Poetry: “Air Canada” by Kirstin Ethridge

This poem helped my Monday for so many reasons:

Heavy Feather Review

We could fly to Thunder Bay on a plane,
kissing our palms and pressing them
to the cold metal exterior before boarding,
listening to the scarf-wearing flight attendant
rattle off safety instructions in English and en Français.

We used to joke, but now it’s true:
fuck America, I’ll take my chances with the cold.
Thunder Bay might be as backwards as home, but it’s
racist without Rebel flags,
its transphobia tucked under family ties.
Squint and we’re safe.

We’ll arrive in the snow,
salt from the runway stinging our skin
as we slip on black ice to the rental car.
It’s dark, but Grandma’s house is bright,
squatting on Mary Street across from the indigenous school.
When we wake up, my wife’s childhood mountain looms.
We’ll look at photos of snowbanks
taller than her toddler head.

The Trans-Canada Highway curves
between Fort William and Port Arthur.
Our tires glide along…

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Saturday Song Blossoms, Again

Twin Peaks

Twin Peaks (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I have taken some time for some much-needed rest this weekend. So many things I want to write about and so much poetry feels palpable in the air around me, in my head, a tingle in my fingertips. I need to sit down and get back to work, but it feels nice just letting the energy sweep around me a bit first.

Lots of updates I should do for you; a recent poetry festival I attended; upcoming chapbook publication and readings; more Word Fountain goodness, but all I have for you tonight is some more music. Brian and I have been loving the new Twin Peaks episodes, and I’ve already shared with you one of my new favorite bands because of it. Check out that post if you missed it.

But tonight I thought I’d share a couple other songs from them that just take me back, with their old/new sound to some of the Eddy Arnold-type music I used to play when I listened to my mom’s old records. The second two videos are evocative of those sounds and emotions for me, yet with richer harmonies, it seems. This first one is their new studio recorded video for the song they played at the end of the new Twin Peaks, episode 3. It’s definitely David Lynch inspired, with Laura Palmer water motifs, or so it seems to me.

More on the updates over the next couple of days. Meanwhile, enjoy. As the younger brother, Jack says, “Blossoms is a verb. The Cactus Blossoms, and so can you.”

Brian Fanelli, Spring•Summer 2017

Follow the link below to treat yourself to poet Brian Fanelli’s reading from issue #13.

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Long Nights with B
Brian Fanelli

B liked to raise his fists,
sneer at me with booze breath,
College boy, what you got on me, huh?

B liked to call next morning,
not to apologize, but to plan the night,
promise to buy first rounds.

B liked to forget how he tangled with friends,

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Brian Dean Powers, Spring•Summer 2017

Vincent van Gogh's Bedroom in Arles.

Vincent van Gogh’s Bedroom in Arles. 

Be sure to follow the links to get a print copy with the gorgeous cover design (The Bees!) by Erin Mazzoni. We’ll also be including some bonus audio/visual content in the online version again this time. Here’s the first sample from Brian Dean Powers, including his poem “Van Gogh’s Bedroom.”

Source: Brian Dean Powers, Spring•Summer 2017

Saturday Songs with the Cactus Blossoms

From the credits of 2017’s episode three (and the Cactus Blossom’s website)

If you are like me, you have been enjoying the long-awaited return of Twin Peaks. Perhaps I’ll join the ranks of those attempting to review the episodes, but for now, I’m just enjoying the nostalgia and the wild ride through David Lynch‘s imagination.

I’ve also been digging the bands that have been playing at the Bang Bang Bar at the end of each episode. I think it was episode three’s conclusion and credits that introduced me to the Cactus Blossoms,  who have an Everly Brothers sound with echoes of Johnny Cash, and hints of Eddy Arnold. My mother would have loved them. I also hear a bit of Lucinda Williams in their harmonies. It’s the kind of classic country-early rock-slightly folk mix that takes me back to my childhood (Yes, I am that old).

Here are three songs from the Cactus Blossoms for your Saturday. The first is “Mississippi,” which is the haunting tune they played in Twin Peaks, though not the same footage. The second one seems to fit the show’s theme, “Change Your Ways or Die,” and the third is just a lovely bit of fun to keep you tapping your toes on this long weekend: “Stoplight Kisses.” Enjoy.

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