Pixel. A Video Poem by Robin Ouzman Hislop with Paintings by Amparo Arróspide

Editor’s Note: Audio Visual Poem with Subtitle Text on the caption box on the bar below the YouTube Video. Paintings by Amparo Arróspide
 

 
 
 

 

 
 
 
Robin Ouzman Hislop is Editor of Poetry Life and Times ; at Artvilla.com his publications include
 
All the Babble of the Souk , Cartoon Molecules and Next Arrivals, collected poems, & Moon selected Audio Textual Poems available at Amazon.com as well as translation of Guadalupe Grande´s La llave de niebla, as Key of Mist and the recently published Tesserae , a translation of Carmen Crespo´s Teselas.
 
You may visit Aquillrelle.com/Author Robin Ouzman Hislop about author. See Robin performing his work Performance (University of Leeds)

She’s a Serial Killer by Jake Tween with Lyrics


The first was a Chinese Miner.
With a pick axe she cracked his head
and now there’s one less miner
in China

The second was a Sri Lanka Banker.
She suffocated him instead.
and now there is one less banker
in Sri Lanka

The third was a Tebetan vet
She put something in his tea
and now there is one less vet
in Tibet

The fourth was a Jamaican baker.
She strangled with an apron string
and now there is one less baker
in Jamaica

Oh this is a warning for guys all around the world.
If you want to survive, keep away from that girl.
She’ll make you plead,
get down on your knees,
and beg for your life,
the girls got a knife,
she’s a real life,
serial killer.

The fifth was a clerk in Denmark.
She stopped with a fountain pen
and now there is one less clerk
in Denmark.

The sixth was a spy in Brunei.
She made it look like a suicide
and now there is one less spy
in Brunei.

Oh this is a warning for guys all around the world.
If you want to survive, keep away from that girl.
She’ll make you plead,
get down on your knees,
and beg for your life,
the girls got a knife,
she’s a real life,
serial killer.

Oh this is a warning for guys all around the world.
If you want to survive, keep away from that girl.
She’ll make you plead,
get down on your knees,
and beg for your life,
the girls got a knife,
she’s a real life,
serial killer.


Copyright 2021 Jake Tween. All rights reserved

A Robin Ouzman Hislop Video Poem Knocking on the Moonlit Door

Editor’s note: knocking on the moonlit door is an adaptation & reconstruction of Walter de la Mare’s The Listeners – it experiments with moods, ambience, environments. supernatural allusions,
it can be both present, past or future. Subtitles can be accessed by clicking on the subtitle text switch on the bottom bar of the YouTube Video:
 

 
 
 
 
 
Robin Ouzman Hislop is Editor of Poetry Life and Times ; at Artvilla.com his publications include
 
All the Babble of the Souk , Cartoon Molecules and Next Arrivals, collected poems, & Moon selected Audio Textual Poems available at Amazon.com as well as translation of Guadalupe Grande´s La llave de niebla, as Key of Mist and the recently published Tesserae , a translation of Carmen Crespo´s Teselas.
 
You may visit Aquillrelle.com/Author Robin Ouzman Hislop about author. See Robin performing his work Performance (University of Leeds)

Janet Kuypers’ 2-hour live Janet & John music show 2/22/18 at Craft & Racked Wine Bar in Round Rock, Texas

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    February 22nd was the night of the only full-night (2-hour show with no breaks) music show in Round Rock, Texas of Chicago poet Janet Kuypers (with John on guitar and accompanying vocals), performing both covers and original songs (plus an original song derived from a Janet Kuypers poem). Enjoy the video and text links below to the only show if this kind…

