Nourish Poetry: Issue 1

Earlier this year, EGW Publishing from California in the USA released the first issue of a new journal: Nourish Poetry.

 

Nourish Poetry

 

Issue 1 of Nourish Poetry offers more than 80 pages of contemporary poems plus 25 pages of haiku, showcasing an international line-up of poets. The collection is headlined by Juan Felipe Herrera who was the first Mexican-American to be appointed United States Poet Laureate, filling the position from 2015 to 2017. His direct and forceful poem, Don’t Push the Button America, offers the lines:

 

don’t push it please don’t push it

you are making me nervous I am slouching toward nowhere

art is not enough

performance is not enough

something is missing don’t push it to fill the vacuum

 

In contrast, David Gershator’s poem, Candle Power, depicts a more ephemeral and dream-like world:

 

what became of the shadowy children

and how did they disappear so quickly

back into the walls and woodwork

of a country far

so far

from gazelles

 

While my poem, Desire, considers how the relationship between artist and model can concentrate the senses:

 

the light is soft

and low as it feeds

the blush on your skin

each delicate hair

alert now like a sentry

on watch

 

that hesitant arc

of charcoal

about your buttocks

initially too gentle

but then the tracing

too bold

 

a clumsy image

at best though

somehow that very

clumsiness captures

my urgent desire

to split a melon

 

If you’d like to read some new poetry in a new journal, then get a copy of Nourish Poetry from Amazon in paperback or on Kindle.