April 2018 Vol. III No. IV
Not your ordinary poetry magazine!
If good coffee (or just the concept of coffee), great books, sharp wit, and great authors excite you, we are for you!
ModPo & Experimental Poetry
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/
gravity holds us here
in one place,
life's short journey—
Life thrives be
snow piles up
on a deep blue
glacial divide wide
spring melts in
slithering down a
they emerge in
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.
icy tile, checkered stone
BING! BING! BING! BING!
muffled grunting, shadowed faces
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
"Exit to Hallway"
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.
Sometimes California or the March Set
by Anthony Watkins
by Anthony Watkins
Games Poets Play
by ModPo Students
My outside stroking your inside
Your inside gloving my outside
My outside stroking your
Inside gloving my
My your my your my your
Published online: Fifth International Anthology on Paradoxism, January 2007
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
And things like that
May look like nonsense
But there is
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