Thankful…for poetry (and poets)

November 21st, 2018

 

 

So many great poetry submissions of late, for which I am incredibly thankful.  The spirit within every poem received — whether published or not — is evident and cheered and appreciated.

Here are three recent arrivals…

Happy Thanksgiving…peace and blessings to all.

 

 

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The Keyboard Player

 

Daily, he worked from nine o’clock till five.
His life and family and things were fine.

For some the moment, the anticipatory one,
is the night’s first pint, the store’s threshold,
the starting gates going up. For him,
the moment was just that trice
before a session, gig or practice,
when he’d stretch his fingers
and let them ripple, as a cat stretches
a lazy back. Then he’d let his fingers fall,
at just the music’s pace, to the keys.

Then he entered that world,
the hosts and hopes of the America
he’d never visited (Bechet, Joplin,
swing and jazz, Ella’s Manhattan,
imagination’s night clubs), numbers
that sang of soul, which rose,
for three, five, fifteen minutes,
above banality’s roof tops.

 

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by Robert Nisbet

 

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Sphere

 

            The only cats worth anything are the cats that take chances.

                                                            -Thelonious Monk

 

 

this discord is alien
a dervish whirling and salient

If somebody else did that they’d lock him up
it would be abrupt
you crazy motherfucker yo time is up

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Charlie paints the stepladder of major scales dark blue
and asks Monk as he is dying
if there is anything he could do

help me with my coat
polish my lens-less glasses
give me chicken liver and mashed potatoes
allow me to adjust my pinkie ring
and sweat on the keyboard
              before I close inward and forget my own son

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he smiles at you while eating an apple in an airport

Nellie counts the money with one eye on him

the baroness makes him giddy

these women are not rivals
one feeds him
one lets him go free
they both love him

the sax solo is a soft shoe sphere

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pope names
actor names
president names
the shock of fame
of elbowing the high notes
I’m famous?
ain’t that a bitch

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let’s all take turns looking
at each other before we vanish
into wordless chapters
in a wordless novel

about a countess who stared
at a wordless bird

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one day
looking across the Hudson
he just
stopped

he was not rescued at the top
just called it quits
didn’t feel like it anymore

handless arms
and the largeness
of forgotten ideas

as valid a reason as any
to bend jazz into absolute silence
where what you don’t play
is louder than what you do

and the piano in the room

was the elephant in the room

 

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by John L. Stanizzi

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Lost in a Groove

 

two souls connected.
Riding a wave  particles protected
from the fog and the darkness.
The beats like a beacon
on the road to redemption.
Electric fanfares proclaim the presence.
The merger of our twofold essence.
Our sunlight perfect dance
surrendered to a trance.
A radiance reaching for the stars
locked in a waking dream’s embrace.
Tuned to a cosmic music attainment.
A unified field no longer a theory.
Lost in a groove of highest fidelity.
Transfixed by the one we needed no other.
We found each piece of the puzzle.
The hidden mosaic of two souls connected.
Protected from the fog and the darkness.
Electric fanfares proclaimed us beacons.
Surrendered to the trance.
No longer theoretical unified in practice.
To the glory of groove   to the groove
be the glory.

 

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by dan smith

 

 

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Robert Nisbet is a Welsh poet whose work has been published in roughly equal measures in Britain and the USA, in the latter case quite regularly in San Pedro River Review, Red River Review and Panoply, which made him one of its Editor’s Choice Featured Poets in their Fall 2017 issue.

 

 

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John L. Stanizzi’s full-length collections are Ecstasy Among Ghosts, Sleepwalking, Dance Against the Wall, After the Bell, Hallalujah Time!, and High Tide-Ebb Tide.  His work is widely published and has appeared in Prairie Schooner, Rattle, New York Quarterly, American Life in Poetry, and many others.  Chants, his latest book, will be out this summer.

 

 

 

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dan smith is the author of two chapbooks: Crooked River and The Liquid of Her Skin, the Suns of Her Eyes published by Deep Cleveland Press and Night Ballet Press respectively. He has been published in the Rhysling Anthology, Dwarf Stars, Scifaikuest, Renegade Flowers: d.a. levy in the Digital Revolution, Kaleidotrope, Zen of the Dead and Lupine Lunes published by Popcorn Press, microcosms, Red Fez, Hedgerow: A Journal of Small Poems and Failed Haiku to name a few.

 

 

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“Suppertime,” with Ruby Braff and Ellis Larkins

 

 

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4 comments on “Thankful…for poetry (and poets)”

  1. Dear Mr. Nisbet and Mr. Stanizzi:

    Good stuff!!! I especially like Mr. Nisbet’s line ” above banality’s rooftops ” and Mr. Stanizzi’s lines ” wordless chapters in a wordless novel ” and the wordless bird ending.

  2. Dear Mr. Nisbet and Mr. Stanizzi:

    Good stuff!!! I especially like Mr. Nibet’s line ” above banality’s roof tops ” and Mr. Stanizzi’s lines ” wordless chapters in a wordless novel ” and ” the wordless Bird ” ending.

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