To you, dear readers

(You can find the french version of this post below.)

Some things are changing here. But before I announce them, I’d like to thank you. I see you reading and liking my poetry and it warms my heart each time I get a new WordPress notification! Some of you follow me since I created this blog in the summer of 2014, and it really means a lot. I started writing poetry at 16 and after exploring different kinds of writing, I can finally say I wrote some books that are worth a read.
Your support, even after these two years of silence (2016 – 2018), due to my mental health and personal reasons, has encouraged me to write more and better. So, to all of you, whether you’ve been reading my work since 2014 or occasionally take a look at this blog – to everyone: thank you for your support!

Now, what is changing, you may ask? Well, long story short: I’m 21 and a student, and although I work part-time as a tutor/teacher, my finances are… unstable. I spend a lot of time perfecting my craft and am in need of a little help. I think my work is starting to pay off, and thus would like a little bit of support! This is why I created a Patreon, that allows artists and entrepreneurs to get some financial help. On Patreon, you’ll be able to commission me, submit prompts for poems or short stories, and have access to the pdfs of my completed poetry collections.
I’ll occasionally keep posting on here so to allow non-patrons to read my poetry but the vast majority of my work will be on Patreon. You can find it here!
For 5€ per month, you’ll be able to access all of my new poems (the older ones are free to read), and for 10€ to submit prompts for stories and poems. Commissions are open, please contact me (carmine.g.denis@gmail.com) to discuss each project further!

So, here we are! Thank you for reading this post and I hope we can meet again on Patreon!

Carmine

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Les choses vont changer, mais permettez-moi avant tout de vous remercier. Je vous vois lire et apprécier mes poèmes et chaque notification WordPress me réchauffe le cœur ! Quelques-uns d’entre vous me suivent depuis la création du blog en juillet 2014, et cela compte beaucoup pour moi. J’ai commencé à écrire de la poésie à seize ans, et, après avoir exploré plusieurs styles et thématiques, je pense que j’ai réussi à écrire quelques livres qui valent la peine d’être lus. Votre soutien, même après les deux années de silence (de 2016 à 2018), dues à des problèmes personnels et à ma santé mentale, m’a poussé.e à poursuivre dans la voie de l’écriture poétique. Donc, à tous, que vous fréquentiez occasionnellement le blog ou soyez un lecteur de la première heure (et tous les cas de figure entre les deux) : merci à vous, merci infiniment.

Alors, quels sont les changements ? Eh bien, globalement : j’ai vingt-et-un ans, je suis étudiant.e, et malgré mon job à mi-temps (professeur particulier de français), mes finances restent quelque peu instables. Je passe beaucoup de temps à travailler mes écrits, nouvelles et poèmes, et un coup de pouce financier ne serait pas de refus ! C’est pourquoi j’ai créé un Patreon, qui est un moyen de financer par abonnement des créateurs qui n’ont pas encore de plateforme assurée. Sur Patreon, vous pourrez accéder à tous mes nouveaux poèmes (ainsi qu’aux anciens, gratuitement), pour 5€ par mois ; pour 10€, proposer des sujets de poèmes et de nouvelles ainsi qu’accéder aux pdfs de mes livres. Vous pouvez aussi me commissionner (prix variables), en me contactant sur l’adresse carmine.g.denis@gmail.com. Vous trouverez mon Patreon ici !

Merci encore de votre vailant soutien et à tout bientôt sur Patreon !

Carmine

Publicités

Cold water etiquette

« Careful, watch your step! Follow
The etiquette! She’s not known
For her mercy, she won’t pardon
Early mistakes. First,
Tiptoe around, on the wet sand
So smooth it fools your kin
Into weakness. Immerse
Your toe, the big one
From the foot you don’t like. If the nail
Blackens, get out; if it becomes
Crystalline like her, you’ve been chosen
And your swimming will be easy.
Careful, watch your step. Walk slowly, and feel
Her icy hand gripping your neck, all the way up
From your ankles. Your veins
Are blue now. She empties
Your eyeballs. No, don’t bring
Any mirror: she doesn’t like
Rivals. After this you’re on your own;
Swim or float, but
Careful, watch your step! »

Say the drowned; their bleached bones
Move with algae, their missing limbs
Remembering the days
They entered water, carefully
Watching their steps.

Going hungry

hungry summer claws my stomach
and smells of absent meals

 

is hunger an even verb
or did I make it up

 

don’t let me sleep, no
don’t let me sleep

 

dogs of hunger wait for my call
cats of hunger roll over expose their belliness
bugs of hunger leave trails of dirt leaving the place

 

I wait alone with my hunger
I’ll wrinkle before my time

 

hunger is after all a decent fellow
companion of golden hours
fasting does grow the days slower

 

it took my hand
left it trembling

 

(let it rumble
like the wrath of an inner god)

 

hunger is male-voiced
not very friendly
tiny tiny
while the streets are ablaze
I hunger

 

I do nothing but hunger I am
a great citizen of this town
I do not ask I do not take
I stand at my place perfecting
my smile of unused teeth

 

oh, so white is the sky
so empty the pantry
so full of himself is hunger

 

full enough for two, definitely
enough for me
enough of me
enough

 

enough.