biography


Rebecca Anne Banks lives in Montreal. She is the author of over 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 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).

Adrian Ernesto Cepeda is an LA Poet who is currently enrolled in the MFA Graduate program at Antioch University in Los Angeles where he lives with his wife and their cat Woody Gold. His poetry has been featured in The Yellow Chair Review, Thick With Conviction, Silver Birch Press and one of his poems was named Cultured Vultures’ Top 3 Poems of the Week. You can connect with Adrian on his website: http://www.adrianernestocepeda.com/.

Daniel de Cullá (1955) is a writer, poet, and photographer. He is also a member of the Spanish Writers Association, Earthly Writers International Caucus, Poets of the World, and others. Director of Gallo Tricolor Review, and Robespierre Review. He has participated in Festivals of Poetry, and Theater in Madrid, Burgos, Berlin, Minden, Hannover and Genève. He has exposed in many galleries from Madrid, Burgos, London, and Amsterdam. He is moving between North Hollywood, Madrid and Burgos, Spain. His address is in Burgos, just now. He has more than 70 published books. e-mail: gallotricolor@yahoo.com.

Marilyn Monroe born in Lemmon, South Dakota as Norma Jeane Mortenson, she was a critically acclaimed Hollywood actress. Her parents divorced and she was abandoned to multiple foster homes. She married at 16 years old to James Dougherty, only to divorce 4 years later. She worked in an aircraft facility, modelled, studied acting and took literature courses at U.C.L.A. She had a series of unhappy love affairs including baseball player, Joe DiMaggio, author Arthur Miller, actor Yves Montand amongst others. She is best remembered for the films, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, How to Marry a Millionaire, The Seven Year Itch, Bus Stop, Some Like it Hot and The Misfits amongst others.

Gina Nemo (Poet, Filmmaker, Writer, Actress, Award-Winning Singer & Music Producer, Director, Producer) lives in California. A child star, she is noted for her role in the hit television series 21 Jump Street for which she won an Emmy Award, amongst others. She has just produced a film, VOICES, that explores the magic of cutting edge Poets, the film has been submitted to The Sundance Film Festival and The Santa Barbara International Film Festival. She has written 3 books of poetry and produced some magical poetry audiobooks, all available at G Plan Media (www.gplanmedia.com) and Amazon Station. Her poetry has been published internationally in journals and anthologies, including Inspired Heart Exclusive and other Editions (MCI), Collections "Fathers and what must be said" and "The Day The Mirror Called" (Rebel Poetry), Perspective Magazine 1 & 2, The Art of Being Human Volumes 4, 6, & 11 (Brian Wrixon Books), www.MadSwirl.com and Resonating Strings, Resonance and Colours of Refuge Anthologies in India.

Rainer Maria Rilke Bohemian-Austrian Poet/Novelist was born in Prague. He is considered the foremost German Poet. When a young adult he attended a military academy and later university in both Munich and Prague. He had an affair with a woman of letters, a student of Sigmund Freud who became a psychoanalyst, Lou Andreas-Salome. Widely travelled in Europe, he met Leo Tolstoy and Boris Pasternak and stayed at an artist's colony at Worpswede. Here, he met and married sculptor Clara Westhoff and they had a daughter. He had an affair with painter Lou Albert-Lasard. He served in W.W.I, the violence deeply affected him. He is best known for Duino Elegies, Sonnets to Orpheus, The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge and Letters to a Young Poet.