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: Square One

Square One

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, 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

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, 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.

 

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.

Poetry: Window Steam

Window Steam

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, Window Steam, a new poem by J H Martin, which you can read for free here.

 

 

Poetry: Three Poems

Three Poems

Brickplight is a quarterly poetry journal that exists to promote the exploration of unique identities through daring poetry.

We seek poets who revel in undermining conventional thinking by giving voice to what conformity would have us bury and forget—the fact that we are diverse, feeling, and thoughtful beings, completely singular in character, circumstance, and in our possible modes of expression, and so invaluable to each other as gateways to creative discovery.

Published every three months, Volume 2 Issue 3 of Brickplight is out now and features poetry from Eric BurgoyneSam KasparKatrina KayeLaurinda LindCameron MorseRobert L. PenickDarrell PetskaMahta RiaziMinoti Vaishnav, and Patricia Walsh, as well as three new poems by J H Martin, which you can read for free here.

 

 

Poetry: 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

Poetry: Immortal Green

 

My world is drunk
With memory

But behind
The dank green
Of its fallen leaves

The heart always sobers

With no roof up above
And no love down below
These thoughts are but stars
To leave to their wheel

Walking onwards alone
I laugh at nothing

Eternity circles

Cleave yonder from blue

 

© J H Martin

Immortal Green 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

Poetry: Two Poems

Two Poems

Free Library of the Internet Void is a group of dedicated “librarians, researchers, cretins, and cronies”, who scour the internet for fiction, poetry and art to add to their ever growing library.

Their latest collection – Until Further Notice – is out now and features art by Lauren Buchanan, fiction by Bethan Dee, poetry by Natasha Deonarain, RC deWinter, and two new poems, The Black Watch, and, Mon Coeur, by J H Martin.

You can read Collection XVIII of the Free Library for free here.

Despite what our superiors once suggested, we do not believe our proximity to this endless, howling abyss has had any negative effects on our collective psyches…

If you’re out there, we hear you.