Raphael Block Video

October 19th, 2016 by admin

Dear friends, Thank you for all your comments on the 5 minute documentary that serves  as my book trailer, too. It seems to have touched many of you! We would really appreciate your help to get this film into the world. So, please consider posting this link https://vimeo.com/184929769 on your FaceBook...
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Poems from Raphael Block's book, Strings of Shining Silence

September 28th, 2016 by admin

Strings of Shining Silence When shadows lengthen, our breaths grow closer, and bundled bodies huddle against drizzle-slanting snow and rain. To warmth we turn, the nearness of a cello heartbeat; strings of shining silence fill my chest with crimson tones. Each in-breath spins me into soundness while...
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Book order for Raphael Block

September 28th, 2016 by admin

Friends of Poetic Matrix Press.  Here's a great way to support Raphael Block, one of our authors, in his 2nd book with us and receive an early copy of the finished book.  Please show your support. Thanks John Dear friends, I would like you to join me in releasing my new book, Strings of...
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-overheard at a DC bar.

September 7th, 2016 by admin

Picked up somewhere on the net. Truth is like poetry and most people fucking hate poetry  ...
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New poems by James Downs

September 7th, 2016 by admin

A CUT ABOVE Stems lay flat when first cut for display . we can play like it is not a big deal or it will grow to full size of the sun . we tend to put emphasis where . we already want it to be… within all this change . it doesn’t and then it does . it’s Shiva god- head transcending stems lay flat when...
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Ashley Pinkerton

June 14th, 2016 by admin

Spiraling Forward Let the dance of the sacred Spiral carry you on a journey through the cycles of Life. Ashley Pinkerton This is an invitation to support Ashley Pinkerton and Poetic Matrix Press in publishing her new book Spiraling Forward. Check out her Indiegogo campaign page, see what she...
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Sandeep Kumar Mishra, India

June 14th, 2016 by admin

Morning Reluctant night after a brooding duty, slowly retreating The earth in gray, some dim shades still hovering Dawn strides out leisurely to wake every farm The sleepy sun, in liquid light, making the sand warm Morning nymph rising from the ocean of pearls Wearing magic mist mantle if the wind...
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Clifford Browder

June 14th, 2016 by admin

Use This Day Use this day For love, for friendship, for rage, For justice, for hope, For worship, if your gods are worthy of it. Use it To build, to create, To bring meaning, To fight the void and navigate the flux. Don’t shirk, don’t slouch. Use it. It will never come again.   Earth I love...
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The Bay Area Bookfair

June 8th, 2016 by admin

    Here is our table at The Bay Area Bookfair in Berkeley this past weekend (June 4 & 5). The weather was beautiful and I met many good people.  Grace Grafton, Gail & Charles Entrekin came by as did Devon and Catherine.  It was a good 2 days. Gail recently won first place in the...
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Joe Bisicchia

April 27th, 2016 by admin

Born Some of this is make believe. Or at least, it starts that way, as a faraway dream, a dream of all that we can be. So it is inside every me. Life ain’t always easy. In fact, it’s often quite stinky heartbreakingly. Rhymes often fail at the line, and the splendid sounds often drift far out of bounds....
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John Grey

April 27th, 2016 by admin

NOW THAT I’VE MADE IT HERE Pink sheets of pleasure open like petals, float across bare knees. My head adrift in pillow, yours warming my naked chest, serenity keeps us in mind for moments like this. Love-making over, I taste the wine of the results, mouth the word "heaven" to the lingering desire....
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Traveling and Events

April 27th, 2016 by admin

We have been on the road for a few weeks.  We went to the Associated Writing Programs (AWP) Conference and Book Fair April 1 & 2 in Los Angeles, my daughter Kiirsti joined me and we met a lot of good people.  Kim Shuck, Joe Milosch and Brandon Cesmat came by; Shadab Hashmi was on a panel and she...
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Silvia Marijuan

March 4th, 2016 by admin

Bilingual hearts In memory of Francisco X. Alarcón   From the East to the West From the snow to the hills where life becomes a fairy tale Your gentle eyes gave me peace Your light kindled my voice on a night when fatigue rained down on me shamelessly A scientist and a poet laughing across the table The...
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Francisco Memorial Reading

February 21st, 2016 by admin

On Thursday Feb. 18th a large group gathered at the John Natsoulas Gallery in Davis to celebrate the life and work of Francisco X Alarcon who on Jan. 16th passed from this place to that on his journey.  So many souls that he has touched and so they came to honor him and to honor  Javier and Francisco's...
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James Downs

February 21st, 2016 by admin

Here are two poems that have similar subjects enough to be connected.   Speak it into being I didn't believe but .......I spoke it into being and ever infinitesimal .......I became what I am and that is what I was meant .......to be all this journeying time   Wait long enough and something...
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Holly Day

February 21st, 2016 by admin

Mermaids we were going to take the boat out, sail to the edge of the world, tease the monsters waiting there with our bare, dangling feet, toes tickling the ocean skin like tiny pink fish but you had to go and ruin it chase shore-hugging mermaids instead had to search clam-shell bikinis for pearls...
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I am a white man

January 26th, 2016 by admin

It is time, before the coming Republican primaries, for me to say something I first formed 40 years ago. Before the pundits spew out the stereotype about disaffected white men voting for the likes of Trump and Cruz, let me say this, I am a white man (even an older white man), my three sons are white...
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FRANCISCO X. ALARCÓN

January 16th, 2016 by admin

We have lost a rare and beautiful person.  To Francisco, my friend, my love to you on your new journey.  It has been my privilege and my joy to have gotten to know you and to work with you.  Thanks to James Downs for introducing us and thanks to Devon, my son, and Kiirsti, my daughter, for the good...
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Buckminster Fuller

January 7th, 2016 by admin

(Buckminster) Fuller said that he had experienced a profound incident which would provide direction and purpose for his life. He felt as though he was suspended several feet above the ground enclosed in a white sphere of light. A voice spoke directly to Fuller, and declared: From now on you need never...
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TWIXT 5 poems

January 6th, 2016 by admin

Water Tactics Drops’ jots and tittles form icicles that lock up in temperature drops and yet drip in more warm phenom clear and present placebo venom.   Is Defines Is This beautiful panorama of is somehow has arrived at being what’s there, and not whatever else might have, had it.   Reply...
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