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Internal 360: A PantoumTo beginInternal 360: A Pantoum by sandzen
with, a thought
brought me doubt--
that I reached,
with a thought
for the end
that I reached.
And the start
for the end
was the end.
And the start
was a fear.
Was the end
Was a fear
for all its
For all it's
brought me, doubt
Here's How It Breaks Downthe bully wasn't thinkingHere's How It Breaks Down by sandzen
of the human element
when he beat the childhood
off my child
like dust off a donkey
I should forgive him
any parent I could've been
any child my child
something would have extracted it
the faith in ultimately being okay
sooner or later
what good innocence?
should I've beaten the bully to it?
'Sometimes timemakes everything free''Sometimes time by sandzen
thinks the warden
his ballpoint name
he’s setting back in the world today
one meant it and one did not
but they are hardly the same men
the same moment watched both murders
like a spook behind one-way glass
now as the morning bus back to town
fires its air breaks
they take the prison with them
he knows because he takes the prison with him
it’s his and it’s theirs
and it really isn’t at all
that’s what keeps him awake at night
the fragility of the thoughts
Copywritten Atlas (Stick It In the Moon)The burden isCopywritten Atlas (Stick It In the Moon) by sandzen
On the unavoidable
(There’s only one man
For the job?
Atlas’ shoulders shouldn’t ache
He should know the world is fiat)
And proven systems fail
The seen defied belief
(This is what I saw
What I charted is mine
It belongs to no one
The tyranny of gravity and other laws
Leave any life unterrorized?
(How can you execute
What you can’t hear?
Will you fathom
Experience is a fragile chalice
(My cup defines your water
My hands twist your bread rightwise
And my atlas endures
A revolution could redraft it)
Can what is
tWR Interviews: Fixed Form PoetryHello everyone, and welcome to our "tWR Interviews", where we interview experienced writers of our community about the art of writing!
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For this round we've interviewed some of our community's best fixed form poets: Parsat, Vigilo, HaveTales-WillTell, williamszm and kiwi-damnation.
If you want to get some more educational reading, here are the other interviews we've released so far:On WritingProse and Poetry BasicsTo Rhyme Or Not To Rhyme?
Here's my interview with PoeticalCondition, after I was elected Poet of the Month: poeticalcondition.deviantart.c…|
And here's my feature from when NicBelroque named me Daily Lit Deviant: nicbelroque.deviantart.com/jou…
As an actor, I've performed for the queen of England. As a film-maker, I've participated in several film festivals, placing first in the Toronto Art Festival 2006, in the digital film category. As a zen gardener, my designs have appeared in the Absorb art show.
My poems and short stories have been published in journals and magazines across north America, on and offline. On devART I've received one Daily Literature Deviation commendation for the poems:
Self-Made Men (sandzen.deviantart.com/art/Sel…)
The 1998 Housefire At 198 Wentworth Street South (sandzen.deviantart.com/art/The…)
Untitled: A Sonnet Told In Titles (sandzen.deviantart.com/art/Unt…)
Piano Armageddon: An Image Poem (sandzen.deviantart.com/art/Pia…)
Daily Deviations were awarded for the poems:
Come Home (sandzen.deviantart.com/art/Com…)
The Craven (sandzen.deviantart.com/art/The…)
And my music has appeared on radio stations and at concert halls in numerous countries across North America and Europe. I've written music for the bands Ben Caplan and the Casual Smokers, Hobo Sapiens, Uvenburd, and my eponymous solo project.
An anthology of short stories, In the Wings: Stories of Forgotten Women, edited by Bernadette Rule, includes my short story The Changeling (unavailable on devART, sorry :3). In the Wings was published by Seraphim Editions and is in its third printing. Other magazines I've been featured by include Switchback, WTF, The Perceptive I, Cleansheets.com, and In My Bedroom magazine, among others.
