When The Big Man Blows. A Poem by Phillip Henry Christopher

(for Ed)

 

When the Big Man blows,
relive those glory days
rockin’ and rollin’ in the back seat of
a beat up old Buick,
an Asbury Park tune,
a hemi-head
double-barrel bass guitar,
wild and innocent
shufflin’ down E Street,
when Adam first raised a Caine
dancin’ in the moonlight Rosie
low tide summer,
and the tilt-a-wheel
caught us by the collar
and we hung on
and went around and around,
when the Promised Land was
clandestine alleyways,
heavy breath moist
air-fogged window
gasp of a woman child
back street September sixteen,
rockin’ back beat crashin’
fifty ton plates,
furious splooshing
ladles plunging into
liquid steel,
skinny silky skin
long-haired boy
trying to flee
the future,
the mill waiting
to turn velvet hands
to sand paper,
skin to leather,
the quick nervous
wrapping of limbs,
bumping of bellies,
then a house filled with silence
and forty years
of punching in and punching out,
of hot molten slag
like hell fire.
No Jersey Shore fantasy,
just the short ride
down Main Street
to the flats.
No sandy beach ocean,
just the Brandywine Creek.
No neon spinning carnival rides,
or stroll down summer boardwalks.
Just plod along under
smoke stack steeples,
clock in and out forever,
but never forget summers
of desperate fumbling
on back street back seats,
of alleyway heat,
of the Big Man blowin’ righteous
saxophone songs of
Sandy, and Rosie
and Crazy Davey,
while you sang a
song of yourself.
 
When the Big Man Blows” appeared in PiF Magazine, No. 188 (January, 2013)
 

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Poet, novelist and singer/songwriter Phillip Henry Christopher spent his early years in France, Germany and Greece. His nomadic family then took him to Mississippi, Georgia, Ohio and Vermont before settling in the steel mill town of Coatesville, Pennsylvania, where he grew up in the smokestack shadows of blue collar America.Escaping high school, he made Philadelphia his home, alternating between Philly and cities across America, living for a time in Buffalo, New Orleans, Fort Worth, even remote Fairfield, Iowa, before settling in Indianapolis. While wandering America he has placed poems and stories in publications across the country and in Europe and Asia, including such noteworthy journals as The Caribbean Writer, Gargoyle, Lullwater Review, Hazmat Review, Blue Collar Review, Haight Ashbury Literary Journal, Blind Man’s Rainbow and New York Quarterly
 
 
 
 
Robin Ouzman Hislop is Editor of Poetry Life and Times at Artvilla.com ; his publications include
 
All the Babble of the Souk , Cartoon Molecules, Next Arrivals and Moon Selected Audio Textual Poems, collected poems, 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’ September 2017 Book Release Reading at Austin’s Half Price Books 9/6/17

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    September 6th marked a September 2017 Book Release Reading of new books from Scars Publications, which saw the release of the books “a Pick for the Future” from cc&d magazine and “Carpool” from Down in the Dirt magazine.

    Beause May-August 2017 issue collection books were also released from Scars Publications, Janet Kuypers also had the opportunity to read selections from one of the performance art sections within the cc&d issue collection book “Nothing Lasts” as well as haiku and poetry from the Down in the Dirt issue collection book “Random Thoughts”.

    Because there was additional time at the end of the multi-feature poetry reading event, Janet Kuypers also read material from her 2017 book release “(pheromemes) 2015-2017 poems” as the finale to the Community Poetry @ Half Price Books reading in Austin.

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Janet Kuypers writings read from “a Pick for the Future”:
eminence
Mapping the Way to True Love
Years, Centuries, Eons

Janet Kuypers writings read from “Carpool”:
soul
earth
lost”,
jumped
Exempt from the Draft
You Know What I’m Talking About (2016 grateful edition)
Only an Observer

Janet Kuypers writings read from “Nothing Lasts”:
a New Life
My First Time
Falling from the Sky
Questioning Creativity Through the Cosmos

Janet Kuypers writings read from “Random Thoughts”:
oceans
gone
bruised
out there
judge
escape
ever get it back
opposite
need
Oh, She Was a Woman

Janet Kuypers writings read from “(pheromemes) 2015-2017 poems”:
Verge on Meditation
Elusive Imaginary Creature
Newspaper Ink’s the Blood of a Dying Species
Your Imaginary Soul Weighs 21 Grams
The Truth is Out There
Visions Were Justified

visit http://scars.tv/av/20170906September2017Book_Release_readings_at_Half_Price_Books_Release_readings_at_Half_Price_Books.htm for a full listing of not only these videosm but also a series of images from this live reading.

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

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