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2 Poems by Neil Ellman

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Two poems by Neil Ellman

Twice nominated for Best of the Net, Neil Ellman lives and writes in New Jersey.  Hundreds of his poems, many of which are ekphrastic and based on works of modern art, appear in print and online journal, anthologies, broadsides and chapbooks throughout the world.

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4 Poems by B.Z. Niditch


That desire
of beguiled lament
in the tinted
white-haired dye
of decomposition
clutching the fish head
in the red spotted
upper body\
of paralyzed
of daggers/
between the murmur
of still life
and fetid death
by lady’s slipper
implanted by
your fore ground
plans of memory
in automatic chicanery
of ironic persuasion
joined with the space
in the grotto
by deep central figures
of speechless suffering
paralyzed by mother
and son
contorted by space
and the grasshopper
holding a knife of time.



at fingertips
in a wave
of innovation,
enough of theory
and practice
deafening the paper
to an aimless continent
of   pock marked
voices in scores
of 12  toned
bass eclecticism
now it’s metronome
time: with the sense
of our scales mews
from  ashen eyes
in a / dream death
of a lost communicable
submerged century
to listen for lush
(at the velocity
of floating A sharps
at minor keys
that trumpet range
from samba notes
in jazz beats
from Stuart Davis’
expressionist patinas
and Miles Davis’
swimming flats)
for backgrounds
catching us
unaware of a cathexis
of a trombone ,cave size
erotic  energy
up for it.



Turning its heavy
yellow and red
greenish and blackened
Pablo with
a vast canvas
for the wounded
horse intertwined
with contours
of the wrestled
heaving shaped  bull
heavy with paint
where orphic beauty
of bleeding innocence
resolves to clear out
agony’s painted
evil character
of anthropomorphic war
and the wide-eyed focus
of emerging political
in antagonistic form.



Branch loss of
in limbs by faceless
bleed of unnatural
looming murals
in patterns
and striped
over running
the o’ouvre
of matchless trees
bizarre shaped
watercolors adrift
in formless pools
of still life
sinking at ponderous
shades of forest
in pitch
of shadowy firehouse
wavy ashes
at the rock filled



B.Z. NIDITCH is a poet, playwright, fiction writer and teacher.

His work is widely published in journals and magazines throughout the world, including:  Columbia: A Magazine of Poetry and ArtThe Literary ReviewDenver QuarterlyHawaii ReviewLe Guepard (France); Kadmos (France); Prism InternationalJejune (Czech Republic); Leopold Bloom (Budapest);  Antioch Review; and Prairie Schooner, among others.

He lives in Brookline, Massachusetts.

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‘Stuttering Genies’ by Theodoros Chiotis

Stuttering genies


(A web-sourced poem based on the libretto of Steve Reich’s opera Three Tales)




Theodoros Chiotis

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