Poetry Collection: Three Steps

Three Steps

Poems by J H Martin

Withdrawal – Long Days, Long Nights – Recovery

Three Steps is a new collection of poems by J H Martin, chronicling his return to Europe, after over a decade in South East Asia, his withdrawal from prescription drugs and alcohol, and his ongoing recovery through the pandemic.

Honest, direct, and, at times, unsettling, the poems in Three Steps track back and forth between the personal and the universal, as the writer addresses his past, his present, and the many challenges, which we all face, when it comes to trying to understand the true nature of our selves, and the ever-changing world around us.

Modern in outlook, yet grounded by a timeless, natural style, the poems in this collection should appeal to those who enjoy the works of William Carlos Williams, Han Shan, Tao Yuanming, and Saigyo, as well as to those who like to keep a pocket-sized-book of poetry on their person, for whenever they might need it, during the course of their day’s journey.

Poetry; even when describing happy moments has the task of touching the layers below, the places where some visit carefully and others never exit… The poetry in ‘Three Steps’ narrates these emotional subjects of the human condition, evoking those quiet places where you can detach from today’s reality… or just enjoy being engaged by the poetry.

– Joelcy Kay, Editor, Edge of Humanity Magazine

J H Martin’s poetry is both sublime and severe; a good scrubbing of desert sand to make a dull soul shine. His words couldn’t be more human; bumping through all fears and foibles in search of the divine. Read and be challenged, possibly changed; delightfully diverted at the least.

– mh clay, Poetry Editor, Mad Swirl

Three Steps is out now and is available to buy in both print and digital formats.

The pocket-book print edition of Three Steps (ISBN 978-1-7947-2446-4) is available to buy from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Lulu. It can also be ordered from any bricks and mortar bookstore by using the title and ISBN number.

The eBook edition of Three Steps (ISBN 978-1-716-41035-2) can be found and bought from Amazon, Apple Books, Barnes & NobleKobo, and Lulu.

Flash Fiction: Lost in the System

Lost in the System

 

It wasn’t right.

He had filled in all the forms correctly, he had attended all the interviews on time, and his tone had always been calm and measured. And yet, all he received from them in return, was a Second Class letter to inform him that his papers had been lost in their internal mailing system.

Angry, and in desperate need of a quick settlement to his claim, the young man got on the bus and returned to Block A where he demanded an explanation from a blank-faced advisor, who then sent him to Block B where he argued his case in a loud and forceful manner with another blank-faced advisor.

As ever, nobody listened, no reason was given, and nothing changed but his mood.

Sick of it all, the young man walked out of the grey concrete office block, pulled his hood up, and wandered back to the bus stop in the midday rain. Sitting down next to an old man in the dry of the bus shelter, he rolled a smoke from the last of the butts in his tobacco pouch and stared out blankly at the passing shopping bags and cars.

“Man, this is not right,” the young man snapped, breathing smoke out through his nose, “Seriously, this is all fucking wrong.”

The old man sitting next to him smiled.

“Well,” the old man said slowly, “If you whisper, nobody will hear you, and if you shout, then nobody will listen. All in all, it is far better to just mind your self and watch your breath instead.”

 

© J H Martin
All Rights Reserved

Lost in the System is taken from a forthcoming collection of short stories and flash fiction by J H Martin, entitled Street Walking.

An earlier and shorter version of Lost in the System appeared in the now-defunct Short, Fast & Deadly journal.

 

 

Poetry: Long Days, Long Nights

Long Days, Long Nights

VI

 

The delays

And the reason

Are always the same

 

I see it

Wrapped around

The skin’s pagoda

 

I feel it filling

My solitary shell

 

This need to make more

This thirst for control

This link of a chain

This gas for the eyes

 

Turning tired lowering

 

They say

A lesson bitter learned

Is better than

A lesson never learned

 

The fines and the debts

The fights and protests

The rucks and the racks

 

They all add up with interest

And make the silence

Heavier

 

Wrapped up and packed down

I watch the boards

Catch the rain

 

New pools

For new reflections

 

A world floating at sea

 

© J H Martin

All Rights Reserved

 

The poem above is taken from Three Steps, a new collection of poems by J H Martin, which is out now and available to buy in both print and digital formats.  For more information about the collection, and details of how and where you can buy Three Steps,  please follow the link here

The image, a piece of digital art by J H Martin, entitled Machination, was first featured in Havik‘s Rise issue, and an earlier version of the poem was also featured in Vol. 2 Issue 3 of the Brickplight poetry journal. 

 

Poetry: Out of Mind

Out of Mind

Rue Scribe is an online journal of short stories and short poems published on a rolling basis by Underwood Press.

Think Small.”

It was the advertising slogan for the Volkswagon Beetle developed by the Doyle Dane Bernbach agency in 1959.  Since then, it has been called the single best advertising campaign of the 20th Century.

