Phillipe Martin Chatelain / @uptownvoice / Phillipe is the Managing Editor of In Parentheses. He is a poet from New York City with a Masters Degree in Poetry from The New School. He writes as someone in the tradition of the urban troubadour or the flaneur–wandering, taking notes. He believes that poetry of our generation has taken on a much more digital definition. Furthermore, it is important for New Modernist writers like those exhibited in In Parentheses Literary Magazine to assume the forms of media available in order to carry on the history of Sublime Art. His series taking shots alone was self-published in 2012-2015. The self-published collection FACETS (2019) is now available.
[Above Photo by P. Chatelain]
A Dule of Doves
not a bozo not a false old flow
no overload of friends oh no
can’t catch me unless i left leash
in your choke hold
finna beg a priest to let my soul go
i might need to just grow old
no need to complicate when all it takes
is a simple wake to make the exact most
of each day
focus on the imprecise mistakes
it’s hell the way that life’s debris can chip away
catch me growing boulder
maybe even slower than that much
thirsty starving is no match
holding steady like a cactus
rain is pleasant but i may not need it
fear is present but i may not feed it
can an artist find a way to climb when
all he do is heed to rhyme
Token Finding Streets Broken
did you hear of the summer that new york shrunk
it took much to break the silence of the listless
broken windows every which way
the fix is equipped with pistols
i searched and found the dream deferred sunk
it’s hard for you to hurt when i bleed
but when i love
i can’t speak what it does but i know that it can
everything i know i love is worth shouting
blue and white might be the only hope we know
but right now i feel my sound surrounded
hounded by a pack of wolves
confounded by the fact
if i even think i’m black i am only half of that
the soulsick ensues
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From the Editor:
We hope that readers receive In Parentheses as a medium through which the evolution of human thought can be appreciated, nurtured and precipitated. It will present a dynamo of artistic expression, journalism, informal analysis of our daily world, entertainment of ideas considered lofty and criticism of today’s popular culture. The featured content does not follow any specific ideology except for that of intellectual expansion of the masses.
Founded in late 2011, In Parentheses prides itself upon analysis of the current condition of intelligence in the minds of these young people, and building a hypothesis for one looming question: what comes after Post-Modernism?
The idea for this magazine stems from a simple conversation regarding the aforementioned question, which drew out the need to identify our generation’s place in literary history.
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