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

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WINTER CRUMBS

Struggling uphill,
as if ten 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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Vallum Poem of the Week: “Sea Punks” by Robin Durnford

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SEA PUNKS

on spliced nerves of pavement
we are hair-sprayed hard
pink as a disco moon
shining in a glitter squall of rain
apocalyptic as we head bang
past the ruin of beach
screeching over yellow lines
as Vicious vibrates through our throats.
“I wanna be your dog!” in desire
our wheels swerve away
from smalltown saltbox gods,
the vibe of the desolate
bogs reek as the fog tongues
our slimy throats,
our scale-plated writs blue-
shadowed, bruised legs in fishnets
trawling our deeps
like baited fish to be fucked
by rapacious tides. But we are trout
of another caste, lured
by dark twitch of radio waves
synthetically wrecked currents
underground metallic beats
cod-tattooed bones and flesh
grinding into 1984
pricked with the hook of rebellion
swollen lips bite into pins
slice through our ears
pierce lidless eyes
before we can be released.

 

Robin Durnford spent the eighties confusedly growing up on the west coast of Newfoundland. Her poetry and prose have recently appeared in The Antigonish Review, The Nashwaak Review, and Grain. She now lives somewhat less confusedly in Annapolis Royal, NS.

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‘Poetry for Our Future!’ at St. Lawrence Academy

Today is the LAST DAY to donate to our ‘Poetry for Our Future!’ program and help Vallum Society for Education in Arts & Letters (VSEAL) win $10,000 in the Great Canadian Giving Challenge! You can read more below about the work we do, or click here to donate today!

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St. Lawrence Academy is a Montreal elementary school, where VSEAL has been holding workshops annually. Working largely with disadvantaged youths, our workshop hosts use poetry as a teaching tool to enhance reading and comprehension skills. The collaborative workshops show students how poetry can be a fun way to reflect and express themselves!

Poets Greg Santos and Daphne B recently held workshops with kindergarten and grade 2 students in boSt Lawrence 2th French and English classrooms. The hosts helped the students to write collaborative poems, using visual poetry and by brainstorming to experiment with language and metaphor.

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‘Poetry for Our Future!’ at Chez Doris

During the Great Canadian Giving Challenge, we’re letting you know about some of the great organisations Vallum Society for Education in Arts & Letters (VSEAL) hosts literacy workshops with through our ‘Poetry for Our Future!’ outreach program. ‪#‎GivingChallengeCA‬

Meet Chez Doris!

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Chez Doris is a Montreal charity offering daytime shelter, seven days a week for all women in difficulty. They provide meals, respite, clothing, practical assistance, and socio-recreational activities for women in need of a safe space, and for women avoiding or escaping homelessness. Fostering a secure and accepting environment, Chez Doris helps women to build or rebuild their lives with support and respect.

VSEAL poet Ilona Martonfi hosts collaborative, bilingual workshops at Chez Doris in poetry and bookbinding. These workshops offer women a safe space in which to express themselves, to plan for the future, and to rebuild self-confidence. As a past workshop participant told us, “I feel hopeful about the future and have enjoyed sharing. Thank you for giving me this opportunity to share with the others. Expression of your innermost feeling with people who are open to receive is priceless.”

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