Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Colours Journal in Print

The Print issue has finally been released today. You can check it out HERE at our Issues page. There is a link to the site to buy the actual print journal and below it is a link to download a free PDF version of the journal.

I hope you guys are excited and please feel free to share the link with your friends and family. We would very much like to get the word out for Colours Journal.

On a side note I am wondering how many of you are actually considering ordering a print issue, if you don't mind me asking.

Lastly, if you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact me.

Thank you for joining me in this journey thus far.

Donovan Martinez
Colours Journal

Thursday, December 19, 2013

The Laughing Dog Issue 22 - 2013

The feeling I had when opening the envelop containing issue 22 of the Laughing Dog -- an Arizona based journal of poetry published by Subsynchronous Press -- was that of some nostalgia, mixed with pleasure of course, and a hint of relief as well.

Pleasure is obvious. I am always enchanted to have work published all around the world. Relief because I wondered if I would receive this copy one day as I have been moving a lot these last few years and could not remember what actual address the editors had with them.

Nostalgia, yes, sweet and prickly at the same time

Memories of the late 90s early 2000s when mgversion2>datura was still called Mauvaise graine and was printed on paper, photocopied from the local printer's. I receive some French journal that are still printed that way, journals I used to submit, and still submit to from time to time, journals I contributed to quite often and whose editors are long-time correspondent. Journals I like and to which I subscribed because supporting small presses is something every editors and writers or poets should do, despite the lack of money sometimes. Editing a literary journal is costly, especially when it is printed. Usually, the price charged by the editor does not even cover the cost of sending the copies for one year, even with a subscription plan.

Besides, this journal was started in 2000, the year when I place Mauvaise graine in hiatus before it all started again two years after, online, and re-baptized. That felt also strange to realize that my journal had been put to an undefined sleep at the time and that another one, across the Atlantic and most of the northern American continent had been given life.

Anyway, I really felt like being sent back some twenty or at least fifteen years ago when I received the 2013 issue of the Laughing Dog in which appear two poems -- "Here We Go Again" and "A Cycle" from the unpublished collection The Loss from which many poems have already been published here and there and others will be in the near future.

I am also proud to have my work and name appearing alongside with such poets as Valentina Cano, J.J; Steinfeld, Lyn Lifshin, A.J. Huffman, Apryl Salzano, and so many others whose talent I am happy to have discovered in these humble but so precious pages.

Thank you Hillary Lyon and Warren Andrle, Laughing Dog editors. You do a brilliant and crafty job.


Current issues are $5.00 each, back issues are $3.00. Unfortunately, some issue are out of stock. For orders and queries, contact us at Subsyncpress@Gmail.com. Please put “Orders” in the subject line. We do not do subscriptions at this time.

Laughing Dog Issue 22, 2013

Jeffrey C. Alfier, Valentina Cano, Joseph Friedrichs, Ray Greenblatt, Gerald Grubbs, Dawnell Harrison, Robert Head, A.J. Huffman, B.J. Jones, Joan Payne Kincaid, Lyn Lifshin, Patrick Longe, Mark J. Mitchell, BZ Niditch, Anne Britting Oleson, Simon Perchik, Richard King Perkins II, Walter Ruhlmann, Dennis Saleh, April Salzano, Dawn Schout, J. J. Steinfeld, MK Sukach, Davide Trame, Stephen Witty

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Traction-Brabant Décembre 2013

Not writing much in French any more, I submitted translation into French of some of the poems written in English in the past couple of years. Patrice Maltaverne, editor of the poetry-zine Traction-brabant published "Keeping Couched" from the collection The Year the World Ended... Not which might be published some time next year by Robocup Press, though I am awaiting confirmation.
It is most likely that more poems from these collections -- already published or not -- will be translated into the French language and submitted to French editors, at least to those with whom I want to work, and there are so few of them now.
Traction-brabant's blog is here.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Lummox Magazine Issue 2 Pre-Order

LUMMOX#2 cover

The second annual LUMMOX Anthology is due out on November 15, 2013. This is the PLACE issue…poems about PLACE, whether it be geographic or nostalgic or emotional, PLACE is a powerful motivator, as the nearly 180 poets demonstrate.

