Eight Poems

Out of the eight poems provided here [all previously unpublished], four are Poetic Prose, a few Visionary [what I call Vsionary anyhow], a few Free Verse, and a few with more form and structure, more closely to the Auden style of: stanza, metrical rhythm, and rhyme. In saying that, I do believe all the poems are conveying a rich network of meaning, some of them painfully close bond between pleasure and destruction. They should appeal to the senses and create images in our minds, for poetry is just that kind of language that most complexly and effectively qualifies.

Escape

Let me flee from
My vision, my world
My melancholia
My subjectivity;
My world which is
Now a prison-.

I shall change
My poetic harmony
From flesh to spirit
I shall be? a?
I shall be a poem
Yes, O yes a poem
?eternally!...

Moon-Path

As the fire goes out
And the moon comes in!
The flickering skies darken,
Makes a ghostly moon-path?

With the moon upon my face
A skull-like grin takes place
I choke the roaring dark,
To save the flickering moon-path.

Life on a Finger

If this is life on a finger
Why do I feel so dead?
Why does my soul whisper?
Life is more than this.

What has my life been plotting?
While the world cringes and reeks
Humanity clinging so tightly-
As it hides and silently weeps.

differences

I love fruit
and she loves candy
he loves beer
and she loves brandy

everyone makes such
a fuss?
everyone wants
to please-

and toothless
and hairless?
are most people,

I just want
To leave!...

Prose Poetry
[A view]

Poetic Prose: can be musical, without rhythm or rhyme, and still rugged enough to adjust to the impulses of the soul or conscience; or so I believe, and so saying, here are a few I think may qualify for such a test, four in particular:

First of all, I do not claim to be a critic or scholar of Prose Poetry, but I like writing Prose Poetry when I like to wipe fantasy to the side, for some reason it seems less essential for me during this stage. I'm also allowed-or, so it seems-to be a bit more moralistic, in the brief; my imagination can comb my travels more, people more-spontaneity is fresher with Prose Poetry for me. I'm even a bit reckless or eminently, or vividly uninsightful in the sense of hanging on to-or trying to- make a point. Thus, my prose might be called a critical essay, but it is not.

Even Shakespeare tried his version of Blank Verse with Prose. Victor Hugo, whom I visited his house while in Paris one afternoon, and whom is a great poet, as is Baudelaire-in my eyes, used metrical innovations to create prose, where I use very little. But hope to get the same effect. But I have learned in poetry, and perhaps the hard way, it is what occurs to you, that makes it all worth while, and obviously to the reader, who marks its worth; not what occurs to the other person; we have too much of the copycat crap. So here are a few new, freshly out of the oven poems in prose:

Co merchant Wisdom
[End of a life, cut ups-l997]

"?to glance at me?fine carpets on walls?Fish Fly around the room?the fart?water pills?funerals?age often keeps quiet?order a plate of bratwursts?pass out in the vomitorium?we got old?(and he shit in his pants)?water pills (ease heart stress)?boxer shorts?who is God? (he heard his voice once, it sounded like his)?Ah war bigness addiction?the poet aging on the stool?LSD?MTV?Jackson?Dylan?Elvis?Sushi?FBI? (the poet dies ((l997))?Beethoven?is about one man?Genocide?Skeleton?" In the beginning?:

The Brooklyn Bridge
[3/2000] Prose Poetry

The Brooklyn Bridge: she's on a bike, I'm walking. She screams:

"Get out of my way! Get on your own side! Read the damn Sign!" I say: "Fuck you!" (A pause)

It was a burp (kind of)-first words out of my mouth, out of anger?. Then I moved slowly to the proper side of the bridge, its street like walk; and enjoyed the rest of the March skies-

3/21/05 [#573]

A Tired Kiss
Poetic Prose

A kiss of a tired woman: lips of soapsuds, no lip pressure-; tired so long her mind forgot how to tell her lips to form a kiss?. Now soapsuds dance on her lips: form bubbles-depart like ships on voyages. Her kiss forms into a flabby kiss? then more like a hand-shake. Her husband (firm and frank) no longer looks at them; to him they are like dark-clouds about to rain. At one time her husband said: "You were the best!"

#571 [3/19/05]

Benevolent Furniture
Prose Poetry

I own furniture that dream-you know, like it has a life of its own; they speak their own language-; like everything else that circles the sun.

There is no soul involved though, only some, some awareness, with windows and doors; the cascading of rain and snow; assignment to a certain room, things like that.

I don't know what infuriates them, other than the impudent man. So, idol they remain, each to its own, I suppose; waiting for curiosity or admiration to bloom, anything!...

#578 [3/22/05]

Poems to come:

Girl and the Ox
The Cab
Curse of the Toucan Bird
The Lost Ant
The Baggage Room
Staggering

Dennis Siluk lives in the Midwest with his wife Rosa, and in Lima, Peru where he spends a few months out of the year. He has been writing poetry for over 40-years, and has had his poetry published in a number of newspapers, magaziens,books and in about every corner of the world. In l981, his first book was published, "The Other Door: Poetic Exhortations" now worth several times its original value, as seen recently on Ebay, and abe.books, launched a love afair with poetry. His website is: http;//dennisiluk.tripod.com

In The News:


Chalkbeat New York

Indy Pulse puts poetry, performance on stage
Chalkbeat New York
A few weeks later, she'd stand before a room full of poetry slam competitors, teachers, parents and a three-judge panel to perform “Ebola Poem,” her emotional answer to the way some of her classmates have joked about the disease and even used it as the ...


