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, May 15, 2010

out of line

and like Gump
I sidestep the mud
system[at]ically pooh-pooh the elements
search for a coast
to plant wobbly feet

and everyone said it was great
that I'd found an outlet
a way to express whatever
it was they missed
when I said hello
a closer look maybe
at the gyros of the little dog
that aggravates
the hounds so

I could've gone on
about what never gets done
or who likes who
or even my passion
for the least exhaustive
but I leave bonafide trivia
to the coconut crackers
and not that complex
create wordy penises
yak about my lack of religion
spin the outershell of
a dormant yolk with
world-like wisdom
far reaching as tibet

and the marathon always like every other
long jog
nothing very touchy feely
no competitors except for the last edit

with all this practice
I'll be ready

when the blinders come off

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.