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, “(pheromemes) 2015-2017 poems” and “(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 “WZRD Radio show” (in two parts):

Ultimate Connectivity: a bird in the hand
Original Snowbirds
Earth was Crying
Just Thinking About It
Political Merry-Go-Round
Ernesto
Endings Bring Light”, and “Everyone Celebrates Together
Only Half the Story
Quieted Soul
Exempt from the Draft
Optimizing your Odds
Years, Centuries, Eons
Only an Observer”, and “Queen ISIS

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You can also come here to hear SoundCloud audio of Janet Kuypers sharing her poetry from her two books, “(pheromemes) 2015-2017 poems” and “(pheromemes) 2015-2017 show poems” (w/ her poems “Ultimate Connectivity: a bird in the hand”,“Original Snowbirds”, “Earth was Crying”, “Just Thinking About It”, “Political Merry-Go-Round”, “Ernesto”, “Endings Bring Light”, and “Everyone 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, “(pheromemes) 2015-2017 poems” and “(pheromemes) 2015-2017 show poems” (w/ her poems “Only Half the Story”, “Quieted Soul”, “Exempt from the Draft”, “Optimizing your Odds”, “Years, Centuries, Eons”, “Only an Observer”, and “Queen 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 “Tender 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

As Noble As the Song I Sing | Poem

Well it’s here again
the winter through a window,
The cat in the window,
the birds outside,
the man in the chair beside the window,
the hope of spring far away.

He glances like a metaphor

An Egyptian cat who was a God
and the man in the chair
who is not.

Oh where am my going?
Nowhere have I been,
aware is the song I sing.

Nihilism doesn’t matter
more than the song
and the wind is really in the trees
and not there at all.

the cliché is the metaphor
and the metaphor, the cliché
Her countenance was noble
as noble as the wind
as noble as the song I sing

………..David Michael Jackson…..1/25/2019

The Showdown | Poem by David Michael Jackson

Start writing
don’t look up
feel the click of the keys
Remembering her thumbs
moving like magic on the phone
the screen flashing here and there
so fast
standing there amazed,
I
Tombstone Poet Standing in the Street
waiting for the showdown,
former whittler and tobacco hand,
stood amazed, cliche’d from the past,
“You sure can work that thing, and you aren’t even looking!”
“You have to message under the desk at school.”

Stone Age Poet, Tombstone Cowboy Poet,
you type your words so slowly above the desk,
Your horse is old and those stones that are your words
tumble down the side of your mountain
to the showdown

Artvilla Turns Twenty

Artvilla.com is 20!
We have:
1551 files and 1226 directories. Some of those directories have thousands of files.
We are have published 2000-3000 pages in our blogs.
We have 530 mp3 files of original music in our mp3 directory and it has 34 directories with 10-50 mp3’s
Our total number of original mp3 files is well over 1000.
We’ve been on the internet since 1998. This is our 20th year.
Our website is almost too big to move.
Thank to everyone who made that possible.

Happy Holidays as the New Year brings 21 years of being the first blog.

Poem “The Fire” by David Michael Jackson was the first poem published at Artvilla.

Reading by Chris Carmichael…..Music by AmJaz

Janet Kuypers’ “Under My Skin” 8/23/17 poetry feature @ Chicago’s In One Ear

Janet Kuypers’ “Under My Skin” 8/23/17 poetry feature @ Chicago’s In One Ear



    Chicago poet and Austin resident Janet Kuypers returned to Chicago for a week in August to coincide with the August 21st total eclipse of the sun (where she traveled to southern Illinois to photograph the event). During her stay she was honored with the opportunity to perform her feature show “Under My Skin” for In One Ear (at the bar next to the Heartland Café, 7000 N. Glenwood, Chicago, IL 60626) Wednesday, August 23rd 2017.

    Because Janet Kuypers knew she was coming back to Chicago the week of the total eclipse of the sun (and because she had no book releases of her poetry for years, ever since she moved to Austin), Janet Kuypers was thrilled that Scars Publications was able to release the first printing (from a U.S. printer) of two new books of hers, of poetry she had written while living in Austin, “(pheromemes) 2015-2017 poems” and “(pheromemes) 2015-2017 show poems” (the second book of poems she wrote for features she has had in Austin). Since her return from this trip, Scars Publications has also released the second printing of “(pheromemes) 2015-2017 poems” and “(pheromemes) 2015-2017 show poems” (from an Amazon affiliated printer, with sales from printers in the U.S., the U.K. and all of Europe). Though in the begging of her feature she read her poem about the total solar eclipse that she wrote 12 hours after witnessing and photographing it, everything she otherwise read in her show was from these two books, and she also sold proof copies to audience members after the show.

    Janet Kuypers was also photographed during the live Chicago show, so people can still view the album of 20 photos live 8/23/17. Before the show started, Janet Kuypers also handed out select print copies of the Scars Publications chapbook “Under My Skin”. The chapbook is also available online anytime for viewing or download.

Read the poems from the feature “Under My Skin” (as well as poems performed during the open mic before the feature):

Protecting Peace can Put you in Prison”,
Ernesto”,
Quivering against the Invading Enemy”,
The Truth Is Out There”,
x-raying metal under my skin”,
X-rays and broken hearts”,
unique noise”,
erasure poem: A Poetic History”,
Just One Book”,
and “Returning to Georgetown)