ON THE VERGE OF EXTINCTION

THE RESURRECTION WALTZ

 

The time for poets

Has passed.

The time for words

Is gone

I have decided.

Soul & mind

As all the machines

Take over

As heart & guts are

Fucked over by

Commercials, jingles

Liars, assholes &

Trite hallmark cards

That’s it

I give up

I’m finished

I’m done

I lost the fight

And the battle

Took too much

Out of me

I lost the war and

My will for self-preservation

Is gone.

Painting images

With words

And for all of love’s

Considerations.

Pushing verses

Past their limits

To try to reach

Other people

Just another poet,

Now dead on the verge

Of extinction, sitting in

A room by himself

As the next kid

Behind me picks up

His pen and puts it

To paper

Not knowing

What he is about

To become

Or lose.

__________

R.M. ENGELHARDT

Hell, A Prose Poem by Peter Johnson

 

HELL

 

“If you want to understand the social and political history of modern man, study hell.”

~ Thomas Merton

It’s probably like the excitement of your first cigarette, but it lasts forever, that dizzying nausea — the Unknown: with imitation human heads on their buttocks, bats leaping from black books, dragon tails waving, monkey glands everywhere, hope dying slowly like a bad marriage, “I am nobody” the only conversation.

But then again the damned might be as unrecognizable and stupid as the living: men who use the same condom twice, women who let them, the degenerate who molested Spider-Man — everyone perpetually suing each other, holding hands in a circle whose rim clangs like a counterfeit coin.

But more likely it’s the general humiliation of being dead, realizing your own personal Beelzebub might be the least weird guy you know.
© 1997 by Peter Johnson. 

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~ R.M.

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New Evidence Of The Resurrection …

New video of me reading the poem “Silence Falls” from my new book “The Resurrection Waltz”
at The Book House in Albany, NY. A special thanks goes out to my friends Murrow (Thom Francis/Keith Spencer) & Albany Poets for helping to create such a great night of friends & poetry.

~ R.M.


An Interview With Albany Poets :

The Resurrection Waltz – The New Book of Poetry from R.M. Engelhardt

The Resurrection Waltz – The New Book of Poetry from R.M. Engelhardt, An Interview With Albany Poets

 

R.M. Engelhardt
R.M. Engelhardt

This coming Thursday, March 14, at the Book House of Stuyvesant Plaza local poet R.M. Engelhardt will be launching his brand new book, The Resurrection Waltz, with a special reading and a performance by Murrow (Thom Francis and Keith Spencer). R.M. has been a a big part of the local poetry scene for over 20 years. In that time he has hosted many open mics and events including Saint Poem, The School of Night, Ghost in the Machine, VoX, LISTEN, and P.R.O.P.A.G.A.N.D.A.. His works has been published in Retort, Rusty Truck, Sure! The Charles Bukowski Newsletter, Thunder Sandwich, The Boston Literary Review, Full of Crow, Fashion For Collapse, 2nd Avenue Poetry, and right here on AlbanyPoets.com.

We recently sat down with Rob to talk to him about the book and some upcoming projects …

 

http://albanypoets.com/2013/03/the-resurrection-waltz-the-new-book-of-poetry-from-r-m-engelhardt

THE RESURRECTION WALTZ BOOK SIGNING, THURSDAY MARCH 14th

THE RESURRECTION WALTZ BY R.M. ENGELHARDT
THE RESURRECTION WALTZ BY R.M. ENGELHARDT

THE RESURRECTION WALTZ, R.M. ENGELHARDT BOOK LAUNCH
& BOOK SIGNING
Book House of Stuyvesant Plaza 1475 Western Ave, Albany, NY Stuyvesant Plaza ·
Thursday, March 14, 2013 from 7:00 PM to 9:00PM

R.M. ENGELHARDT, THE RESURRECTION WALTZ

The Open Library

The Last Cigarette Poems R.M. Engelhardt

The Last Cigarette:

The Collected Poems

Of R.M. Engelhardt

 

These are the earlier collected works of Albany, NY based poet, writer & author R.M. Engelhardt who has published several books over the last two decades. Engelhardt through his ideas & visions has helped to create a large amount of the Upstate, Albany, NY spoken word~poetry scene and is the host of The Saint Poem Reading Series. Through his efforts he has created such groups the Albany Poetry Syndicate as well as Albany Poets (www.AlbanyPoets.com), which have left a lasting mark on the upstate NY literary scene. His work has also been published by many journals both in print & on the net including Retort, Verve, Fashion For Collapse, Sure! The Charles Bukowski Newsletter, Copious Amounts, Thunder Sandwich, The Angry Poet, 2nd Avenue Poetry, Full of Crow & in many others.

 
 

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