Collapse Into the Comfort of Sound by David L O’Nan (poem)

Collapse Into the Comfort of Sound

Collapse into the comfort of sound
A fool sitting in the graveyard.
Whispering to his lost ones.
A new fever was gained in the invention,
Or was it an invitation to faking the illness.
A prize for the lonely,
Secret holes blinding these walls.
I can't break the seeds that were combed over this earth.

The heat is generating disease.
In every ounce of sweat.
Colliding recklessly into an unsealing mentality.
We, as slime just stuck together from our mind to purity.
Letting my mind cast off-
the peeling off of disgust.

Collapse into the comfort of sound
Forget the winding down of aging years.
The wind isn't the lonely one,
The wind is your best friend.
The wind tunnels its way through your psyche.
Pulling the crisp leaves -
From the pockets of your hands.

Sprinkle into the silent glaze of Heaven.
Collapse into the comfort of sound.

A silent sound, a maddening sound.
A breathy sound.
A sound of a symphony, a sound of a cry.
Colder temperatures are on the way.

Panic is in the eyes of the gazelle.
Your hunger is a tiger.
And the sound is the constant.
Collapsing, colliding, conversations -
with mortality
Trusting yourself in each heartbeat.
Not letting any of the beats become radical -
And escaping to become a lone detriment.
Collapse into the comfort of sound.

The Bible Belt Bachelor Beat, The Prison Speech (2005) Poetry by David L O’Nan

 “Before the Bridges Fell” by me David L O’Nan Poetry book is out today on Cajun Mutt Press 

Available Now: Before I Turn Into Gold Inspired by Leonard Cohen Anthology by David L O’Nan & Contributors w/art by Geoffrey Wren

Bending Rivers: The Poetry & Stories of David L O’Nan out now! 

Bio: David L O'Nan is a poet, short story writer, editor living in Southern Indiana.  He is the editor for the Poetry & Art Anthologies "Fevers of the Mind Poetry and Art. and has also edited & curated other Anthologies including 2 inspired by Leonard Cohen and an upcoming one inspired by Bob Dylan. He has self-published works under the Fevers of the Mind Press "The Famous Poetry Outlaws are Painting Walls and Whispers" "The Cartoon Diaries" & "New Disease Streets" (2020). A compilation of 4 books "Bending Rivers" a micro poem collection "Lost Reflections" and new book "Before the Bridges Fell" (look under books tab in Amazon) under Cajun Mutt Press & "His Poetic Last Whispers" (2022)  David has had work published in Icefloe Press, Dark Marrow, Truly U, 3 Moon Magazine, Elephants Never, Royal Rose Magazine, Spillwords, Anti-Heroin Chic, Cajun Mutt Press, Punk Noir Magazine, Voices From the Fire.  Twitter is @davidLONan1 and for the book @feversof     Join Facebook Group: Fevers of the Mind Poetry & Arts Group .   Facebook Author page DavidLONan1   and goodreads page is 

Hiraeth Series Poems by Kushal Poddar 34 & 35

Hiraeth Series 34 & 35


Near the market’s end
one nibsmith toils on a pen
no longer in demand
or in use even by him.

There is no no-longer.

The shops seek an end
to this sickness going around.

As I pass the dim shop I hear
a distinct crack widening
the fractures in the barrel
and the section.

A gush of ink spurts out
from the shop,
and we are all written off
in a fraction of one breath.


A man in white
stuck in rain
orders the same tea
I call for in this
puny shanty,

and here we,
two strangers, sip,
dip some salty cookies
you find exclusively
in these roads
where rain blows both
hot and cold,
and kisses are forbidden
for the couple
sitting in the other bench.

The car designated to him
and ran by a chauffeur
in his company liveries
arrives, and he
walks his limited liability walk
toward nothingness.

Hiraeth Series Poems 31-33 from Kushal Poddar

Hiraeth Series Poems 28-30 from Kushal Poddar

Hiraeth Series poems 26,27 from Kushal Poddar

2 more poems from Hiraeth Series by Kushal Poddar

Hiraeth Series poems 21-23 from Kushal Poddar

Hiraeth Series by Kushal Poddar (poems 13-20)*updated 9/13

Poems 8-12 from “Hiraeth Series” by Kushal Poddar

A Poetry Series by Kushal Poddar “Hiraeth Series”

Wolfpack Contributor: Kushal Poddar

A Fevers of the Mind Quick-9 Interview with Gerald Jatzek

Gerald Jatzek - YouTube

with Gerald Jatzek:

Q1: When did you start writing and first influences?

