Iris Orpi - 5 Poems

January 17th, 2017 by admin

Equinox   Like wings, the reclaiming of the dark hours arches across the rosy-eyed lull of not knowing, plumed in possibility and iridescent visions, flourishes of sacred geometry stirring what once felt like the night would go on without end. There’s a sweet...
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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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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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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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Echu

November 13th, 2015 by admin

Seen by the eye of faith the cherry blossoms are always about to fall. It is a rare privilege to be born as a human being, as we happen to be. If we do not achieve enlightenment in this life, when do we expect to achieve it? —Echu...
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Watershed Event in Berkeley

September 26th, 2015 by admin

Folks, Poetic Matrix Press will have a table at the coming Watershed event in Berkeley this Saturday Sept 26th and we invite all of you who will be in the area to stop by and say hello.  All of the proceeds from all book sales will be donated to Sandy Stillwell and Dennis who lost their home in the...
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John

July 1st, 2015 by admin

Go ahead dive down It is alright   something beautiful is in there You'll see More beautiful then even you're sadness It will take your sorrow and turn It cloudy and bright Like the shine on that red amber place You've seen once or twice Just before everything was lost or Just before found A gentle...
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Richard Luftig

April 26th, 2015 by admin

Prospero’s Book It possessed all his magic to keep a daughter close.   But one cannot hold the moon forever or its rhythms still   and even a sorcerer must yield to such first, inevitable facts.   Here, I give you, the best part of my life, he told Ferdinand   and...
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MALALA by Lyn Lifshin

April 5th, 2015 by admin

Excepts from MALALA by Lyn Lifshin published by Poetic Matrix Press Pakistani Malala Yousafzai was awarded the Noble Peace Prize for 2014 along with Indian child advocate Kailash Satyarthi. LIKE CHILDREN TRAILING GLORY Malala, still playing with dolls, believed she could change the world, cure cancer,...
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Melodic Rose

March 20th, 2015 by admin

REVOLUTION Lay the earth bare Let every child resound Let every voice throw its weight against the sky. Let every lost soul succumb to the day of reckoning How the temperature rose higher than the oceans tide How bodies sound like symphonies the night after a revolution. How women sound after they've...
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Joel Netsky

February 8th, 2015 by admin

"Howl" A soul confronting primal chaos, the cosmos exponentially decrepitating until even walls begin melting and all structure ceases, one by one family and friends into the smirking unanimity of sheer darkness, casually into a typewriter slips a leaf and begins typing. Upon town and country thoughts...
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OK by John Peterson

May 31st, 2014 by admin

OK OK, mid morning on a Monday Diana Krall comin through the speakers The latte is hot and smooth Like the sun on my shoulders Yes it's Starbucks, the coffee and sounds Are canned, chosen in the hip board room, Still it's good Traffic and Bart going by, the Richmond Sun as fine here as anywhere it shines....
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Muso Soseki

April 24th, 2014 by admin

Still from the film Baraka The sounds of the stream splash out the Buddha’s sermon Don’t say that the deepest meaning comes only from one’s mouth Day and night eighty thousand poems arise one after the other and in fact not a single word has ever been spoken —Muso Soseki (1275-1351). Translated by...
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Quote

March 4th, 2014 by admin

When we see truly, there is nothing at all. There is no person; there is no Buddha. Innumerable things of the universe Are just bubbles on the sea. Wise sages are all like flashes of lightning. —Yoka Genkaku (665-713 CE), Shodoka   Seen by the eye of faith the cherry blossoms are always about...
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Landscape of a Woman and a Hummingbird

March 4th, 2014 by admin

Landscape of a Woman and a Hummingbird Joseph Milosch New from Poetic Matrix Press Available on our website Climbing Modjeska Peak It is the same, climbing a mountain or a high-tension power pole. The world becomes smaller as I climb, fixing my eyes on fractures and fissures no thicker than a quarter...
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Malala

