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Sam Silva

Dark Rooms Where The Smoke Rose


Curled slaves such as I

..anger, fear, and spite!

...and then the numbness of the night

drifting in

like dust from the harbor

here in New York City


...or further south in Norfolk

where slavery is

a more darkly rooted tradition

in that African Diaspora

which more rightly made a nation of Jazz seekers!


One way or the other

a nation of people born to run away

and be caught

-up by money

and chained down

to a factory job


and a religion

of prohibition

and speak-easies


...dark rooms where the smoke rose

and deals were cut

for Democracy...

Sam Silva was born in Washington DC in 1954. He lives in North Caroline, USA. His poetry has appeared in legion journals including Samisdat, Sow's Ear, The American Muse, St. Andrews Review, Dog River Review, Third Lung Review, Main St. Rag, Charlotte Poetry Review, Parnasus, Rio Del Arts, Megaera, Big Bridge, Comrade Magazine, Ken Again and at least thirty others. Nine chapbooks published by Third Lung, M.A.F., Alpha Beat and Trouth Creek presses. These chapbooks were well received in newspaper reviews by Shelby Stephenson, Ron Bayes, Steve Smith, and the late poet laureate of North Carolina Sam Ragan, and solicited by Brown and Yale Universities for their libraries. Silva has a full length collection of poetry called Eating and Drinking based on a royalties contract signed with Bright Spark Creative. His most recent collection is poems from the recusant (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, July 11, 2013).

The Populist Right


The election of the century!

Dinosaurs raging on volcanic fires.

The flippant end

of all money, all trees and posters we might send

like scurrying bees

in our mindless work

and our pointless desires!


But of course there is honey

dripped by angels in the sky

on the great TV

....for a reason

as to why.

Poor Doors
Sheriff Stars

thistles stretch their prickly arms afar

Black Triangle
bedroom tax
Disrupt and Upset
bedroom tax
Sheriff Stars

thistles stretch their prickly arms afar

Black Triangle
Disrupt and Upset

Militant Thistles

prickling the politics of "permanent austerity"

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