a note from the poet

Bernard believes expression should not be inhibited by form and reflect honestly, though enjoying a wide scope of appreciation for the many shapes the art provides, it is a personal mandate of his to increase readership for contemporary poetry by encouraging more organically formed and conversational text that reacts to and captures everyday events. He is the founder of two online sites, 'The Ink Blot' and 'The Cartier Street Review' where artists can submit their contemporary art and poetry for publication and feedback.

Bernard Alain has been published and/or featured in a few online journals recently such as the Orange Room Review, Madswirl, Pirene's Fountain, Mississippi Crow Magazine/RiverMuse Press, International Poet, The World Poets Society Electronic Catalog, Bywords, Bywords Quarterly Journal, Smoking Book and others with an upcoming publication in Wood Coin.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

cable monster lore

two rings
and I know it's a virtual center
trying to take back what was never
mine or ever there to begin

and I should've paid my bill
the other day but I was busy
dodging other 1-800 calls and deleting
horny ads from my inbox,
(telemarketer scripts are like
viagra email, never thinking outside
of the box)
but that's the way it is
in wireless nirvana, other
than a bill in your mailslot,
not much evidence
of anything real

of course I'd never hear
from family otherwise
I'm on the cell with my mother
who's swallowing an ocean
out east,
and a familiar cat pop-up pops up
on an LCD screen, while 'Chicago' streams
'Saturday in the Park' from a Yahoo sidebar,
and I'm no where near the ocean
tangling with a lobster trap,
or at my sister's talking our hats off
or across the border in the windy city
drinking a beer and listening to the
brassy sounds of nostalgia

I'm here sitting at my desk,
hoping the charge in this battery
will outlive all these

Shopping Mall Playland

This is one of Don Schaeffer's most recent posters, the text is hard to read so I have typed it out for you below:

Shopping Mall Playland

even mid-winter light
is rosey and deep
in the place
where shapes
don't challenge

small globular people
roll on orbular color
under mild eyes
floating on
flowing songs.

Diane Recapitulated

Above is a poster selected from the upcoming 'The Notes of a Digital Ghost' collection by Don Schaeffer, the words on the poster are hard to read in this resolution so I have provided the text below:

Diane Recapitulated

So heavy 
when she lifts herself 
from the electric 
legs into a flesh and blood chair. 

"This damn corpus," came 
into my mind from hers. But then 
her face opened at the corners of her broad mouth, 
like a deep Irish red-head. 

And she could dance 
memories of Diane 
next door in our Pennsylvania days, 
before we found paradise.

*Don's blog is listed on the right along with some other favorites.