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 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.

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: 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.

Fiction: Marbàn

Marbàn

Rue Scribe is a small literature journal published by Underwood Press LLC.

We think small as in Small Literature.

It’s been called micro fiction, flash fiction, tiny fiction and cigarette fiction. Early on, these stories were called short shorts or even ultra shorts. You may have your own name for it: bite-sized fiction or fun-sized fiction.

Call it what you will, it is a short story made even more so. Flash fiction is to stories what haiku is to poetry: a world in a drop of water.

Small but powerful.

Get rid of any fluff.  Be ruthless in your editing. Distill it down to its essence and then distill it again. Get to the point.

Get to the point, now.

Featuring a constantly updated selection of short but powerful fiction and poetry, Rue Scribe also features Marbàn; a new short piece of fiction by J H Martin, which you can read for free here.