Dear Voyage. A Poem by Brian Batchelor

Editor’s Note: Brian Batchelor is a prisoner serving a life sentence without parole, his poem Dear Voyage was First Prize in the 2015 Pen America Prison Writing Competion. The original website where this poem appears is also included below together with further information & Bio.
 

 
 
 
 
 
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JAZZ Don’t Mean A ‘Thang’ if Rhythm and Blues Ain’t Got that ‘Swang’ A Poem by: Author Renee’ Drummond-Brown

 

Saturday

the dusk

of dew;

63.

~~~

Naw cuz,

twaz’

1961

~~~

or

wuzn’t’ it

62?

~~~

Anywho’

>>>

skipped us

sum’

SERIOUS

school.

<<<

Mabey

it twas’

afternoon?

In the

black

Southern

comfort sun.

Or

wuzn’t’ it

Southern comfort

us ‘wuz’

drankin’ on?

???

WHO KNEW?

we’d

beg

borrow

an’

stole

us

some fun?

Down

at the

Juke joint;

smokin’

on

tobacco,

eaten’

dem’

pork ‘rhymes’.

Naaa!

Dats’

a lie!

We ‘wuz’

chewin’

on

sum’

fried CAT.

Fish

dat’

IZ’???

Chitterlings

an’ OH’ kale,

mustard greens

naw

dayze’ steamed,

ham hock

neck-bones

wit’ them

negro beans

an’

simply red

rice.

Spinach AIN’t there!

Now

dats’

mighty fine of you

and

sum’

cornbread

sounds

kinda’ nice.

~~~

Might add…

~~~

Christianly

too.

Grease ‘poppin’

foot ‘stompin’

shaking off

calories

and

them there blues.

Groovin’

to sounds of

herbie hancock

muddy waters

little walter

miles davis

louis armstrong

dizz gillespie

duke ellington

john coltrane

an

lest we forget

charlie parker

too.

ROLL CALL:

They don’t get A capitol?

Naw’

daze ain’t

hardly

IMPO’TANT’

just ‘acktin’

sum’

black fools!!!

But

dayz’ ‘due’

~~~

THIS TIME

~~~

get a pass;

