Saturday, April 22, 2017

VALDOR!, our Barcelona poet, with Paulo Freire! (plus a touch of Bob Dylan)

"We're always delighted when we hear from our very favorite Barcelona
España poet VALDOR!" asserts assistant editor Tama...                           

"and!" states noble assistant
editor Frosty, "he sent us an
awesome quote from 
Paulo Freire!"

 "En el conflicto entre el poderoso y el desposeido, no intervenir no significa ser neutr al, sino ponerse lado del poderoso"
[Written by educator Paulo Freire (1921-1997, from his 'Pedagogy of the Oppressed', Portuguese: 'Pedagogia do Oprimido'), a humane, heart-oriented pedagogy between teacher, student, and society]

Rotten Old Road                                      (VALDOR)
                                                          "... Your old way
                                                              is eaten away,
                                                   please let pass the new
                                              if you can not lend a hand
                                            because times are changing. "

                                                                (Bob Dylan)

The appearance of times
constantly changes,
mutating actions, ideas and ambitions,                          
updating the marbled iron of gene homo's 
changing shapes and colors,
seemingly casting the same
hypocritical shadow over our
past and our potential futures.

Times change ... it is inevitable ...
let us have the song of the sirens,
the aura of legendary myths
held within the hands of history,
Knead the voracious pantomime of fame,
of money, and the possibility
of lives lived at the expense
of the real call to what our work
is and needs to be.

Penance exists, doesn't expire,
is neither young or old,
even as the old voracious
shadow remains upright,
even though our sites and light can
deftly move; you can lend your hand
to the validity of the new and worthy
within changing times without
imposing the assumptions
and trampling techniques of
the rotten old road, 
of consumerism.
                (Traducción del castellano:  Tony Ribell)

noble assistant editors, well done...
should we stop here to ponder what we've just read?...

mews of assent!

see you in a moment

ayaz daryl nielsen


Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Rex Sexton, his artwork: DEEP SIX Harmony in Diversity (Philadelphia)

assistant editor Tama: "we deeply miss our dear friend Rex, but/and!  
his artwork continues to appear in the loveliest of homes!"

"Yes!" from 
assistant editor Frosty...
"Thank you, Rochelle,
for sending us two 
of Rex's masterpieces 
which will be present, 
among many others, at the

                  Old City Jewish Art Center   
                     119 N. 3rd St.
                     Philadelphia, PA  19106"

                     May 1st through May 28th
                   215 627-2792

Frosty:  "lucky Philadelphia- Tama, Philadelphia is a long way from
Longmont, Colorado- do you think we'll be able to go?"

Tama- "Mister Editor, what do you think?"

Noble assistants, we will, at the very least, be there in heart and soul
among our beloved friend Rex's artwork- and! 
there are five other worthy artists who will have artwork on display:
Melvin Chappell, John A. Benigno, Sheldon Strober
Susan Richards, and! Mikel Elam!

another from Rex:

Tama:  "This one really touches my heart, doggy and all..."
Frosty  "Extra treats for Rochelle!?!"

Extra treats for all of us, noble assistants... thank you, Rochelle!
We aren't able to present a completely clear poster on 
                 DEEP SIX  Harmony in Diversity  (my fault)
but, we all can check it out ("we will check it out!", states Tama) at     their website


time for everyone's special treats! 

see you in a moment

ayaz daryl nielsen


Saturday, April 15, 2017

beloved poets Judith Partin-Nielsen and Patricia Carragon! plus: Chris 'Cricket' Faiers! and, Don Wentworth!

assisatant editor Tama:                     
"April is poetry month! 
(and my birthday!) So!  
Let's do a post
with poems from 
my favorite poets!"

Frosty, assistant editor:
"We have so many favorite
poets, we'll have to 
do numerous posts, won't we?  
and Happy Birthday, Tama!
Mister editor, extra treats for Tama today!?!"    
Extra treats for everyone today, Frosty, and!  
Excellent suggestion, Tama!  
Which poets would you have us begin with?

