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, June 23, 2010

a definite 5, coulda been a 7

my cage was really rattled today
I wanted to step off
call Otis or Thyssen in,
to duke it out with a couple of antiquated

but the rumble was so large
it filled the adjoining hall
and I realized the contender would
have to have a much larger billing

and the Doomsday march
played in my head with startling new revelations,
that I didn't want to be in that number
(or any number close to it)
and that if I ever fell off the top
I wanted the exclusive movie rights

and the sequel wouldn't have been called 'Treme'
but maybe 'Current Affairs' or 'I'm not Shore Anymore'
and there wouldn't be any actors
because our peace of mind
came from a river view
whose noisy ducks
only appeared to be
harmlessly migrating

and our core understanding
would've ended near the market area somewhere
where the hos would continue to
provide lip service to a depleted economy

the House of Commons
having to cool down regardless

all this just mighta

because today

(June 23rd, 2010)


didn't give a

to our seismologists
on call

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.