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The Wake-Up Blast
The Wake-Up Blast captures over 3 decades of poetic protest and dissent, recounted through the lens of personal encounters throughout the world. Hall Gardner’s engaged poetry captivates readers through rallying cries against fear and violence, interwoven with the ultimate hope of peace and global understanding.
Vincent’s Room by Hall Gardner
Translated into French by Anne Gayet-Turner
Beneath thatched roofs
far from soft white sands
of Ipanema and Ilhabela
Amazon dwellers witness..
Visiting the War Memorial
Look as they march up and down the parapet,
bearing sparkling kitchen-clean bayonets.
At strictest attention in space-man helmets,
marionettes strapped in the tightest armored belts,...
The Resectoscopic Experience
It must have been a very sick joke
that made those two sculptured-muscle jocks
so cynically snicker as they pissed Pilsner
into the stagnant pond before the entrance...
In your Absence My-Self Becomes Another
In your absence my Self becomes Another...
stumbling like Edgar Allen…
Pigeons squat upon the eyeless wind and water beaten skulls of static statues long corroded with creeping fissures of fungus...
All is so serene
before the massive
upon the azure horizon…
Fable of the Honey Bees
His withered shoulders hunched over the table,
the beekeeper carefully slices open the plain brown package
with his pocket knife...
Saigon Dauphin, a repetitive nightmare sequence
Three Working Poetraits
Errand Boy, Your Stepmother Calls You “Pussy”, Transport Craft
One Nuke Two Nuke Blue Yook Orang Zook
Upon the backs of horses
across oceans these houseflies sailed.
Not native to this clover,
honeybees ambush the toes of infants...
If this Creation Is Not Religious...
The light filters ever so softly
through windows of stained glass.
Behold!!! A holy trinity
of translucent color the sun...
Home and Abroad
The arrow of a rusty sign points the way
To what was once your Galleria d’Arte...
"Taste of the Town" by Hall Gardner
Taste of the Town was first written to protest the Carter-Reagan nuclear weapons buildup and now Trump, following Obama, is repeating the same tragic mistake.
"Splinters the Length of Daggers" by Hall Gardner
Splinters the Length of Daggers was written in 1979 in reaction to the Three Mile Island nuclear accident; it was read at numerous anti-nuclear protests in the 1980s, and it was published in Hall Gardner, The Wake-UP Blast (2008).
Section of Poem "Venice Weeping With or Without Water" by Hall Gardner, author of the The Wake-Up Blast
"Moroccan Herbs" by Hall Gardner
Poem read in Agadir Souk
"Interpreter" by Hall Gardner
Interpreter (for Isabel) is about the dilemmas involved in interpretation in the effort to prevent a nuclear war between the US and Russia.
"The Wake-Up Blast" by Hall Gardner
The Wake-Up Blast is a protest against the terrorist attacks on the Madrid train system on March 11, 2004.
Read before the Nikola Tesla museum in Belgrade.