Sunday, August 10, 2014 and updates...

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My new magazine, amomancies, which features romantic and erotic poetry enhanced by glamour photography, is not only available as a gorgeous, glossy, 8-1/2 x 11 magazine, but also in fully downloadable pdf at the primary site

Poets wishing to submit their work for inclusion in future issues will find the submissions guidelines, including publication schedule and themes, as well.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

amomancies out in hardcopy format

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         amomancies vol 1 issue 1        
                 amomancies:                amomancies vol 1 issue 1      
             Find out more on MagCloud          

28 poems, 30 lovely full page, poster quality images.

Sunday, June 08, 2014

The Feast of the Night

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I make myself a sacrifice, the price of loving is precious.
To give all.  Flesh and heart and strength.  The rage of quiet affection.
Perfection a path, not a citadel.  Hell fears my words.  Hush.  Hush
and listen to the roaring silence, imploring a moment, shun
the japing mockery of those who cannot understand that love
is both divine and diverse, perverse and pristine, between the seals
the veils fall and we are left, surrendered, feast to raven and dove
who will both feed on the seed of our coeur rage and what it reveals
about the nature of our barefoot hearts, dancing the patterns found
in the mysteries of our histories.  Kisses in kairos.  Breathe.
Breathe and find my breath in your lungs, an intoxicant.  Hope, unbound
and tied with a ribbon that unwinds where we dare our wills to sheathe.
Accept me for what I am.  All I am.  Lover and acolyte.
This, a holy day commemorated in the feast of the night.

William F. DeVault.  all rights reserved.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

The Conqueror Wyrm

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drink the blood of the conqueror wyrm,
mingled crimson and alabaster.
draw it out and take nourishment
that you may be granted your truest wish.

drink the blood of the conqueror wyrm,
warm and fresh on your tongue, and
you will comprehend the dusky night,
speaking the language of fiends and angels.

drink the blood of the conqueror wyrm,
turning lovely quicksilver into radiant gold.
the alchemy of the soul, a single draught.
you will perceive the most arcane secrets.

drink the blood of the conqueror wyrm,
made a communion of madness, no chalice
can hold this thick venom, you must drain
the very beast in a feast of unleashed desire.

William F. DeVault.  all rights reserved.

Saturday, November 16, 2013


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short of my soul, which God holds,
I am yours.
if you would have me: human and bent,
sent to Hell and back on more than one trip for water for the burnt.
still with a few trips left
and a desire to inspire one more heart to feel something
honest and beautiful.
to make children,
whether of paper and ink and light
or flesh and blood.
to be for you all you ask of me,
want me to be,
need me to be.
that I can be.

William F. DeVault. all rights reserved.

Friday, August 23, 2013

preying mantissa

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how many times can nine go into one
such that there is no remainder
but sweaty sheets and deep breaths
hearts pounding in sounding out
the memory of equations
where I found several solutions
to the problem of where to enter
the sum of our parts
and, with hearts pounding,
found three deep answers
to a riddle we will recalculate
once we have untangled enough
to see if there is yet another result
we have yet to find, lost in our calculations.
as you impale yourself again,
hungry for more answers to questions
we will keep resolving to the last
decimal place, and again.  and again.
just to be sure of our proofs.

William F. DeVault.  all rights reserved.

Thursday, April 04, 2013

Hephaestus to Aphrodite

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You are beautiful.
I, deformed.
A god, no doubt, but not one
that they burn fragrant oils
to gather the favour of.
I am unworthy of you,
unworthy of your love.
It burns within me, this passion,
and yet it burns before me
that for all bonds and bindings
you will never really love me.
Just the idea of me.
The lame god, in the forge of souls,
hammering shape to metals
I have drawn out of lifeless stone.

You are beautiful.
I, deformed.
Cyrano suffered thus, and ultimately
it cost him the woman he loved,
who would have loved him back,
I suspect (ask Apollo, he would know).
But he was man and she, woman,
we burn at a higher degree,
our passions set fire to the skies
and people run and scream and dream
that their hearts could survive such heat.
But they are not that sturdy.
You seek balance in my malformations.
You laugh and smile and feign passions
beyond the novelty of my hideous countenance.

You are beautiful.
I, deformed.
For all your beautiful words and soft touches,
I know what and who I am. I know the smell
of burning sulphur under my nails and know
that my kisses are that of a brute, a thing.
Not a god, which is what you deserve.
I am twisted and I know my place.
Those things which I craft, that is what is sought
by those who follow the twisting labyrinth
into the hot bowels of the Earth to find me.
Lovely ornaments of silver and alloys I alone
can make and master, for I am Hephaestus.
But that does not make me beautiful.
That does not make me worthy of a goddess.

William F. DeVault.  all rights reserved.

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