She sings in cursive on the Fillmore stage

by James Morehead

beneath dimmed chandeliers
gripping the mic and dripping sweat
onto the barricade rushers below.

Perhaps I hear
sugar hiccups on cheerios
or little red come back

as I twist my ear plugs tighter
to push pack the pulsing bass
and distortion pedal screech.

I try inventing lyrics:
be true my love, be true
until nightfall becomes you!

But love songs can't be her thing
as she slashes a mic stand
above the moshing crowd—

swells that crash in waves
against barriers held firm
by arm-crossed roadies.

I'm a voyeur in the balcony
surrounded by a thousand Owseichik posters
dancing in psychedelic swirls.

Movement 2

by Ana Jovanovska

James Morehead is Poet Laureate of Dublin, California. James has published two collections of poetry: “canvas” and “portraits of red and gray”. James’ poem “tethered” was transformed into an award-winning hand drawn animated short film, “dissolving in the gallery” was set to music for baritone and piano, and his poems have appeared on NPR, SF Chronicle’s Total SF, Cathexis Northwest Press, Beyond Words Magazine, Wingless Dreamer, Prometheus Dreaming, Quillkeepers Press, and others. He also hosts the Viewless Wings Poetry Podcast which features interviews with poets and artists. “In this second collection of poems, James Morehead’s imagery is vivid, spare and elemental, and it is consistently chosen and arranged to achieve intensely poetic effects. The rhythmic control is impeccable.” – Carmine Di Biase, Distinguished Professor of English, Emeritus – Jacksonville State University

Ana Jovanovska was born in 1991 in Macedonia. She holds an MFA in the Graphic Art Field. Her practice is rooted in deep observation and reaction to the current times and spaces. Ana has had 12 independent, and more than 250 group exhibitions around the world.Instagram: www.instagram.com/anajovanovska/

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