Also in this issue are interviews with Kevin P. Sullivan (co-founder of the San Luis Obispo Poetry Festival, marking it’s 30th year in 2013); Mark Doty (former U.S. Poet Laureate); Judith Skillman (author of Broken Lines – The Art & Craft of Poetry) and Anne MacNaughton & Peter Rabbit (founders of the Taos Poetry Circus).

Rounding out this 222 page issue are essays on the craft of writing by Dan Fante, Daniel McGinn, Laura Muñoz-Larbig, Joe Chandler, Simon Perchik; while Norman Olson muses about art & Phil Woods muses about the late poet Lew Welch. And a number of reviews by Christopher Barnes, Michael Basinski, Nancy Shiffrin, Jared Smith, Alvaro Cardova – Hine, Norman Olson & RD Armstrong.

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Monday, November 4, 2013

One Time Thirteen in Futures Trading 1.3

Friends of Futures:

Futures Trading 1.3 has just gone live. Our newest issue features Nels Hanson, Craig Evenson, Christina Murphy, Ben Nardolilli, Howie Good, Samy Sfoggia, Jake Sheff, Jude Conlee, Elena Botts, Vernon Frazer, Gerard Sarnat, Bryan O'Connell, Mark Young, Eleanor Leonne Bennett, M.A. Schaffner, Walter Ruhlmann, O. Howard Winn, Boona Daroom, Gale Acuff, Barry Spacks, Christopher Mulrooney, Ron Singer, and Billy Cancel.


--Caleb Puckett

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Black Coffined Things in the November Issue of Poetic Diversity

Volume 10 number 2 November 2013

 It's our 10th anniversary of publication! To date, we've published almost 700 poets, writers, and artists in 27 issues. Over the last decade, we've published two anthologies, held celebratory readings, wept over the deaths of some of our contributors, seen editorial staff come and go, and helped to build a literary cornerstone for Los Angeles. In October 2003, as Reggie Ige and I spent many hours crafting the first issue, I don't think that we quite knew what we were doing. Actually, I can only speak for myself; Reggie is a genius! Through trial and error, and lots of hard-won lessons, we will continue - for as long as there's poetry and art and internet services - to publish poeticdiversity. Now, for some announcements. We've updated our submissions rules. You can find them on the toolbar above this introduction. Frequent contributor and amazing poet Deborah Edler Brown, served as guest editor for this issue. Thank you, Deborah, for taking the time to choose quality work, and for making the anniversary issue a knock-out! Also, welcome to our new art editor, Mauricio Alejandro Ramos aka Pardoxius. This year, we've nominated poets and writers for The Best of the Net (Sundress Publications), and Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Press Awards. This is never an easy decision. Every poem and short story published by us is worth a nomination. After much deliberation, here are the nominees: Best of the Net (2014): Creative Non-fiction: George Korolog's “Easter Rant.” Fiction: Meg Pokrass' “211 Burial Lane”, and Max Dunbar's “I'm the Screen.” Poetry: Janine Canan's “Watery World,” James G Piatt's “The Night Frog,” David Scriven's “More Like a Lightning Bolt With Eyes,” Mary Torregrossa's “Wayfarer,” Daniela Voicu's “Surfing Silence,” and Alicia Winski's “she (moves like a) butterfly.” Pushcart: Best of the Small Press (2014): Fiction: J de Salvo's “Excerpt from American Holidays. Literary Essay: Deborah L. Warner's “Two Perspectives Across a Dinner Table." Poetry: G. Murray Thomas' "Charlie Brown in the Strip Club," Diane Dehler's “Children of the Poppy," John MacKenna's "Crows," and David Scriven's "Stranger." Enjoy this issue! Featured Poets:Rose Mary Boehm, Merrill Cole, t. joseph dunn, Alex Johnson, John MacKenna, Robbie Nestor, David Scriven, John W. Sexton, G. Murray Thomas, toren wallace, and Alicia Winski. Prose Feature: J de Salvo. Contributing Poets/Writers: Lynn Albanese,Jonathan Beale, Michael Caylo-Baradi, Charles Claymore, Christiane Conesa-Bostock, Flavia Cosma, Gareth Davies, Diane Dehler, Maurice Devitt, Tyler Dupuis, Sabrina Edwards, Neil Ellman, R.M. Engelhardt, Rebecca Gimblett, Jeffrey Graessley, John Grey, James Hall, AJ Huffman, Eric Lawson, Lee Mason, Deborah McCreath-Akbar, Karen McDonnell,Tom O'Reilley, Angel Uriel Perales, Meg Pokrass, Frank Praeger, John Richmond, Kevin Ridgeway, Walter Ruhlmann, Howard Sage, John Saunders, Allen Taylor, Sarah Thursday, and Daniela Voicu. Artist-In-Residence: Mauricio Alejandro Ramos aka Paradoxius. Interviews/Essays/Reviews: Carol Smallwood interviews Foster Neil, editor/founder of The Michigan Poet; Deborah L. Warner shares her views on the importance of writing erotica in “Two Perspectives Across a Dinner Table; Jack G. Bowman reviews Bob Byron's short film Rape; book reviews on Shaindel Beers' The Children's War, and klipschultz's Drawn and Quartered Moon; and another installment from G. Murray Thomas's ongoing series a personal history of rock' 'n' roll. Enjoy the rest of 2013. See you all in April 2014!
Marie Lecrivain executive editor poeticdiversity

