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Ranjit Hoskote’s Poems Visit a Kingdom of Shadows

“Noah-boat Jonah-boat”:

The captain’s seasick

and dying.

The mate’s a safe pair of hands

but he’s sulking.

Let the drunk passenger handle it. He was

a slave-captain before. Leave it to him.

What shall we do with ‘em?

                            Throw ‘em in!

 

Hoskote’s poems describe a landscape of doubt and loss.

Source: Ranjit Hoskote’s Poems Visit a Kingdom of Shadows

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University of Hartford Archaeologist Locates Burial Ground For The ‘Anne Frank’ of Lithuania – Hartford Courant

Matilda Olkin’s university photo (University of Hartford)

A team of University of Hartford faculty and students went to Lithuania last summer in search of the burial grounds of Matilda Olkin — a young college student and poet killed by Nazi sympathizers. They found the grave and hope to share Matilda’s story with other students through a documentary.

Source: University of Hartford Archaeologist Locates Burial Ground For The ‘Anne Frank’ of Lithuania – Hartford Courant

Dispatches Fall Update contents • 10.3.18 • Dispatches from the Poetry Wars

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Dispatches Fall Update contents by Dispatches Poetry Wars 10.3.18

 

Blood Resin

the butchers chainsawed
all the morning long as
we worked, mostly silent

in an indoor chemical carpet
labyrinthine office stream with
uniform pre-fabricated cubicle walls
too high to peek
over

sited within a road mazed gentrified industrial park
with work culture lunchtime picnic table perimeters
our neighbor, Otiz Elevator sponsors today’s Auto Show

contestants vote for best car, enter drawings
for prizes, while the oldies blare
out old Motown sounds

I sit with two tree stumps.
They bubble a viscous amber resin
from rings of phloem made long ago from
the wind and the earth and the rain in the quiet of
stars and sun and moon

the two pines –
a bird flies through
the space they were

 

Donna Fleischer
from 2 Poems

2 Poems by Donna Fleischer – Dispatches from the Poetry Wars 10.3.18

 

Pre-order REALITIES & THE RITUALS OF THE UPSIDE DOWN

Dear all, For our forthcoming issue (publication date November 2018), we invited 27 international poets, artists, & a scientist to reflect on today’s realities. What they offer is…

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Poems and Poetics: Rochelle Owens: “Beloved the Aardvark,” a new poem with author’s comments

The letters horizontal

 

or vertical  f l o a t  before
your eyes
a black line shapes itself
spells out the first noun in
an english dictionary
with a forefinger and thumb
spells out  A a r d v a r k
an animal from Africa
body of data  data of body
rabbitlike ears  a long cylindrical
tongue
the tail of a kangaroo
nocturnal  burrowing  a member
of the mammalian order
made of the parts
of different animals  lay your hand
feel the bones under the skin
            *
The universe contains
everything that exists  letters
that spell out
r u i  n s c a p e
end to end long strings
of words blinking in and out
as the universe contracts
e x p a n d s
across the twenty-first century
mounds of sand  appear
disappear
always the Aardvark moves
in circles  moves in circles
in the here and now                                                                                                        2
swaying side to side
massive the claws digging
searching
work is a binding obligation
a jaw opens and closes
carnal/spiritual
           *
On a computer screen
reflections of water  metal  glass
bouncing radio waves
black lines form letters
precise  methodical  long strings
of words  vertical/horizontal
words detached from
the course of events  planned
or spontaneous patterns
spirals of wind and fire
zigzags of black and white lines
layers of brown dust
biomorphic  geomorphic
polymorphic  slashes  slashes
of solar light
earth  air  fire  water
motionless the Aardvark
stands  listening  blood in
blood out
           *
Press button to see
Science and Art of creating
archetypal scenes
come into being
long ago  an hour ago
only a minute                                                                                                                  3
known and unknown shapes
the flesh of the apple  the dome
of a human skull
a mushroom cloud
each successive image
signs and wonders  earth  air
fire  water
motionless the Aardvark
stands listening  blood in
blood out
           *
Press button to see
a bucolic setting  grape vines
olive groves
fields of sunflowers
white the summer blossoms
a wedding party
the bride and groom  pale
and red his lips  her breast vein
as thick as a finger
out of his mouth
protrudes his tongue  cinnamon cumin
honey and salt
lines of insects appear
disappear  tendons and nerves
pulsate
a flow of hormonal forces
blood in  blood out  the universe
contracting
e x p a n d i n g
an outline shapes itself
playful the unborn babe in its
amniotic sac                                                                                                                    4
           *
Always the Aardvark
moves in circles  moves in circles
in the here and now
earth  air  fire  water
moves in circles  swaying
side to side  rhythmic the blood
the months in a year
disease  famine  torture  war
mounds of sand appear  disappear
massive the claws
digging  searching  long ago
an hour ago
only a minute
           *
On a warm day in spring
a woman plays a harpsichord
the lid painted with scenes
of mythological animals
known and unknown shapes
nocturnal  solitary
black zigzags
appear  disappear  motionless
the Aardvark stands
listening  a jaw opens
and closes  audible  inaudible
the sound of the predator
lay your hand
feel the bones under the skin
carnal/spiritual
author’s comment: “To look at the image of an Aardvark is to take a cosmic Rorschach test, and like a cubist mural is both a microcosm and macrocosm.  You understand
Intuitively – a Cartesian resolution of body and spirit.  The poem presented here is the first of a series of poems titled ‘Beloved the Aardvark,’ related I suppose to the poem ‘Devour Not the Elephant’ that appeared earlier in Poems and Poetics.” (Rochelle Owens)

 

Source: Poems and Poetics: Rochelle Owens: “Beloved the Aardvark,” a new poem with author’s comments

The Poems Of Benjamin S. Grossberg: Untangling Sex, Love And Death – Hartford Courant

Benjamin S. Grossberg, director of creative writing at the University of Hartford, writes poems about sex, death and love, and also about finding and leaving home.

from work for CT Poets Corner — a monthly feature highlighting the poetry of Connecticut authors — selected by invitation.

Source: The Poems Of Benjamin S. Grossberg: Untangling Sex, Love And Death – Hartford Courant

Second Annual Festival of Major American Poets Co-sponsored by the Amherst College English Department

Monica de la Torre

 

Patrick Donnelly

 

Fanny Howe

 

Sawako Nakayasu

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