A Poem is a Song You Write When the Band's Gone Home BY DAVE MORRISON 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 01
34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 01
ONE MORE THING
MARTIN AND ANDREA
BACKWARDS IS MEMORY
IRAQ, YES IRAQ
TO A PAINTER
NOTHING OF VALUE
PLAY... PAUSE... REWIND
FORGET THE SMOKE
ONE BLOCK OFF THE STRIP
REHEARSING IN THE DARK
WHAT WE’VE CREATED HERE
MICHAEL LEE JOHNSON
MAN & TROLLEY
THE EMOTION OF LIGHT
AFTER THE MUSIC
CHOICE AND CIRCUMSTANCE
WRITING FOR KICKS
MAN & GOLF BUGGY
JOHN WAYNE MCCLUNG, JR
A poem is a song you
write when the band's
gone home: an empty club with the
lights on, bartender preparing a bank
drop, waitress having one last
smoke before setting free the
babysitter; waiting for the van,
the pounding on the alley door, humping
the gear that gets
heavier every night, finally
home to a dark street, satisfaction and
loneliness, the list in your head of
things you could have done better,
falling asleep with ringing ears.
Poetry is the songs you write when
the band's gone, and that's fine;
see, now, the drummer's not late, the singer's not
drunk, no more painful shock from the microphone, or
broken strings, no asshole who
only wants to hear Zeppelin, no
bully bar owner, or drunks who
talk over love songs.
A poem is a song that
doesn't need a band, but
here's what I miss:
a dance floor
the punch and roll of a good drummer
cigarettes and Dewars
couples kissing in dark corners
a bartender who likes my songs and
pushes back my crumpled bills, the
feeling you carry unseen, like
shrapnel, that tonight
could be the
is a writer of novels, short stories, poetry, and many notes on scraps of paper, after years of playing guitar in rock & roll bars in Boston and NYC. Dave's poetry and short stories have been published in FRiGG, Thieves Jargon, Void, Rumble, Mad Hatters Review, Juked, Laura Hird, Psychopoetica, and other fine magazines, and a collection of poetry, Sweet , published in 2006. His latest book A Brand New Day will be available in September 2007.
graduated from UCSB with degrees in Asian American studies and film studies. It is from film, rather than from literature, that she gets most of the structural aspects of her stories. Because of her degree in Asian American studies, she tends to discuss race, identity, and power in her work. "As of right now, my publication history is just about nonexistent, unless you count a poem that was published in my high school annual literary magazine. This will be, in fact, my very first publication."
is from Belfast, Northern Ireland, a winner of the Brian Moore Short Story Award.
is a freelance journalist and creative non-fiction writer who was born in England in 1974. After living in New York he relocated to Copenhagen, Denmark. Alan's articles, books and images have sold worldwide and cover a wide range of topics, from point of interest features to investigative journalism. Accompanied by his images his stories have appeared in Time Out, Stern, GQ, Playboy, The New York Post, The New York Daily News, Politiken, Berlingske Tidene and others. Alan continues to travel and write features for worldwide publication. He lives in Copenhagen with his wife and daughter.
took journalism at university with every intention of being a journalist. She was lucky enough to walk straight into a job on a teen magazine called Sugar. After spending two years writing Real Life stories and finding a zillion different words for 'fantastic,' she side stepped into fashion PR, and began a career on the other side of the media fence. Sharon also writes short stories, and poetry, and is the Audiobook Reviews Editor for Poet's Letter Magazine. She's launched an audiobook reviews website called Audiogeist.
grew up in suburban New Jersey and graduated with a degree in Radio, TV & Film from the University of Maryland. He lives in Montclair, NJ. Chris' work describes visually his impression of the world. He sees the meaning in blur, in color, in shapes and contrasts, understanding that light is ever-changing, revealing something one day, hiding it the next. In addition to the premiere cover for 34thParallel, Chris recently had gallery show of his underwater photos. More of his photography can be found online at PBase.
fiction has appeared in High Plains Literary Review, Agni online, Nimrod International , and Turnrow, as well as other journals. His most recent piece appears on the Identity Theory website.
publishes her short stories in a variety of magazines, and she has compiled a collection of short stories titled Cloud Shadows , 14 Provocative Tales ranging from neurosis to ecstasy.
is a Philadelphia-based playwright, poet, essayist, and short story writer.
says she is desperately trying to make the job title "freelance writer" actually mean something. Her reporting has appeared in the Newport Daily News and Newport Mercury, and the Mercury carries a weekly column of hers, Voracious Vegan. She would be quite happy to talk about food all day long.
has published poetry in journals such as Poetica, and become a frequent contributor to western regional magazines such as Mountain Gazette , as well as a freelance journalist for The Boulder Weekly. He is also the editor of Matador.
was born and raised in Salt Lake City and spent many years exploring urban districts and skateboarding to the University of Utah. She's an amateur stand-up comedienne, a sketch artist, and a fan girl for anything underground. She has chosen to write as a life-long commitment, at all costs.