Older Oklahomans invited to share poetry
Norman Transcript
“The poetry contest is always a highlight of the conference,” said Katherine McRae, DHS Aging Services Programs Assistant Administrator. “Each year we receive hundreds of entries from around the state and we really enjoy the talent and creativity of ...

and more »

Final Poetry on the Loose features founder William Seaton
Times Herald-Record
When Seaton moved to Orange County, he had already been active in poetry and performance for decades, participating in what were called happenings at the University of Illinois in the 1960s, working with the Cloud House group doing street readings and ...


How Has the Social Role of Poetry Changed Since Shelley?
New York Times
Shelley once called poets the “unacknowledged legislators of the world.” This week, Adam Kirsch and Leslie Jamison discuss how the social role of poetry has changed since then. By Adam Kirsch. No one asked for Shelley's views on the Congress of Vienna, ...


CARL LOVE: A seed of poetry grows
Press-Enterprise
It's a routine I do every year with the elementary school kids I teach: We write poetry. I also read a bunch to them, hoping to inspire some to pursue it beyond the pretty pictures many like to draw with the verses they create. Kendra Avants was in my ...


Toronto Star

Well-known poet banned from events in three cities over sexual harassment and ...
Toronto Star
Frankson is a poet and spoken-word artist working mainly in Toronto. He is a prominent figure in the local poetry community, appearing at and organizing regular slam poetry competitions. In 2007 he founded Cytopoetics, a business that provides ...

and more »

Style.com

The Poetry of Ordinary Clothes: Tilda Swinton and Olivier Saillard Glorify ...
Style.com
In the show's final portion, Swinton left little mementos in each garment—a stalk of wheat; a leaf of tissue paper printed with poetry or proverbs (“It's bad luck to put on a coat starting with the left sleeve,” for example); or a Kleenex scented with ...


Clive James on his new poetry book and his distinctive voice
ABC Online
In this part, while discussing the effect of poetry on his prose writing, I asked him about how he found his own distinctive voice as a writer who writes pretty much as he speaks, and speaks pretty much as he writes. CLIVE JAMES: I think I've ...
New guides at the beautiful Table Cape LighthouseABC Local

all 7 news articles »

BBC News

The performance poet who uses a ventilator as part of his act
BBC News
Performing poetry has its challenges, but more so if your breathing is controlled by a machine. Owen Lowery is 46 and lives in Lancashire. He has a ventilator which helps him to breathe. He began writing poems seven years ago on a university course and ...

and more »

Appeal-Democrat

American Life in Poetry
Petoskey News-Review
Posted: Tuesday, November 25, 2014 7:00 am. American Life in Poetry. TED KOOSERU.S. POET LAUREATE. Stuart Kestenbaum is a Maine poet with a new book, Only Now, from Deerbrook Editions. In it are a number of thoughtful poems posed as prayers, ...
Poem: Boulevard TreePost-Bulletin

all 1,228 news articles »
Google News

Black Blood, in Jeremiahs Vines - A Poem and an Article

Black Blood, in Jeremiah's Vines [A Dream Poem]And I heard... Read More

Expressing an Emotion - The Art of Writing Poetry

Writing poetry is an art, a way of expression, finding... Read More

Im Sorry Mom! A Mothers Day Poem

Mother's Day Poetry,I'm Sorry Mom!I'm sorry for the troubles ... Read More

Barriers

There are many times I set up barriers and walls,... Read More

Africa - Wheres The Profit?

A poetic comment that just welled up inside my head... Read More

Since Youve Been Gone...

My life has changedin so so many waysIt seems to... Read More

Our Home

Our home was warm in the shade of the trees... Read More

A Ship to Remember

Hammers. Timbers. Iron. Steel.They're laying down a mighty keel.As ant-like... Read More

Africa

AFRICA (to africans in diaspora)africa here i come, africa africa... Read More

Learn About Love From Poet Rumi

Learn about love by reading poetry by a long dead... Read More

Become A Poet In Ten Minutes

Have you ever sat there staring at the paper, ready... Read More

The Goat and the Rope [a Poem: in Spanish and English]

The Goat and the Ropewhere there were devils I saw... Read More

Let Your Feelings Be Your Guide

The light of all eternity shines with me now /... Read More

Because of You

You are to me my lifeline my security. That scares... Read More

A Happiness Poem

If a happiness poem could bring forth a smile, Then... Read More

The Valley Of Pain

We were exiled from the Garden of Eden. Its... Read More

Caught in the Arms of ED

YOU MIGHT THINK I AM STRONGI THINK YOU GOT IT... Read More

I Hate The Wait (Weight)

I get up in the morningAnd want to stay in... Read More

Poetry in a Nutshell

Poetry is more than just rhyming and prose that is... Read More

How to Write Bad Poetry

"All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling."--Oscar WildePeople write poetry... Read More

Learn About Love From Poet Rumi

In this modern age of technology, busy lifestyles, and obsession... Read More

You Lost Your Last Gamble and Me

I will never think twice nor will I roll the... Read More

Ocean Heal Me

Ocean Heal MeOcean heal my wounds Let your waves curl... Read More

Key Largo - Frater Albertus

Key Largo:The fans turn lazily in front of the doorThey... Read More

Ballade of an Inca King

Ah! Leave the gold, wealth and landSays the Inca King?;... Read More