Friday, June 13, 2008

Our New Name and "Carlos"

Our New Name - "No Money In Poetry"

Well, our previous site names, "Ed Coletti's Poetry Blog" and "Poetry Venue" no longer need be used. Recall that I hate the word "blaaahhhg," and "Poetry Venue" was rather lame. So we are now "No Money In Poetry."

The new name had been staring me in the face all along. Note the long-time introduction to the site at the top, Robert Graves' quote, "There's no money in poetry, but then there's no poetry in money either." Then, a few days ago, Richard Silberg sent me an email about publishing and correctly observed, "no money in it." However, for Richard and most of you reading this, poetry is its own reward, thank god.

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and now something a little bit different

3 Pages From "Carlos"

(Round Barn Press 2008 - drawings by author)

Here is a tease from my long "Carlos" sequence. I began these quirky moody poems almost 20 years ago during a rough patch. They've finally gotten a home.



carlos

carlos on the turn of shore don't watch
ocean sky
drown or blaze
drifts half inch above the sand
carlos is the tidal pool, starfish mind,
carlos cool
he know he
carlos half inch 'bove the sand



carlos undercover

this me he say
to the fat man in the hat
with the gun like a hard on
up his shiny yellow coat
gonna get his today and carlos
he the law get the job done
be respectable when the law
jump the jive dude maybe give
carlos a sack of his blow
for reward and he sell it to geronimo
a little for himself, take the dough,
buy rosa and lito present.
first he got to get by
the fat man in the pink hat
with the gun like a hard on
up his shiny yellow coat.




the shore

carlos walks
the shore
like he going
to walk around the world
the shore
it don't stop
he could walk like this
all the time and keep walking
and right now carlos
need that keep walking
like it never end
the shore



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5 comments:

Issa's Untidy Hut said...

Like the new title - "No Poetry In Money," well, that would have been very fine also.

Don at Issa's Untidy Hut

Lynne Knight said...

Way to go, Ed! I think it's terrific that it was staring you in the face all along, and that Richard's comment nudged it loose enough for it to make itself plain.

Lynne

Jonah Raskin said...

Good name. I like it.

Jonah

Jack Crimmins said...

Ed, I just saw you walking downtown, seventh st., with cell phone to ear. Congratulations on "Carlos" and 'No Money in Poetry'. I like the 'Carlos' poems and drawings and liked you're reading of 'Carlos' poems in City I think it was.

Working on proof of my book-length poem, "The Rust Life". Hope it'll be here by the Moe's reading.

Keep on truckin', jack

Anonymous said...

hey my name is carlos fuentes and yeah i kinda off like poetry