Upgrading Donny Desmond

The colored lights strobed a lacquery finish over the finale as Donny Desmond stepped to the microphone to hit the high C that began his trademark riff—sliding incrementally down an octave like someone stumbling down a flight of stairs, albeit with style and grace, to end the biggest hit song of the Desmond Brother’s career: One Bad Banana (Don’t Blow the Whole Bunch Girl). But tonight as Donny ratcheted up …continue…

Roosters of the Apocalypse: A Review

When I was a senior in high school my English teacher had us watch Al Gore’s famous (or infamous) movie, An Inconvenient Truth. I did not know what to make of it at the time but I fully believed that my professor would not lead my classmates and me astray. Full of official-looking facts and figures, the argument seemed legitimate enough and Gore was without doubt persuasive. I feel that …continue…

Mister Misdemeanor and Other Poems by Ivan Jenson

Mister Misdemeanor Oh, man that guy was such a girl when he cried like a baby and then he grew up to be a bigheaded small minded tight-lipped tight-wad and a two-timing repeat offender egg white beater and a four seater Dad’s car stealer and Diet Coke dealer and then he attempted a terrible string of rhymes “love, dove, glove and the sky above” which is a crime in certain …continue…

The Humanist: A Review

“As if magic were not the impossible but the potential in each one of us to imagine and make as dreamers make from the universal stuff of love and death…” So writes Matthew Gasda in his search for imagination in the world, a chapbook of poetry entitled The Humanist. Gasda’s poetry looks for the beauty and love in the world, in the everyday things we have around us, in the …continue…

Opal Moon: Poems by Leila Fortier

~Silver Tongue ~ Opal Moon~ Silver tongue and black tress~ A lock of arms & legs~ Ankles & wrists~ Slow motion sliding~ Slow colliding~ Still life hard beneath my Hands~ My small, eager hands…Your brown and bronze Of solid limbs~ Sun brazed sculpture emitting heat~ Holds heavy the slide of supple skin~ Cheek  To chest~ Mouth to breast~ Grazing into Knot and groove~ Silver tongue  Neath opal moon~ Hungry Mouths …continue…

Dual Purpose: Poems by Ivan Jenson

Dual Purpose You think you know me better than I know my shelf of self-help books and you have already checked out my waist and hairline and wallet size and have me all sized up like a shoe salesman but I have come to show you that there are schools of swimming wishes under the rippling surface of things and I have also come to buy a pair of Nikes …continue…

Every Available Space by Nat Whilk

A doctor in a white coat enters a crowded press conference as lights flash and cameras click.  Television cameras are sprinkled around the room and poised like visual vipers ready to strike. Doctor:  Questions gentlemen? Reporter (standing with notebook in hand):  Doctor, can you tell us more about the president’s condition. Doctor:  Yes, ah, he seems…I mean…he’s only been here for a little over an hour.  And I say seems …continue…

A Father’s Advice from Yeats, Jay-Z, and Kanye West

As fate would have it, this August I was reading a collection of William Butler Yeats’s poetry around the same time that Watch the Throne, Jay-Z and Kanye West’s collaborative album, dropped. In all probability, you, like me, assign the newest hip-hop a separate sphere of thought in your cognitive landscape from even late Yeats. Since August I have realized the necessity of breaking those spheres down, as one song …continue…

Hidden Divinity: Poems by Sonnet Mondal

Hidden Divinity  I have been waking up each midnight, each dawn, at the end of each passing hour to see the squabble between darkness and light resulting in red rays as blood of a celestial war at twilight. The morning with its cool breathe makes us oblivious to sounds that clatter like evocative dreams and then sweeps us to silkiness in a land and sky where multicoloured shrouds betray our …continue…