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Prose Poem Continuum in Hirschworth

With "Filth" unpublished and "Resurgence" lately published in Colours Journal, "Continuum" is one of the latest poems I wrote. It was published last September 12 in the online magazine Hirschworth.
I have several writing projects in progress one of them is a collection of prose poems.
Soon more to come!

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Three New Poems in a New Journal

Donovan Martinez should have launched The Electric Poet last year but things never happen the way they should, or seldom. So he waited to see life in the prism of a rainbow, just like me, and decided to start this brand new publication Colours Journal where three of my poems 7x13, 8x13 and Resurgence appear. This is a very nice looking online journal and the photograph by Eleanor Bennett are rightly illustrating these prose poems. The whole thing here.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Father's Day

Tom & Eve O'Reilly did it. I am always a bit suspicious when submitting to a "fledgling market" as Duotrope call them. I have had frustrating experiences with issue-one-releases from various journals which ended up not showing at all. I think the frustration is even worse when a journal actually appears and publishes one or two issues then disappears in the limbo of small press.

Anyway, here is the first issue of Deep Water Literary Journal -- Word from darkness, and it is not a surprise if I submitted there, my poetry not being the most exhilarating or hilarious of all I must admit honestly.

"Father's Day" from my collection The Loss is now online at Deep Water Literary Journal and I have to thank Tom & Eve for this choice which, as you know it, has a huge importance to me. Thank you to Marie Lecrivain -- Poetic Diversity, California -- for promoting this issue and compliment my work as a poet.

Monday, September 9, 2013

Ygdrasil September Issue

There is another collection from which many poems have been published this year. The Loss is about loosing it all, loosing my father, self-confidence, among other things.
The four poems Klaus J. Gerken accepted are "Arborescence", "My German Shepherd", "Two Sights of You", and "Craving for More".

Three of them are bout my father who passed away last February and can be read online here. The journal itself publishes so many talented poets that checking all back issues is never a waste of time. All issues are archived on Ygdrasil's website

The last poems from The Year the World Ended... Not published

There is this English poetry journal in which I appeared a few times and that is going to disappear. Michelle Foster has done a brilliant work with Inclement since 2000. The poems published are "What Hides in the Bathroom Drawer", "Crusty Dusk" and "Another Day Out"

The work done by Michelle will stop soon as she decided to put an end to Inclement for personal reasons which anyone around here can only accept and understand. There are so many reasons why a person might be discouraged or just feel overwhelmed by such a task as editing.

