Part 5: The Poets of 2021 Best Links 41-50

Trauma Letters by Maggs Vibo (c)

41. Coby Daniels:

42. A Review for Dark Confessions


44. A Fevers of the Mind Quick-9 Interview with J.D. Casey IV

45. David L O’Nan: A Divorce in the Gut of the Sun

46. Elizabeth Cusack: A Poetry Showcase

47. Norb Aikin:

48. Peter Hague:

49. Samuel Strathman:

50. J.D. Nelson: A Poetry Showcase

Tanka/Haiku style poetry showcase from Samuel Stathman

brown and black wooden guitar and black leather bag

photo from Unsplash (Europeana)


cartographer’s bone
picked with the equestrian
stampeding ensued
bicoastal defamation
rewrite historical maps


in dull recesses
find the neon imago
mother’s milk to drink
reawaken unified
not god but cultured creature


small wind instruments
tickling the widow’s ear
heady blandishments


sky’s furrowed tendrils
lightening revives the dragon
exhumes vile bones
goliaths of an old tribe
discarded relics


black air raising hairs
prickling the needle neck
red limbless ocean
eels traversing coastlines
Persephone on lookout


rending of the sea
ghosts preying on destruction
aligned with their posts
islanders abandoning ships
swashbuckler’s bad omen


grandiose ghazal
sultry arabian night
fiddler’s heaven
dripping wax overexcites
opium cloud dynasty


meditative snowfall
unconscionable tension
cathartic release
noon hour crowds dissipating
solace behind coloured glass


thrush’s old singsong
head north before nerves kick in

plows in the distance
prizeworthy lineation
stones heaving in the mud


galvanized breezeway
intimate pyrotechnics
bubbles among stars


nightmarish dungeon
somnambulist skeletons
mourn finality
last rites for fallen angels
black flower necropolis


ashram for your thoughts
yellow moths grow from tall grass
mood can be anchor
draw an ocean with a glance
smell the brine off flying fish 


winged ritual
birds scaling belltowers
wind breaking current
gleam of passing vehicles
splitting the time barrier


vermillion sluice
zombie rats lining spillways
deadbolted prey
eyeless momento mori
hail the bony chimera


memorial park
widows placing spring flowers
dewy bloodshot eyes
groundskeeper whistling tunes
keys jangling on their ring

Bio: Samuel Strathman is a poet, author, visual artist, and educator.  He was also the editor-in-chief of Floodlight Editions.  Some of his poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Cobra Milk, I-70 Review, Prole, and other magazines and journals.  His debut poetry collection, "Omnishambles" is forthcoming with Ice Floe Press (2022).

A Fevers of the Mind Quick-9 Interview with Samuel Strathman

Poetry by Samuel Strathman from Fevers of the Mind Anthologies

A Fevers of the Mind Quick-9 Interview with Samuel Strathman

with Samuel Strathman:

Q1: When did you start writing and first influences?

Samuel:  I started writing four years ago.  My first influences were some of the classic poets from a long, long time ago.  Rumi, Pablo Neruda, Mikhail Lermantov, and Anna Akhmatova are a few names.  Greg Santos and Shannon Bramer were some of the first Canadian poets I really got into.   

Q2: Who are your biggest influences today?

Samuel: My biggest influences today are Chris Banks, Jason Heroux, Stuart Ross, David O’Meara, and Nelson Ball. I would also say that my visual art is influenced by a lot of visual poets such as Michael Orr, Mark Laliberte, and Richard James Biddle. Sometimes books are also good influences. “Syncope” by Asiya Wadud, “Time” by Etel Adnan and “Memory Foam” by Adam Soldofsky have made a great impression on me.

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

Samuel: I’d ben wanting to write a novel for years but could never really find my footing. Poetry had come more naturally to me in school so I decided to go with what I had a knack for.

Q4: Who has helped you most with writing?

Samuel: My girlfriend, Krystal, is usually the first person to get a crack at editing my work. Jim Johnstone, Robert Frede Kenter, and Kirby have also been integral to my success. Both Jim and Robert have been the main editors in my life. Kirby was the first person to offer me a chance to participate in a reading. Any editor who has published my work, interviewed me, or offered feedback has been of great help.

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

Samuel: I’ve lived in Toronto my entire life. I’d say that the work I have done with children in my city has been of great influence. They are always brimming with energy and ideas. I’d say that many trips to Simcoe County have been helpful to me in my writing. I tend to do less writing when I’m outside of the province.

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

Samuel: The most meaningful writing I have done was for the first two and a half years. I had to learn from failure to rise above it.

Q7: Favorite activities to relax?

Samuel: In no particular order: exercise, meditate, read, and spend time with Krystal. Friends and family keep me company when they can.

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

Samuel: One of my favorite vispo books is “’Palingenesia” by Michael Orr.  The collection definitely speaks for itself.

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

Samuel: My first full-length poetry collection “Omnishambles” is forthcoming with IceFloe Press later this year.  The book is a blend of speculative/surreal poems meets horror/sci-fi.  I must thank Robert Frede Kenter for agreeing to publish this book.  I wrote most of the poems during this pandemic.  It was one of the things that kept me sane.

Poetry by Samuel Strathman from Fevers of the Mind Anthologies


Samuel Strathman is a poet, visual artist, educator, and author.  He is also the editor-in-chief of Floodlight Editions.  Some of his poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Pulp Literature, Cobra Milk, Blank Spaces, and other magazines and journals.  He is the author of the chapbooks “In Flocks of Three to Five” (Anstruther Press, 2020) and “The Incubus” (Roaring Junior Press, 2020).  “Omnishambles” is his first full-length poetry collection.