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  November 2017
volume 14 number 2
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  Jonathan Beale
  Marjorie R Becker
  Catherine Berry
  Robert Beveridge
  Bill Cunningham
  Jack Harvey
  Robert S King
  Cynthia Linville
  Genie Nakano
  Jared Pearce
  Margarita Serafimova
  Jeanne Marie Spicuzza
  RK Wallace
  Kelley White
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Jonathan Beale November 2017



photo by mauricio alejandro ramos

    Jonathan Beale has had his work published in over sixty journals including Danse Macabre, Bluepepper, Mad Swirl, Ygdrasil, Red Wolf Editions, Sheepshead Review, Poetry 24, Penwood Review, et al. He is also published in two anthologies Drowning and The Poet as Sociopath (Scar publications). And one to be published Do not be afraid a small anthology dedicated to Seamus Heaney. His first book of poetry The Destinations of Raxiera (Hammer and Anvil) in November 2015
    He lives in Surrey U.K.

The Destinations of Raxiera



Wittgenstein in the Garden of Babel

            After Peter Porter

The world is as: words lay
As heaped autumnal leaves.
Devoid of life now - having
Been sent through - a mind and mouth:

Out of a window trees evolve
Too slowly to be seen, too quick
For time's body. The picture is hung -
At An Angle to complete to perceive.

Xeno's shadow; lurks around.
Before Wittgenstein's light and darkness
Cast his shadow of the vision
Of the scene: cold light breaks in Finland.

Given the razored edge
Of Natures abstruse abstract.
Cut by silence the brooding angry
God whose language is what it is.

copyright 2017 Jonathan Beale



The New Art School

Here! There! Here! Awaiting the new applause
Originality, the underlying clause.

Here, in this new art school
Is where every charlatan and every fool.

Is made, forged, and broke
The cost of seriousness is no joke.

The caged beast bites and claws
Smashing, minds, and smashing doors.

Into other worlds: that can never
Really exist, no one is ever that clever.

The new art school makes and fails in one breath
Awaiting your fame fingers crossed before death.

copyright 2017 Jonathan Beale