Most recently, In My Bedroom magazine published my piece Threesome (sandzen.deviantart.com/art/Thr…) in their Vol 4 Issue 2 release, Menage a Trois.
These are my websites (so far):
Download my album www.reverbnation.com/joegirard
My CBC Radio profile radio3.cbc.ca/bands/Joe-Girard
If you've enjoyed reading my popular works featured around devART, may I recommend the following others as highlights that had people talking:
The Horse-Fall: A Villanelle (sandzen.deviantart.com/art/The…)
Spiritual Sex (sandzen.deviantart.com/art/Spi…)
Big Top (sandzen.deviantart.com/art/Big…)
The River: A Pantoum (sandzen.deviantart.com/art/The…)
16-Bit Haiku: First Half (sandzen.deviantart.com/art/16-…)
16-Bit Haiku: Second Half (sandzen.deviantart.com/art/16-…)
Watch Your Step (sandzen.deviantart.com/art/Wat…)
Monster Patient (sandzen.deviantart.com/art/Mon…)
Anxiety Attack (sandzen.deviantart.com/art/Anx…)
Weep Western Tears (sandzen.deviantart.com/art/Wee…)
Hard Like a Star's Iron Heart (sandzen.deviantart.com/art/Har…)
Here's a few more poems that are personal favourites of mine:
Dead Skin Deep (sandzen.deviantart.com/art/Dea…)
The Werewolf Monologue (sandzen.deviantart.com/art/The…)
Stitches: A Sonnet (sandzen.deviantart.com/art/Sti…)
Here's a collection of my forty most favourited zen gardens:
The Gates of Moria sandzen.deviantart.com/art/The…
Zenstellation Series: Ursa Major sandzen.deviantart.com/art/Zen…
Cherry Blossom Modern Art sandzen.deviantart.com/art/Che…
Elemental Cycle Pt. 1: Water sandzen.deviantart.com/art/Ele…
War of the Worlds sandzen.deviantart.com/art/War…
Path Between Two Waterfalls sandzen.deviantart.com/art/Pat…
8 Colour 4 Bit sandzen.deviantart.com/art/8-C…
Porch Swing sandzen.deviantart.com/art/Por…
Pac Man sandzen.deviantart.com/art/Pac…
Bag End sandzen.deviantart.com/art/Bag…
Zenstallaion Series: Taurus sandzen.deviantart.com/art/Zen…
Year of the Rabbit sandzen.deviantart.com/art/Yea…
No Face sandzen.deviantart.com/art/No-…
Nine Were Given to the Kings sandzen.deviantart.com/art/Nin…
Totem Pole, Telephone Pole, Tree sandzen.deviantart.com/art/Tot…
And if you like nature art, here's the one's fans liked best:
Vertical Rath sandzen.deviantart.com/art/Ver…
Natural Shoji sandzen.deviantart.com/art/Nat…
PAranoid Schizophrenia sandzen.deviantart.com/art/Par…
Big Bang sandzen.deviantart.com/art/Big…
Samurai of Slate sandzen.deviantart.com/art/Sam…
Geodesic Dome sandzen.deviantart.com/art/Geo…
Origami Mistake sandzen.deviantart.com/art/Ori…
Satellites Over Toronto sandzen.deviantart.com/art/Sat…
Born on a Ghost Ship sandzen.deviantart.com/art/Bor…
Tower of Pebel sandzen.deviantart.com/art/Tow…
Rock Out sandzen.deviantart.com/art/Roc…
And here's some highlights from my dabbling in origami:
Eastern Dragon sandzen.deviantart.com/art/Ori…
Neko Cat sandzen.deviantart.com/art/Ori…
Current Residence: Ottawa
Favourite genre of music: Percussive
Favourite photographer: Edward Burtynsky, maybe. Gregory Crewdson?
Favourite style of art: Nature Art
Favourite cartoon character: Calvin. Or Homestar Runner.
Personal Quote: Familiarity breeds birth defects.