Palabras fantásticas #1: Quimérico 

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¿Qué puedes hacer cuando en lo existencial están las necesidades básicas de la peregrinación por

un mundo que vive y muere; que lucha y se revienta y se levanta; que padece

injusticias que latigan a esa cañinque masa muscular, templo del alma, confeccionada por

Él en un arrebato de amor? Nutrirte hasta saciar todos los sentidos y

regresar por unos

instantes extensos al mundo quimérico en el templo

craneal y peregrinar

omnipotente y omnisciente por la creación que transmutarás en símbolos plasmados en lo existencial.


Quimérico: adj. Fabulo, fingido o imaginado (RAE). Lo fantástico e irreal. Existe en la imaginación.

Nos leemos el pronto.

A.R. ROMÁN

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Poesý 2014 presents Rich Villar’s Headstones

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A second taste on Rich Villar’s poetry: “Headstones” is an elegy for my sister and the boys and girls that my family and I found buried alongside her, too young, at a cemetery in New Jersey in 2007.

Headstones

East Ridgelawn Cemetery
Passaic, New Jersey, April 2007.

Pop is reading headstones.  

Catechism rises in him
from somewhere long buried.

The litany of saints inside his cheek:

José Medina.
Jorge Antonio González. Marisol Vélez.

He stops and reads
one black slab adorned
with the Dominican flag.

Angel Luis Gutierrez.  1987-2006.

He says it out loud: nineteen.  

Something says to mark this.

His exhale is five hundred years.  

We came to mark the anniversary
of my sister’s death. Lillies, a white planter.
A tulip bulb. Ten smooth stones in a circle.
Now we stand on freshly turned earth, reciting
the names of boys and girls who should be home,

home. Right now, tasting soup,eyes closing at the sudden sun,
or remembering last night’s kissed lips,
running and not running, making a mess.

Three grandchildren make noise in the cemetery.
We leave stones to mark our presence.
A groundskeeper waits to clear them away.

All rights reserved by Rich Villar

Poesý 2014 presents Rich Villar’ Conversations with Julia

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Rich Villar is the author of COMPREHENDING FOREVER (Willow Books, 2014). He has been quoted on Latino literature and culture by both The New York Times and the Daily News, and his poetry and essays have appeared in such journals as Black Renaissance Noire, Hanging Loose, and Union Station. His poem, “Conversations with Julia,” for our fantasy theme, is an imagined conversation between the poet and Julia de Burgos.
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Conversation with Julia

You colored the air green with the rain in my hair,
drew blue dancers beneath each puff of steam. 

¿y dices que no eres poeta?

Do you know poets who sell insurance policies? 

los poetas mueren joven con los vendedores. piensalo bien

Did it hurt when they cut your legs off? 

hacen años me cortáron las piernas. 
ten cuida’o que no te hagan igual.

Did you mean to reference bochinche
when you held the torch to your effigy? 

cuéntame otra vez de los flamboyanes
que tus ojos no han visto. 

Julia, you will not be dead until they elect
the Puerto Rican President of the United States. 

viviré cuando eligen
un presidente puertorriqueño de puerto rico.

How do you write a love poem? 

dime del colibrí volando al lado de tú papa
.

How do undress a woman? 

comprale su vestida verde

Is this the street you died on, Julia? 

yo nací en las bocas de tus hermanas,
en las tumbas de los dictadores
.

All rights reserved by Rich Villar

Poesý 2014 presents Michael Muller’s Destiny’s Flow Redeemed

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Michael Muller,  age 45, is a Venezuelan American poet from New York and band director at South Lewis Central School. I encourage you to visit his blog where you can find some of his works, http://www.migueltio.wordpress.com.  Also at http://www.facebook.com/michael.muller.5074644/notes.

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Here is his poem for our Fantasy Theme!

“Destiny’s Flow Redeemed”

Gentle rains falling
over the river Styx
at a time late at night
as the ferryman awaits.

The ferryman paid
with gold pesetas
waves open the gate
as the passenger awaits.

The passenger enters
the downtrodden ferry
beginning a dreary journey
as Hades awaits.

Hades desires another
soul to live eternally
across The River Styx
whose current never waits.

The current begins
to change direction away
from the underworld toward
the rock where destiny awaits.

Destiny moves forward
as the ferry flows
toward the rock
where seven pixies await.

Seven beautiful pixies
desire to possess the oncoming
passenger as their
combined energies await.

Seven energies strong
project a light that
stops the rain
as their hearts dearly await.

