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Month: November 2012

In Search Of: Six Questions . . .

In Search Of: Six Questions . . .

My interview with Jim Harrington is up over at his Six Questions blogspot. It’s a good series for writers (artists, musicians, filmmakers, etc) to delve into, giving them an idea of what editors might be looking for. Of course, my particular interview won’t do that. It will just muddy the already foggy, murky, swirling waters. Hopefully, your great and untapped strength will overcome the confusion.


The Mind as Haiku

The Mind as Haiku

For November, Spinozablue welcomes the poetry of Virginie Colline, Joshua Bocher, Greg Mackie and Kyle Hemmings.



Making poetry, making art, comes naturally to humans. For all we know, we’ve been doing this since the dawn of time. It probably brought immense pleasure to the first Neanderthal and his or her tribe when they made speech rhythmic, flow, condense the life around them into a proto-song. I can imagine them delighting in the sounds of brand new lyrics, forcing them to dance, and then delighting in these new movements they had never encountered in themselves or others before.
Laughing. Grunting with joy. Perhaps mocking the less adept. Though, perhaps mockery came later and had not yet been discovered. Perhaps it took the first satirical poet to bring us that Dance, as the physical manifestation of their extraordinary surprise.
Dance, as the first physical manifestation of ordering the body to be at one with the heavens.
It is likely that … Click to continue . . .

Joshua Bocher: The Song of Everlasting Sorrow

Joshua Bocher: The Song of Everlasting Sorrow

Bai Juyi (772-846) was a seminal Chinese poet of the Tang Dynasty. He wrote in a direct and accessible style and was extremely popular, influential both in China and Japan. He served in various positions as a government official, though he spent a few years in exile for his outspoken views on government early on in his career. He was well-known for both his socially conscious narrative poetry, as well as his touching personal lyrics.

“The Song of Everlasting Sorrow” is one of his most famous poems, mythologizing the love affair of Emperor Xuanzong and Yang Guifei which took place during the An Lushan Rebellion, the beginning of the decline of the Tang Dynasty.


The Song of Everlasting Sorrow    


–  by Bai Juyi


The Han emperor, lover of women, desired a beauty
Worthy of destroying an empire.

Reigning for years and years, he looked,
But he could never find one.

Meanwhile, in the Yang household was a … Click to continue . . .

Greg Mackie: One Word Shift

Greg Mackie: One Word Shift


first light of spring –
he runs to his destiny
and slips on the slush



early morning rain –
it refreshes my spirit
and brings out the slugs



sometimes my own thoughts
are in a foreign language –
I’ve lost the phrasebook



fifty horns blasting
the second the lights turn green –
patience is urbane



One word shift : Subway Smile


The stainless steel smile
Of the girl in the subway
Sliced my heart in two

The stainless steel knife
Of the girl in the subway
Sliced my heart in two


— by Greg Mackie


Copyright© 2012, by Greg Mackie. All Rights Reserved.


Greg Mackie is a poet and a dreamer, and has been published on a
number of online magazines including Kumquat Poetry and Unfold. He can
be found on Twitter at @frenzyOfFlies and on

Kyle Hemmings: Manga Girls Need Love (Fireball)

Kyle Hemmings: Manga Girls Need Love (Fireball)


Manga Girls Need Love! {Fireball}


The scientists say that a giant fireball is aiming towards our little island city and will kill all of us in approximately 72 hours and 42 minutes. When it hits, it will have three times the destructiveness of the Nagasaki bomb. Plans at evacuations have been made, but many of us are refusing to leave. Maybe because we are so far from everything and we have grown too accustomed to our small and busy city island. Maybe because we feel that after surviving storms and radiations from foreign wars, a radiation that has drifted here—death would not be the worst thing. Many of us have grown apathetic to loss and pain. I know I have. My girlfriend committed suicide.

Her name was Matsuko. Her name is Matsuko.

She still lives inside my head.

Before Matsuko took her life, her life as a flimsy girl falling out of windows just to see who would … Click to continue . . .

Virginie Colline: Melancholy Haiku

Virginie Colline: Melancholy Haiku

Café by Léonard Tsuguharu Foujita


threadbare afternoon
the kerosene lamp hisses
like a rattlesnake

love simulacra
he can see the door through her
and the night ahead

they call her Sorrow
the woman in bombazine
by the blind window





— by Virginie Colline


Copyright ©2012, by Virginie Colline. All Rights Reserved.


Virginie Colline is a French trans­la­tor liv­ing in Paris. You can read her latest poems in The Orris, Bakwa Magazine, Blue Skies Poetry, Four and Twenty and Misfits’ Miscellany.