north of oxford poetry

2 Poems by John D Robinson

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Awaking as Lovers
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I was going to write of
waking up at dawn in a
bus-shelter, robbed of my
money, jacket and shoes
and walking home bare-
foot and fragile but it
was a poem of beauty
and tenderness, like
when Carmelina and I
first awoke as lovers
in my studio-room,
sparsely furnished,
bleak but friendly:
I made some coffee
before she awoke and I
looked at her sleeping,
I still do that now,
over 3 decades later.
 
Footsteps
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Never really got with
William S Burroughs
writings and found his
life far more enthralling
and
 Billy Burroughs Jnr
that cursed at birth
poet who drank himself
to death following a
liver transplant aged 33:
following footsteps can
be easy,
creating your own
isn’t. 
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John D Robinson July B&W portrait
John D Robinson is a UK poet: ‘When You Hear The Bell, There’s Nowhere To Hide’ (Holy&intoxicated Publications 2016) ‘Cowboy Hats & Railways’ (Scars Publications 2016) ‘Damned Dirty and Dangerous’ with Ben John Smith: (Holy&intoxicated Publications 2017): His work appears widely in the small press and online literary journals.
 
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2 Poems by Edward L. Canavan

ocean
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form and fade
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playing the part
if only for now
 
caught
in her
graceful
shadow
 
as it dances
across the space
of my mind
 
again
i am swept
by her wake
 
out
to the deepest
dreaming
sea.
 
 
 
clutterfucked
 
things disappear
 
somewhere behind the mind
a junkyard of bits and bolts
 
as we pretend
the incessant rattling din
is nothing
 
and go on
about our
forgetting.
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Edward L. Canavan is an American poet whose work has been published
in Bleeding Hearts, Ibis Head Review, Burning Word, and Oxford Comma.
He currently resides in the burning cauldron of hellfire known as the
San Fernando Valley, California.

Leave by Tony Walton

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Leave
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In Brighton, a suburb of Denver,
at  6:03 pm on a Tuesday, a woman
in dark shades is seen careening through
a yellow traffic light turning red,
grinning straight into the windshield
days rerunning behind her:
 
41 Christmases, 3 mortgages, 4 cars, 5 dogs
7 expired drivers licenses
2 slippers under the bed
 
Days fill
Nights fill
Glasses fill
Calendars fill
Beds fill
 
She never fills
 
But what life did she expect?
 
An ant is crawling across the
knuckles of her driving hand
He knows the answer but
he’s not telling her
 
Radio rising, orange tip of a
cigarette sparks the dark
out the window
a light beer in the cupholder
 
she eases down on the pedal
humming rubber on white concrete
going somewhere:
 
factories without smoke drowse soundless
ships sail from distant harbors
cars run silently at highway rests
numbered seats fly across time zones
 
the world continues to
be the same
 
without her.
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Tony Walton is a Caribbean writer living in the Cayman Islands. His work has appeared in Storyteller Magazine, Moonkind Press, Wilde Magazine and others. Tony Walton

Call by Gideon Tay Yee Chuen

s window
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Call
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I am
Called to be
a Change-Maker
a Trail-Blazer
a Strong Leader.
Called—
to move Mountains.
I am.
 
Excitement, exhilaration, anticipation.
 
I can’t wait to start
Yet I start to wait
For something—
To happen
To appear
To start.
 
Nothing came, so I stood
Despondent.
 
Then they called out:
Faith without action is
 
Dead.
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AGJN1946
 
Gideon Tay Yee Chuen is a Singaporean poet.

Call for Poetry Submissions

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We are pleased to announce we are bringing in the New Year with an open call for poetry submissions. We are currently caught up with future editions and are looking forward to receiving your best. We carefully read all submissions and strive to provide poets with a timely response. Please read and follow the guidelines when submitting. You can find our guidelines here: https://northofoxford.wordpress.com/about/

Best Read Poets at North of Oxford – 2017

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Unrequited forester contrite with sunrise by James Walton

https://northofoxford.wordpress.com/2017/08/15/unrequited-forester-contrite-with-sunrise-by-james-walton/

Late, Almost Morning by Lucas Carpenter

https://northofoxford.wordpress.com/2017/08/15/late-almost-morning-by-lucas-carpenter/

Phoenix by Jane Rosenberg LaForge

https://northofoxford.wordpress.com/2017/06/15/phoenix-by-jane-rosenberg-laforge/

Finding Center by Abbe Mogell

https://northofoxford.wordpress.com/2017/06/15/finding-center-by-abbe-mogell/

2 Poems by John Timpane

https://northofoxford.wordpress.com/2017/09/15/2-poems-by-john-timpane/

Revelstoke Mountain, 5am by Julia Wakefield

https://northofoxford.wordpress.com/2017/09/15/revelstoke-mountain-5am-by-julia-wakefield/

2 Poems by Judy Kronenfeld

https://northofoxford.wordpress.com/2017/07/15/2-poems-by-judy-kronenfeld/

2 Poems by Tony Rickaby

https://northofoxford.wordpress.com/2017/07/15/2-poems-by-tony-rickaby/

2 Poems by Peycho Kanev

https://northofoxford.wordpress.com/2017/12/15/2-poems-by-peycho-kanev/

2 Poems by Annie Blake

https://northofoxford.wordpress.com/2017/08/15/2-poems-by-annie-blake/

Fauna by Stephen Page

https://northofoxford.wordpress.com/2017/06/15/fauna-by-stephen-page/

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Satyr, Wounded by Stephen Mead

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Head Of A Satyr by Michelangelo

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Satyr, Wounded
 
 
You remind me of that,
one of Michelangelo’s kind
but smaller in frame, pain’s
thievery, the disease, taking,
twisting muscles until
only the eloquence of sleep
realigns the pure curves,
the beautiful bones.
 
Mother Morphia also clears
your plate, the eyes of bitter blue
pale inside the tired crags
returning warmth from some
gibberish battle to your voice
of whiskey.
 
I see old lovers in you, fallen warriors all
turned to the saints of tortured
children, their tattoos & piercings
clues to that fate there on white sheets.
 
Coming to we do not speak
of the darker phase.
We give the wounds to amnesia,
the tears for Mom to release, necessary,
& love you any way with the bait
of empathy.
 
You ask for a soda which I pass
to touch hands & there’s a memory
for dance in the club of our blood,
you & I testimonies smiling
for our tribe’s scriptures.
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A resident of NY, Stephen Mead is a published Outsider artist, writer, maker of short-collage films and sound-collage downloads.   In 2014 he began a webpage to gather links of his poetry being published in such zines as Great Works, Unlikely Stories, Quill & Parchment, etc., in one place:  Poetry on the Line, Stephen Mead