Weekly Write: “From Certain Distances In Space I Still See My Brother” by Gary Beaumier

From Certain Distances In Space I Still See My Brother

Somewhere mother holds you against her breasts in a Chicago flat
— the war winding down —
while she warms a bottle and tests the milk on the tender of her wrist;
“you are my sunshine,” she sings.

Somewhere you sit in a quilted coat
upon a tricycle in front of a red house,
and later still your fastball hisses over
home plate into the strike zone.

Somewhere a man says we all derive from stars,
while a holy person declares we will live forever.

You still succor your fractious babies as you pace a midnight floor.

Only just now a distant planet watches you bend to help a student
or soften your embrace to your wife in the utter dark.

Somehow you glide out of a fifth floor hospital room into a painted twilight,
into streams of cars and trucks and exhaust
as your family holds your emancipated body and rides with you to the edge of life

and somewhere a medical student
peels back what remains of you
to learn the human clockwork.

 

Previously published in Third Wednesday and also The Esthetic Apostle.

In his later years Gary Beaumier has become something of a beachcomber and has self diagnosed with “compulsive walking disorder.” On a number of occasions he has cobbled together wooden sailboats. He is a finalist and semi finalist for the Luminaire Award for several of his poems. He has had three poems published in Flumes Winter 2017 and one poem in Third Wednesday as well as one poem in Chaleur Magazine, The Piltdown Review, The Esthetic Apostle, The Internet Void, an upcoming issue of Raw Arts Review and a recording in Lit_Tapes. He taught poetry in a women’s prison.

 

 

 

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Weekly Write: “Leavened Bread” by Katie Barnes

Leavened Bread

Under the fog of mountains high and cold
My mom decided we would go to mass.
We drove far up the well beaten path of old
To the stone church above the rocky pass.
The congregation stared as we walked in
And lit our melting candles for the dead
Just in time for the service to begin.
The priest screamed out that we were beloved;
Men in the chorus wailed to God their prayer
While folk in the pews tried to reach His ear.
White smoke from the incense strangled the air;
All of us were struck dumb with holy fear.
The priest brought out the icon and I bent
But did not want to take the sacrament.

 

Katie Barnes is currently pursuing an undergraduate degree at Boston University. She splits her time between Boston and New York, but her family is from Greece.

 

 

 

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Available on Kindle Unlimited: The Language of Crossing

Now available on Kindle Unlimited:  Language of Crossing by Liza Wolff-Francis.

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Liza Wolff-Francis’s Language of Crossing is a collection of poetry that mirrors the true heart-stories along the US/Mexico border. Giving face, voice and humanity to all those who make their way across fronteras, her work is that of a necessary endeavor. She writes of a reality that must be ignored no longer. It is the struggle, strife, and violence that is endured by those who flee their country in hopes of a better life. Her poems, brutally honest and minute, rouse compassion as all good poetry must and begs the question of accountability. Language of Crossing is a political outcry, a finely tuned collection of endurance of a people, and a passionate advocacy for all to take notice. Wolff-Francis is a real activist planting poetic prayer flags across the vastness of a desert.

Available on Kindle Unlimited: Nail Gun and a Love Letter

Now available on Kindle Unlimited: Nail Gun and a Love Letter by Beau Williams.

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Heralding from Portland, Maine, Beau Williams describes himself as a “fairly optimistic” poet, and what better way to describe his newest collection of poetry from Swimming with Elephants Publications than as “fairly optimistic.” Bittersweet journeys to bar floors and the bottoms of bottles, Nail Gun and a Love Letter is reminiscent of beat poetry days and the pilgrimages we must take to find ourselves.

“This collection of poems alternately pierces the reader with astute and heartbreaking observations (Good Drums is a particularly devastating musing on white, male American-ness) while at the same time using evocative language to spar with and challenge the ideas of belonging and connection and love. These poems invite the reader to contemplate what it means to come from somewhere, and how it feels to long for a place that isn’t home, but could be. They invite us to see the mundane as essential, and to see and celebrate the things that connect us to our identity. The title of this collection is apt; like a nail gun, these poems violently pierce, but do so in service to building something sturdy and sheltering, and every one is a love letter to the dance that makes us who we are.”

– Sherry Frost, Educator

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Now Available: disaster in die / an overdose sunrise by bassam

Swimming with Elephants Publications, LLC is excited to announce the release of “disaster in die / an overdose sunrise,” a chapbook of poetry by bassam.

“bassam’s ‘disaster in die / an overdose sunrise’ is the third and final installment of a trilogy of poetry collections that I have awaited with bated breath. The first two collections in this trilogy are grim expositions of the intersections of being a marginalized being in an oppressive white supremacist world and the ways that marginalized beings find humour and celebration despite the odds. This final book in the trilogy continues this narrative but, supplies hope for the reader and the world. Hope that in spite and despite of the miseries of oppression, joy and oppression can coexist. Reminiscent of Alicia T. Crosby’s poignant poem ‘If I Should Die Before I’m Woke’ , bassam does not leave their sins and transgressions unexamined. Instead, they cringe at their own missteps and keep themselves accountable, while upholding the standard that they deserve no accolades for this. What they do is simply the bare minimum. ‘disaster in die / an overdose sunrise’ is an authentic, raw and vulnerably poignant book that proves that poetry is magic and that poets are not magicians, but simply vessels for the magic to flow through.”

—Mugabi Byenkya, author of Dear Philomena

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bassam is currently on tour throughout Canada and the United States, promoting their publications. Check out their tour schedule to them in a town near you!