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.

Friday, February 20, 2009

the bits


it's a
a rare legal holiday
with the sun out
and not too much
ado, a day
when I despise
McGuinty but
still a law
abiding citizen
visiting whoever
hasn't flown
solo to the Bahamas
or some other
exotic climate
in celebration
of Family
Day

and
no point in going
to see my son,
the hiatus just another
excuse to evaporate into
a coded sea of
'where it's at' and
'where u gotta b',
and my sister of course
(who wasn't in) probably
out doing what I was
doing, unfound as
her returned email
'unknown recipient'

and mom,
well mom's always in.
and I spend the day
nursing an unfortunate
victim of misguided
wrist shots and overly
pregnant social
networks back to
life while we
discuss why her
webcam hisses

tomorrow it'll be over,
the flurries back,
favors forgotten,
no evidence of this
digitally warmed
chinook

I'll have to
write the premier and
thank him for the extra
24 hours over and
above Valentine's
day,
remind him though
we may need a bit
more time for matters
of the heart
given the apparent
complexity

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.