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, December 27, 2008

not my day


bleep

overdraft charges were
created by bankers and
opportunists to tap the
potentional of delinquents
like myself, to defer
the consequences of smaller
crimes, like that second
bottle of Merlot for a
party of two or unorderly
shots of Glenfiddich
before a salad or main
course

bleep

and I tinker with a
pin, try to escape
with a crispy bail of
unmarked bills,
add to the pixelated
trail leading up
to a crime already
in progress

bleep

and Paul thinks the
Friday robber shoulda
been off the hook,
a harmless drunk who
couldn't hurt a fly,
said the guy was
totally out of
character at the time,
just wanted what was
his, some inheritance
trapped deep in vaults
of legal mumbo-jumbo

bleep

only a moment ago
I might've done a bit
of time
but the echo from the
chamber unanymous
and the jury
temporarily out of order

Sunday
already spoken for

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
harmlessness
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.