Wednesday, December 30, 2009


The Future Is Happy, by Sarah Sarai, BlazeVOX, ISBN: 9781935402350, 83 pages, 2009

About the book:
"While I write this, / a lucky few grow into new humanness." The Future Is Happy is about that humanness. The discovery is personal, global and of the spirit. Every poem is a presentation of the business and process of the now, how to be one of the "fleshy ladies, joyous despite / bellies, bulges, striations life makes." ("Six, Seven Strawberries") References are spun from mythology, philosophy, literature and "Miss Piggy Bubblebath."

About the author:
Sarah Sarai is an unsymmetrical woman with a symmetrical she. Poems from this collection were first published in reviews including Threepenny Review, Minnesota Review, Mississippi Review, Eleven Eleven and Fifth Wednesday. She lives in New York City, though also claims L.A. and Seattle as home.


When he lumbered in the way of men
who use their hands to till earth,
he knocked a rough doorway
and sobbed for unfairness and
the slaying. Dull, trembling,
he threw on three pelts against
a desert night, and feared heaven’s
white stars. We’ve all killed our brother.

The dead roam through us.
We toss beneath old gods’ blazing navigation.
Cain? It’s morning. He bites a sweet seedy fig

Outside the Ritz-Carlton

Pine bowers and electric stars
strung on the canopy over-top
three blonde bouffants of scrappy
imperfection with locks straying
like deft housecats into heated
territory familiar and claimed.
Three high-heeled pair of black
boots and as a yellow cab glides
to a perfect stop, three cigarettes
smashed until their fanned glow
is hypothetical as any after-life,
including reincarnation which
aligns with a felt logic of follies
we blindly interpret as suffering.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

THE BOOK OF HOPE AND DREAMS edited by Dee Sunshine

THE BOOK OF HOPES AND DREAMS is a charity poetry anthology to raise money for Spirit Aid. It was originally published as a book, but there were huge problems with the publisher and I had to withdraw it from circulation. It has now been re-launched as an e-book. More info about the project, the poets and the charity at BOOK OF HOPE AND DREAMS.

From the book:


Darkness waits apart from any occasion for it;
like sorrow it is always available.
This is only one kind,

the kind in which there are stars
above the leaves, brilliant as steel nails
and countless and without regard.

We are walking together
on dead wet leaves in the intermoon
among the looming nocturnal rocks
which would be pinkish grey
in daylight, gnawed and softened
by moss and ferns, which would be green,
in the musty fresh yeast smell
of trees rotting, earth returning
itself to itself

and I take your hand, which is the shape a hand
would be if you existed truly.
I wish to show you the darkness
you are so afraid of.

Trust me. This darkness
is a place you can enter and be
as safe in as you are anywhere;
you can put one foot in front of the other
and believe the sides of your eyes.
Memorize it. You will know it
again in your own time.
When the appearances of things have left you,
you will still have this darkness.
Something of your own you can carry with you.

We have come to the edge:
the lake gives off its hush;
in the outer night there is a barred owl
calling, like a moth
against the ear, from the far shore
which is invisible.
The lake, vast and dimensionless,
doubles everything, the stars,
the boulders, itself, even the darkness
that you can walk so long in
it becomes light.

Margaret Atwood

For more information about Dee's writing, art and music projects visit his website.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

MARY JANE GO ROUND by Ginnetta Correli

"Mary Jane Go Round is based on a character from the novel called: The Lost Episodes of Beatie Scareli. The book is about the emotional victims and perpetrators of life. Most of my writing I feel can become anybody’s fictional life told in reverse. As the tragedy of any persons life becomes more clear in my mind I want others to see it through photography, video and music.

For me art is a daily process. I want my work to connect to whatever my goal is at the time. The goal for now is for the movie to never end. Bad or good."

Bio: Some of Ginnetta Correli's work can be found in print and online. She's been published in Ink Sweat and Tears, Diet Soap, The Bannister Review, Sein Und Werden, Poesy Planet, Insolent Rudder, Bicycle Review and Omega 7. Ginnetta Correli is also the author of a the depressing novel called: The Lost Episodes of Beatie Scareli and just released an album about the novel called: Nurse Lucy. Presently, Ginnetta is making films.

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