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Spree: a poem by Ian McBryde

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The West Gate: a poem by Ian McBryde

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Andrew Galan ~ Five Poems

Responding to Fireflies in the GardenAndrewGalan

Frost, your epigram is mistaken
with its parenthetical assertion
critical of garden Lampyridae.
Hydrogen means atomically
fireflies always really are
stars at heart.

. . .

‘I will break their guitar.’ – Joan Miró, 1927

The Firefly Assassin

I read a poet writing how a poem is like
a firefly trapped in a glass jar and I thought
that’s a terrible metaphor
you’ve imprisoned, displayed, suffocated
for spectacle, interest, boredom.
But I know we do it
take trophies, torture, kill
until many of us grow up, learn not to
and my clichés are no better.
So this is right, disagreeable –
let’s keep executing poetry.

. . .

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Sonder: Everyone Has A Story by John Koenig

You are the main character—the protagonist—the star at the center of your own unfolding story. You’re surrounded by your supporting cast: friends and family hanging in your immediate orbit. Scattered a little further out, a network of acquaintances who drift in and out of contact over the years.

But there in the background, faint and out of focus, are the extras. The random passersby. Each living a life as vivid and complex as your own. They carry on invisibly around you, bearing the accumulated weight of their own ambitions, friends, routines, mistakes, worries, triumphs and inherited craziness. When your life moves on to the next scene, theirs flickers in place, wrapped in a cloud of backstory and inside jokes and characters strung together with countless other stories you’ll never be able to see. That you’ll never know exists.

In which you might appear only once. As an extra sipping coffee in the background. As a blur of traffic passing on the highway. As a lighted window at dusk.”

The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows is a new web series by John Koenig. The author’s mission is to capture the aches, demons, vibes, joys and urges that roam the wilderness of the psychological interior. Each sorrow is bagged, tagged and tranquilized, then released gently back into the subconscious.

© John Koenig



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Robert Paquin – A VideoPoem


Ce court métrage explore en poésie le sens profond dun paysage forestier du peintre canadien contemporain James T. Palmer.
This short film explores through poetry the profound meaning of a forest landscape painted by contemporary Canadian artist James T. Palmer

Screened at the International Festival of Cinema and Technology, in Seattle, Washington, in 2008, and in Los Angeles, California, in 2009. This is the English dubbed version.

© Robert Paquin