I had to put Mauvaise graine in hiatus for two years before the itch came back and I decided to launch the journal again.

Many fellow poets I know were published in this excellent journal. people such as Christopher Barnes, A.J. Huffmann, Sam Rapth, Howie Good, J.J. Steinfeld, G. David Schwartz, Christopher Mulrooney just to name a few.

For all she did for our work, thank you Michelle and I hope the itch will come back to you as soon as possible.

Inclement's website and Michelle Foster's website

Monday, August 26, 2013

Pyrokinection: Three Poems by Walter Ruhlmann

Pyrokinection: Three Poems by Walter Ruhlmann: Three Times Thirteen – Black Balloon, The Kills Quarter pounders, a full plate of coleslaw, soda chips, crisps, chocolate coated biscuits, ...

With a soundtrack

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

From Below I Call on MadSwirl Poetry Forum

Here's what's swirlin' today in our Poetry Forum...

"From Below I Call" by contributing poet Walter Ruhlmann

To write a few lines not to be forgotten,
oblivion comes first with fruit and bread.
The corridors of the sanatorium has blue
tiles reminding me of the fluff of an auk.
Mosaist Mozart mortadelle Morte d'Arthur
These walls of uncertainties, doubtful
moments. Sometimes they crash onto
my bed, my head full of visions, these
dreams taking me far away from here...

To read the rest of this poem and MORE mad poetry, please visit www.MadSwirl.com!

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Adam Henry Carriere: Up the Staircase Interview

Publisher of Lazarus Media -- the one that published Carmine Carnival last February -- and editor of Danse Macabre Adam Henry Carriere has given an interview in issue 21 of Up the Staircase. You can find it here.

Sunday, July 7, 2013

The Poem "Meat" in mgv2_73... of course

Also available from calaméo.com and lulu.com

This poem is from the collection The Year the World Ended... Not to be published maybe one day, hopefully and which foreword will be written by acclaimed Canadian poet Karla Linn Merrifield.

Saturday, June 22, 2013

L'horizon des peupliers

Illustration by Michel Ruhlmann
This is the title in French of a short collection of poems about and written right after – I think the very same night – I definitely came back from Manchester. My parents had crossed England to come and pick me up in the north of Prestwich where I used to work as a sales assistant at Tesco's.

The Horizon of the Poplar Trees was published as supplement to one of the issues of Mauvaise graine in 1998. This collection is mainly about what I had left in France after leaving and who I had left in England after coming back. It is also about my father a lot.

Some of you know he passed away last February and you can all imagine the blow that was – it was totally unexpected despite his old age – and how hard it is still for me to recover from it.

One of the last collections being under consideration at several publishers – sorry guys but I do submit simultaneously because I cannot stand waiting for months for an answer – The Year the World Ended... Not hosts the translation in English of this collection. Besides, the whole lot was republished in issue 54 of the French poetry journal Comme en poésie.

Thank you Jean-Pierre Lesieur for giving the opportunity to these poems to live a fresh new life and to have resuscitated them from the drawer.

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Three Fresh Poems on Chicago Literati

It seems I have something with the city of Chicago. As if the city itself drew me close to it. It is the second time - as far as I know - that some of my poems are published in a media related to Chicago. There were some poems from my collection Maore (Lapwing Publications, 2013) published in The North Chicago Review late December 2012. It is now on a blog run by Abby Sheaffer - Chicago Literati - with three poems from a brand new collection I am currently working on.
These poems from The Loss (those of you who know how difficult the last few months were will understand straight what I am talking about) are "Cold Mornings", "Revisiting Tracy" (this poem relates to a previous poem, "Tracy" first published in Inclement from England Suite, the complement to Maore) and "Your Left Buttock".

More poems from this new collection in progress were recently published in A New Ulster and Futures Trading earlier this month. More to come later this year.

The poems and Abby Sheaffer's blog are here.

