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Bart Plantenga: Jose Padua’s Poems — Where The Length Of The Titles Are, If Not Everything, At Least Something To Amuse Or Amaze

There’s no disputing it: Jose Padua writes some of the most meaningful poems being written today about today. They are DIY soulful and this is especially important in a world … Continue reading

December 8, 2018 · 1 Comment

Bart Plantenga: A Transsexual, a Chainsaw & a Soiled Toilet

I will always be a stranger who never feels at home Eugene O’Neill . Let me begin by saying that nothing is as it seems and, in this case that … Continue reading

July 12, 2018 · 2 Comments

Bart Plantenga: Paris Scratch

Archaeologie de Boureé Archaeology of the Drunk Dance The short snout-nosed barman at the landmark, Le Pigal, wipes grime & puke off the dormant juke. Shines it until he sees … Continue reading

March 24, 2017 · Leave a comment

Bart Plantenga: Amsterdam Refugee Center — Guarded Hope

Second in a series.   No one leaves home unless home is the mouth of a shark. Warsan Shire, “Home”   It’s a grey, dreary day; I’m listening to my … Continue reading

April 2, 2016 · Leave a comment

Bart Plantenga: The Refugee Center

Report from inside a Refugee Center in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. I’ve been helping two lovely, self-assured women volunteers, Aniya [Dutch-Moroccan] and Wens [blond Dutch], with their strong, determined gazes, their … Continue reading

January 19, 2016 · 3 Comments

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