a native New Yorker, has lived on the West Coast for thirty years, where he works as a nurse caring for AIDS and oncology patients. He has been writing his own stand-up comedy material for over a decade, branching out to performing monologues in both San Francisco and Los Angeles. Last year, he completed a collection of short stories and is currently writing a novel based on his nursing experiences.
was born a long time ago, she says, in Brooklyn, New York, grew up in the suburbs of Long Island, dropped out of school, went to California, married, moved to Maine 35 years ago, lived in an old house, had two kids, wrote a lot, published a little, went back to college, taught school—still teaching, still writing, still living in Maine. Influences include Wallace Stevens, William Carlos Williams, and Denise Levertov. She has been published in Maine Times, the Waldo Independent, Thieves Jargon, All Things Girl, and Showcase Journal. Other examples of her work are at Edit Red. Contact her by email at email@example.com
work has appeared in Pedestal Magazine, Pindeldyboz, Hobartpulp, Apt, Rive Gauche, VerbSap, and Ghoti. He has published a book of short fiction, Fiction for a Sound Bitten Age.
lives in San Diego, California. "I am constantly at battle trying to determine whether to save the world or be a reclusive artist," she says. "I was a quiet child and have always found writing to be my most productive means of expression. I live for the days of lower gas prices when I can drive up the coast to Los Angeles where the streets are dusty and the people are real." Kelly says she works by day and writes at night under the low light of insomnia.
is a reporter for the Journal & Topics Newspapers in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. He is trying to find a publisher for a novel, Death By Strip Mall.
publishing credits include: Woman's World, Playgirl, BorderSenses Literary Magazine , The Armchair Aesthete, Nerve Cowboy, Thorny Locust, and the Houston Chronicle's Texas Magazine.
lives in Belfast where he hosts a monthly poetry night in the Safehouse Gallery and is a member of the performance group The Belfast Poets. He's also the editor of Speech Therapy , a journal focusing on new poetry in Northern Ireland.
is making her first spoken word CD, Educational Lyrix. She is also working on her first two collections of poetry and a collection of short stories.
is a writer and bartender from Seattle, and has lived in London, Dublin, and Sydney. He is the owner and operator of The Local Writer , and his work has appeared in Pindeldyboz, the Denver Syntax, and Ink Collective among others.
Nothing of Value in this Car is Poem No. 2 in his unpublished poetry book, The City , which is developing into a collection of snapshots of life in New York City (NYC).
has had stories published in the Writers' League of Texas Scribe, Farfelu, and The First Line . She is a photographer and lives in Austin, Texas.
Michael Lee Johnson
lives in Chicago. He is a freelance writer and poet, heavily influenced by Carl Sandburg, Robert Frost, William Carlos Williams, Irving Layton, and Leonard Cohen. Michael Lee Johnson's 1st chapbook of poems and his first paperback of poems—The Lost American: A Tender Touch & a Shade of Blue (Chapbook); The Lost American II: From Exile to Freedom (Paperback)—are both available for purchase or download at Lulu. Contact him by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
is an author and a journalist. Fascinated with the underground and the off-beat, she writes about subcultures, history, art, and music. She completed her M.F.A. at the University of Southern California in 2005. She has lived in several different cities: Las Vegas, London, and Seattle. She currently resides in Los Angeles. Her short story "Going to California" was published in the anthology Book By Authors by the Long Beach Public Library Foundation. Currently, Lori is working on a short story to be included in Las Vegas Noir , part of a Noir series published by Akashic Books.
tells us that he is 1000 different characters whose seminal vesicles, whose conception, sprang from his own pen. And each character he plays is true. And each he wishes was not true. He loves one girl's pride. She has joined that seldom solemn character. He hopes everything he writes will not offend her pretty pride.
was born and raised in a London overspill, she read and read and read till she was 40, writing only a little, not feeling she had anything much to say. Now she has plenty to say, and the written word is her vehicle of expression. She's developed a fairly philosophical outlook on life; found Nature is her greatest teacher; and discovered all things in life are about perspective.
formerly an internet development professional, is a graduate of the University of Calgary with a degree in English literature. He lives with his wife and two children in the French Alps, working on his first novel.
says it's a fiction that Prophecy is a story. "It's not a story," he says. "It relates a snippet of everyday reality, yours and mine, just bundled like a story. Every word portrays what actually happened. Literary, I hope, but not a word of fiction in it." John's novel, American Spirit, was published in Sept. '06.
photographed Country Road with a Yashica FX 3 Super 2000. A former bluesman (but he still blows his harp!) now visual artist, mail artist, rubberstamp carver and much more! He uses spray cans and xerox machines instead of brushes. He's contributes graphic artworks to Nervehouse. He lives and works in Bologna, Italy. In 2006 He joined "Terror?" an international interdisciplinary project investigating how each one of us experiences fear and how it affects our lives at Intersection for the Arts , in San Francisco, CA. And his art has been shown through Works on Paper in NYC.
is a wife, mother, and grandmother who enjoys fine art, writing, and photography.
John Wayne McClung, Jr
is an innovator. Whether photographing scenic byways or teaching Algebra, John enjoys creating new perspectives. John co-authored Get a Grip on the Reins of Life and is currently writing his next book as well as developing games, books, and a children's television program to teach math.
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