—Michael H. Brownstein, Townsville, N. Queensland, Australia
The insane among us
drugged and decomposing
fashion a light between themselves
dark, dense and beautiful.
A river swells in them like a beast,
its long tongue whipping brush and briar.
For a long time
its hunger is insatiable.
Listen to the shadow.
Pay attention to the voice of air.
Sunlight is not always
a light of health.
PHILOSOPHIES AND OTHER MATTERS OF NO CONCERN
—Michael H. Brownstein
How is it I sit in a puddle
and only when I stand
does the moisture slip through my clothing?
I remember the time I was old enough
to be better,
the style of dance changing,
clothing no longer matching ten speed bikes.
Tears grew onto me
and I couldn’t know how,
but there they were,
unfolding into eyes seeking the ends of the earth.
How can someone be this dizzy?
How can someone not know enough?
Not an armor of skin?
Not the layers of flesh christening bone?
Not the silence of muscle bending to the task?
Winnie the Pooh got banned in China
Now, what did Pooh do against the country’s leadership?
(its creators are not like artist Ai Weiwei)
It’s not known,
other than it’s said President Xi doesn’t like to be compared to him
Besides doesn’t China make the toys for the Pooh franchise?
Perhaps China’s leaders want to turn back time
to where the “red book” was the only literature the common citizen could have
(any other books they got caught with got destroyed)
and they could supposedly “control” their population better than now
But Pooh fans, alas, take solace
When the Chinese Communist Party bans something,
its citizens want to buy it even more than before
For instance that's one reason the Bible still sells so well in China
I went to the State Fair instead of Phillip Larrea’s Sac Voices presentation on July 15, 2017
I just had to listen instead to choirs from local churches singing gospel music that day
even though the sound system of the PG&E Stage wasn’t that good
(and I shared what I know about "creation science” with the hosts of the animatronic dinosaur exhibit—
“it was thousands of years not millions, and dinosaurs lived at the time as humans,” I said;
I got strange looks like I was “weird")
and had fun despite some vendors trying to sell me gadgets and gizmos I didn’t need
So, sorry, Phillip, and others who went
Tell me all about what happened at SPC while I was at the fair
Did Tom Goff and Luz Maria Gama read as indicated on the invite from Facebook?
SIX CLEVELAND HAIKU
—Michael Ceraolo, South Euclid, OH
Cleveland Haiku #107
Countless spider webs
woven between rocks
guard the beach's entrance
* * *
Cleveland Haiku #108
The clouds arc
in a veil across the sky—
I think they're hiding something
* * *
Cleveland Haiku #109
The garbage bins hidden
behind a fence—
out of sight, not out of scent
Cleveland Haiku #129
Sunshine through the window—
I am like an egg
frying on the sidewalk
* * *
Cleveland Haiku #132
One lone boat
stubbornly sails against
the tide of changing seasons
* * *
Cleveland Haiku #133
The percussion of the waves
by the hum of insects
LOSING MY MIND
—Caschwa, Sacramento, CA
Desperate pleas from favorite celebrities
Right to die debated, right to kill inflated
Countless bitter Tweets, zero laudable feats
Cannot conform with the norm
Not worth a shit or willing to quit
Government mess creates far more stress
Nuclear codes given to man missing brain lobes
Lower the bar for the oligarch tsar
Every mynah recites made in China
Lapel flag pin opens floodgates of sin
The bait is honey, follow the money
“Believe me” visits Russian pee
Deports valued residents, not my president
Sacred trust trumps Constitutional must
When leaders forsake honor, truth is a goner
RANT TO NO ONE IN PARTICULAR
—Michael H. Brownstein
The acne of death and the kaleidoscope of the living bloom into measles, mumps,
the disease of the month, filibuster of the week, forty-nine dollars off the price of a soul
Our thanks to today’s contributors for their tasty stew of fine, fine poetry, all the way from Australia to Ohio, and points in between! In addition to her “takes” on the State Fair, Michelle Kunert has sent “Bros, Not Bras”, an album of photos from the Sacramento Bromeliad and Carnivorous Plant Show at the Shephard Garden and Arts Center in Sacramento, July 22. Check out Medusa’s Facebook page for these photos. And Caschwa (Carl Schwartz) says that he “never anticipated that retirement would present [him] with the melting of both our polar ice caps and our trust in government.”
Stockton Poet and Editor Donald R. Anderson sends us a link to RainFlowers.org (Poets’ Espresso Review), which includes poetry by Marie J. Ross, Nikki Anderson, Roger E. Naylor and Donald R. Anderson. Check it out at poetsespresso.weebly.com/audio.html/.
Poetry in our area begins tonight with Poetry in Motion in Placerville at the Placerville Sr. Center, 6-7pm; then with a book launch at Sac. Poetry Center at 7:30pm, as Dale Houstman reads from his new book, A Dangerous Vacation, followed by Art Mantecon plus open mic. On Tuesday at 11:30am, Cal. Lawyers for the Arts presents A Legal Guide to Traditional Book Publishing with Bob Pimm. (Go online to register—it’s cheaper.) And of course Poetry Unplugged at Luna’s Cafe presents featured readers and open mic in Sacramento on Thursday, 8pm. Scroll down to the blue column (under the green column at the right) for info about these and other upcoming poetry events in our area—and note that more may be added at the last minute.
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