Friday, May 17, 2013

More Poems This Month in Futures Trading

"I'm pleased to announce the debut of Futures Trading. The issue features a diverse range of writing, including pieces by Dan Thomas-Glass, Britton Gildersleeve, Maryam Chahine, Mark Young, Kevin Rabas, Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg, Grant Jenkins, Sheila e. Black, Robin J. Morrison, Karen Ohnesorge, and Walter Ruhlmann. Take a look at http://futurestradinglit.weebly.com/"

Caleb Puckett who published his volume of X & Friends -- In Mixed Company last month has just launched a new online review of poetry: Futures Trading.
I am pleased to have three poems -- "Oxen", "Infatuating Tune" and "The Loss" -- published in this brand new journal.

Sunday, May 5, 2013

A New Ulster Issue 8 May 2013

Many great poets in this issue: Klepetar, Lecrivain, Pallai and Olson among others. I have three freshly written poems in it and I invite you to check and read this wonderful journal of poetry from Northern Ireland.

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Poised in Flight Kind of a Hurricane Press Anthology

Available in Paperback from Amazon.com ($7.50 plus S&H)

Poised In Flight (198 pages) is our first anthology of 2013, we asked the writing community to ponder the theme “wings,” and they rose to the occasion brilliantly. Several delved into the fantastical flights and follies of mythical icons. Some took us on metaphorical flights of passage and transcendence. Others pulled us along on their interpretations of more conventional trips. From our record number of submissions, we have compiled what we believe to be our most layered collection yet, laden with talent. There is something here for everyone.

Features: A Wing can Cover all Sorts of Things and PMT3

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Carmine Carnival from Lazarus Press

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Succumb to the irresistible mythologies built around the beauty of evil. Surrender to the temptations of the flesh, its vampiric shades, its mouth-watering energy. And submit to the epistolary colour Red: blood, wine, sex, desire, fire...in Walter Ruhlmann’s haunting yet sanguine collection of poetry, CARMINE CARNIVAL. -- Pasquale Goldberg, Lazarus Media Publisher


Walter is both a young and experienced poet as regards to his commitment to contemporary poetry as he has been editing the journal mgversion2>datura since 1996. His natural independent mind drives him to look at the poetry from other parts of the world, mostly poetry in English, from these lands of islands and sun sometimes, a poetry he translates and renders to us as many proofs of his yearning for freedom.
Patrice Maltaverne, French publisher, reviewer and poet. Edits the journal Traction-Brabant and runs Editions du Citron gare.

Walter Ruhlmann is a writer and a poet definitely turned toward poetry in the English language, that is to say misunderstood or ignored by French poetry circles that do not like real life poetry maybe, poetry of living a man's life in all its dimensions, with so many of them and so rich by the way, without the need to go and fetch whatever, wherever, that would make it more “poetic”. Walter's pen is wide enough to dig as much beauty in the language as crudeness in the existence. His own existence is his creative soil and he does not hesitate to call a puss a pussy and a dick a dick. Yet, he stands away from the common, self-centered authors. Through his journal mgversion2datura, he, especially but not only, likes and is interested in the others' work, even if it's not always his cup of tea, but his mind reflects his pen: it is wide and open – stinginess being certainly kept for more intimate and rather private pleasures.
Cathy Garcia, visual artist, poet and editor of Nouveaux délits.
Walter Ruhlmann is a poet who writes with wit and intelligence. His poetry is vivid and accessible full of sharp bright images that invite you into his world and then takes you down roads that trick, amuse and surprise. He sits a little outside of mainstream in so far as his poetry is not trite or obvious, he is someone I enjoy reading and one of those names I look for when a magazine drops through the door.
Jim Bennett, poet, editor of The Poetry Kit website www.poetrykit.org
Walter Ruhlmann is a poet of intersecting universes, a connoisseur and composer of watchful nights, a procreator and juggler of sensual and philosophical discoveries. The gravitational field of his poetry unfolds like the appeal of an ocean echoing the voices of never ceasing questions and restless doubts. His multi-faceted, simultaneously classical and avant-garde oeuvre is a constant impelling force to dedicate our lives to perfecting our perceptive and transcendental worlds while incorporating the tangible, bodily realms as well in order to become the carnal apotheosis of millenary poetical quests.
Károly Sándor Pallai, editor in chief of Vents alizés (Seychelles) http://ventsalizes.wix.com/revue

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Carabosse's Cannabis Cannelloni

Carabosse's Cannabis Cannelloni is now posted on Clutching at Straws poetry blog.

