Wednesday, November 30, 2016

The New Poetry Project: "After the Poison"

I’ve measured out our time together
sealed it in airtight bottles
the one labeled 1998 kept close
like smelling salts

One whiff a camphor waking me
making me high on the idea of us
putting blinders on your infidelities
double vodkas and damaging words

And when that isn’t enough
I open a vein and plunge in
mainlining good memories
to blot out your monstrosity

I eke you out in little doses
slipstreaming to before the bad
when your hand resting
on the small of my back was enough

It’s the way I keep from overdosing
the way I keep you human


This poem is the sixth of eight new works that will appear at Modern Confessional and across social media until the end of the year. Read the other poems: The MasqueradeAcid Flashback #2,  Things to do in Denver when you'd rather be dead1989 and Songlines. Find out more about the New Poetry Project at this link. ©Collin Kelley, 2016

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Support your indie bookstores this Saturday!


I will be back at Eagle Eye Book Shop, 2076 N. Decatur Road, in Decatur on Small Business Saturday/Indies First this Saturday, Nov. 26, at 11:30 a.m. as a guest bookseller. Copies of Leaving Paris and the other novels in The Venus Trilogy will be available. There will be fabulous authors at the shop all day long, so come by, chat, and buy some books for the holidays.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Kate Bush: And Dream of Sheep


Kate Bush has released the filmed clip of "And Dream of Sheep" that was used in Before the Dawn, her 2014 live residency at the Hammersmith Apollo in London. The song begins the "Ninth Wave" suite about a woman lost at sea after a shipwreck. Kate recorded the song live floating in a water tank at Pinewood Studios, even getting a touch of hypothermia in the process. The film was projected onto a large oval screen at the Hammersmith and was designed to act as the "reality" of her character floating alone in the freezing sea, while what was happening on the stage was her near-death hallucinations. It was a stunning marriage of film, special effects and live action work. For now, this is the only piece of Before the Dawn we will see as Kate has "archived" the planned DVD. The audio boxed set of Before the Dawn (vinyl, CD and digital)  is out next week in the UK and the following week in the states. 

Friday, November 18, 2016

The New Poetry Project: "Songlines"


When the planes crashed,
when the levees broke,
when the ground shook,
there was a song I dreamed of,
humming subsonic,
a chorus of voices and prayers
uncorked like the little brown jug
that holds all the love and memories.

In the outback, Aborigines believe
we create the world by our actions,
that our past and futures are connected
in Dreamtime, in songlines.
Your story and my story intersect
on a long, thin line of sound and vision,
every story.

Some great godhead speaks
in one voice, but after creation
he disappears into The Dreaming –
call him Mura-mura, Muhammad,
Buddha or Christ.
We are charged to pick up the trail,
find the spirit, the sacredness of the earth.

We live in a world of noise,
the human symphony drowning us out,
until we are drawn together in crisis.
When the troubles come, when resistance
will be necessary, raise your aerials,
pull the songlines out of the air,
so that our collective voices
find the melody again.
So we are forever singing the world
into existence and out of darkness.


This poem is the fifth of eight new works that will appear at Modern Confessional and across social media until the end of the year. Read the other poems: The MasqueradeAcid Flashback #2,  Things to do in Denver when you'd rather be dead and 1989. Find out more about the New Poetry Project at this link. ©Collin Kelley, 2016

Friday, November 11, 2016

RIP Leonard Cohen


Everybody knows that the dice are loaded
Everybody rolls with their fingers crossed
Everybody knows the war is over
Everybody knows the good guys lost
Everybody knows the fight was fixed
The poor stay poor, the rich get rich
That's how it goes
Everybody knows....

Wednesday, November 09, 2016

Resist

We must become an enemy of fate...
Last night was not a revolution, but a devolution. This election was a repudiation of civil and human rights, multiculturalism, common decency, and peace. The pundits say he won because of working-class whites unhappy with the direction of the country who believe he will "take back America" and "make America great again" -- phrases coded in racism, homophobia, sexism and xenophobia. Pollsters and talking heads told us that the electorate is changing, and it is. But it hasn't changed enough. We have four long years ahead of us, and we need to use that time to rally, reorganize and make real change once and for all. So that we repudiate the darkness that has fallen upon us. It is time for another revolution. Do not be silent, do not lie down. Use your art to make change. The Republic is, once again, in peril. Resist.

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