Peter Kenny

 

 

 

Hooked

I stuffed my hook in a ragworm’s jaws,
caught a glum goby with a ground line,
hooked peacock rockfish, cats-meat pollack,
spinning with the twins off The White Rock.
With a sun-thawed, severed sandeel head,
I foul-hooked fighting green-boned garfish
on a short-traced float from the lighthouse.
From boats I dragged foil, feathers, bare hooks
past ravenous packs of mackerel.
I heard spider crabs skitter on deck,
saw lobsters lobbed out from lobster pots
went home to the kitchen scream of crabs.

Now I fish for something I can’t describe.
I wait for the ormer skies of sundown,
my fine line curving somewhere out of sight,
its weightless trace baited with silence.

 

 

Peter Kenny’s pamphlet The Nightwork (2014) was published by Telltale Press. His Guernsey poems The Boy Who Fell Upwards appeared in A Guernsey Double (2010). He also writes words for music, plays and prose www.peterkenny.co.uk

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Chris Michaelides

 

 

 

The Spring Transaction

Well – after David, Chad and Winnol
(saints, all of them), what can you expect?
One day I will be seen in sudden unexpected haze of red;
the tall tree branches blush with adolescent life about to burst.
Another day I’ll fly across the skies in drawn out wisps of white,
high, so high that you will barely sense me there,
there at the edge of vision.
Maybe I’ll be blue, so blue it hurts to see me and you’ll shade your eyes.
Then, I’ll hide inside the hawthorn buds
and burst out to surprise you when one cold, clear, moon-horned morning,
as you drive a frosted road,
you see that old-new haze of sweetest green
and know that I’ve been working all this while.
But somewhere else I’ll take my dues,
in payment for such painful beauty.
In a quiet room at 3 a.m.
deep in the coldest watches of the springtime night,
I’ll sit and watch and wait,
as, from its frail and time-worn house, an old soul slips away
and flows into my arms.

 

 

Chris Michaelides was born in a village that gradually became an outer London suburb. She now lives in as small  and remote a village in East Anglia as is compatible with the daily journey in to work.

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Scott Blackwell

 

 

 

Love Hope And Mercy

Those words
have somehow disappeared
from my dictionary.

I don’t know exactly
when it happened,
I remember noticing them
fading a bit
when searching for such things as
the definition of luminaria
horse opera
or meritocracy,

their black
slowly morphing into gray,
then eventually to
white,
an empty space
where I thought something
important
used to be,
like a person, suddenly dead.

I remember thinking
it could only be defective ink,
not an Orwellian excision
authorized by some invisible
Ministry of Truth,
vanished,
a void
to be filled with whatever you
would replace it with
instead.

And as, slowly, emphatically,
unequivocally,
the shit is beaten out of us,
so is the love,

while these days drag on and on
like the cops dredging a lake
for a body
that is probably mine,

and it’s mid-December again,
many of us stuck, as always,
between a Santa and a Jesus
place—
it was easier
when we were children,
then we could believe in both,

but that doesn’t do us
one damned bit of good
now.

 

Scott Blackwell is a former resident of San Francisco and an MFA graduate of the San Francisco Art Institute. He is a Pushcart Prize nominee and has most recently had poetry published in Negative Suck, Ascent Aspirations, The Stray Branch, The Interpreter’s House, Main Street Rag, Floyd County Moonshine, Nerve Cowboy and Tribeca Poetry Review.
He currently resides in Champaign, Illinois.

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Antonia Alexandra Klimenko

 

 

 

Kaleidoscope

Picture yourself on a boat on a river
With tangerine trees and marmalade skies
Somebody calls you, you answer quite slowly,
A girl with kaleidoscope eyes
–John Lennon

 

For years, now   I have been preparing for the journey–
heart sealed as tight as a drum
eyelids pulled down like shades

Sleep does not come easy
to an old child
who cannot be tied to a bed
whose mind even when weighted down by centuries
only floats to the ceiling
like a moon on helium without a string.

I have tried tying knots in my thoughts–-
clots in my blood even thicker
but I rise   I rise
and float upward…

I am circling myself as I myself
am being encircled by the Unnamed
like a halo   or a blessing.
I am light   a spectrum of light
fingers filtering through the branches of trees
a shimmering screen suspended
in a universe of dilating skeyes—
impressionable pupils that take in everything
I am circling myself  as I myself
am being encircled—a face slowly turning
reflecting the green of the fields below–
Consider the lilies   it whispers
Eyes closing and opening like windows
onto brght tulips  Irises blooming   blossoming.
bulbs exploding like crocus into untold dimensions

(Who knows
where I have been–-
what I have seen
when I wasn’t looking)

I am the sea  now  with the sun sinking under me
and all my cells are singing
Wave upon wave
I wash away like a dream or a watercolor
I pour myself into the river
I am the river  turning and returning–
a cool delirium in a clear stream of consciousness–
my boat brimming over with glass fish

I   Eternal Spring…
am traveling light
am traveling blind–-
tears beading on my cheeks like crystals
then falling back into themselves
dissolving into their sequential
magical magnetic moment
of synchronistic being
turning  turning
into the pattern of snowflake–-
a mere blink in the kaleidoscopic eye

It is an old pattern with a new twist–
an ancient rite of passage.

I am floating upward  out of my body   drifting
to a place where everything has happened before
and is about to  again    for the very first time

Like postcards I send to myself–-
I wish I were here
I wish I were here

 

 

Antonia Alexandra Klimenko was first introduced on the BBC by the legendary Tamibmuttu of Poetry London. Her work has appeared in journals and anthologies including Maintentant: Journal of Contemporary Dada Writing and Art, archived at the Smithsonian Institute and N.Y’s Museum of Modern Art.

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Marilyn Hammick

 

 

 

Long shadows

Who would have thought my life
would be like this at eight o’clock,
on a Friday, mid July. Supper for one:
two poached eggs, a grilled tomato,
leftover fruit salad, ditto white wine,
dog-sitting for our son et belle-fille,
watching the last rays splash the Pyrenees,
waiting for black redstarts to call home their young.
It’s peaceful and with purpose
- in a while I’ll feed the cats, put the hens to bed,
water the garden, pick berries for breakfast,
lose myself in another good book
this Friday, this July, at eight o’clock.
Without you. Who would have thought?

 

 

Marilyn Hammick writes at home in England and France, and can also be found stitching, walking or on her yoga mat. Her poems have appeared in Prole, The Linnet’s Wings,The Interpreter’s House and in other print and online journals.   Follow her on Twitter @trywords and at http://glowwormcreative.blogspot.co.uk 

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