featured poets — Brian & Claudia from dVerse ~ Poets Pub

(inter)national poetry month
April 2012

featured poets
at my heart’s love songs

dVerse ~ Poets Pub
Brian Miller & Claudia Schoenfeld

to celebrate {inter}national poetry month,  i am pleased to be featuring some of  the most creative,  talented,  brilliant  {really!}  poets of  our time.  i have been fortunate over the past two and a half years to meet this amazing group of  people through twitter and their blogs.  not only are they writers who excite and enchant and entrance their readers,  they are,  one and all,  nice people who are supportive of  everyone in our online poetry community.  the “age of  technology”  has,  in fact,  facilitated the spread of  the ARTS! ~  poetry,  photography,  art,  prose,  music…   i have friends i have yet to meet face-to-face from all around the world.  day or night,  you can visit their blogs and be transported to another time or place or frame of  mind with just a few clicks of  a mouse.  i find it thrilling!  and i believe you will find it equally thrilling to discover their words.

i will be putting up these posts throughout the month of  April to reacquaint you with old friends and introduce you to new ones.  in order to include as many poets as possible,  most posts will contain the work of  several poets,  with a short introduction to each one and a small sampling of their poetry.  i am participating in the  Blogging from A to Z Challenge April 2012  by featuring the poets in alphabetical order by first name MOST of  the time ~ there will be a few other groupings,  as well.

just click on the  “Read More”  links on each poem to be taken to a new tab or window to read the rest of  the poem on the author’s blog.  if  you enjoy what you read,  please leave a comment on their blog to let them know.  { you don’t have to say you saw them here. }  i am truly honored that these wonderful people agreed to be featured on my blog ~  my gratitude to them all.

and thank you for coming to our celebration ~  enjoy!


dVerse ~ Poets Pub

“around the world or around the block
dVerse is the people, the verse to share,  sit,  speak.
we are poetry in motion,  so grab a front row seat”

dVerse ~ Poets Pub  officially opened on 19 July 2011,  though the first  “link-up”  was  16 July 2011.  it’s hard for me to believe that the site has only been open nine months.  with over 134,000 visits,  it feels like home to many poets.  the site was started by co-founders,  Brian Miller  and  Claudia Schoenfeld,  as an environment to nurture the online poetry community.   here’s what they say about the site:

“D’verse Poets Pub is a place for poets and writers to gather to celebrate poetry.  We are many voices,  but one song.  Our goal is to celebrate;  poets,  verse  &  the difference it can make in the world.  To discover poetry’s many facets and revel in it’s beauty,  even when ugly at times.” 

Brian, Claudia and dVerse ~ Poets Pub were featured in   M:/P MAG  HERE.

they  have three opportunities each week for poets to take the stage and mingle with their fellow poets:

  • Poetics – is all about inspiration.  You will write about a provided prompt,  whether music,  art,  photography,  quotes or other challenges.  Poetics opens at 3 pm EST on Saturday.
  • OpenLinkNight – is our large gathering where you link any poem you would like.  This is a great place to meet and hear new voices.  OLN opens at 3 pm EST on Tuesdays.
  • FormForAll/Meeting the Bar: Critique and Craft – is our lab,  where you will receive teaching on poetry forms and critique.  This is where we hone our skills.  FormForAll and Meeting the Bar:  Critique and Craft will alternate weeks and opens at 3pm EST on Thursday.

both Brian and Claudia are brilliant poets.  enjoy this small sampling of  their words ~

{ dVerse ~ Poets Pub logo by Alison Jardine.  find her at  http://alisonjardine.com/ }

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featured poet:  Claudia Schoenfeld

Claudia Schoenfeld  lives in Germany,  works in Switzerland and lives close enough to France to have a front row seat,  watching their  “quatorze juillet” fireworks.  so she’s used to cross borders and finds it easy to see beauty in other cultures.  Claudia loves thunderstorms,  improvising on her Alto Sax,  biking and in warm summer nights you sometimes find her sitting on the pavement with a glass of red wine and the mad desire to fly with the passing clouds…   she’s married,  mom of three teenage kids and yep…  published.  Claudia discovered writing poetry in 2010 and since then she has been on a Poetry adventure trail she hopes will never stop unfolding.  ten of Claudia’s poems were recently published in  Fragments.’   her blog is  jaywalking the moon.  Twitter:  @cmschoenfeld

i was introduced to Claudia and her poetry through One Stop Poetry.  no matter the subject or the form,  Claudia’s writing is  filled with passion and vivid imagery.   i don’t know how many languages she speaks,  but she never gives a hint in her poetry that her native language isn’t English.  oh, and for a real treat,  listen to one {or several} of  her audio recordings of  her poetry.  if  i was a man,  i’d be her slave.  she has been incredibly encouraging of  my writing for which i am very grateful.  in her own words ~

“i’m blazing words & drinking poetry.  join in & we may get a prose fire burning,  set the town on fire & syllable-dance in a snowflake covered yard.  i try to think big and love recklessly…”


BlackBirds”    by   claudia

lights dim,
eyes unsteady as
he runs a quivering finger
through the condensation
that fogs up the glass skin
on the bottle of his drink,
…..Read More

via   jaywalking the moon


the frog part is the worst–     by   claudia

you sit on the far end of the couch
& i could reach you easily–
just have to swim through the
wild humpback whale’s