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See YouTube video of Janet Kuypers with John Yotko on guitar 2/22/18 in their 2-hour live music show at Round Rock’s Craft & Racked Wine Bar. In this set, she sang Feedback’s “Vintage Wine”, her poem/John’s song “Made any Difference”, George Michael’s “Waiting for that Day”, acoustically she sang most of the Eurythmics’ “Brand New Day” and then sang the Eurythmics’ “I Need You”, Feedback’s “Devotion”, George Michael’s “Waiting”, MFV’s “What We Need In Life”, Ani DiFranco’s “I am not a Pretty Girl”, her song “In Love I Abide”, Paul Simon’s “Slip Sliding Away”, Hank Williams’ “I’m Free At Last”, Fiona Apple’s “Criminal”, MFV’s “My Love for You will Stay the Same”, The The’s “Love is Stronger than Death”, the Smiths’ “London”, Depeche Mode’s “the Bottom Line” (joined w/ John vocals), Morrissey’s “There is a Place in Hell for Me and my Friends”, Sinead O’Connor’s “Black Boys on Mopeds”, Janet & John’s blues song “Tight Rope Affair”, the Church’s “Under the Milky Way”, Peter Gabriel’s “Washing of the Water”, the Smiths’ “Ask”, Michael Jackson’s “Beat It”, Erasure’s “How Many Times?” (joined w/ John vocals), the Smoking Popes’ “I Need You Around”, John Yotko’s “What I’ve Been through”, and Don McLean’s “American Pie”. (filmed w/ a Samsung S7 camera, from the bar).


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See YouTube video of Janet Kuypers with John Yotko on guitar 2/22/18 in their 2-hour live music show at Round Rock’s Craft & Racked Wine Bar. In this set, she sang Feedback’s “Vintage Wine”, her poem/John’s song “Made any Difference”, George Michael’s “Waiting for that Day”, acoustically she sang most of the Eurythmics’ “Brand New Day” and then sang the Eurythmics’ “I Need You”, Feedback’s “Devotion”, George Michael’s “Waiting”, MFV’s “What We Need In Life”, Ani DiFranco’s “I am not a Pretty Girl”, her song “In Love I Abide”, Paul Simon’s “Slip Sliding Away”, Hank Williams’ “I’m Free At Last”, Fiona Apple’s “Criminal”, MFV’s “My Love for You will Stay the Same”, The The’s “Love is Stronger than Death”, the Smiths’ “London”, Depeche Mode’s “the Bottom Line” (joined w/ John vocals), Morrissey’s “There is a Place in Hell for Me and my Friends”, Sinead O’Connor’s “Black Boys on Mopeds”, Janet & John’s blues song “Tight Rope Affair”, the Church’s “Under the Milky Way”, Peter Gabriel’s “Washing of the Water”, the Smiths’ “Ask”, Michael Jackson’s “Beat It”, Erasure’s “How Many Times?” (joined w/ John vocals), the Smoking Popes’ “I Need You Around”, John Yotko’s “What I’ve Been through”, and Don McLean’s “American Pie”. (filmed w/ a Samsung S7 camera, from a table).


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Robin Ouzman Hislop Reads Carmen Crespo’s Poem Tesserae

Tesserae translated from the Spanish award winning Teselas by Carmen Crespo by Robin Ouzman Hislop & Amparo Arróspide, this is an audio version of the original translated text in Spanish & English, which can be purchased at Tesserae Carmen Crespo Amazon.com
 

 
 
 

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Amparo Arrospide (Argentina) is a Spanish poet and translator. She has published seven poetry collections, Mosaicos bajo la hiedra, Alucinación en dos actos algunos poemas, Pañuelos de usar y tirar, Presencia en el Misterio, En el Oido del Viento, Hormigas en Diáspora and Jaccuzzi, as well as poems, short stories and articles on literary and film criticism in anthologies and in both national and foreign magazines.
She has received numerous awards. Editor’s Note: see also Poetry, National Literature Prize 2018, Francisca Aguirre, Translated from Spanish by Amparo Arróspide & Robin Ouzman Hislop Her latest work Valle Tiétar is published by El sastre de Apollinaire Poesía,32 www.elsastredeapollinaire.com
 
 
 

 

Robin Ouzman Hislop is on line Editor at Poetry Life & Times at Artvilla.com. His numerous appearances include Cold Mountain Review (Appalachian University, N.Carolina), The Honest Ulsterman, Cratera No 3 and Aquillrelle’s Best. His publications are collected poems All the Babble of the Souk, Cartoon Molecules, Next Arrivals & Moon Selected Audio Textual Poems. A translation from Spanish of poems by Guadalupe Grande Key of Mist and Carmen Crespo Tesserae, the award winning (X111 Premio César Simón De Poesía), in November 2017 these works were presented in a live performance at The International Writer’s Conference hosted by the University of Leeds. UK. A forthcoming publication of collected poems Off the Menu is expected in 2020

 

You may visit Aquillrelle.com/Author Robin Ouzman Hislop about author. See Robin performing his work Performance (University of Leeds)

 

Trophy Poem | Awards for the Soul

Trophy Poem

by David Michael Jackson

Awards for the soul,
this
is the trophy poem.

