Thursday, November 01, 2007

Sam Silva

Vampires of the Daylight Hours

Cigarettes....a dull perfume!
And pills and wine populate that tomb of mine.

Drakul slumbered in his box
in ages when the Sun shown pure
and spread his wings to fire the night
to drink blood in eternity pulling up my socks
a thousand years beyond the stake
which slew that nightly terror there
and let the darkened hours endure
with little more than ghostly crimes

leave daylight more the kin to Hell
with wretched voices in my head
making blood a sour thing
...muddy, muggy, slow as lead!
An evil daytime...speckled white.
That pus, those boils,
sick voices ate
...oozing from a broken brain
whose jaundice is mortality.

The vampires, in these modern times,
have no names nor nobility
but seek a sunlight more obscure
than any haunting terror's dark

and in the office or the park
hypnotized by cold TVs
communicate their blasphemies
in ways that half the brain denies

and sink their teeth in like a shark
yet leave no elemental mark
except that madness trembles

till their broken victims finally choose
with booze and pills and cigarettes
in dimly viewed electric light
to leave the voices to their cause
...each ego to that ego's debts
and terminate the light of day
and stay
awake at night....

Sam Silva has published well over 150 poems in print magazines including, but not limited to Samisdat, The ECU Rebel, Sow's Ear, The American Muse, St. Andrews Review, Dog River Review, Third Lung Review, Main St. Rag, Charlotte Poetry Review, Parnasus...most (but not all) of these magazines are now defunct. For the Past four years his magazine portfolio has grown by and large on line including Rio Del Arts, Megaera, Big Bridge, Views unplugged, Comrade Magazine, Ken Again and at least thirty others. Over the years four small presses have published a total of nine chapbooks by Sam Silva ...these, being Third Lung Press, M.A.F. Press, Alpha Beat Press, Trouth Creek Press. Brown and Yale Universities solicited many of these chapbooks for their libraries. 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. Silva has ebooks available without cost at, and, and at two dollars a piece at and well over 300 poems archived in online magazines. He was nominated a total of seven times by three small presses and has a full length collection of poetry called Eating and Drinking based on a royalties contract signed with Bright Spark Creative available for order at any online bookstore and has two other full length poetry books available at . Three spoken word CDs of Sam Silva's have been marketed through CDBaby.

Mark Lamoureux Lois Marie Harrod Sam Silva Eve Rifkah Christopher Barnes Roger Singer David McLean

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