Butterflies and Blossoms for Spring

I Was Created to Notice the Cat Catching Butterflies

Spring Blossoms Promise Everything

Selfishness is Essential in Spring

Poems by David Michael Jackson
Music Andy Derryberry and David Jackson and Chris Carmichael

On Submitting and Submitting

In our 21st year, I reflect on who we are and why we went to all of this trouble. Artvilla’s beginnings are all about being the outsider. Recently I tried to submit again. The outsider is outside because of that word. The ArtVilla’s may often be created by people, the world would say, can’t handle rejection. This is probably true. Maybe that is why Summer Breeze formed motherbird.com also but she didn’t have the same ego as I. She simply wrote her poems, published them and never thought of submitting to others.

Every now and then your editor and publisher of artvilla.com thinks he will publish on the established insider sites. The one who accepts poems from others, shoots the bird at submitting every time. He knows you run into another editor, possibly like him.

There is the published art, the rejected art, and the fuck you I won’t submit art. The last is not the best, it’s just the treasure buried. You can find it in your attics, in your trunks. There are many Emily Dickinsons, some of us really seem to do it for reasons other than pleasing anyone but ourselves. It’s like we create and set it beside the road for you to discover, or not, to keep, or not. It’s not up to us. We just are lousy salesmen.

You can find me here. This is my attic.My attic has the most beautiful things in it that can be found no where else. These attic items are by many many wonderful people who deserve your attention.

I thank the folks who don’t have my affliction for submitting their work. Thanks for being in my attic with me. I’m dedicated to keeping these magnetic spots charged and our work up.
It’s a lot of work to start a website. Don’t be like Dave, submit.
(Frankly we should change that word. It brings out the Braveheart in me. lol)
Dave Jackson

Shakes Spear Poem

(Shakes a Spear)
Thou doth know it here,
that he who sang thy favorite song,
was anon
and anon I’ve come

(Shakes Spear)

Your second coming may bode not well
for following the beast and infidel,
for of your Cyrus our teller does not tell
but of the beast, he says it well.

what say ye?

Your kindness runs through like sand
It is the blood of the child on your hands.
When you’ve had your say and done your part,
you raise a bloody heart.

what say ye

these noble lads have come to share
their tales of woe and pull their hair.
When the lever is turned by man
The end will come by his own hand

for in some cave some tale was told
a sail we both make and unfold
and when the wind begins so bold
we will say it was foretold!

David Michael Jackson

Ain’t Going Back to Texas

I wasn’t born in Texas and haven’t been to Louisiana. It’s not the law in Texas that keeps me away. It’s not love lost from a beautiful Texas girl.

The Army sent me to Texas to train. We camped in those plateaus and I discovered the Texas Redbug, also known as the chigger. When your body is red from the top of the feet to the chin, you get to know the little feller pretty well.
As I was sitting on this cot while tanks were firing beside me, and crying from the itch, I looked up at the beautiful blue of the Texas sky and said, “I ain’t going back to Texas.”
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The News | Fake Poem

The News by David Michael Jackson

The news from a fake poet

is that there is no news

there are no longer handholds called facts.

All is chaos

except for the refugees

who are real

except for the children

who are real.

A fake sun sets on a fake nation

and the fake temperature rises

the fake sea rises.

The fake reasons for war

become truths for awhile.

The refugees

who are real,

the children

who are real,

die for real.

Janet Kuypers’ Chicago WZRD Radio 8/23/17 2-part poetry feature & interview

Janet Kuypers’ Chicago WZRD Radio 8/23/17 2-part poetry feature & interview

On August 26th, 2017 (on her last full day visiting Chicago since her move to Austin, Texas in October 2015), Janet Kuypers was a selected feature on Chicago’s WZRD Radio (88.3 FM), and on this Sunday poetry radio show Janet Kuypers was interviewed not only at the beginning of the multi-hour radio show but also at the end of the showcase, which was not only broadcast live but was also made available as a set of SoundCloud audio releases and a set of YouTube video releases (a good portions of part 2 of the interview was also released as a live Facebook stream).