Thanks to the editor Shawn Misener who considered publishing this poem that dates back from early 2012 and is part of the collection Carmine Carnival that is under consideration at many publishers.

Hope to see it published one day.

Another one published in revue Landes from the French collection Névralgies (Neuralgia).

Oh! The Visa, first published in the original English in Poetry Super Highway, translated into French, appears in Traction-Brabant 50, February 2013, under the title La visa.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Yellow Mamma Valentine 2013 Issue

February 2013 Issue Cover
Find plenty of good work by many artists and my poem Outing, from Caves Full of Absence.

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Requiem February 2013 Volume II Issue 2

Charles Byrne


Robert King

~Asking God to Change
~The Old Poets Home

Tonianne Druckman

~Borderline Personality Disorder
~Little Did I Know
~It's Fucking Winter in New York City

Walter Ruhlmann

~Genesis Revisited

Annmarie Lockhart


William Ogden Haynes

~At the Lake When I Was Young
~When Worlds Collide

Elan Webster

~Oh, Idaho

Vents Alizés Numéro 2

Retrouvez deux poèmes inédits $hare et Sur un coup de tête, ainsi que l'intégralité des Observatoires nocturnes. Je ne m'attendais pas à tant. Quelle équipe! Et quel directeur de publication! Le site de la revue: http://ventsalizes.wix.com/revue

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Friday, February 1, 2013

Maore Now Out

Maore (From Mayotte) followed by England Suite

[...] won
a one way flight
to Maore
on April Fools' Day.”

“Flash Back” excerpt, Walter Ruhlmann, Maore

Walter Ruhlmann
Published by Lapwing Publications, Belfast.
60 pp/ £10

People get tired of social realism, they want fantasy and poetry is romantic fantasy. Reading your Maore poems there is a mixture of brutality, romance and fantasy.

Dennis Greig, Lapwing Publications, Belfast

Thursday, January 31, 2013

To Walk Published in Otoliths 28

It's very warm. There was blue sky yesterday & more predicted, but the river is due to peak later on today at major flood levels. The highways to the west & southwest are both cut, & the main highway south has only just reopened & is only passable with "extreme caution." There are minimal fruit & vegetables available apart from some local pineapples, fresh bread & milk are rationed to one loaf / container per customer at the local supermarket, eggs & meat are scarce, & bottled water & longlife milk are gone almost immediately they arrive. The fiber-optic cable & its backup connecting this part of the world with the southern parts of the continent were both washed away over the weekend which meant no internet or cell phone connectivity for several days, though they've now been restored.

But the USPS insists that the journal must go through. So, with no further fanfare, the summer, 2013 issue of Otoliths—#28—has just gone live, with work from Alexander Jorgensen, Paul Dickey, Felino A. Soriano, Alexandra Yurkovsky, Jim Meirose, Simon Perchik, nick-e melville, Tim Suermondt, Mark Melnicove, Adam Aitken, bruno neiva, Philip Byron Oakes, Dane Karnick, Howie Good, Walter Ruhlmann, John Crouse, M. Pfaff, John M. Bennett, William Garvin, Michael Farrell, Willie Smith, Jack Galmitz, Craig Scott, Raymond Farr, Carlyle Baker, Patrick James Dunagan, Sheila E. Murphy, Reed Altemus, Micah Cavaleri, Tom Beckett, Tony Brinkley, Bobbi Lurie, Tom Pescatore, Cecelia Chapman, Tony Beyer, Lakey Comess, George McKim, Steven D. Stark, Orchid Tierney, David Dick, Colin Herd, Michael Caylo-Baradi, Lee Slonimsky, Chris D'Errico, Susan Gangel & Terry Turrentine, Catherine Vidler, John Pursch, Stephen Nelson, Leigh Herrick, Jeff Harrison, Volodymyr Bilyk, Charles Freeland & Rosaire Appel, Márton Koppány, Alyson Miller, sean burn, Donna Fleischer, Bogdan Puslenghea, Paul Pfleuger, Jr., Joel Chace, Bob Heman, Scott Metz, Ed Baker, J. D. Nelson, Nicolette Wong, Michael Brandonisio, Lance Newman, Sam Moginie, Kit Kennedy, Samit Roy, Sam Langer, Aditya Bahl, Cherie Hunter Day, Shazia Hafiz Ramji, & Michael Gottlieb.

