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.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

on catching snowflakes


7am,
the buses on
strike,
the shops on Elgin
open up to the remote yelps
of a paramedic's siren,
it snowed last
night and the ground
cover barely illuminated,
the only sign
of life scratching away
at a stoop,
some guy
out catching snowflakes
as they fall

myself I never
waste much time
with the short squalls
no less the shoveling,
fling a bit of
salt maybe and
hope it
disappears

today
it's about
being in the know,
the wisdom of networks
tracing flurries with
doppler precision,
forecasts of sun
by noon telling us
it'll all
be gone without
much effort

21st century
prudence
and possibly why
the scrapes of a dull
cold edge
are lost in the silence
this morning,
I'd go tell
him what I know
but there's not
much point,
he's one of those
guys who's awl-ways
got it under
control

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.