“The Promise” — Ryan Farish
2014 POETRY EXPOSÉ
Muse for our 2014 Poetry Exposé — Luis José Estremadoyro — “The Nightly Unfolding of Madame de Loynes.” (below) | Winner — Rafael S.W
By RAFAEL S.W
… And all I want is someone who can weather my collapse.
On the last train out of the USSR, while it was still
that bright ventricle sickle, my grandfather fell
ill of the kind of dying no one is immune from.
A revolt in the lungs, and endless coughing. Snow
deep in the bones. He banged a carriage open,
introduced himself and his vitriol onto her dress. My gran
looked him straight in the blood. Loved him. Laid him down.
My mother said she was conceived right then. The rocking
of one body to sleep, another to birth. Knowing now
the complexities of babies, the average temperature
of a Russian winter. I don’t believe, but nor does it matter.
We never knew him. Now the universe and its infinite redress
has given me a chance. In the silence I put my hand
on your new stomach as you sleep.
Rafael is a creative writing graduate and founding member of Dead Poets’ Fight Club. He has been published in The Big Issue Fiction Edition, Voiceworks, and is an award winning Australian writer. He also regularly contributes to Going Down Swinging online and competes in poetry slams and giant-sized chess games.
Rafael opted to take the gold coin rather than cash award that we offered; which helped us to open a relationship with the gold dealer that we purchased the coin from. Rafael’s quote below was kind of the magic wand that opened the conversation in regard to sponsorship:
……….“The American Gold Eagle Quarter made an excellent prize. So refreshing to have a physical reminder
……….of my triumph, a medallion that has both weight and worth.” — Rafael S.W 2014 Poetry Exposé winner.
We were tremendously inspired by the EXTRAORDINARY and VERY VISIONARY POETRY that we received in complement to this painting and have been featuring some of the exceptional work on our poetry pages combined with new art. As we continue to develop our talent pool of writers and creative connections. We also invite readers, poets and supporters to connect formally with ZO through our Creative Registry as we form an international network of artists, poets, creative souls and thinkers.
Luis José Estremadoyro’s art inspired a waterfall of new thought — Please check out the poetry at this link that we selected to feature from that waterfall: Schedule of Poets.
A part of our mission is to promote collaborations among art forms and creative people on an international level. We encourage you to more fully explore the work of artists we feature and to foster creative associations wherever you may find them.
I decided that it was not wisdom that enabled poets to write their poetry, but a kind of instinct or inspiration, such as you find in seers and prophets who deliver all their sublime messages without knowing in the least what they mean. — Socrates