& never one to let the opportunity for a pun pass by, let's just say that this issue's come out under floodlit conditions.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Des poèmes en français dans Le livre à disparaître

Extrait de la présentation sur le site:
"Pourquoi disparaître ?
Fondée en 2012, Le Livre à disparaître est une revue littéraire consacrée au thème de la disparition.

Polygénérique, elle publie de la fiction, de la poésie contemporaine et des textes plus expérimentaux. Elle accueille des écrivains reconnus et de nouveaux auteurs. Des créations visuelles s’intègrent également à l’ensemble.

Revue-concept en forme de one shot, la revue a pour particularité - en corrélation avec son thème - d’être éphémère et de disparaître après la publication de son premier et unique numéro.

Elle est gratuitement consultable et téléchargeable dans sa version numérique. On peut également la commander dans sa version papier.

Directeur de publication : Romain Giordan
Copyright : les auteurs/Le Livre à disparaître
Illustrations site : Anne Van der Linden"

Lire la revue
Version numérique (gratuite) :
Feuilleter la revue

Version papier :
Commander la revue 

Monday, January 21, 2013

Saluvas from Maore in the NCR

Almost two years after its acceptance and eighteen months after being published in Revival Poetry Journal, Dublin, this poem has finally been published in the North Chicago Review. It was a time when I submitted simultaneously the same poems to several publishers/editors just to make sure they would be accepted.
I still do mind you, but try to be more careful not to have the same poem accepted by two different publishers: north-American editors don't like it. I guess their laws are tighter than European's.

I spotted many other poets I am most acquainted with: Christopher Barnes, Ay'ara Stein and SJ Fowler.

You can order a copy of this review from their website.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Poésies incomplètes, Régis Belloeil, éditions Le Citron Noir

Il m'arrive trop peu souvent d'écrire des notes de lecture sur les livres que je lis. J'avais arrêté cette activité lorsque je m'étais pris un mur de face il y a plusieurs années, juste avant de mettre mauvaise graine en sommeil et qu'elle ne renaisse sous le titre mgversion2>datura.

Je le fais en réalité volontiers lorsqu'il s'agit de livres dont les auteurs sont des personnes que je connais au moins un peu soit parce que je les fréquente depuis plusieurs années dans une correspondance suivie, soit parce que j'ai eu l'opportunité de les publier, voire les deux.

Il m'est arrivé de publier Régis Belloeil dans les pages de mgversion2>datura. J'aime cette écriture simple, sans fioriture mais qui n'a pas peur des poils qui dépassent. Régis amènent son lecteur à des hauteurs éthérées, des beautés insoupçonnées, "Elisa" est un poème émouvant au plus haut point, mais il ne s'agit pas que d'émotion et de sentiments, mais bel et bien de pensées, de réflexions -- pas comme des brèves de comptoir mais du verbe réfléchir -- avant de le faire plonger de nouveau, le lecteur, dans le médiocre du quotidien, le morne, le triste, le sale, le désespoir, lui qui n'est "que lucide, incapable d'oublier/Crasse, égouts, béton/Emprisonnés/Sous la lumière des néons".