Tama and Frosty: "Patricia Carragon!  Hi, kitty-cat Sam!  
            And our beloved Judith Partin-Nielsen!  
And dear friend, the Canadian Cricket hisself, Chris Faiers!
            And a visit from our longtime hero, Don Wentworth!"

                  no time like the present no time


little twitch and gone . . . this world              Don Wentworth


                            Migrations #1
                                                In Memoriam
                                                José Angel Alfano Solana             

We crossed over the border
I won’t say how
and what can I say of
freezing desert nights
black sky blazing stars
then searing, burning sun
tearing into flesh
relentless, relentless
the walking, and fear
then- - - - - - -running, running
as sand clouds appear
against the far sky
running, running- - -and then
I lost you and Juan and
the girl running, running
and falling face down
breathing sand and
dreaming, dreaming of naranjas and
water, rain falling and
phantoms unfurling like giant
sails across the desert floor
and the pounding, pounding of
ocean waves in my ears
and then- - - - -the face, the face
of El Senõr

Judith Partin-Nielsen
(poem first published in New Verse News)

Walking to meditation
through fresh snow

                                              red wine and Stones
                                              oatmeal cookies baking
                                              reading your book

                                               Chris 'Cricket' Faiers

Frosty:  "this, our must visit with Mr. Cricket hisself at:

      Riffs & Ripples from ZenRiver Gardens

from Patricia Carragon's new collection INNOCENCE


                     Some people try
                     to chaperone my life,
                     keep me with boundaries.
                     They're always right
                     and I'm always wrong.

                     Don't break the rules!
                     Shut up and dance!
                     You need to fit in!

                     I whirl past them,
                     tell them off.
                     Egos self-destruct--
                     their dogs break free
                     with tails wagging.

                     "and kitty-cats break free, too!"  states Frosty

Tama:  "before birthday treats, can we have more from Mr. Wentworth?"

you betcha, noble assistants. . .

silence falls, too,
on the roof of the house
of rain

                               one noble truth leaf after leaf after leaf

                   GRAND UNIFIED THEORY

                       the moment

especially you, Tama!  Happy Birthday!
"and extra treats!" states Frosty

see you in a moment

ayaz daryl nielsen


Sunday, April 2, 2017

Patricia Carragon: INNOCENCE Cathy Porter: EXIT SONGS

Brooklyn writer Patricia Carragon
loves cupcakes, chocolate, cats and haiku.
Patricia hosts Brownstone Poets and is editor-in-chief of its annual
anthology.  She is an executive
director for Home Planet News Online.

Frosty: "and we love Patricia Carragon!
Greetings, kitty cat Sam!"

for more info., check out her websites:


              Roller Coaster Ride    by Patricia Carragon

                We were approaching the last stop,
                Coney Island - Stillwell Avenue,
                but the N train didn't stop -

                it continued upward on tracks
                that rose above the station
                until it made that sudden descent

                and plunged into the ocean
                where the real mermaids waited
                over an hour to get on.  

Tama:  "Cathy Porter has been our friend
and compadre in various nefarious
(but worthy!) poetic endeavors for
many years, and her successes,
as with having this collection of her
poetry published by

DULCET  dancing girl press and studio

are beautiful.  Congratulations on
this most excellent collection 
of your poems, Cathy!"


            You would be the first to correct
            the inconsistencies regarding your 
            legacy and demise – inflated egos
            and rumors never sat well with 
            Virginia Hensley.  From Arthur Godfrey 
            to Carnegie Hall, you proved that the
            women could do it every bit as well
            as the men, and sometimes better.
            Charlie had your back - even in the fights 
            that had Nashville tongues rolling at 
            a record pace - you dished it out
            just as fast as you took it all in;
            word got out that you didn’t
            mess with The Cline. That plane
            finished off what the car crash couldn’t, 
            but the voice remains for the girl 
            singers who come to Nashville in bulk,
            all with sweet dreams of being 
            the next Patsy

Cathy Porter also has two chapbooks available from Finishing Line Press: A Life In The Day (2012), and Dust And Angels (2014). Her poem Clocked In was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She serves as a Special Editor for Fine Lines Journal, based in Omaha, NE. Cathy lives with her husband Lenny and their golden retriever Lucky, along with the two cat-dog sidekicks Cody and Mini. She can be contacted at

Frosty:  "greetings, Cody and Mini and Lucky!  Thank you, Patricia Carragon!, and, Cathy Porter!, for writing so incurably excellently, and, especially, for sharing it with all of us!
And! Isn't it time all of us had their very special treats?"

yes, noble assistants!    treats for everyone!  

see you in a moment

ayaz daryl nielsen