——–g a p I n g
—————-teeth, put on

my armor & slay half…..Read More

this is truly special ~  a video of  Claudia reading the poem!

via   jaywalking the moon


On (a) Sub_Mission”   by   claudia

dim lights sprinkle dust-breath–
from the dancefloor sways
the scent of fresh plowed soil
& with tender hands you work
the wrinkles on my shirt,
———-we’re lost–

in webs of countless steps
that never matter really but
are pillars to the Now,
sticking closer to your moves, i
shut my eyes to…..Read More

via   jaywalking the moon


still burning   by   claudia

of the night still
clings to me with
all its scents–


warm…..Read More

via   jaywalking the moon


finishing  school    by   claudia

when we met, there
was this shattered pattern in your eyes,
exactly mirroring mine &

we collapsed into each other,
struggling to break free,
unseen rubber…..Read More

via   jaywalking the moon


featured poet:  Brian Miller

Brian Miller  is a writer,  poet,  father,  husband,  counselor,  key lime pie eater,  friend,  side street walker;  who doesn’t mind mucking and getting his hands dirty or standing in a cherry blossom rain.  “Everyone has a story and everything a poem,  once you look at it long enough.”   Brian has been published in several magazines and has poems in several compilations.  he is the co-founder of the award winning  One Stop Poetry  and  dVerse Poets.  his blog  is waystationone.   Twitter:  @bmiller007 

what can i say about Brian?  a brilliant writer with an edge.  his wordcraft is truly phenomenal.  you never know where he’s going to take you,  but wherever it is,  it’ll be well worth the trip.  Brian is a really nice guy and i am very appreciative of  his consistent support of  my writing.  in his own words ~

“Married to the most amazing woman and dad of  two adventurous boys.  I am figuring out what life has in store next.  Enjoy the journey.”


blue balls & wrist watches”    by   brian miller

Live for greatness, the ad for Rolex
on the back of Travel & Leisure


soft fingers along my ear & her
fierce eyes thumb through my book
scent marking each page, dress cut
below glossy breasts, just a hint

and what? what?
she wants to sell me

           a time piece, no

because…..Read More

via  waystationone


And   by   brian miller

And to top it all off
the damn window fell
into the driver side door
unwilling to roll back up

And it’s raining as if
the next…..Read More

via  waystationone


Balloons & Dirigibles”   by   brian miller

You want to see the world?
You want to see the world?

Let me fix you a cocktail
one part Crash, cause it hits every angle
mix in some P.S. I love you
     stir with Hotel Rwanda
     and garnish with a spritz of Once

Watch them…..Read More

via  waystationone

artwork by  tera of  olive hue designs


(I’m) Too sexy for this shirt    by   brian miller

I have the T-shirt, cause I been there,
done that and wear them daily until
my closet, full, floor to ceiling, spills
out to fill this life, space I would rather
hide behind a slogan, to hold your att…..Read More

via  waystationone


Middle Age White Male    by   brian miller

it is the repetitive compression
of the pogo stick, spring snarling
at the constraints of its cylinder
containing and harnessing its power


is this enslavement? bondage?

bra straps, need a quick release
for easy access, so i can stop using
my teeth, so said the dentist
on the last visit

what constrains us?

what do you expect, but sex
and allusion? it
…..Read More

via  waystationone


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my heart’s love songs


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Filed under dVerse ~ Poets Pub, featured poet, guest post, NaBloPoMo, National Poetry Month, poet, poetry, Post-A-Day2012, Post-A-Week2012

8 responses to “featured poets — Brian & Claudia from dVerse ~ Poets Pub

  1. ah dani.. thank you so much for the wonderful feature and for your support for dVerse as well…really great, having you around the poetic blogosphere with your open eyes for the poets around you and the work you put into all the poets features this month…a pleasure to read and an honor that you’re having us here… by the way…the only other language i speak next to german and english is french…but.. you need a lot of phantasy to understand my french..so… smiles

    • i have trouble speaking in English ~ it would be impossible for me to be understood should i attempt another language. {smile} and i bet your French is beautiful! ♥ i have been truly honored by the participation of so many wonderful poets here ~ thank YOU, claudia! ♥

  2. Awesome spotlight on two amazing poets! Brian and Claudia have done so much to encourage so many…myself included!

    • they are two wonderful examples of the amazing poets and wonderfully generous people in our poetry community ~ YOU included, Natasha! ♥

  3. Bravo! Claudia and Brian are wonderful poets. Thank you so much for featuring them here. I enjoyed your series this month, Dani. Amazing how quickly the month went (in some ways) and how slowly it went (in others).

    • the response has been overwhelming, Mary ~ i still have about 20 more poets to feature so the series will continue into May. ♥ i am more appreciative than i can say to everyone who has allowed me to include them, and for the friendships forged over the past year or two ~ especially YOURS! ♥ thank you!

  4. big grins…thank you so much for the honor of being featured here but also for being included with claudia…she is a wonderful poet and great partner at dverse….you picked some of my favs as well for my archives too…was nice to revisit some of my own….

    • i have really enjoyed revisiting everyone’s poetry! thank you for participating and for all of your support over the last two years! ♥

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