3 new poems by A.R. Salandy : “Seas Coveted” “Conditions” & “Adquiesco”

silhouette of tree during sunset
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Seas Coveted

Driftwood crackles
Along ornate shorelines
Where out as one swam
Supple flesh was grasped

And saline lubricant
Did give internal cleansing
As waves broke and hummed
Their demented prayers

As serenaded were lovers
Submerged in waters ephemeral,
And consumed by glaring moonlight
As Aphrodite hushed waters

And bitter waves did consume all sin,
Cleansed by Neptune and offspring,
Arcane.

Conditions

Riled nerves are collected
In shelved discontent
Where tedious tantrums
Burst from arcane grudges

And gargantuan exasperation
Brings resurgence of recurrent quarrels
To the forefront of voracious anger
Never quelled by sutured lips

That explode like canned nutrition
Sealed away from the chagrin
Of demented concoctions
Connected by complex mania

And cruel constellations
Of failed socialization
Where momentary lapses,
Fugacious fiascos fleeting,

Do act as a window
To a duplexity of interchangeable actions,
A swift look at the human condition
Eternally bewildering. 

Adquiesco*

Spilled scotch perfumes
Dingy sheets with depravity
As sensationalist tendencies
Overtake the light of reality

And erode humble living
As grand fissures emerge
And consume celestial beings
In moments brief and shrouded,

But still some stare on
As open eyed delinquents
Whose bodies remain confined
To journalistic endeavors

And crude depictions
That cage their existence
Into gilded worlds
Where bedazzled pageantry

Remains a fragment of vain minds
Where once popularity ends
And bright lights fade to cruel taunts
Can dark boudoirs be seen

As the final resting place of the rich,
Reduced to soil and dust all the same. 

*repose; latin



A Fevers of the Mind Quick-9 Interview with A.R. Salandy


New Poetry by A.R. Salandy: Fleeting Thoughts, Coercive Power, Union

Bio: Anthony is a Black Mixed-race poet & writer who has spent most of his life in the Middle East jostling between the UK & America. Anthony's work has been published 215 times internationally. Anthony has 2 published chapbooks titled 'The Great Northern Journey' 2020 (Lazy Adventurer Publishing) & 'Vultures' 2021 (Roaring Junior Press) as well as a novel 'The Sands of Change' 2021 (Alien Buddha Press). Anthony's Chapbook 'Half Bred' is the Winner of the 2021 'The Poetry Question' Chapbook contest. Anthony is the Co-EIC of Fahmidan Journal & Poetry Editor at Chestnut ReviewTwitter/Instagram: @arsalandy https://arsalandywriter.com/

New Poetry by A.R. Salandy: Fleeting Thoughts, Coercive Power, Union

Morning, Sunrise, Landscape, Nature

Fleeting Thoughts

Sutured are once cracked lands
combed by ravenous winds
and jagged maneuvers otherworldly,

But silent are nights caliginous
where heavy clouds hang low
and faint shadows rise
from urban oases

lost to fanciful slumber
and consumed by mortal demagogy
that acts to fulfil instantaneous desires,

Much like the scent of lacquered dilapidation
where vilified are substances
manipulated by minds searching
for salvation thunderous and unknown,

But stentorian skies remain,
As notifications fortify momentary dopamine
long after lights have been distorted,

Long after cracked lands rest
filled with lives lost to gods
that never answered,
Much like contrived emotions digitized

and surrendered to communication distorted. 

Coercive Power

Cracked walls let soft light dance
With bruised cores
Where filled are egos haughty

And pampered by extravagance otherworldly,
For fear is constructed through slow fondling
Like lush gardens lovingly tended to,

Really engineered to singular benefit,
Much like subjugation engendered
Yet continuous in deception,

For cracked, many become broken
By socialized dominance,
Contrived and sewn in wombs

Many in number global,
But just as suppressed
By far removed policy

Cherry picked for gazes handsome
And delineated only by stratification self-made
Much like the feminine burden, forced,

But on the horizon a phallus diminished
Can be seen to collapse,
No longer grandiose in energy,

No longer a spear of supremacy constructed

Union

I mind open doors
That slam shut
As haughty candour becomes disorienting

And echoes far and wide
As the vindictive wage new maneuvers
On broken boundaries
And tearful encounters,

Where pleasantries grow forced
And skirmishes turn to all out aggression
As every word rattles a new recognition

Of deceit stony, and powerful
In its demolition of cool headed action
Until all propaganda and gossip sinful

Sees individuals adulterated
By the self-induced massacre
Of kindred warmth
Now bludgeoned by cruelties

That serve to delineate a truer state of union, former. 



A Fevers of the Mind Quick-9 Interview with A.R. Salandy

2 poems by A.R. Salandy : Mom’s Cranberry Cake & Rage Poem

Bio: Anthony is a Black Mixed-race poet & writer who has spent most of his life in the Middle East jostling between the UK & America. Anthony's work has been published 215 times internationally. Anthony has 2 published chapbooks titled 'The Great Northern Journey' 2020 (Lazy Adventurer Publishing) & 'Vultures' 2021 (Roaring Junior Press) as well as a novel 'The Sands of Change' 2021 (Alien Buddha Press). Anthony's Chapbook 'Half Bred' is the Winner of the 2021 'The Poetry Question' Chapbook contest. Anthony is the Co-EIC of Fahmidan Journal & Poetry Editor at Chestnut ReviewTwitter/Instagram: @arsalandy https://arsalandywriter.com/

A Fevers of the Mind Quick-9 Interview with A.R. Salandy

with A.R. Salandy

Q1: When did you start writing and first influences?

