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ModPo & Experimental Poetry

Planet Starship

 

   incredible speeds—
   even
   right now in
   four gyroscopic ways
>we hurl through this universe
   under mind-bending laws of quantum physics\
   the coherent particle-wave continuum of light/
>this time-space-matter-energy,
   gravity holds us here
   in one place,
   once
   life's short journey—

Earth Cube

 

Life thrives be
cause fallen

 

snow piles up
on a deep blue

 

glacial divide wide
spread wet

 

spring melts in
to trickles

 

slithering down a
round rock

 

they emerge in
to streams

 

on the down
side of mountain 

 

crevices over water
falls out unto

 

the gaping green
fields that grow.

DE Navarro founder of NavWorks Press, is an award winning poet and author who lives in the Los Angeles area. His recent books are Dropping Ants into Poems, and This Is The Way - Walk Ye In It

"Condor Syndrome"

 

Inhale -

icy tile, checkered stone

BING! BING! BING! BING!

muffled grunting, shadowed faces

BING!x4

misery/tedium; shadow

dreadful place!  Confusion

angry eyeballs!  Boredom

dirty garments, ugly brown socks

speckled sea-surf hospital shirt

bitter Nurses 1 & 2

big red blazing "EXIT"

distorted truth, simple lies

doors deceiving to my eyes

noises clashing, fever lashing

emotions crashing, laughing

diseases bashing, breaking in!

lights are crawling

ceiling falling

"Exit to Hallway"

ESCAPE!

...unlikely

Chemo time

suicide

- Exhale

Kris Anderdian is an Armenian American reader and writer of poetry, short stories, and fiction novels.  He loves how words can be used as art, impacting emotions and changing lives.

Empty Suit Press
 Sometimes California or the March Set
by Anthony Watkins
Silent Poems
by Anthony Watkins
 Games Poets Play
by ModPo Students

MY OUTSIDE

My outside stroking your inside

Your inside gloving my outside

My outside stroking your

Inside gloving my

Stroking your 

Gloving my 

Stroking

Gloving

Stroking

Gloving

My  your  my  your  my  your

Our

Published online: Fifth International Anthology on Paradoxism, January 2007

DREAM FRAGMENTS

I went to the Man’s Throne in the desert.

The Dolphin was there before me, on the grass.

The man in leather walks through my head

Ringing his bell

“Unreal!” he cries, “unreal!”

Is there really going to be worth in my birth?

I carry my head like a basket of eggs.

 

Published online: Snakeskin (UK), April 2016

No No Nse Nse

 

No

No 

Nse

Nse

And things like that

May look like nonsense

But there is

No 

No 

Nse

Nse

 

Published online: Snakeskin, UK, August 2008

 

 

Robin Helweg-Larsen is British-born but Bahamian-raised. His chapbook "Calling The Poem" is available as a free download from Snakeskin Poetry Webzine, issue 236. He lives in Governor's Harbour on Eleuthera.

Better than Starbucks began wholly as a creation in my mind. Now the wonderful collaboration of six dedicated editors is creating a monthly magazine that I could have only dreamed about when I was starting out as a one person organization.

 

Having said that, there are no direct connections between U Penn, Al Filreis, KWH (Kelly Writers House), ModPo (Modern & Contemporary American Poetry), or any of the actual affiliated programs to ModPo and this magazine, other than I have been a part of ModPo for several years now. There is, however, a strong spiritual and intellectual connection between BTS and ModPo.

 

If I had not gotten involved in the larger community of ModPo, I don't think I would have restarted a literary publication. I am certain I would not have added a Formal & Rhyming Page, and probably not a Translations page. I have a pretty narrow preference for poetry, but the course and the people at ModPo have expanded my view of poetry to the point that I decided if I could find good people to help me do it, we would make BTS as broad of a source of styles and genres as possible. We have been fortunate to establish a team of talented editors and are in the process of an ever expanding quest to find poetry wherever it may be.

Thus, it seems fitting that we dedicate a page to my fellow students at ModPo, and/or anyone who wants to share experimental poems. The thing about experiments is, they often fail, but as the point is to learn, not to create perfection, even failed experiments in the lab or on this page, will offer something for us, if we will find it. and when the experiment doesn't fail... well, you will see! - Anthony Watkins

Pen America
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