~~~

unlike,

~~~

Me

an’ You!!!

Aw,

now ‘dat’ there’s

sum’

Cannon

kinda’

Good News”

be for real”

JAZZ, Rhythm, and Blues!

Oh my!!!

Naw,

dorothy and toto

wuzan’t’

hardly

there too.

There’s no place like home though

or

skippin’ us

sum’ school;

cross

the railroad tracks,

back

in

the neck of the woods

AKA

OZ

and/or

DA’

Juke Joint.

UNDERSTOOD?

harold melvin,

&

the blue notes

WUZ’ THEY THERE TOO?

Alright; alright

If you don’t know me

by now

You ‘betta’ ask ‘sumbody’

bout my poetry~~~

RENEE’S POEMS WITH WINGS ARE ‘FOREVA’

WORDS IN FLIGHT!!!

IZ’ ONE

JAZZY BABE,

and yezzz’

JAZZ

don’t mean A ‘thang’

if

Rhythm and Blues

ain’t got

that ‘swang’!!!

 
 

Dedicated to: You ‘betta’ ask ‘sumbody’ ‘bout’ my poetry~~~

 

 
 

RENEE’S POEMS WITH WINGS ARE WORDS IN FLIGHT!!!

A B.A.D. Poem

Other books by Renee’ Drummond-Brown:
~A B.A.D. Poem
~The Power of the Pen
~SOLD: TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER
~Renee’s Poems with Wings are Words in Flight-I’ll Write Our Wrongs
And
~e-Book: Renee’s Poems with Wings are Words in Flight

No part of this poem may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted by any means without written permission from the author. All Rights Reserved. Copyrighted material@ April 9, 2017.

Biography
 
Renee’ B. Drummond is a renown poetria and artist from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She is the
author of: The Power of the Pen, SOLD TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER, Renee’s Poems with
Wings are Words in Flight-I’ll Write Our Wrongs, and Renee’s Poems with Wings are Words in
Flight. Her work is viewed on a global scale and solidifies her as a force to be reckoned with in the
literary world of poetry. Renee’ is inspired by non-other than Dr. Maya Angelou, because of her,
Renee’ posits “Still I write, I write, and I’ll write!”
 
 
 
 
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Wata (Prod.Mo. Laudi. Mix. Drum) Hip Hop Rap Poem by Kwame Write

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The Title Piece is a selection from the Audio Album Bloodlines listed below, Kwame Write was one of our earliest contributors at PLT, more of his works can be found in Catagories under Kwame Write – PLT wishes him all success with his new album debut. Editor’s Note
 
Bloodlines serves as a revo poetry with music data stream treating a nation like an organ, a continent like a body and the globe like soul. An uncut splurge of visual metaphors forged into recited poetry, ‘some singing’ and fast paced rhythmic rap in fusion with Ghana’s Ebo Taylor and Alhaji K. Frimpong’s highlife chops cooked by ProdbyYungFly and Drumnayshin(who mixed and mastered all the pieces except Woyaaya), live taps by Burkinabe genius Lasso, alternative EDM influenced tapes from Euiv’s Baltimore den and afro house plugs from South African sounds king Mo Laudi by way of Paris. The themes are one and all – based on blessing of earth, water, wind and fire. The artist rants out some social commentary concerning black world modern slavery, water pollution, illegal mining and plastic waste. Also, there’s some folk storytelling and groovy wordplay pieces in there.
 
https://kwamewrite.bandcamp.com/album/bloodlines
 

 

 

BIO:

Strategic multidisciplinary event manager, poet/spoken word artist, blogger and content creator with the passion for writing; poetry, children’s literature and documentaries mostly. Kwame’s word art has earned him several online publications like http://www.artvilla.com/plt/thats-why-i-write-poem-kwame-write-aidoo/, http://www.kalaharireview.com/fictionpoetry/2013/6/25/not-just-dream.html and http://thejrshow.net/2014/03/06/motion-of-destiny/, , a nomination for International Best Amateur Poet by World Poetry Organisation in 2003, an award from the Scrabble Association of Ghana and the stage name “Write”. He believes that poetry is an underestimated tool for education, passing down history, entertainment and inspiration for/by his generation.

Born on the 25h of October, 1986, Charles “Kwame Write” Aidoo earned a BSc in Biochemistry and Biotechnology from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Technology in 2009, and currently runs Inkfluent; a poetry/writing event, record production and social media hub which produced Vocal Portraits I: https://soundcloud.com/vocalportraits; a spoken word compilation that brought together 3 continents and currently working again with spoken word artists across the globe on the soon to be released Vocal Portraits II. He also works as a co-ordinator of Ehalakasa; Ghana’s mother poetry movement/platform. A fufu addict though open to try new dishes, he’s learning to use a few instruments and languages.

 
 
 
 
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Almost. Video Poem by Candice James.

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A Video Poem by Candice James for the You Tube Poets TV Pilot Project to be Edited & Produced by Sara L Russell
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Candice James is a poet, writer, visual artist, musician, singer-songwriter in her 2nd three year term as Poet Laureate of New Westminster, She is Royal City Literary Arts Society Director and founder and Past President of both Royal City Literary Arts Society and Federation BC Writers; She is also founder of Poetry In The Park and founder of Poetic Justice. She is a featured poet, keynote speaker, workshop facilitator, presenter and event hostess. Candice is also a full member of League Canadian Poets; a member of The Writers Union Canada and is the author of nine poetry books: the first book of poetry published was “A Split In The Water” (Fiddlehead Poetry Books 1979); and the most recent is “Merging Dimensions” (Ekstasis Editions 2015). She is the 2015 recipient of the prestigious Bernie Legge Artist Cultural Award and also the recipient of the Pandora’s Collective 2015 Citizenship award. Further information can be found on Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Candice_James and www.candicejames.com
 
 
 
 
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RICARDO’S FATHER. A Poem by John Grey

 

Hair crowded his body:

facial hair, chest hair,

hair through the back of his hands.

He was always a frozen transformation scene

from “The Wolf-Man.”

He had so little skin.

How do you love a man

who sprouts more than he towers,

like loving Renoir for the paint

Bergman for the celluloid.
 

My own father

would shave in the morning

and be done with it.

Hair was easily contained.

I could make connection

between his cheeks and mouth arid chin..

His chest was brown and clear

from working in the sun.

And I could see the strength in his hands,

felt what lifted me.
 

Ricardo confided in me

that his father could not find work,

and I figured it was because

no one would ever hire such a jungle.

He added that his parents were separated,

Once again, how do you love

the camouflaged man?

He said he saw him just on weekends,

looked forward to

those bright, sunny Saturdays.

He spoke of razors of warmth and light.

 
 
 
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A FEW PLACES OF INTEREST. A Poem by Marc Carver


 
1.
As I walk over the bridge
city on my right
I see a man staring into a woman’s eyes
when I look again
I see how old he is
and how young she is.
There must be twenty five years between them
but it could be a hundred
for all he cares.
 
2.
In the national theatre
I look at a young woman as she sits down
she spits on her phone
then rubs her finger around the screen.
 
Then she starts to comb her hair
right to the tips as she twists it at the end
then she starts to talk to her hair.
 
Perhaps she is annoyed with it
having a bad hair day.
 
Then a man sits next to her
too close for it to be mean anything else than they are together.
Then they get up and walk off
without ever having said a word to each other.
 
3.
In the south bank I go and sit in on a talk.
It is about Hayden and a bit about Handel.
One of the women on the panel is a dyke
but the other is hot.
I look at her a lot.
The last is a man, academic, American.
 
The man talks about the genius of Hayden
and the women talks about why he was not as revered as Mozart.
The man tries to defend him
The dyke says she has read his diaries
and gives us some examples.
He was boring and that is all it comes down to.
A genius can be many things
but he can never be boring.
Look at Mozart.

 
 
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Sometimes I don’t write for a few days and it feels okay but after a few more it doesn’t feel right at all. So I start to look for things and get out of the house more and there they are. Just waiting for me all along.

 
 
 
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Defiant. A Poem by Ken Allan Dronsfield.

 

Life’s challenges always squeezing

temperamental vows of enumeration

careless whispers voiced upon a star

blasphemous scripture of the defiant.

Gallant of breadth on a black stallion

brevity and valor born of the cutlass

an exultation within a remembrance

of glorious red roses dead on a vine.

A flickering flame of the iced candle

life within a waxed obtuse blessing

old shoes silent on that coolish night

must tread lightly upon blue stardust.

 
 

 
 

Biography:
 
Ken Allan Dronsfield is a published poet from Oklahoma. He loves thunderstorms! His published work can be found in reviews, journals, magazines and anthologies throughout the web and in print venues. His poetry has been nominated for two Pushcart Prize Awards and the Best of the Net for 2016.

 
 
 
 
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