Valery Oisteanu







Handbook for Surrealistic Future!





Dreamers exhaust all the possibilities

Solitary depression, confinement etiquette

Repress the repression of desire

Do not wait, sleepyhead, read into yourself

Take control of your dada-heart

Invent your surreal dream-mythology

Stop occupying your Nightmares

Occupy your boredom, your loneliness

Do not leap into oblivious nothingness

Make love illusion your occupation

Don’t let the times pass you by

Let the power of imagination fly

Busy helping others, stay occupied

Cantata profana, internal change plane

Take Val-inal the spark of the soul

The fire of the spirit for stimulation





Random First Thoughts

     to Allen Ginsberg


God favors tragedies over magic universe wiggling its feet

The abandonment of nightmares and banal dreams

Sharpen your sexuality with psychedelic color vibrations

Symphony of farts, lips sound, flesh hitting flesh

The olfactory alchemy of sex

Sounds of bodies stuck together

Obscurity or celebrity shocker, I fear non

Mythological breakfast for two

Bare woman barring gifts

Poementary, a docu-drama about a poet

Are you calling me an anti-super-hero?

I should have pilgrimage to your apartment on 12th St

Words are dust accumulating on my books

Poetry is a dying elephant with no water in sight

Walking the city dropping poems on every corner













Valery Oisteanu is a writer and artist with international flavor. Born in Russia and educated in Romania. Immigrating to New York City in 1973, he has been writing in English for the past 40 years.


He is the author of 11 books of poetry, a book of short fiction and a book of essays: ”The AVANT-GODS”(in progress). A new collection of poetry with collage illustrations titled   “Perks in Purgatory” appeared in” Fly by Night Press” New York, 2010.


For the past 10 years he is a columnist at New York Arts Magazine and art critic for Brooklyn Rail.


He is also a contributing writer for French, Spanish & Romanian art and literary magazines (La Page Blanche,, Viata Romaneasca, Observatorul Cultural etc.)


As an artist he exhibits collages and assemblages on a regular basses at the galleries in New York and also creates collages as covers and illustrations for books and magazines.


As a performer he does theater plays and musical collaborations with jazz musicians, sessions known as Jazzoetry!

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