We think it fits us perfectly… Small but powerful.

Featuring a fresh and varied selection of short fiction and poetry, Rue Scribe now also features, Out of Mind; a new poem by J H Martin, which you can read for free here.

 

 

Poetry: Half Pipe

Half Pipe

Edge of Humanity Magazine is an online platform that features writing, photography, and artwork that deals with all aspects of the human condition, as well as the pressing social issues of our times.

Constantly updated, Edge of Humanity Magazine showcases new work by artists, writers, and photographers from all over the globe, including, Half Pipe; a new poem by J H Martin, which you can read for free here.

 

 

Poetry: Cracked Spectacle

Cracked Spectacle

Edge of Humanity Magazine is an online platform that features writing, photography, and artwork that deals with all aspects of the human condition, as well as the pressing social issues of our times.

Constantly updated, Edge of Humanity Magazine showcases new work by artists, writers, and photographers from all over the globe, including, Cracked Spectacle; a new poem by J H Martin, which you can read for free here.

 

 

Poetry: XVI

XVI

Rue Scribe is an online journal of short stories and short poems published on a rolling basis by Underwood Press.

Think Small.”

It was the advertising slogan for the Volkswagon Beetle developed by the Doyle Dane Bernbach agency in 1959.  Since then, it has been called the single best advertising campaign of the 20th Century.

We think it fits us perfectly… Small but powerful.

Featuring a fresh and varied selection of short fiction and poetry, Rue Scribe now also features, XVI; a new poem by J H Martin., which you can read for free here.

 

 

Poetry: Square One

Square One

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Constantly updated, Edge of Humanity Magazine showcases new work by artists, writers, and photographers from all over the globe, including, Square One; a new poem by J H Martin, which you can read for free here.

 

 

Poetry: Artisan

Artisan

The Dillydoun Review is an online, literary journal that publishes prose and poetry.

The Dillydoun Review derives its name from the archaic word ‘dillydoun,’ meaning “a little lullaby.” Lullabies have been used for centuries to strengthen cultural roles, pass down knowledge, and lure children to sleep with dulcet tones.

But, if you listen closely to even the sweetest-sounding lullaby, there is often a dark, disturbing subject matter threaded through the lyrics. They are complex representations of humanity’s innocence and the struggle to survive an often violent, unforgiven culture of its making. These hypnotic, mournful laments are captivating, terrifying, and yet, scientifically proven to provide therapeutic effects and health benefits for both young and old…

Published monthly, Issue 10 of The Dillydoun Review is now live and features a fresh and eclectic mix of short stories, flash fiction, nonfiction, flash nonfiction, prose poetry, and poetry, including, Artisan; a new poem by J H Martin.

You can read Issue 10 of The Dillydoun Review for free here.

 

 

Poetry: One Star

One Star

This mad swirlin’ creative outlet is a place to showcase the many diverse artists in this big, blue, beat-utiful world of ours and to get this madness into as many heads as possible.

Mad Swirl is an online creative outlet featuring a constantly updated selection of art, poetry, and prose from all over the world, including One Star; a new poem by J H Martin, which you can read for free here.

Tune into MadSwirl.com & follow Mad Swirl on the Facebooks, Instagrams & Twitters for the latest & greatest of just what kinda madness we’ve been swirlin’!

 

 

Poetry: Dream Sentence

Dream Sentence

Edge of Humanity Magazine is an online platform that features writing, photography, and artwork that deals with all aspects of the human condition, as well as the pressing social issues of our times.

Constantly updated, Edge of Humanity Magazine showcases new work by artists, writers, and photographers from all over the globe, including, Dream Sentence; a new poem by J H Martin, which you can read for free here.

 

 

Poetry: Sanchaung

Sanchaung

Edge of Humanity Magazine is an online platform that features writing, photography and artwork which deals with all aspects of the human condition, as well as the pressing social issues of our times.

Constantly updated, Edge of Humanity Magazine showcases new work by artists, writers and photographers from all over the globe, including, Sanchaung; a new poem by J H Martin, which you can read for free here.

 

 

Poetry: Sakura

Sakura

Founded in 1995, Thin Air Magazine is an American non-profit literary magazine. Located at 7,000 feet, at the base of the San Francisco Peaks in Flagstaff, Arizona, Thin Air is the highest-elevation literary journal in the United States.

Twenty six years after the first issue, we still can’t forget these words from our founders: “All too often, the literary world takes itself too seriously… Thin Air hopes to change that.”

The print issue of Thin Air is published annually in the spring, while content also appears all year round at Thin Air Online from artists and writers all over the world, including Sakura, a new poem by J H Martin, which you can read for free here.

As Thin Air is funded by a combination of subscriptions, donations, and grants, please consider subscribing, purchasing a back issue, or donating. It would help a lot. Thank you.

