Photography by Dražen Grujić ± Poetry by Dr. Silviu Crăciunaș , Daniel Ableev & Carter Vance
Droplets of Poems
I put the words
leaves between the years
I trampled on them
to make place for more
today I leave
the unfinished apprenticeship
emanating from your poems
I leave it to others who dared before
I was not going to be
a beginning devoid of hope
other words live through the waiting
of echoes born to be
verses nourished with me
I would put a period but
the commas are crying which measure
the pauses hiding between classics
I let the rhymes fall
by fingers denuded of rhythm
in another poem
the words are demanding
to be tended with beauty
it is not a creed
just an eternal escape
in the moving prison
I carry within me
the dreams which were kissed
with droplets of poems
as they once were
Silviu Crăciunaș is a professor at the “Lucian Blaga” University from Sibiu, Romania, PhD in Mathematics. A while ago, he returned to a somewhat older passion, literature. He started writing poetry and prose, texts published in cultural magazines (Oglinda literară, Rapsodia, Alternațe, Everyday Poems ). His poetry reflects profound emotional states of man in connection with nature and life. In 2015, his novel În umbra destinului (“In the Shadow of Destiny”) was published by the Excelsior Art Publishing House.
Inside a pink apple in Sicily,
there is a little girl maturing.
Its hair is made from colorful lilies,
its name: Skullor.
No reason to worry: Your niece
just happens to be her own brother-in-law.
Oh, you poor old
Violent occurrence from inside the cyber palate:
Bugged air escapes.
You breathe in/out/in/out/~/in/out/,
death will come around eventually.
Daniel Ableev, *1981 in Novosibirsk, Russia, is a certified strangeologist from Bonn, Germany; he has studied law and comparative literature, writes for the metal magazine “Legacy”, composes avantsounds for “Freuynde + Gaesdte” and co-edits “DIE NOVELLE – Zeitschrift für Experimentelles”; ∞ publications in German & English, print & online (“Born to Fear: Interviews with Thomas Ligotti”, “Jahrbuch der Lyrik 2009”, “Alu”etc.). www.wunderticker.com / www.wunderticker.de
Memoirs for Portugal
In the drying drift of Aeroflot
tail lights, I let the skycap
hum drown out a clock’s chime,
overwhelm the intrusive wavering
of even-handed consideration,
of clustered-up pricing structures,
That kind to scarcely touch asphalt,
runway pylon before scattershot shatter.
But you’re not an observation,
a phenomenon of glitter & gunsmoke,
radiance of sunshowers, or
any other soft- spun metaphor
for 20-something passion’s naively
interlocked dreamtime escape. Then,
What was I pausing upon? Rapture’s dawn?
Not, but same sort, just thinking.
Carter Vance is a student and aspiring poet originally from Cobourg, Ontario, currently studying in the Social Work program at Algoma University in Sault Ste Marie. His work has appeared in such publications as A Swift Exit, (parenthetical) and the Scarlet Leaf Review. He received an Honourable Mention from Contemporary Verse 2’s Young Buck Poetry Awards in 2014. His work also appears on his personal blog Comment is Welcome (commentiswelcome.blogspot.com
NO NO USA
Fascination with NO signs is coming from the difference between American and European road signs; European ones do not use the words (‘NO’) in their expressions. Seen with d.‘s eyes, the country of freedom is completely decorated with ‘NO’ signs. d. is offering us his exiled perspective of the small limitations which we stopped being aware of eventually, or perhaps we never observed it any differently.
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See Dražen Grujić show his creative art Thursday in Seattle!