Prose from K.C. Fontaine

MENDOTA BLUFF ‘I have ceased to question stars and books; I have begun to listen to the teaching my blood whispers to me.’ -Redbone proverb In 2008, I was informally introduced to the business world in a Saint Paul, Minnesota café: As a creative Artist with an extensive not-for-profit background, I was found to be an asset to […]

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Poetry from Cristina Deptula

Spontaneous Grace At this moment I experience the desire for spontaneous grace. For the rain that holds off till ten minutes after your hike, for the extra five minutes a friend waits until your arrival, for the extra twenty miles your car somehow runs until the gas station. For the soft edges on the too-metallic […]

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Poetry by Neil Ellman

Aftermath (after the painting by Adolph Gottlieb) After the aftermath a yellow sun a blister on the skin of time when time itself caught fire and simmered in its throes before the end the rattle of its destiny from tongues of light a quiver, a yowl then afterwards the sun without a past or after […]

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Poetry by Neil Ellman

Soft Self-Portrait with Fried Bacon (after the painting by Salvador Dalí;  found poem based on quotations by the artist) At the age of six I wanted to be a cook. At seven I wanted to be Napoleon, and my ambition has been growing ever since. There are some days when I think I’m going to […]

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Poetry by Neil Ellman *

Why is There Something Rather Than Nothing (after the painting by Gerry Bergstein) From Einstein’s mind a universe where nothing was something is mass squared and light from energy the why of it eludes the patterns on a plasma screen the random collisions of random particles circling until they meet at the last at last as […]

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Poetry from Lorene Miller

A Calling Out I raise my palms calling out to all available open hearts. I am on a path traveled by many others before me, but my steps are burdened with confusion and conflict. I am certain the salvation of souls, either fur, feathered, scaled or skin is not performed without a cost. Much is […]

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Poetry by Neil Ellman

Heavy Red (after the painting by Wassily Kandinsky) Every bubble in the universe every line and arc every wave the sound of mourning and the scent of birth every color has its weight— a molecule of red contains the universe the endless heaviness of sleep. ——————————————————————————– Balancement (after the painting by Wassily Kandinsky)   Between […]

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Jazz and Blues anthology seeks poetic submissions

21st Century Howlers: A New Generation Jazz and Blues Anthology edited by Tyehimba Jess, Duriel E. Harris and Patricia Smith. In the past ten to twenty years, a new generation of poets has emerged that seeks to expand and deepen the call-and-response tradition of Jazz and Blues music into the 21st century. Many of these […]

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Dee Allen: Poetry to be Read and Heard

 Dee Allen is a California performance poet who speaks out on a variety of social issues, from war and race relations to security and state control over citizens. He explores the role of individual and collective fear in separating people from one another and enabling the continuation of injustices and group prejudice. In Dee’s work, the mass media, […]

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