Gerald: I started to write a book when I was eight. When I had finished the second chapter, we formed a soccer team, and I forgot about my plans.

Q2: Who are your biggest influences today?

Gerald: That’s a difficult one. I tried to learn from Kavafis, Mayakovsky, Ritsos, Eluard, Parra and others. And, well, Kafka is not an influence; he is the godfather of modern literature.

Q3: Where did you grow up and how did that influence your writing/art? Have any travels away from home influence your work?

Gerald: I come from a working class neighborhood in Vienna, which means I grew up bilingually in Standard German and Viennese dialect and its different occurrences in the form of sociolects.

Traveling was especially important when I was young and felt like suffocating in the conservative Viennese atmosphere where the elders suffered from amnesia regarding the atrocities of the Nazi era.

Q4: What do you consider the most meaningful work you’ve done creatively so far to you?

Gerald: My poems for children.

Q5: Any pivotal moment when you knew you wanted to be an artist/poet/writer?


As I mentioned, I come from a strictly working class background. Accordingly, everybody I knew either worked (even mothers of five) or was out of work. I heard about artists and writers in school, but they belonged to another world.

I finished secondary education thanks to state grants – which were given to the likes of us for the first time in Austrian history after the social democrats were elected in 1971.

After school I studied to become a teacher and worked in what nowadays are called McJobs. It all changed during my second year. In June hundreds of activists squatted in the buildings of a former slaughterhouse and converted them into a complex of counterculture. Two months later I traveled overland to Afghanistan, India and Nepal. In Kathmandu I decided to make a living as a writer and journalist.

Q6: Favorite activities to relax?

Gerald: Guitar (mandolin, ukulele) playing; reading; etymology and languages; evenings with friends, wine, and music; traveling; relaxing in Greece.

Q7: Any recent or forthcoming projects that you’d like to promote?

Gerald: I have nothing to promote right now. I’m working on a manuscript with very short stories and a book with Viennese anecdotes (both in German). A collection of poetry for children in English is nearly finished, but I have no idea where to publish it.

Q8: What is a favorite line/stanza from a poem or song of yours? Any favorite piece of art?

Gerald: From “The sea” (work in progress): ” seven trillion lines of code, this poem / hijacked by guerilla currents”

Octavio Paz: “I search for an instant alive as a bird” (“Busco una fecha viva como un pájaro”)

Q9: Who has helped you most with writing?

Gerald: A lot of people who don’t know. Sometimes, I overhear a half-sentence from a conversation on the street, or I read a line from a torn poster, and it’s a powerful writing prompt.

Poetry from Anthologies by Gerald Jatzek

Poetry: No Miracles to Come by Gerald Jatzek

Poetry: Holiday Mass by Gerald Jatzek

A Fevers of the Mind Quick-9 Interview with Jason Conway

with Jason Conway:

Q1: When did you start writing and first influences?

Jason: I started writing poetry seriously in the summer of 2016. My Earliest influences date back to the ’80s when Pam Ayres was a national celebrity in the UK. Also, John Hegley.

Q2: Who are your biggest influences today?

Jason: Z D Dicks, the Gloucestershire Poet Laureate and Anna Saunders of the Cheltenham Poetry Festival, both in the UK.

Q3: Any pivotal moment when you knew you wanted to be a writer?

Jason: I experienced an epiphany whilst swimming in the sea in Woolacombe, Devon, the UK in 2016 which compelled me to write my first serious poem. In October that year, I was invited to join a new poetry group by a friend and within a month, I was hooked!

Q4: Who has helped you most with writing?

Jason: Both Z D Dicks and Anna Saunders have been a huge help to my writing through mentoring and workshops.

Q5: Where did you grow up and how did that influence your writing & did any travels away from home influence your work?

Jason: I grew up in Newcastle Under Lyme in Staffordshire, the UK and those early years exploring my local wild spaces, helped to form my passion for nature and creative expression.

Q6: What do you consider your most meaningful work you’ve done creatively so far to you?

Jason: Great question! I’ve been published in leading poetry magazines but my most meaningful and ongoing creative work is setting up my indie arts magazine, Steel jackdaw which promotes all forms of creative expression that promotes positive action, with a percentage of profits donated to charity.

Q7: Favorite activities to relax?

