Dumpster Fire Press presents the fifth and final release for Poetry Month…

Art- Dillinger

SPEAK OUT AN EMOTION by Li Kan… a poetic, philosophical journey which in the end leaves the reader not only yearning for more poetry but leaves you wanting to speak out an actual emotion which is the essence of what poetry is about and ultimately Li Kan covers in his own work serving as guide in which own life mirrors one’s own in an askew existential reflection…

Hey you can’t reader Heidegger without first reading quantum physics but at least you can still read poetry with or without the physics and philosophy but that’s what poetry does, brings that vast array of interconnected cosmic existential play onto the mere optic nerve perceived mortal plane, full allowing one to speak out an emotion with a certain amount of colorfully coded depth…

I could be wrong…usually am…forgive me April has been cruel…and it’s National Poetry Month.

Though there couldn’t be a more fulfilling way to end it with this final release… which was a grand collaborative effort between myself and translator Xi Nan who perfectly encapsulates the work of Li Kan…

“Li Kan’s poetry writing uses a lot of spoken language, and the contents of his writing also focus on personal daily life and emotional experience. On this basis, he puts forward the writing concept of “flow of life” (生命流). In recent years, Li Kan has experienced a lot of philosophical thinking in addition to his daily writing. The ideas of Heidegger, Laozi, Zhuang Zhou and others have a certain influence on the formation of his writing philosophy. In poetry writing, this also makes Li Kan’s poems show a good internal order, harmony and rationality.”

But who is Li Kan?

contemporary Chinese poet, professional manager in marketing management. Founder-member of the “Fanglin Jiushi Poetry Festival” ,editor in chief of Suit Yourself annual poetry anthology . Author of one personal poetry-collection; a few of his poems have been influential. He lives in Chengdu, China. Li Kan’s view on poetry: read poems happily, write poems happily.

A Windless Day

The windless day is

Like a book

Leaning there

Like a pendant

Suspending there

Like a porcelain

Placed there

I walk from this room to that room

Feel it like clothes

Hanging there

Like a bed

Lying there

Like three o’clock in the middle of the night

Vacant there

I walk from upstairs to downstairs

Feel it also like grass

Greening there

Like a flower

Blossoming there

Like water on the ground

Slowly spreading to the edges

Like dust

At the beginning suspending in the midair

But right now

Being eaten by the air

It’s been an exceptionally brutal month but DFP continues…although don’t expect five titles a month again…

It’ll be back to the standard 1-2 titles maybe 3 if another issue of VOICES FROM THE FIRE is warranted or there is another anthology, that just can’t wait to be released but it’s nice to go out on a high note for April with this paramount poetic work that also serves as another milestone next to DEATH BY PUNK (DFP’s first anthology) as DFP’s first bilingual release.

Stay surreal, we’ve still got VOICES FROM THE FIRE rolling until the very end of April for the observance of National Poetry Month

oh and for the salvation of your sanity…speak out an emotion…PLEASE!

Published by Mike Zone

Mike Zone is the former Editor in Chief of Dumpster Fire Press and managing editor of Concrete Mist Press. The author of Screaming in the End: Poems and Stories, Fuck You: A Fucking Poetry Chap, Shedding Dark Places (almost), One Hell of a Muse , as well as coauthor of The Grind and Razorville. A frequent contributor to Alien Buddha Press and Mad Swirl. His work has been featured in: A Thin Slice of Anxiety, Black Shamrock Magazine, Horror Sleaze Trash, Better Than Starbucks, Piker Press, Punk Noir Magazine, Synchronized Chaos, and Cult Culture magazine.

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