Ce chaud/froid, ces montagnes russes peuvent mettre mal à l'aise, surtout si la lecture a lieu un dimanche soir, période de la semaine la plus propice au spleen, mais aussi celle qui saura mieux nous faire pénétrer les abîmes d'un poète qui ne donne plus l'impression de croire en grand chose "J'ai cru pouvoir tout supporter/jusqu'au jour où je me suis réveillé/Habité par la haine."

Les images fortes qu'utilise Régis, je les admire: "Ma vie est cette petite fille/Aux yeux crevés/ Béant sur le monde." Je les envie même, elles sont si cinglantes qu'on s'y blesse parfois les yeux, le lecteur doit écarter le livre de son regard, le poser, attendre que la pensée, la vision s'échappe; le mal apaisé, la lecture peut reprendre.

Il y a une ou des femmes qui traversent ce recueil, mais sans jamais s'y arrêter, ou pour en partir, toujours.

La mort n'est jamais loin non plus: "Ma mort/ sera d'une beauté/ à couper au couteau" écrit le poète dans le poème "Ma mort". Il écrit aussi "Kill" - envie de tuer? Simple constat de la mort dans toute sa beauté froide et sanglante?  - "La mort électrique", et cette mort que le poète souhaiterait "Un dimanche/ Les magasins sont fermés/On s'fait chier/ Y'a que Drucker à la télé".

Il est aussi question de fantômes, d'ivresse et de doute.

Pourtant, il y a aussi de la vie dans ce recueil. La vie des autres, la vie des jeunes gens, de la jeunesse insolente desquels le poète est peut-être envieux, ou nostalgique. Ne dit-il pas: "Tu aurais souhaité/ Conserver en toi/ L'éclat de la jeunesse". Oui, nous vieillissons tous, et ça fait chier, mais ainsi va la vie. Etre fataliste ou hurler cette frustration d'entrer en décomposition encore debout, de savoir que l'inéluctable approche un peu plus de jour en jour. Régis a fait son choix.

La poésie de Régis est un couteau qui tourne dans une plaie béante - il n'y a pas de mal à se faire de bien, il n'y a pas de mal à se faire de mal non plus. Le masochisme est parfois nécessaire pour ne pas oublier que nous sommes des êtres vivants, doués de conscience sinon de raison et cette souffrance nous rappelle à notre condition humaine fragile et parfois si désespérante.

Régis Belloeil, Poésies incomplètes, éditions Le citron noir. Illustrations de Mathilde Lartige.

Friday, January 4, 2013

Best Wishes En Route for 2013

Maore art cover
What better way to start a new year than wishing people all around anything that can contribute to their happiness. A happy, wealthy, healthy, creative year to everyone that reads that blog, and all the others who certainly will one day.

Many things happened while I was away for some time. First, another poem from The Year the World Ended Not -- Mud Pie on My Mind -- was published by The Red Poppy Review here. That's another of Sandy Benitez' publications, she lately accepted another excerpt from this collection which foreword will be written by Karla Linn Merrifield -- a usual contributor to mgversion2>datura. She accepted to give her talented quill a go at this difficult task that writing a foreword for a book is.
Thank you Karla.

Then, I found more excerpts from my collection of poems in French Post Mayotte Trauma in Cathy Garcia's Nouveaux délits, issue 44, 2013 first term. This collection should also be published by Lapwing with a foreword by Patrice Maltaverne some time this year or the next maybe.

Indeed, Dennis Greig has kept his word and will publish Maore (from Mayotte) is a very short while.
This is so exciting. See cover above.

I owe all these people, and more, a lot, really.

This drives me to think about two of them with whom I started in that weird business of independent publishing. Thierry Piet and Frédéric Maire. I know Thierry is out there, somewhere, doing his business and running his blog, but I haven't had news from him for years. Frederic passed away exactly 10 years ago this year in September.

They both trusted in me and my writing and Frédéric who ran Press-Stances - both a journal and publishing business - published the collection that gives its name to this blog: L'orchidée noctambule, The Night Orchid.