Vallum Poem of the Week: “Page from a Lost Notebook” by Sarah White

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PAGE FROM A LOST NOTEBOOK

It wasn’t a comic rhyme for someone’s birthday, but a serious poem, my first…

………. … two major classes of cardiac fibrillation,

in praise of my brother—then young and strong—sitting hunkered,

……….  atrial and ventricular—

over a guitar, beside the campfire.……..

……….  the rapid, irregular, and unsynchronized contraction of muscle fibers—

 “Jumbled patterns of sparks rising…

……….  split or inflamed,

 into the lofty nocturnal curtain.”  “Lofty,” I wrote, when “high” would do,

……….  atrial fibrillation, if not controlled…,

“nocturnal,” rather than “night,”…

……….  causes a chaotic rhythm …

 I wanted a frame for the guitar,

……….  of the pulse, the blood pooling in the heart’s upper chambers,

the sublime string sounds, the summer’s end, the sparks that flew

……….  forming clots which can dislodge from the heart and travel to the brain

like crowds of stars.

Sarah White’s most recently published collections are The Unknowing Muse (Dos Madres, 2014) and Wars Don’t Happen Anymore (Deerbrook Editions, 2016). She is co-translator (with Matilda Bruckner and Laurie Shepard) of Songs of the Women Troubadours (Garland, 2000). She writes and paints in New York City.

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Vallum Poem of the Week: “Percentages” by Tom Prime

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PERCENTAGES

I’m 100% sure that I’m not 100% sure who I am. I’m 78% sure that I’m not a good person. I’m 75% sure that I’m not a bad person. I’m 82% sure that my favourite colour is blue. I’m 100% sure that I’ve never used needle drugs, but I’m 100% sure that I’ve thought about it.

I’m 67% sure that I’m friendly. I’m 72% sure that I’m hard to get to know. I’m 100% sure that I love my cat. I’m 84% sure that I no longer love my ex-wife. I’m 75% sure that I’ll never quit drinking coffee. I’m 99% sure that I will never be a homeless drug addict again. I’m 100% sure that the amount of acid I did damaged my brain; I’m 72% sure that I’ve almost completely recovered, but I’m 100% sure that the idea that I won’t be able to fully recover horrifies me. I’m 62% sure that I will never see some of the people that used to know me, back then, ever again; I’m 54% hopeful that I’ll never have to see them again.

I’m 99% sure that I was sexually abused as a child, and I’m 100% sure that two and a half years of therapy changed my life and helped me heal those wounds. I’m 92% sure that I will never try to kill myself again. I’m 58% sure that I won’t eventually become an alcoholic.

I’m 97% sure that this sounds really negative. I’m 78% sure that I will never hitchhike again. I’m 23% sure that I’ll never get in another fist fight. I’m 100% sure that I’m doing way better now than I’ve been doing since I was sixteen.

I’m 73% sure that I’ll never see someone catch a bigger fish than my dad did last summer. I’m 78% sure that I’ll wind up becoming a grumpy old man. I’m 100% sure that I’m afraid of people I love dying, and I’m 100% sure that I always will be. I’m 100% sure that I don’t like hugging people, except for my mom and dad, and even then I don’t really like to, I just do it because that’s what’s expected of me. I’m 99% sure that I don’t know what the future is, but I am 100% sure that I like to pretend to know.

I’m 100% sure that I’ll never get my innocence back.

Tom Prime is twenty-eight and attends Western University in London, Ontario for Creative Writing. He was born in British Columbia and moved to Ontario when he was ten. He spent many years hitchhiking and being a homeless vagrant; much of his writing steams from these experiences. He lives, in relative happiness, with his cat Jackson.

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Vallum Poem of the Week: “Why We Cry on Planes” by Andy McGuire

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WHY WE CRY ON PLANES

Barred from our devices
It’s painfully apparent—
The world goes on without us.
Inhaling the stale air
Of many moods,
Our freedom to choose
Clooney or Witherspoon,
I bear the breakneck interval
Silently chanting
Cancun, Cancun, Cancun.

Andy McGuire releases music under the alias John Alice. His poems have appeared in Arc, Riddle Fence, CV2, and Hazlitt.

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Vallum Poem of the Week: “Send Money for a Better World” by Daniel J. Langton

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SEND MONEY FOR A BETTER WORLD

What do the sightless see when they dream?
Does Hawking waltz with Michelle Obama
as muted trumpets make the windows steam?
Mutes speak in tongues? Black in Alabama
revel in respect from local sheriffs,
the dull make love in Italian or Dutch,
customhouse men see the end of tariffs,
those in deep trouble, maybe not-so-much?

I dream of living, of making amends,
and sex like a bird on my lower lip,
though now and then there are ominous trends,
I am in the water, not on the ship.
Well, the planet’s round, or anyway curled,
money won’t steady this turbulent world.

Daniel J. Langton‘s work has appeared in Poetry, The Paris Review, The Atlantic Monthly, The Iowa Review, the TLS and similar publications. His Querencia won the Devins Award and the London Prize. His Selected Poems will appear this year.

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Vallum Poem of the Week: “Winter Crumbs” by Alessio Zanelli

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WINTER CRUMBS

Struggling uphill,
as if tens of miles had been squeezed
into my legs while sleeping,
and stones of toxins injected in my veins.

Loosely savoring
what remains of winter,
already longing for the next,
and fearing for the wyvern in between.

As unyielding as black ice,
trying to sight the shiny white of summits
past the lying two-realm queen,
but cutting sunbeams are all that makes it through.

Ruefully aware
I’ll have to bend regardless,
to drop my arms
despite my faith.

Another chilly bottle of Krug Grande Cuvée
would help me forget,
and keep the fire tongue at bay
until the General’s troops are back.

I’ll be weathering the waves
like a snowflake in a heatproof bubble,
like a stalwart wizard in a spell.
Diamond dust over hell.


Alessio Zanelli
, an Italian, writes poetry in English and his work has appeared in about 130 magazines from 12 countries. He is the poetry editor of Private Photo Review and the Italian Stanza Representative for the Poetry Society of London. His fourth collection, Over Misty Plains, will be published in the UK in early 2012.

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Vallum Poem of the Week: “Short Fuse” by John Creary

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SHORT FUSE

I snort cocaine off my electric guitar, spin
and pu-puncture a raw set with heat.

My body combats a swelling cluster of hip-
sters in scarves and tight jeans. Two billion

basement eyes jumping near the silhouette
of my moment. Buzzed, unshaven, shackled

in the hell of a rock star, slamming shots
of Jager, drowning bad news with designer

drugs. I am a short fuse, a maniac and a failed
lover, flailing my skeleton, wasted in this dream.

I dance, dance, dance neurotic, circle backstage,
blackout on amphetamines, kicking the intestine

of a squawking police car, kissing the gutter
mouth on your city’s East Side. My new band

is a stage grenade—somebody look at me.
My chest hair spills out and off the playhouse,

chasing the heart shaped wrench of my teenage
fan club. Take a chance, girl. I’m writing a blog,

posing on warped and wobbling tabletops. Hey,
Reggie! Turn the volume up and take my picture.

 

John Creary presently lives in Calgary, Alberta. He has poems published in CV2, Grain, NōD Magazine, and has work forthcoming in The Fiddlehead, the Antigonish Review and subTERRAIN Magazine. Additionally, he makes a unique blend of hip hop, and spoken word music as Ginsberg’s Inkling and recently released his latest CD in April 2010 titled Ummm (Neferiu Records). For more information visit http://www.ginsbergsinkling.com.

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