Wednesday, 8 July 2020

Onanism | Self-indulgence

The Secret Companion, R J Brodie London, 1845
‘The Last Stage of Mental & Bodily Exhaustion from Onanism or Self-pollution’


Walter est à la fois un poète jeune et riche de pas mal d’années de fréquentation de la poésie contemporaine, puisqu’il anime notamment Mgversion2datura, son webzine depuis une quinzaine d’années, qui comprend à présent plus de 70 numéros. Et l’indépendance d’esprit naturelle de Walter le conduit à loucher vers la poésie d’ailleurs, l’anglo-saxonne, pays d’îles et parfois de soleil, à travers ses traductions et ses poèmes qu’il nous retourne comme autant de preuves de son amour de la liberté.


Walter is both a young and experienced poet as regard his commitment to contemporary poetry as he has been editing the journal mgversion2>datura since 1996. His natural independent mind drives him to look at the poetry from other parts of the world, mostly poetry in English, from these lands of islands and sun sometimes, a poetry he translates and renders to us as many proofs of his yearning for freedom.

Patrice Maltaverne, French publisher, reviewer and poet. Edits the journal Traction-Brabant and runs Editions du Citron noir.

*****

Walter Ruhlman est un écrivain et un poète, poète à la sauce anglo saxonne, c'est à dire incompris ou ignoré des milieux poétiques français qui n'apprécient pas la poésie du réel peut-être, la poésie du vivre une vie d'homme dans toutes ses dimensions, fort nombreuses et fort riches par ailleurs, sans qu'il soit besoin d'aller chercher on ne sait quoi, on ne sait où, qui "ferait plus poétique". Walter a une plume suffisamment déployée pour puiser autant à la beauté du langage qu'à la crudité de l'existence. Sa propre existence qui lui sert de terreau de création et il n'hésite pas à appeler un chat, une chatte et une queue, une queue. Pour autant, il est loin du nombrilisme caractéristique de bon nombre d'auteurs, il aime et s'intéresse notamment, mais pas que, par le biais de sa revue mgversion2datura, au travail des autres, même si celui-ci n'est pas forcément sa tasse de thé, mais il a l'esprit comme la plume, large et ouvert, l'étroitesse étant réservée sans doute à des plaisirs plus intimes et surtout privés.

Walter Ruhlmann is a writer and a poet definitely turned toward poetry in the English language, that is to say misunderstood or ignored by French poetry circles that do not like real life poetry maybe, poetry of living a man's life in all its dimensions, with so many of them and so rich by the way, without the need to go and fetch whatever, wherever, that would make it more “poetic”. Walter's pen is wide enough to dig as much beauty in the language as crudeness in the existence. His own existence is his creative soil and he does not hesitate to call a puss a pussy and a dick a dick. Yet, he stands away from the common, self-centered authors. Through his journal mgversion2datura, he, especially but not only, likes and is interested in the others' work, even if it's not always his cup of tea, but his mind reflects his pen: it is wide and open – stinginess being certainly kept for more intimate and rather private pleasures.

Cathy Garcia, visual artist, poet and editor of Nouveaux délits.
http://cathygarcia.hautetfort.com & http://gribouglyphesdecathygarcia.wordpress.com


*****

Walter Ruhlmann is a poet who writes with wit and intelligence.  His poetry is vivid and accessible full of sharp bright images that invite you into his world and then takes you down roads that trick, amuse and surprise. He sits a little outside of mainstream in so far as his poetry is not trite or obvious, he is someone I enjoy reading and one of those names I look for when a magazine drops through the door.
Jim Bennett, poet, editor of The Poetry Kit website www.poetrykit.org


*****

Walter Ruhlmann is a poet of intersecting universes, a connoisseur and composer of watchful nights, a procreator and juggler of  sensual and philosophical discoveries. The gravitational field of his poetry unfolds like the appeal of an ocean echoing the voices of never ceasing questions and restless doubts. His multi-faceted, simultaneously classical and avant-garde oeuvre is a constant impelling force to dedicate our lives to perfecting our perceptive and transcendental worlds while incorporating the tangible, bodily realms as well in order to become the carnal apotheosis of millenary poetical quests.
Károly Sándor Pallai, editor in chief of Vents alizés (Seychelles) http://ventsalizes.wix.com/revue


*****

In his poetry Walter surprises with the oddest observations and turns of phrase. Whether R-rated, alliterative or sculpted for visual form, Walter’s lines – even at their most dramatic – ring genuine. From CARMINE CARNIVAL I get the sense that he’s a probing watcher and a sensitive ruminator, to the point of discomfort while treading over the gravesites of souls long gone. Walter’s work on the mgversion2>datura journal is impressive, to say the least. It’s obvious that a lot of time and care go into its production, and many artists have benefited from Walter’s dedication, expertise and nose for talent. I’m pleased to know him and his work.
David Herrle - SubtleTea Editor http://www.subtletea.com/

Thursday, 2 January 2020

2019 Publications



  • Traversées, janvier: Les pies sont là
  • Furtives, janvier: La route est longue (Dix ans après #5)
  • madswirl, February: The Hole
  • Post Mayotte Trauma, second edition – Beakful
  • poeticdiversity, April: Leprechaun
  • Poppy Road Review, April: The South
  • Synchronised chaos, May: The Key, The Hole, Filth No More, Silence is the Loudest Scorn and Rear Lights
  • Oddball Magazine, May: A Screwdriver Right in the Heart
  • Horror Sleaze Trash Journal, May: From the Depths…
  • Gondal Heights: A Brontë Tribute Anthology, May: Alexander
  • Madswirl, June: The Levelling Reaper
  • poeticdiversity, November: Ten Years Later #1
  • Madswirl, December: Tannenbaum

