Wednesday 5 February 2014

1 Poem by Valery Oisteanu

 Toast to “Zombie-itis”

Cheers for the year of the Metal Snake
 Bless us Our Lady of Perpetual Inhumanity
 Give us our dreams and nightmarish leftovers
 >From the wars and armed interventions
 The hot roses melt beneath the burning targets
 As the moon slithers upon wings of a shiny drone
 Please praise our saints of vulgar brutality
 Our wizards of rendition and water-boarding
 Unending killing cycles, sky smothered with red
 Mastering the banality of cruelty
 The landscapes of graves, the venom of revenge
 While masses of the dead will own the future
 Laser teeth for the aging dogs of war
 Bless us oh prophets of Caliphate and Sharia
 The sun growls, the clouds bark, the air crumbles
 Darkness evaporates into more darkness
 Behind nuclear mountains rivers run in reverse
 The crystal skull exhales chemical storm clouds
 A toast to a new intelligence, that sleeps among
 Night vision goggles and scorpions in flight
 A toast to zombie-itis!


Valery Oisteanu is a writer and artist with international flavor. Born in Russia and educated in Romania. Immigrating to New York City in 1973, he has been writing in English for the past 40 years.
He is the author of 11 books of poetry, a book of short fiction and a book of essays: ”The AVANT-GODS”(in progress). A new collection of poetry with collage illustrations titled   “Perks in Purgatory” appeared in” Fly by Night Press” New York, 2010. For the past 10 years he is a columnist at New York Arts Magazine and art critic for Brooklyn Rail. He is also a contributing writer for French, Spanish & Romanian art and literary magazines (La Page Blanche,, Viata Romaneasca, Observatorul Cultural etc.) As an artist he exhibits collages and assemblages on a regular basses at the galleries in New York and also creates collages as covers and illustrations for books and magazines. As a performer he does theater plays and musical collaborations with jazz musicians, sessions known as Jazzoetry!

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