Jason: Natural Mindfulness – escaping into nature to recharge and be inspired. Plus, wild swimming, writing and reading poetry and creating art.

Q8: What is a favorite line/stanza from a poem/writing of yours or others?


‘Along an unkempt path, I wandered,
passing crippled bushes
arched in obedience to harsh winds,
like lepers longing for a warming touch,
a sun that seldom visits’

Q9: Any recent or forthcoming projects that you’d like to promote?


Edition 4 of Steel Jackdaw Magazine will be published on the 25th of October and I am part of a forthcoming collaborative arts project called PoArtry in the UK. For that, I’m creating a 3D abstract artwork based on a poets recent work. I start an MA in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University this October and that will create a large body of new work and a finished manuscript, which I really looking forward to!

Here are my links to promote:

My social accounts: Amazon link to book!

A Fevers of the Mind Quick-9 Interview with Marcelle Newbold

with Marcelle Newbold:

Q1: When did you start writing and first influences?

Marcelle: I started recording the everyday, usually on my iphone, during maternity leave with my son. It was such an overwhelming time- the extreme sleep deprivation, as well as being new to parenting. I used the page (screen) as someone to share with. Looking back at those notes now the range of emotions is astonishing – some have turned into poems, some not.

In 2018 I attended poetry evening classes run by the generous Mab Jones, she was the one that really got me ‘started’, she is so passionate and enthusiastic. That lead to a weekly group run by Claire Syder, which I still attend now and wouldn’t be without.

Q2: Who are your biggest influences today?

Marcelle: I still attend lots of workshops (online in these covid times), which I find really inspiring – learning about different approaches to writing, the different personalities. I have recently had the pleasure of reconnecting with the fabulous Elizabeth Horan and am now inseparable from the prose poem.

I live in South Wales and am surrounded by wonderful landscape and lyrical welsh poets – historic and living. These are a constant influence – to infuse the local into the universal.

Q3: Any pivotal moment when you knew you wanted to be a writer/artist?

Marcelle: Reading Tony Hoagland’s work, it is so affecting, I knew I wanted to learn to be able to connect like that. I adore the way he expresses the magicness of the everyday.

Q4: Who has helped you most with writing?

Marcelle: I regularly attend a workshopping group with Rhian Edwards, Tracey Rhys, Emily Cotterill, Susie Wildsmith and Emily Blewitt, who are all fantastic writers and thoughtful readers. The wonderful Christina Thatcher has been my mentor for almost 2 years now and her steady influence and insight I greatly value.

It is a privilege to be able to read hundreds of poetry submissions in my position as poetry editor for Nightingale and Sparrow, this has really informed my own writing persuasions. In 2020 I worked on a Pandemic Poetry anthology – the submissions were astounding in their breadth and intensity, it was a honour to read for. Editing has definitely helped my ability to objectively assess my own writing.

The twitter poetry community is always generous, I particularly enjoy the inclusive home that Matthew Smith has created around his Black Bough Poetry micro-poem world.

Q5: Where did you grow up and how did that influence your writing/art? Have any travels away from home influence your work?

Marcelle: I grew up and went to school in Cardiff, capital of Wales, before moving on graduation, via London, to Portsmouth on the south coast of England. I have been very lucky always living close to the sea and hills. My parents love the sea and we would often daytrip to visit, in all its different forms, in all types of weather.
I trained as an Architect and have been lucky enough to travel to Australia & New Zealand, North America & Canada, and Western Europe. I love well laid out European urban spaces and can recall routes and places easily, which I often dream about walking through, and they end up on the page.

Q6: What do you consider the most meaningful work you’ve done creatively so far to you?

Marcelle: I enjoy writing about the everyday, highlighting the precious normal, which can easily be overlooked with our hectic lives.

Q7: Favorite activities to relax?

Marcelle: I love making dresses for my young daughter from found materials (scarves from charity shops, my dad’s old shirts), wind bathing! and reading with continuous cups of tea.

Q8: What is a favorite line/stanza from a poem/writing of yours or others?

Marcelle: From ‘Weeping willow’ my poem published in Indigo Dreams’ ‘Dear Dylan, an anthology after Dylan Thomas’:
She knew: memory as a trick, there’s only now.
So they bathe, drink, exert, worship – keep not
to themselves and believe in divine cultivation.

Q9: Any recent or forthcoming projects that you’d like to promote?

Marcelle: Not really! Watch this space, first pamphlet coming soon (hopefully)!


Twitter: @marcellenewbold