 

 

Poetry: Callejero

Callejero

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Constantly updated, Edge of Humanity Magazine showcases new work by artists, writers and photographers from all over the globe, including, Callejero; a new poem by J H Martin, which you can read for free here.

 

 

Poetry: Life Spell

Life Spell

Edge of Humanity Magazine is an online platform that features writing, photography and artwork which deals with all aspects of the human condition, as well as the pressing social issues of our times.

Constantly updated, Edge of Humanity Magazine showcases new work by artists, writers and photographers from all over the globe, including, Life Spell; a new poem by J H Martin, which you can read for free here.

 

 

Poetry: Rinse Cycle

Rinse Cycle

Edge of Humanity Magazine is an online platform that features writing, photography and artwork that deals with all aspects of the human condition, as well as the pressing social issues of our times.

Constantly updated, Edge of Humanity Magazine showcases new work by artists, writers and photographers from all over the globe, including, Rinse Cycle; a new poem by J H Martin, which you can read for free here.

 

 

Poetry: Spring Quartet IV

Spring Quartet

IV

Edge of Humanity Magazine is an online platform that features writing, photography and artwork that deals with all aspects of the human condition, as well as the pressing social issues of our times.

Constantly updated, Edge of Humanity Magazine showcases new work by artists, writers and photographers from all over the globe, including, Spring Quartet; a quartet of new poems by J H Martin, the last of which you can read for free here.

 

 

Poetry: Spring Quartet III

Spring Quartet

III

Edge of Humanity Magazine is an online platform that features writing, photography and artwork that deals with all aspects of the human condition, as well as the pressing social issues of our times.

Constantly updated, Edge of Humanity Magazine showcases new work by artists, writers and photographers from all over the globe, including, Spring Quartet; a quartet of new poems by J H Martin, the third of which you can read for free here.

 

Poetry: Two Poems

Two Poems

The Nzuri Journal is an online literary arts journal based in Orange County, California.

Nzuri (meaning beautiful/fine in Swahili) is purposed to promote artistic, creative and scholarly work consistent with the values and ideals of the Umoja community.

Issue 2, Volume 2 of the Nzuri Journal is out now and features a fresh and invigorating blend of poetry and prose from all parts of this globe, including Afterglow and Apposto, two new poems by J H Martin.

Issue 2, Volume 2 of the Nzuri Journal can be read and shared for free here.

 

Tarot: Le Soleil

Le Soleil

 

You are interested in the Tarot.

You do not know very clearly why.

You are vaguely aware that it contains elements which could help you grasp a number of truths about yourself, your orientations and your future, or about things that have from time immemorial remained difficult to access, concerning the nature of the world and the destiny of human beings, about what people mysteriously call “knowledge”.

But you do not know which way to handle the Tarot. You are disturbed by the appearance of some cards. Possibly you recognise shapes, images or ideas which seem familiar or meaningful, but what is to be done with, say, the VI of Cups?

You have read books that deal with the Tarot, you have realised that a considerable number of big words are to be found there, and a great deal of moralising. You have noted that the authors display a lot of confidence about what they profess while remaining rather hazy: you wonder to whose authority they are indebted for such assertiveness, while as far as you are concerned you just manage to skim over the surface of the Tarot; you wonder how true their affirmations are: for in order to buttress their own explanation of the Tarot, they keep referring to other systems, or to their own inner convictions, which, admittedly, are not necessarily erroneous.

But although unable to articulate your impression, you have a deep-rooted feeling that there is something more, that the Tarot is something other than this muddy, muzzy and dusty mixture.

You are right.

The Tarot is in itself a living construction, a pure and integral path.

It is you; it is the Universe. What you only need is a means to see it…

 

Tchalaï

The Tarot – Why, How and How Far

Grimaud, 1982



Reading & Resources on the Tarot

If you are interested in the Tarot and would like to read and learn more, then please make sure to visit Traditional Tarot, where you will find a virtual trove of translations, digests, reviews and critiques of primarily (but not exclusively) French-language materials on the Tarot and related matters, many of which have been largely overlooked in the vast literature on the Tarot in French, not to mention in English.

You can find, follow and subscribe to Traditional Tarot here.

 

 

Poetry: Spring Quartet II

Spring Quartet

II

Edge of Humanity Magazine is an online platform that features writing, photography and artwork that deals with all aspects of the human condition, as well as the pressing social issues of our times.

Constantly updated, Edge of Humanity Magazine showcases new work by artists, writers and photographers from all over the globe, including, Spring Quartet; a quartet of new poems by J H Martin, the second of which you can read for free here.

 

Poetry: Spring Quartet I

Spring Quartet

I

Edge of Humanity Magazine is an online platform that features writing, photography and artwork that deals with all aspects of the human condition, as well as the pressing social issues of our times.

Constantly updated, Edge of Humanity Magazine showcases new work by artists, writers and photographers from all over the globe, including, Spring Quartet; a quartet of new poems by J H Martin, the first of which you can read for free here.