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New Poetry and the Penumbra Effect

New Poetry and the Penumbra Effect

We’ve added new poetry from Joshua Bocher, Sean Howard, and Avery Tuck. Please leave comments on our Contact Us page, if you’re so inclined. Recent readings/rereadings include the aforementioned Maggie Doherty’s The Equivalents, which was excellent. It makes a fine pairing too with Square Haunting, by Francesca Wade, which I read last year. Group bios about unfairly neglected women in the arts help set the record straight and expand our horizons in the bargain. Just finished The Lamplighters, by Emma…

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Joshua Bocher’s Sartrean Moons

Joshua Bocher’s Sartrean Moons

Frozen Life “There is nothing left for you here.” The head of this shadowy figure Tilts towards the ground. Salt is scattered about, Shimmering, The snow a blinding mirror, Human figures in the distance Tiny as the hairs on his chin, Visiting from An old Chinese painting.   Queen of All Under Heaven The moon reigns over the night sky, Queen of all under heaven. The stars serve her: What she wants, she gets. I stand below the kingdom As…

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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,…

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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”…

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The Way of the Harvest

The Way of the Harvest

Spinozablue welcomes in the month of October with new poetry from Alessio Zanelli, Kyle Hemmings and Joshua Bocher.     *     *     *     *     *   Hilary Sideris, one of our contributors, has a new book of poems out. It’s called Sweet Flag, and you can purchase it through Finishing Line Press. Congratulations, Hilary!    

Joshua Bocher: Real or Imagined Light

Joshua Bocher: Real or Imagined Light

From Meditative Fragments   I. I don’t like to complain But I like having Someone to complain To II. Happy is the husband Whose wife is beautiful And few know it VIII. There is no dialogue In television It never hears What I have to say XIII. In my sleepy stupor, I can’t solve all The world’s problems Or all my own Or one XVI. To be in awe Of everything Sounds exhausting XXI. To overcome Overcoming XXV. I don’t…

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