March 4th, 2014 by admin

Malala Lyn Lifshin New from Poetic Matrix Press Available on our website ON THAT DAY the teenagers chattered with their teachers as the school bus rattled along the country road. They just finished a term paper and broke out singing a Pashton song. That music must have been the last thing...
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Spangling Darkness

March 4th, 2014 by admin

Spangling Darkness Raphael Block poetry and songs New from Poetic Matrix Press Available on our website New Year Our celebrations were small affairs with one or two present at most, like the welcome my wife and daughter gave the New Year, with carefully prepared round, sand-filled trays, candles of...
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I am Homeland

December 13th, 2013 by admin

I am Homeland Twelve Korean-American Poets Edited by Yearn Hong Choi New from Poetic Matrix Press Available on our website By Doo Hyun Chung An Empty Tomb In the midst of fire shell of the Korean War, Vanished My father, missing No traces to his death My mother, Her husband, Built a tomb for her...
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Poems by Erren Geraud Kelly

October 25th, 2013 by admin

Buffalo Girl (Annie) Knew a chic named Annie Who wrote poetry Later taught herself to play Guitar and discovered she was Pretty good at it I met her in a coffeehouse in Greenpoint, Brooklyn One night, when I was reading And looking to score some Boodah Annie told me she left Buffalo because living there...
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In Malala's Spring Dream – Lyn Lifshin

August 14th, 2013 by admin

In Malala's Spring Dream the pond is a dark blossom unfolding. If she were to move to the window in the dream, there would be white lilies thru blinds, suspended instead of a moon. Fog lips on roots and willows filtering into dreams of swans. The light polishing water, connecting what...
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When I was Young and Proud – Raphael Block

August 12th, 2013 by admin

When I was Young and Proud   When I was young and proud    owner of a lawn       it would have caused offense. But now, singing dandelions    innocently declare summer's height       while couched between...
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Men and Women I've Kissed – Brandon Cesmat

July 26th, 2013 by admin

Men and Women I've Kissed Sometime during my second year at college, Eva comes to a party     at our apartment while her boyfriend was studying.     I fall behind the couch and she falls on top of me.     When I leave school at the end of the...
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From the Empress Hsi-Ling-Shi – Joseph Zacardi

July 23rd, 2013 by admin

From the Empress Hsi-Ling-Shi The mulberries will soon bear white fruit. On thin branches silkworms feed on heartshaped leaves. In early summer they will spin their silken threads, spin silk threads as a gift. We will take the coccoons, boil them, and after throwing, weave fine coats, embroider them,...
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Kings River Canyon – Joe Milosch

July 15th, 2013 by admin

Kings River Canyon This old, bald pine has to know it's dying. Maybe it over heard the whispers of evergreens, growing on these glacier-sheered cliffs, or maybe the pine knows it intuitively as it knows yearly it has to manage to squeeze out a thin ring between heart and bark. Only in the middle does...
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Morning, River Camp – Chris Hoffman

June 25th, 2013 by admin

Morning, River Camp (Desolations and Gray Canyons, Green River) It is early yet—the hour of the gray dawn. All night we have slept on the smooth thigh of the sand. Our first waking breath is of air scrubbed clean by sage and sun, tamarisks and swift water. Just upstream, the rapids are still scouring...
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Bells – Raphael Block

June 20th, 2013 by admin

Bells No bells ringing no incense burning no one but you. No spoken sounds no embracing arms no one else but you. Inner voices buzzing deepening breathing you’re coming to you. With or without stilling something is flowing. You’re entering a cavern resounding of echoes beyond. What will you bring...
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tadpoles – John Peterson

February 13th, 2013 by admin

-for devon last night the pond was the size of a small hat ten or fifteen of you holding on enough water only to cover your back and keep the sun off foot prints of coon and coyote dog and deer and small bird circling down from reed covered banks across cracked mud and soggy bottom you squirm hoping...
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