The Nzuri Journal: 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.

 

Bare Concrete Blue

 

Come on now son
Let’s beat away time
With the soles of these boots
And sing us a song
To shake off the dust

For how many years
Can these months truly last?

For all of these memories
And all of their longing
To feel what they once felt
Are no more than bare trees
To this cold winter blue

For now
The ancient has gone
And the new quickly fades
No matter how many things
We may like to
Construct from this world

So let us just walk then
You – my shadow – and me
Through these concrete dream streets
And these phantom filled crowds

For any hope is not here
But beyond that clear frosted sky

In those palaces of silver
In that river of gold

 

© J H Martin

Bare Concrete Blue was first published in Rue Scribe; an online journal of small literature. The poem comes from 八詩 ; a short collection of eight poems by J H Martin, which you can read and download for free here

Mad Swirl: Les Papillons Noirs

Les Papillons Noirs

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 – an on-line creative outlet featuring art, poetry and prose from all parts of the globe, including Les Papillons Noirs, a short piece of fiction by J H Martin, which you can read for free here.

Edge of Humanity Magazine: Nowhere Bound

Nowhere Bound

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 work by artists, writers and photographers from all over the globe. including Nowhere Bound, a new poem by J H Martin, which you can read for free here.

Mad Swirl: Drink Tea

Drink Tea

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 on-line creative outlet featuring a constantly swirled and updated collection of art, poetry and prose from all parts of the globe, including Drink Tea; a new poem by J H Martin, which you can read for free here.

Edge of Humanity Magazine: ကဆုန်

ကဆုန်

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 work by artists, writers and photographers from all over the globe. including ကဆုန်, a poem by J H Martin, which you can read for free here.

Edge of Humanity Magazine: Śakra

Śakra

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 work by artists, writers and photographers from all over the globe. including Śakra, a poem by J H Martin, which you can read for free here.

Edge of Humanity Magazine: တန်ခူး

တန်ခူး

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 work by artists, writers and photographers from all over the globe. including တန်ခူး, a poem from Myanmar by J H Martin, which you can read for free here.

If you are interested in reading more about Myanmar, its writers and its rich literary tradition, please make sure to visit Sadaik; a digital trove of articles, books and words on Myanmar, curated by award-winning writer Lucas Stewart, author of  ‘The People Elsewhere: Unbound Journeys with the Storytellers of Myanmar’ (Penguin/Viking, 2016), and co-editor of ‘Hidden Words, Hidden Worlds’, the first anthology of short stories from Myanmar published in the West. Free to read and free to subscribe to, Sadaik’s ever-expanding digital trove can be found here.

Edge of Humanity Magazine: Exposure

Exposure

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 work by artists, writers and photographers from all over the globe. This week, they give exposure to the photography of J H Martin, which you can view for free here.

Dragon Poet Review: Mind Your Self

Mind Your Self

Dragon Poet Review is an online literary journal that features a wide variety of poetry, flash fiction, short fiction, short memoir and short CNF, as well as photography, artwork and reviews of books and films.

The journal is published twice annually and their 2018 Summer/Fall Issue is out now. Featuring a fresh and vibrant mix of contemporary art from a myriad of artists from all around the globe, the 2018 Summer/Fall Issue also features Mind Your Self, a short piece of fiction by J H Martin, which you can read here.

Rue Scribe: Shadow – Form

 

Shadow – Form 

Rue Scribe is the small literature journal of Underwood Press LLC.

“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.

We think small as in Small Literature – small but powerful.

Get rid of any fluff. Distill it down to its essence and then distill it again.

Get to the point.  Get to the point, now.

Featuring a well packed and constantly updated supply of powerful short fiction and poetry, Rue Scribe also features Shadow – Form; a new poem by J H Martin, which you can read here.

Dragon Poet Review: Echo – Echo

Echo – Echo

Dragon Poet Review is an online literary journal that features a wide variety of poetry, flash fiction, short fiction, short memoir and short CNF, as well as photography, artwork and reviews of books and films.

The journal is published twice annually and their 2018 Summer/Fall Issue is out now. Featuring a fresh and vibrant mix of contemporary art from a myriad of artists from all around the globe, the 2018 Summer/Fall Issue also features Echo – Echo, a new poem by J H Martin, which you can read here.

SunLit Fiction: Dragons

Dragons

SunLit Fiction is a publisher and podcast of short contemporary fiction.

This week on their podcast and their website, they feature Dragons; a short story set in Myanmar, by J H Martin, with the story being freely available to read on their website as well.

Listen, read, like and share the story with anyone you may know who has an interest in MyanmarBurmese culture and Asia.

တစ်ခါသေဖူး ပျဉ်ဖိုးနားလည်

Poached Hare: My People

My People

Poached Hare is a websiteliterary journal and chapbook press committed to contemporary creative work. 

Their first issue is out now and features a fresh and eclectic mix of short fiction and poetry, whilst their website features an engaging and diverse selection of essays and creative non-fiction, including My People by J H Martin, a short piece of creative non-fiction about his first year living in Yangon, Myanmar, which you can read here.

ချစ်စကိုရှည်စေ၊ မုန်းစကိုတိုစေ