Poetry Preview “American Linden” from “Sunset in Rome” from James Schwartz

American Linden

Summertime in a city park,
The basswood above me,
Like Rimbaud's linden trees,
Invite heartache,
Against the bark, 
Under starry skies,
After the bar,
Pining,
For his low voice,
Just above the breeze,
Before,
Limbs intertwine,
With whisky breath,
In rites of splendor,
As ancient as,
The forest-fawn,
But like Rimbaud,
We are not serious,
Willow strands slapping,
Our upturned faces.   

Bio: James Schwartz is a poem, slam performer and author of various poetry collections including The Literary Party: Growing Up Gay and Amish in America (Kindle, 2011), Punatic (Writing Knights Press, 2019) & most recently Motor City mix (Alien Buddha Press, 2022)

Poetry & Video links by James Schwartz

by James Schwartz

Summer Mix 2022

Detroit description:

73 degrees on a late June night,

I sit above the street,

On the balcony,

Catching the breeze,

With the fluttering Ukraine flag, 

Above the bricks, 

With my tablet open to YouTube 

Playing Detroit Motown, 

Best of 90s Trance, 

Detroit techno,

Lana Del Rey, 

&

watching the starry sky 

& 

traffic on John R. 



Some hot cars, 

Northbound to 7 Mile, 

Southbound to 6 Mile, 

This is Motor City baby, 


He says see you around bro,

we fistbump,

He Leaves me to,

Thoughts on far away cityscapes, 

& men that left, 


 I see,

My first firefly of the season,

Glowing in the foreground,

At the same time,

A plane in the background,

Makes its descent across the city... 


Bio: James Schwartz is a poem, slam performer and author of various poetry collections including The Literary Party: Growing Up Gay and Amish in America (Kindle, 2011), Punatic (Writing Knights Press, 2019) & most recently Motor City mix (Alien Buddha Press, 2022)

Playlist:



https://youtu.be/RvjDjLEhDQs 

https://youtu.be/2QVC__Uvd8s 

https://youtu.be/gTPSxbQ9sbo 

https://youtu.be/TX-Qn-Yh5p0 

https://youtu.be/1nsmXLIr45s 

https://youtu.be/WwNrxAIQqYY 

https://youtu.be/khedks_HSdE

https://youtu.be/YnwfTHpnGLY 

https://youtu.be/Xl9lQonO_RQ 


Spoken Word Video for Pride Month in June: James Schwartz : Last Night a Drag Queen Saved My Life

Bio: James Schwartz is a poem, slam performer and author of various poetry collections including The Literary Party: Growing Up Gay and Amish in America (Kindle, 2011), Punatic (Writing Knights Press, 2019) & most recently Motor City mix (Alien Buddha Press, 2022)

A sleepcast poem from James Schwartz

The term ‘sleepcast’ (coined by Headspace.com) is described as an audio / visual presentation, a ‘wind down’ & description of a relaxing environment… beginning in the present moment… the hum of traffic on Woodward drifts through the spring evening… the singing crystal bowls soundbath (by Healing Vibrations) ring out on my YouTube app… binaural beats, Om chanting, chakra soundscapes, burning sage, glowing candles, Shiva mantras… inhale, exhale, slow deep breaths while we meditate on my memories… 

I met a guru by chance, as one does at Kehena Beach… he wore flowing robes & flowers & told me Shiva was the god of both marijuana & tobacco… he had just returned from a forbidden city in India… He grew his own medicine which he proudly displayed on the black sand, marveling at the glittering trichomes, inviting me to marvel as well, I agree I have seen none finer… He fills a bowl of his bounty & we smoke, watching the dolphins frolic, the drums from the Sunday drum circle pound with the surf… side by side we pass the bowl & gaze at the impossibly azure Pacific before us… 

Kehena Beach is a clothing optional gathering spot of the seekers & celebrated on the Big Island… where hippies, WOOFers, & backpackers pick their way down a treacherous cliff side to the volcanic sands below… 

The dolphins draw closer attracted by the drumming which in turn fuels the drummers… naked bronzed bodies writhe to the rhythms, a rainbow arcs overhead & the slightest rain mists through the sunshine… several dogs race down the length of the crashing Pacific… my guru friend leaves an offering to Shiva before departing… I watch the dance of the dolphins… inhaling the cleanest air on Earth… before I gently bring us back to the present moment… back to the city & street noise… if you feel like lingering on the beach you may do so… inhale, exhale, slow deep breaths… in your deep state of serenity…

Namaste. 

Bio: James Schwartz is a poem, slam performer and author of various poetry collections including The Literary Party: Growing Up Gay and Amish in America (Kindle, 2011), Punatic (Writing Knights Press, 2019) & most recently Motor City mix (Alien Buddha Press, 2022)

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Bob Dylan Inspired Poem from James Schwartz : Revolution & Rust

Revolution & Rust

The night falls fast,
His kiss grows cold,
Blowing in the wind,
Memories glow gold,
 
So many years, man,
Have kept us apart,
His Bob Dylan records,
My silence as we part,
 
The morning comes quick,
Pray to our lust,
Tonight we will sing,
Of revolution & rust. 
 
 
https://youtu.be/1ST9TZBb9v8 

A Fevers of the Mind Quick-9 Interview with James Schwartz
3 Poems by James Schwartz

Bio: James Schwartz is a poem, slam performer and author of various poetry collections including The Literary Party: Growing Up Gay and Amish in America (Kindle, 2011), Punatic (Writing Knights Press, 2019) & most recently Motor City mix (Alien Buddha Press, 2022)