Chosen for her beauty
to show my friends
how successful she is,
this poem.

Born in the evening,
after losses too sad
for the awards,
this trophy poem,
engraved here
and awarded
to you,

wanderer among irises,
planter of gardens.

She remembers me,
and turns
with a smile,
this trophy poem,

this single petal
awarded to a stranger
engraved with
her memory
in a droplet
on a flower
in the moonlight.


Image courtesy of Clarksville Taps

El Cazador An Audio Poem by Amparo Arróspide with Piano by Dave Jackson


 

 
Dave M Jackson is the Admin at Artvilla.com where his works are featured extensively.
 
 

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Amparo Arrospide (Argentina) is a Spanish poet and translator. She has published seven poetry collections, Mosaicos bajo la hiedra, Alucinación en dos actos algunos poemas, Pañuelos de usar y tirar, Presencia en el Misterio, En el Oido del Viento, Hormigas en Diáspora and Jaccuzzi, as well as poems, short stories and articles on literary and film criticism in anthologies and in both national and foreign magazines.
She has received numerous awards. Editor’s Note: see also Poetry, National Literature Prize 2018, Francisca Aguirre, Translated from Spanish by Amparo Arróspide & Robin Ouzman Hislop Her latest work Valle Tiétar is published by El sastre de Apollinaire Poesía,32 www.elsastredeapollinaire.com

The Vietnam Effect | Poem by Jennifer Schoch

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The Vietnam Effect
by Jennifer Schoch

The aroma of lilac drew me
away from my son
quiet as a crystal bowl in his stroller,
the early curious mosquitos almost kept us home.
Am I able to appreciate
this lilac,
her symmetrical perfection, without conjuring your pain?
I am fearful of this flower
I am panicked by her swift impermanence,
of my inability to hold her comforting fragrance
for those mostly marshmallowed mugs of hot chocolate days,
sequestered from the dirty New Jersey snow
where the radiators’ imbalance
from room to room
would make you yell when we opened the windows just a crack
“Goddamn waste of money!”
And the belts sang in their choir on the back of the closet door,
because the boys were fighting over remote controls again
And then, after my downward gaze had watched your darkness dissipate into the cracks
between the hardwood floors,
You would read me Shakespeare:
“Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?”
Is this
why I ran away?
To places where there are no seasons
to the endless
summer days,
where flowers never seem to die.
Your toes were stained with cigarette ash the last time I kissed you goodbye.
Did I
even kiss you?
You hadn’t showered for weeks
and I was scared.
Scared of your skin
scared of your scents
scared of my
shame.
The blue of your eyes was bright
against the rivers of bloodshot.
Mom says your eyes were green
It’s like she never knew you.

Sad and lonely, you asked me to stay
“Live here.”
You said.
“I hate LA.”
Like my brothers also bound to plastic liters?
They were small like my boy,
like you were once.
I am fearful in the face of this flower and her reminders.
Your grandson screams now like a broken dish
and
I wonder if you are there
silently crying
out into the black jungle for God to spare you
for your mother
for a future with mom
for a future with me
with a grandson you will never meet.
How could you have known this jungle
it would never leave?
Dying on the old hardwood floor in May
did you make it to the yard that Spring?
The worst death you died is not your final fall
it is the tree outside our window
cowering with dainty, dusty stars
you could not notice.
Did you glance outside that morning
and think to tell me of the lilacs that had bloomed?
Was your fall swift?
A small, unopened purple “bud of May”
gently shaken free?
The pain you healed, my father,
by noticing the lilacs
reading Shakespeare in Irish accents.
The unfolding damage it has caused,
in the tiniest creations
this unreconciled war from long ago.


Jennifer Schoch is a recent graduate of the University of Southern California where she received a master’s degree in Social Work. She is currently staying home with her young son while contributing as a writer for a book on social work and the arts. She has written, performed and directed for the screen and stage.

The Vietnam Effect Copyright 2021 by Jennifer Schoch. All Rights Reserved.