2 poems from Rob Z (Roberto Zariskeeni) : Myoosik & Suicide

wireless headphones leaning on books

photo from blocks on Unsplash


i can taste it... feel it in my bones.
i want it so bad it hurts... to play music.

i watch bands play like a predator stalking prey.
     watch them set up, break down...
     check the sound, load the van...

like a hawk when they’re playin’.
     every instrument, every note...
i watch the bends...
     how is it that they make that shrill tremolo sound???
with those shaking wrists and fingers...
     like b.b. king and those HUGE wailing notes!
his hand looks like a wing flapping...
     pivoting on one finger... one note... beautiful.

i watch the bassman slap and pluck and slide.
     all so simple...
     like he’s barely touching the strings...
but from the amplifier comes this great booming thunder!

i watch the audience...
     and how each individual has his or her own unique         
     personal style of flailing funk!

i watch to see what moves people...
     and to make sure that i am not the only one who cannot
     resist the imperious urge to shake and thrash every
     part of my body like i have suddenly become victim to
     a spontaneous exorcism and at any moment a little red
     demon is going to **jump out** through the center of my
     chest and start eating people!!!

and sometimes... when i look up... i am the only one.
and sometimes... i do feel like i am undergoing some sort
     of exorcism.

in African tribal culture, they believed that the sound of
     booming drums drove out Evil spirits...
and i believe it too.

it was Hendrix who invited us to the Electric Church,
     and i have been a believer ever since!


what it’s like to want to die
when you no longer hurt and you no longer cry
pain you can handle
but pain without emotion is unbearable
the emptiness is uncomparable
when you finally hit bottom
and there’s nowhere left to go
eternal loneliness plagues your mind
a loveless life is all you’ll ever know
so your thoughts turn to death
you’re battered and broken from the fall
suffering the pain and anguish of hell
is better than feeling nothing at all
lying on my back staring at the skies
my legs crossed in front of me, 
my arms spread to each side
i’m ready to die on my fallen cross
the only thing to gain is loss
oh lord please understand
i didn’t pass the test, nor did i survive
but know that i only take my body
so that my soul may be alive.

roberto zariskeeni
~ may 1997

Photography by Roberto Zariskeeni at Rob Z Photography in Fevers of the Mind Press Presents the Poets of 2020

Rob Z is a writer, photographer, musician living in Southern Indiana. He has had work published in our print editions of Fevers of the Mind Issue 1 June 2019. 

The Retro Pop Art Writing Prompt: Andy Warhol, The Factory, Pop Art Artists (October 16-January 1st)

The Retro Pop Art Contest has been canceled and in its place will be a new pop culture prompt for a certain amount of time. Get your #popart#poetry#writings#art#photography ready from Oct 16-January 1st for #AndyWarhol & The Factory inspired work #poetrycommunity#writingcommunity Check main page for guidelines. Submissions free to feversofthemind@gmail.com

Poem from K Weber “Lullabye for Christie” inspired by the Dirty Three

Lullabye for Christie

A poem inspired by the song “Lullabye for Christie” by Dirty Three

I have stretched myself out
like the limbs of the letter K
but bent to warble; rust-
metallic as a saw singing

while someone plays me
like a violin. They may
remember me, Kristi,
but never the spelling. I

adopt the soft, inner arc
of a C just to have my name
committed to other peoples’
memories. I will be Christine,

Christy, Christa, and adrift.
I am insecure as I secure
these masks. I rest on a plane
of existence I share with birds

and tall grasses while I fail
to convert oxygen to truth.
Just take me away in your
thoughts as whoever I was

while the drummer knocked
time. Seasons roll by and who
am I? Nestled or severe? Feet
steadied in sand or twisted

in the wind, my ankle? I swear
summer slowed to a long kiss just
once before they knew I can
wield fast daggers and steal songs

for poems and remember me only
as the pointed limbs of the letter K.

Check out K’s website at kweberandherwords.wordpress.com

Poetry by K Weber : Untitled, Freelance Patient, Support System, Observation

A Fevers of the Mind Quick-9 Interview with R&B Musician Tasha Taylor

with Tasha Taylor:

Q1: When did you start writing and first influences?

Tasha: I started writing when I was 14. My first influence was my father’s music. Johnnie Taylor was my dad, he was a Stax artist.

Q2: Who are your biggest influences today?

Tasha: I still love the greats: Aretha, Etta James, Bobby Blue Bland. I also love Leon Bridges, Lauryn Hill, Drake, HER and so many newer artists.

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

Tasha: I grew up on the road with my dad, watching him perform from the side of the stage as a kid was all I needed to know this was what I wanted to do.

Q4: Who has helped you most with writing?

Tasha: I write solo and produce my own sic. Listening to great writers always helps.

Q5: Where did you grow up and how did that influence your work?

Tasha: I grew up in Dallas, Texas.

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

Tasha: My record TAYLORMADE was a sort of tribute to my dad, so it holds a lot of meaning for me https://amzn.to/3ktUQwz

Q7: Favorite activities to relax?

Tasha: Painting>

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

Tasha: “When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.” Albert Einstein

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

Tasha: Yes, working on a new record now.

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A Spotlight on Melodic Virtue

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Melodic Virtue has been featured in Rolling Stone, SPIN, Los Angeles Times, Paste & Pitchfork for the work they’ve accomplished ever since Aaron Tanner began what was a Graphic design company that now also puts out very interesting “photographic history” of some of the best bands of the last 40 years. These coffee-table books have rare photos, behind the scenes looks at the bands, set lists and so much more. Melodic Virtue also has a wonderful web page with merchandise and check out which books are currently available and see the awesome bands such as Butthole Surfers, Pixies, and Ministry. Aaron also has a history of working with Ween throughout the years. Aaron is also a wonderful musician himself in bands such as Stationary Odyssey and Off-Ox (check out their music as well)






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