Editor’s Note: We present the poetry and photos of Jon Meyer, paired together as he has done in his book, Love Poems from New England: reflections on states of mind and states of heart. This excerpt is reprinted with the permission of Brilliant Light Publishing, L3C. Copyright © 2020 by Jon Meyer. All Rights Reserved. *** Jon Meyer‘s previous book “LOVE POEMS FROM VERMONT: reflections on an inner and outer state” has won these awards: Reader Views Choice: Best National Poetry Book 2019/2020 Best Regional Book 2019/2020 Best Northeast Book 2019/2020 2nd Place Travel/ Nature 2019/2020 Next Generation International Indie Book Awards: Finalist: Poetry 2019/2020 Finalist: Gift/ Specialty 2019/2020 This is his first feature on The Fictional Café.
“Unendurably Gentle” – The Poems of Alan Cohen
Unendurably Gentle From the upstairs Room, one could not tell Cloudy from clear Until the sun was Well up into the leafy Metacoloring limbs of resolute Trees; by that Time, a skein of noise had Cracked like a whip and lingered like Sustained applause, up Over the roof of the Room, quite invisible, in its Passage south–voices Of the atmosphere calling As, one suddenly Imagines, voices may Also call us from water or fire It is only later, while Digging shallow Trenches for spring Bulbs, that one looks Up over one’s Shoulder to seek the butterfly casting That wavering Shadow and is surprised to see A single red leaf hovering On the wind Voiceless A handful of bulbs, Sunlight And the leaf-swept air Circadian Rhythm Receptive to a fault The mind composes an…
William Wolak, Master of Collage
Bill Wolak has kindly consented to share his masterful collage works with Fictional Cafe, and we’re delighted to bring his work before you. As his collages take different form and shape depending upon his ideas and materials, so it is with his work and creativity. Titles are displayed beneath images. Bill Wolak teaches creative writing at William Paterson University in Paterson, New Jersey. In addition to creating collages, he is a poet and a photographer. He has just published his fifteenth book of poetry entitled The Nakedness Defense with Ekstasis Editions. His collages have appeared recently in Naked in New Hope 2017; The 2019 Seattle Erotic Art Festival; Poetic Illusion; The Riverside Gallery, Hackensack, NJ; the 2019 Dirty Show in Detroit; 2018 The Rochester Erotic Arts Festival and The 2018 Montreal Erotic Art Festival. artist photo courtesy India Times
The Resilience of Life – Captivating Poetry by Marianne Brems
Flower Stems If heaven were a place to walk without fear before an audience jaded in judgement, a place to love without concern about running alone on earth’s curve, a place to rise in the morning without tripping on stones by evening, a place to play in dangerous rivers without swallowing water, a place to carry wood to a fire that never burns out, a place to throw out regrets with the dust swirls of empty rooms A place where traffic lights are all green, the sun sets peacefully after dinner, and sleeves are never too short. Then resilience would wither, muscles atrophy, bones relinquish their density without resistance to strengthen them in a field where flowers fill every space and their stems, though succulent, are the sturdiest pillars. Night Siren The too near wail of an ambulance assaults the quiet core of night, its rising then falling crescendo repeating repeating unsettling all that’s settled as it announces an unidentified human incident rife with pain or loss or both. Yet this ambulance, defying disruption and speed limits, delivers with singular purpose a medical team eager to serve, to make whole, to mend the punctures of sharp protrusions or the malfunction of a dusty heart and to begin a restitution that even in darkness has…
Kyla Houbolt: A Natural Poetic Eye
What the Bears Do If this is a dream I will open the eyes of my eyes before life kills us all. I want to see what the bears do. I open the ears of my ears when there is a dear hum or sound of grinding that burns. The bears hear it too. The bears are not dancing. They may surround us with their large smell of hot fur or drop to the ground, lope off into woods we did not know were there until the bears claimed them. We have received from the bears something of fur of the woods of knowing in our blood but what about when blood is gone? What then? Then I will wait for the tiger sure to come. I am not prey. I will follow and not be mazed by that hungry chthonic gaze. It may be that any death should feed somebody, but in my family we burn our dead. Journey For a Monday Monday and suddenly I feel an intense longing for the desert….