“Here is Much Water”

I haven’t done any visual poetry lately, so to correct that, here’s a new one. Why? Because it’s the beginning of the semester and I should be prepping classes. This is avoidance behavior. Seriously, this is for my father, who has been dead coming on fifteen years now, and because I’ve been gone from Wisconsin for nearly as long.

JohnWaterPoem

 

“Nirvana Playing Twister with the Smashing Pumpkins”

I’ve been playing with poems in graphic form lately, but have limited design talent. Fortunately,  I’m married to a woman who’s an illustrator and painter. She’s able to put on the page what I see in my head. It’s expensive for journals to publish poems in the form of color art, so I’ll be posting most of these experiments here. Here’s the first. (Hit the pdf link below to see it larger.)

Nirvana Playing Twister with the Smashing Pumpkins

Nirvana Playing Twister with the Smashing Pumpkins

“The Cliff Walkers” “The Buddha of Newport” and “On Visiting Salve Regina University, Newport, Rhode Island”

A visit to a good friend in Rhode Island brought me this trio of poems. Prime Number is another of my favorite online journals and I’m proud these poems have such a good home. You can also find them in Prime Number Magazine Editors’ Selections anthology, Volume 3.

http://www.primenumbermagazine.com/Issue31_Poetry_JohnMcDermott.html

“Crazeology” and “Momentum”

The museum of americana is one of the coolest online journals, especially if you love American music. I’ve been so fortunate to have been included in two of their issues. (“Dick Dale Conquers the World” first appeared in the museum, too.). Check out their site for great writing and really fun links to music and more. These two poems are about a pair of my favorite jazz musicians, Charlie “Bird” Parker and Chet Baker.

http://themuseumofamericana.net/current-issue/poetry/two-poems-by-john-mcdermott/