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list= PLYa-AZK78_hrLk-JANQ5hGSeJA5YXvJig

During both parts of the interview, Janet Kuypers not only talked about life since leaving Chicago and moving to Austin (and her multiple features and poetry readings monthly in Austin). Specifically because she knew she was coming back to Chicago on the same week she was scheduled to photograph the total eclipse of the sun 8/21/17, she also had released through Scars Publications two Janet Kuypers poetry books of poetry she had written while living in Austin, β€œ(pheromemes) 2015-2017 poems” and β€œ(pheromemes) 2015-2017 show poems”. At the time of the radio show airing, these books were released from the first printer (which printed only in the U.S.), but by mid-September 2017 these books were also released through a second Amazon-affiliated printer, then printed for easier shipping not only in the U.S., but also in the U.K. and all of Europe.

Read the poems from the from the live Chicago β€œWZRD Radio show” (in two parts):

β€œUltimate Connectivity: a bird in the hand”
β€œOriginal Snowbirds”
β€œEarth was Crying”
β€œJust Thinking About It”
β€œPolitical Merry-Go-Round”
β€œEndings Bring Light”, and β€œEveryone Celebrates Together”
β€œOnly Half the Story”
β€œQuieted Soul”
β€œExempt from the Draft”
β€œOptimizing your Odds”
β€œYears, Centuries, Eons”
β€œOnly an Observer”, and β€œQueen ISIS”

WZRD 20170826

You can also come here to hear SoundCloud audio of Janet Kuypers sharing her poetry from her two books, β€œ(pheromemes) 2015-2017 poems” and β€œ(pheromemes) 2015-2017 show poems” (w/ her poems β€œUltimate Connectivity: a bird in the hand”,β€œOriginal Snowbirds”, β€œEarth was Crying”, β€œJust Thinking About It”, β€œPolitical Merry-Go-Round”, β€œErnesto”, β€œEndings Bring Light”, and β€œEveryone Celebrates Together”) in her Chicago 88.3 FM WZRD Radio interview 8/26/17, Part 1.

You can also come here to hear SoundCloud audio of Janet Kuypers sharing her poetry from her two books, β€œ(pheromemes) 2015-2017 poems” and β€œ(pheromemes) 2015-2017 show poems” (w/ her poems β€œOnly Half the Story”, β€œQuieted Soul”, β€œExempt from the Draft”, β€œOptimizing your Odds”, β€œYears, Centuries, Eons”, β€œOnly an Observer”, and β€œQueen ISIS”) in her Chicago 88.3 FM WZRD Radio interview 8/26/17, Part 2.

You can also follow this link for a FaceBook photo album of 30 photographs taken during the first part of the radio show interview.

The Male. A Poem by John Grey

I’m driving down Main Street.

My wife is in the passenger seat.

A beautiful young woman

in tight dress and high heels

is sashaying along the sidewalk.

How do I look

and yet not appear to be looking?

That is a question that often arises.

It came up the time

when I first saw my wife.

I was sitting in a coffee shop

and she was at the next table.

My book was open.

It was β€œTender Is The Night:”

by F Scott Fitzgerald.

That novel and I

were married at the time.

John Grey is an Australian poet, US resident. Recently published in the Homestead Review, Harpur Palate and Columbia Review with work upcoming in the Roanoke Review, the Hawaii Review and North Dakota Quarterly.

Robin Ouzman Hislop is Editor of Poetry Life and Times his publications include All the Babble of the Souk and Cartoon Molecules collected poems and Key of Mist the recently published Tesserae translations from Spanish poets Guadalupe Grande and Carmen Crespo visit Aquillrelle.com/Author Robin Ouzman Hislop about author. See Robin performing his work Performance (University of Leeds) and his latest Collected Poems Volume at Next-Arrival