Skyline Summer Poetry 2009
Zero to Forever Introduction by Victoria Valentine
Poets in Volume 2 Issue 2
It begins with uneasy slumber,
all the disparate forces whirl
in a frantic mad-man's dance.
The sequence repeats again and again.
Sometimes, I want to unlive this life,
this hustling, bustling, repetitive life,
that seems to have taken on a life
of its own. Now I am its servant,
rushing ever swifter to its beck and call.
Lately I kindle more quickly,
extinguishing my fuel at a far greater pace.
I yearn for quiet talks over tea and cakes,
a round trip between spring and summer.
Pressing on beneath stone clouds,
choking on my own frustration, I skate
harrowing stretches of ice,
still alive in this slippery season.
Patty Mager, a retired banker and investor, has been writing poetry for ten years. Patty has been published in literary anthologies including The Elms, Literary House Review, Skyline Magazine, SpinningS Intense Tales, and Bottlecap Magazine. The Webster-Kirkwood Times did an article on Patty and four of her poems were featured, she has been published in both the American and Fort Worth Haiku Society Journals and was a nominee for the Pushcart Award in 2008.
Roger G. Singer
The rising aroma
Roger G. Singer
Roger G. Singer began writing poetry when he was in the military many years ago, for relaxation and to express his thoughts in an abstract form. Roger enjoy the challenge poetry offers, unlike the articles he has written, which are straight forward. Poetry allows the writer to step to the side from general thoughts, thus creating a miniature story which in and of itself can bifurcate into other levels of literary form.
Terry E. Lockett
I'd forgotten all about it
Terry fell in love with the sound of poetry as a small child and began writing poems before she learned cursive. She has provided services to foster children and their families in Central Washington for over two decades. Terry was the winner of the 2007 Yakima Valley Allied Arts Juried Poetry Contest. Terry has had recent publications in the WPA´s Whispers & Shouts, Words-Myth, Poetry Super Highway and Skyline. Her poems will also be featured in the summer edition of Weber: Journal of the Contemporary West. Listen to the "tune" referred to in this poem.
Terry and her mother "Matera Mou"
(inspired by "The Kiss of Peace" a photograph by Julia Margaret Cameron - 1864)
(The Kiss Of Peace by Julia Margaret Cameron )
Poet's Biography unavailable at this time.
drive me bored,
i'm too titillated at the moment
that song on the radio is gaining momentum
i want to steer into a tree
and cap a good day off with a bang
yesterday's regrets are bumper stickers
you shouldn't be able to read
unless you are too close to me
and if that's true, let's accelerate together
sing along to the tune
my heart is losing its fizz
the speedometer is racing like my intent
the leaves are beckoning,
but they are crooked,
my emotions a windy pattern
my bark deafening
but the biting sadness
is the shadow of the big oak
that will punctuate my life.
jacob erin-cilberto lives and teaches in Southern Illinois. He has written and published poetry since 1970 and enjoys teaching poetry workshops to spread his love for the genre. He was nominated for a Pushcart award for 2006-2008. jacob has reviewed poetry books for Skyline and Water Forest Press.
All summer and one branch
behind the other, warming up
--where can this tree go
without taking along the sky
who will betray it, look back
the way postcards picture cold days
wedged between the little fires
on your breath
--what are headwinds to these leaves
who remember when even the sky
had no color, the sun
a relentless blue and roots once wings
touch down over some fragrance
deep in the Earth and never returned
--you will mail view after daring view
till one card losing speed
and inside its colors a thin plume
pulling you east to west
to that first rainbow leaning too far
--you forget to breathe! an address
so beautiful and you are there
planting a garden :card after card
and small flowers again airborne
--you were there! the sky
had eagles in its mouth, the emptiness
beginning to take place
Simon Perchik is an attorney whose poems have appeared in Partisan Review, The New Yorker, Skyline Magazine and elsewhere. Family of Man (Pavement Saw Press) is scheduled for Fall 2009. For more information, including his essay “Magic, Illusion and Other Realities” and a complete bibliography, please visit his website at www.geocities.com/simonthepoet.
Exhausted, unaware of inspiration
Elizabeth Colby is a a poet and teacher. Some of her poems have been in international anthologies and online. She has been published in The Eclectic Muse, Soul Fountain, and in a local poetry magazine called Seraphim. Elizabeth is also shopping around a poetry manuscript called "Ivory Wings, Filthy Feet." She has been writing and reading poetry for fifteen years. Elizabeth has a Bachelors degree in English from Idaho State University. My full-time job is as a teacher. Elizabeth teaches six and seven-year - olds. Her creativity comes in handy as a teacher. Elizabeth also holds a Writers' Workshop for seven, eight and nine-year-olds.
Poem and Drawing by Amitabh Mitra
you have been
has it been long
(Dario Aacho is a song (Dario aacho tumi aamar ganer o parey ) written by Rabindranath Tagore, Nobel prize winner for Literature. My poem is written after being inspired from his song. The art is mine done with oil pastels and ink. It shows an Indian lady standing outside a derelict tomb in a fort.)
Amitabh Mitra is a poet, artist, publisher and a medical doctor based in East London, South Africa. A widely published poet in the web and print, Amitabh has held many exhibitions of his poetry art. ‘A Slow Train to Gwalior’ is a CD of his ten most popular love poems recited against a background of Indian and African traditional music. A documentary film incorporating his love poems is being produced in South Africa. He represented South africa at the World Literature Festival in Oslo September 2008. Check his web site www.amitabhmitra.com
Dr. Mitra will be giving some performance poetry on the 9 July at the Words Festival part of the International Grahamstown Festival 2009. A short film showing the fusion of words, colors, music and events would also be shown in the film festival circuit.
Hudson View Digests will be distributed to all poets. Tonight, An Anthology of World Love Poetry will be sold at the festival.
Six of Amitabh's multimedia works incorporating colors and words are being exhibited during this period. Amitabh's coffee table book 'A Slow Train to Gwalior' which has poems and water colors is planned for release soon.
Read Loving You Poetry and Art by Amitabh Mitra