Seven hearts beating
as pixies now enter the ferry
escorting the passenger
to where passion awaits.

Passion ignites fusion
of love between pixies
and a passenger revived whose
underworld destiny no longer awaits.

Meanwhile the ferryman
returns to accepting
payments of those whom Hades again
so hopefully awaits.

All rights reserved by Michael Muller

Poesý 20/10 Ed. August 2014: Fantasy Poetry

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It’s Poesý 20/10 season again!

Welcome back, friends, to Poesý’s August 2014 Edition. The theme for this year is Fantastic (or fantasy) Poetry and we have three great poets who took the challenge and wrote amazing poetry inspired by our Fantasy Theme. Poesý is welcoming back Michael Muller and Bernice Sosa, and new comer to our event Rich Villar. You will learn more about them during the event that starts tomorrow. On the first day, you’ll read their Fantasy poem and on the second, a free theme one.

An introduction to Fantastic Poetry is at hand, which has been part of our literature for the longest time. It is part of the genre of Speculative poetry, which “focusses on fantastic, science fictional and mythological themes. It is also known as science fiction poetry or fantastic poetry. It is distinguished from other poetic genres by being categorized by its subject matter, rather than by the poetry’s form. Suzette Haden Elgin defined the genre as about a reality that is in some way different from the existing reality (Wikipeida)”.

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Here are two examples of this genre, so you can get a sense of it.

J. R. R. Tolkien is one of my favorite authors, he also was a poet and you may find some of his Fantasy Poetry in his books. This one is so beautiful and has a serene flow to it:

Journey’s End

In western lands beneath the Sun
The flowers may rise in Spring,
The trees may bud, the waters run,
The merry finches sing.
Or there maybe ’tis cloudless night,
And swaying branches bear
The Elven-stars as jewels white
Amid their branching hair.

Though here at journey’s end I lie
In darkness buried deep,
Beyond all towers strong and high,
Beyond all mountains steep,
Above all shadows rides the Sun
And Stars for ever dwell:
I will not say the Day is done,
Nor bid the Stars farewell.


– See more at: http://allpoetry.com/

This second one is from William Allingham and it has a Gothic style, still is considered fantastic.

The Witch-Bride

A fair witch crept to a young man’s side,
And he kiss’d her and took her for his bride.

But a Shape came in at the dead of night,
And fill’d the room with snowy light.

And he saw how in his arms there lay
A thing more frightful than mouth may say.

And he rose in haste, and follow’d the Shape
Till morning crown’d an eastern cape.

And he girded himself, and follow’d still,
When sunset sainted the western hill.

But, mocking and thwarting, clung to his side,
Weary day! – the foul Witch-Bride.

See more at poemsofthefantastic.com

Hope you enjoy this season of Poesy 20/10 August 2014 Fantastic Poetry and don’t forget to share it with your friends and social media. Thanks for joining us! And remember from inspiration to the written word.

A. R. Román

Poesý 20/10: Agradecida

eventos, Inpirador/Inspirational, mis letras, Poesía/Poetry

Ha sido un gran honor contar con la magnífica participación de talentosos poetas, que nos deleitaron con su cautivadora poesía, en la tercera entrega de Poesý 20/10™ Ed. 2012. Su perspicaz manipulación para con la letra escrita brindó a la palabra Raíces, la raíz de su inspiración para este año, una variedad de expresiones que nos llevaron a sentir el orgullo familiar, la declaración del yo y la femeneidad, gritos de guerra para con la historia y la cultura, nuestra génetica, apariencia física, el orgullo poético, y la sensualidad.

¡Clap, clap, clap! Le doy un fuerte aplauso a ellos que han dejado por siempre su raíz en Poesý 20/10™: Karimé Nabté, Bernice Sosa-Izquierdo, Mia Román, Marlyn Cruz-Centeno, Benigno Lorenzo y Víctor Lorenzo, Deborah Milagros y Maité Reyes, Enrique Jiménez y Zamanta de Jesús, Mara Mariposa y Susi de la Torre,  Irma Zermeño y Pedro Manterola, y Jorge O. Torres.

A ustedes, mis queridos lectores, gracias por pasar por Mink y apoyar a Poesý 20/10™ Ed. 2012.

¡Hasta la próxima edición de Poesý 20/10™ Ed. 2012! Un abrazo fuerte y ahora me retiro para continuar con mi historia de fantasía “Ascensión Divina”.

A.R. de Hernández