A.R.: I first started writing random bits of poetry when I was 14. Ironically, I used to write loads of prose, even though now, the bulk of my publications are solely poetry. Perhaps quite differently to most writers, I did not have concrete influences through poetic styles or poets in general. My influences poetically stem from poems I have read through education, work or through friends, rather than an innate interest in specific poets. In general, my influences have been the mundane, the political, the postmodern and so on.

Q2: Who are your biggest influences today?

A.R.: I could not say that a big influence exists as superimposed onto me by a specific writer. There are poems I have read by poets I have met and others that have impacted me. However, the biggest influence I have today, is the impact of globalization, postmodernity and the scourge of inequality and inequity at large.

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

A.R. I spent my first few years in the United States in Arizona & Virginia before moving to my mother’s homeland of Kuwait. As the child of mixed individuals and as a mixed-race individual myself, growing up was always a combination of numerous cultures, ranging from Caribbean to Polish to Persian to British & of course Kuwaiti aspects amongst others. This has created a metaphoric melting pot within my writing as I often draw parallels between societies and the people who inhabit them. Being able to exist within so many cultures, even if, albeit, on the periphery in some cases, I have been able to see their influence slowly progress within my writing.


I absolutely love to travel and before the pandemic would travel quite frequently. Trips that impacted me most include Tromsø in Norway, Vienna, Rome, Prague and Nepal amongst others. I feel extremely privileged to have been able to visit these countries and write as I absorbed their unique characters. In some ways my travels have influenced my work through language in particular as I am an avid language learner, but also through natural imagery and ways of life that are unique to specific countries/cities.

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

A.R.: I feel that much of my 2021 publications have expressed more of the postmodern discontent and discussion of inequality that I would like to pierce the mind of readers. Much of my recent poetry publications have actually come from 2 specific collections which I always find quite funny. In general, I believe much of my work is meaningful, even solely my eyes, as I do not write for the sake of writing, or for fantastical purpose, although I envy those who do. Instead, I write to be a seasoned voice that rises for all those whose suffering blends into a cacophony of anger at the state of all forms of social inequality.

Q5: Any pivotal moment when you knew you wanted to be a writer?

A.R.: I’ll be honest, I never knew I wanted to be a writer or poet. I still don’t really know. I enjoy writing poetry and I believe, always will. But I also believe that this is just part of the journey, a journey with caveats that end and merge and form anew beyond the confines of career driven success. In some ways, I, like many writers who do not have multiple writing degrees and endless connections or resources to pay excessive submission/competition fees feel quite pushed out of the poetry world. No matter what equality people holler, tokenism, inequality, nepotism and restrictive fees and policies demarcate who can ultimately be a poet in this economy. Fortunately, getting one’s words out is not limited to all male, or singular background groups, the more BIPOC and allied magazines, presses and journals like Fevers of the Mind arise, the more we can hear voices that deserve to be heard, no matter follower count, no matter financial or social background.

Q6: Favorite activities to relax?

A.R.: As a polyglot I am constantly studying my languages. Some say this is not truly relaxing, I beg to differ! Otherwise, I workout everyday and enjoy cooking and occasionally reading a lot of nonfiction and research articles/ opinion pieces of geo-politics and national politics in Britain, the US & Kuwait.

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

A.R.:

My second chapbook ‘Vultures’ recently came out on May 25th 2021 with Roaring Junior Press
ISBN 978-0-578-91653-8
https://www.roaringjunior.press/product/vultures-by-a-r-salandy-pre-order-releases-05-25-21

Q8: What is one of your favorite lines from a poem of yours or others?

A.R. :

‘Tarnished by times barbarous manifestations’ in Simulations published by Nymphs June 2021


https://nymphspublications.com/new-blog/simulations-by-ar-salandy

Q9: Who has helped you most with writing?

I have occasionally received feedback on my writing typically after it has been published or from fellow writers and friends. However, I generally have not had help with writing. I believe writing, especially poetry should be wholly natural. If it ever has to be teased out and stressed, than I believe I would reconsider if poetry was still for me. Thus, in that regard I do not typically seek help for my writing although I am not opposed to it. I think this ties back to the fact that in general, I am a very reserved person.