Saturday, 22 June 2019

Gondal Heights: A Brontë Tribute Anthology

Cover Image: Heather Schubert
I'm proud to have a poem published in this fabulous anthology edited by Marie C. Lecrivain (poeticdiversity: the litzine of Los Angeles). After Rubicon: Words and Art Inspired by Oscar Wilde's De Profundis (Sybaritic Press, 2015), in which I already had two poems published ("The Last Supper" and "An Accomodation of a Sort"), this amazing editrix comes back with another anthology: Gondal Heights: A Brontë Tribute Anthology, full of awesome work. Available from Amazon

Gondal Heights contains poems, short stories, essays, and works of art inspired by the Brontës, all of which are highly engaging and personal. Whether it’s Heather Schubert’s beautiful cover art, Sarah Maclay’s gorgeous prose poem “Field of Thorns”, or Angel Uriel Perales’ moving tribute, “Branwell Brontë’s Fevre Dream Decorum”, every piece is inspired by the Brontës, either from their lives, or from their work, which, after two centuries, still influences global culture, and other art forms.

Paperback: 106 pages
Publisher: Sybaritic Press (May 31, 2019)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1645701549
ISBN-13: 978-1645701545

Price: $12.99 + shipping buy it here

Thursday, 28 February 2019

The Loss followed by GMO Reissued


The Loss followed by GMO (Great Moments of Oblivion)
Poems by Walter Ruhlmann

Cover art by Walter Ruhlmann

© 2014-2019, Flutter Press and the author.

$9 plus shipping directly from the printer's website

Walter Ruhlmann is a poet who writes with wit and intelligence. His poetry is vivid and accessible full of sharp bright images that invite you into his world and then takes you down roads that trick, amuse and surprise. Jim BENNETT, poet, editor of The Poetry Kit

Walter Ruhlmann is a poet of intersecting universes, a connoisseur and composer of watchful nights, a procreator and juggler of sensual and philosophical discoveries. The gravitational field of his poetry unfolds like the appeal of an ocean echoing the voices of never ceasing questions and restless doubts. His multi-faceted, simultaneously classical and avant-garde oeuvre is a constant impelling force to dedicate our lives to perfecting our perceptive and transcendental worlds while incorporating the tangible, bodily realms as well in order to become the carnal apotheosis of millenary poetical quests.
Károly Sándor PALLAI poet, editor of Vents alizés



Disgust


Disgust took us last Saturday
its vivid veil falling on us
and covering our lives,
the breaths we were given,
voluntarily or not.

Disgust is like the fog
invading the greenish moors around us
rocks and ghost trees, grey gloomy ghouls
guarding those implacable marshes.

The smell of it is like petrol
invading the nostrils of
this nine-year-old child
at the back of the car
sucking on the temples of
those sun glasses made of plastic.
The filling of the tank
exploding in his nose.

It can also be like the acrid odour
of puke
when six or seven years later
he entered the dark corridor
of lust.

Disgust is shaped like some misshaped
mass in motion.
Monitoring our senses
and our existences.

Wednesday, 26 December 2018

Poèmes 1993-2001

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Lire Walter Ruhlmann, c'est ouvrir un tiroir secret de notre conscience. C'est aussi s'élargir l'esprit et cultiver le goût de la différence.
Frédéric MAIRE, dans Press-stances n°7, décembre 1995


Walter a une conscience aiguë de sa propre existence, de ses envies, de ce qu’il veut ou ne veut pas en faire, des plaisirs qu’il y trouve, comme de ses souillures et de ses souffrances. Sa poésie est son album de voyage, la trace de son itinéraire parmi les hommes. Et ce besoin, de dire et d’écrire, il l’exprime debout, dehors, face aux vents. Il se mouille, forcément. Alors pour vous, je ne sais pas ; moi, il m’atteint, me touche et me mouille aussi. La poésie de Walter ne sent pas la rose, c’est certain. Pourtant, quel parfum de rose pourrait ainsi vous prendre à la gorge ?
Bzone, préface à L'horizon des peupliers, 1998


Je déclare que Walter Ruhlmann est la version française de Georg Trakl, et puis c’est tout.
Marie Lecrivain, éditrice de la revue américaine poeticdiversity, Facebook 2017

*****

Monday, 20 August 2018

Fandango is Out Today


FANDANGO by Walter Ruhlmann is out today through Urtica Press. With a foreword by Steve Klepetar

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ISBN: 978-0-244-10516-7 - 54 pages

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"Love is illusion, and even lust is stripped of its romantic, erotic charm. Inside, hidden from the lover, lives the wolf, an embodiment of appetite as dangerous as it is energetic and wild. These poems lay themselves bare, rejecting the false comforts of easy and joyous connection." Steve Klepetar



Excerpt:

Sapiens Sucks

To disconnect oneself,
to unwire from all the mass movements,
hysterical people made more hysterical
by the atrocities, the blood-filled images
spilling over from the boxes, the overloaded screens.

To enter blunt dumbness,
no matter what happens.
To unplug from the sound, the noise rather;
razor-like screams of children being torn apart,
women raped and men beheaded
by pigs whose silvery, sharp teeth penetrate
the human mind, the fandango.

To switch off the wide eye,
any blinking eyes blinded by purple lids,
liquid hums, snow flakes melting
on the carpet stained with tea,
semen maybe, an orgasmic mayhem.

To cherish these moments:
sofa crouching,
bed burrowing,
cat purring on the laps,
laptop off, folded back to its lair.

To forget existence, others' work or worries,
only mooning over the Earth,
the large crust ball formed then deformed,
through the geological epochs.

To feel the blows of a comet,
another gamma ray outburst,
the billion miles, the trillion stars
out of reach, under this bruised skin,
concealed deep in these tar-coated lungs.


First published in Nude Bruce Review #5, August 2015