2 poems from A.R. Salandy in Fevers of the Mind Press Presents the Poets of 2020 : “An Ocean” & “Ephemeral Realities”

Poetry from A.R. Salandy (3 poems) Static, Copycat, & Sordidus

2 new poems by A.R. Salandy : Far Flung Lovers & Tepid Winter

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Bio: Anthony is a Black Mixed-race poet & writer who has spent most of his life in the Middle East jostling between the UK & America. Anthony’s work has been published 215 times internationally. Anthony has 2 published chapbooks titled ‘The Great Northern Journey’ 2020 (Lazy Adventurer Publishing) & ‘Vultures’ 2021 (Roaring Junior Press) as well as a novel ‘The Sands of Change’ 2021 (Alien Buddha Press). Anthony’s Chapbook ‘Half Bred’ is the Winner of the 2021 ‘The Poetry Question’ Chapbook contest. Anthony is the Co-EIC of Fahmidan Journal & Poetry Editor at Chestnut ReviewTwitter/Instagram: @arsalandy https://arsalandywriter.com/

2 new poems by A.R. Salandy : Far Flung Lovers & Tepid Winter

Fire, Flame, Koster, Burning, Coals

Tepid Winter

Winter begins its blazing descent
Under banal clouds
That hiss at slow forming sun

And lament on thawed lands,
Warmed too soon,
And awakened only by severed seasons

Consumed by fossilised expenditure,
Frivolous, and just as stalwart
As the warming storms

That cry gelid clemency,
Not to be heard
By natures stewards, ironic,

But rising dusts reach crescendo
As beauteous skies drown out
Sullen whimpers and bring rimy peace

To mammals thawed, now silent
As winter sun fades. 


Far Flung Lovers

I blow smoke into your face
As your brown eyes undress me
Evermore with each passing second

As if ravishing me once more
As you did
From a hidden corner at the party

Where we grew the courage
To approach each other
Amongst the intoxicated masses

That fill the endless seminars
Where I sit enamored
By the thought of classes

Where we know of each other
But not of one another,
Even though we sit in lecture halls

Merely dreaming of the possibility
That our worlds might collide
Amongst the academic words

That fill our timetables
With the hope our paths
Might just cross

And give randy relief
To the infatuation
Which comes to dominate us-

Deep in the mundane timetables of academia. 



A Fevers of the Mind Quick-9 Interview with A.R. Salandy


Bio: Anthony is a Black Mixed-race poet & writer who has spent most of his life in the Middle East jostling between the UK & America. Anthony's work has been published 215 times internationally. Anthony has 2 published chapbooks titled 'The Great Northern Journey' 2020 (Lazy Adventurer Publishing) & 'Vultures' 2021 (Roaring Junior Press) as well as a novel 'The Sands of Change' 2021 (Alien Buddha Press). Anthony's Chapbook 'Half Bred' is the Winner of the 2021 'The Poetry Question' Chapbook contest. Anthony is the Co-EIC of Fahmidan Journal & Poetry Editor at Chestnut ReviewTwitter/Instagram: @arsalandy https://arsalandywriter.com/

Poetry from A.R. Salandy (3 poems) Static, Copycat, & Sordidus

A.R. Salandy
Static

Ornate pavilions house
Weary souls who lament
On concrete existence static,

But untenable are norms
Driven by excess and folkways
No longer arcane,

No longer mores upheld in good faith,
For lands immortal can no longer rest
As opaque lines traverse skies gargantuan,

And ever warming still,
For dynamic fads drive static existence
As ironic dichotomies shield

Globalized economies
From recession contrived
Just as existence is demarcated

By rates appraised and reproduced in silence,
Just as subject to free will
And value judgements echoed

In collective sentiment,
As fears of the unknown are effortlessly maintained
And lost to a distinction without difference verifiable.


Copycat

Prowl on darling matriarch,
As paths narrow
And divergent ways diminish
Just before your scarlet eyes,

Howl on temptress
as clouds dissipate
and night grows weary,
As jarred doors turn you away,

How tables must have turned,
In this the bleak and final end,
Where prance you do
Above physical remains contrived,

Like the falsehoods you weave,
A death shroud, self-fulfilled.

Sordidus    

Intolerable aberrations denigrate disciples
That pray by the riverside 
As dark waters wash
Giving earth away,

Where ‘Sordidus!’ is exclaimed upon the lips
Of all intelligible souls amongst 
The desert dwellers,
Wanderers

In search of humility
Amidst generational destruction,
But cool winds whisper wondrous truths

As pale skies darken as magenta dusk arises
To lull forlorn men to moonlit trance
As cosmic luster ignites
Fervent hope,

But wanderers 
Know no cleanliness
In a world derived from bespoke truth

And contaminated by soiled lands
Tarnished by pure deceit,
Like moon-rays crystalline,
Our guiding spirit

Primal.



A Fevers of the Mind Quick-9 Interview with A.R. Salandy

Bio: Anthony is a Black Mixed-race poet & writer who has spent most of his life in the Middle East jostling between the UK & America. Anthony's work has been published 215 times internationally. Anthony has 2 published chapbooks titled 'The Great Northern Journey' 2020 (Lazy Adventurer Publishing) & 'Vultures' 2021 (Roaring Junior Press) as well as a novel 'The Sands of Change' 2021 (Alien Buddha Press). Anthony's Chapbook 'Half Bred' is the Winner of the 2021 'The Poetry Question' Chapbook contest. Anthony is the Co-EIC of Fahmidan Journal & Poetry Editor at Chestnut ReviewTwitter/Instagram: @arsalandy https://arsalandywriter.com/