Black Petals Issue #105, Autumn, 2023

BP Artists and Illustrators
Mars-News, Views and Commentary-Chris Friend
Cards Fiction by Gene Lass
Barfly: Fiction by Gene Lass
Case Study: Fiction by Martin Taulbut
Delivery: Fiction by David Kloepfer
Joy (noun): a source of delight: Fiction by Noah Levin
Master of Dream: Fiction by Ash Ibrahim
Nightshade: Fiction by Adam Vine
Red Popsicles: Fiction by Caitlyn Pace
Temporally Closed: Fiction by J. Elliott
The Mansion Dwellers: Fiction by Robb White
Time for a Change: Fiction by Lamont A. Turner
Bernie's Friends: Flash Fiction by Phil Temples
Death Visits the Sapling Trust: Flash Fiction by Paul Radcliffe
Monster: Flash Fiction by Zvi A. Sesling
Sleep: Flash Fiction by Kurt Hohmann
Welcome, Ghouls: Flash Fiction by Cindy Rosmus
Ode to Chateau Marmont: Poem by Kenneth Vincent Walker
Cadaver Dogs: Poem by Kenneth Vincent Walker
Phases of the Moon: Poem by Kenneth Vincent Walker
The Darkest Octave: Poem by Kenneth Vincent Walker
Green Man Standing: Poem by Joseph V. Danoski
The Day That Mary Went Away: Poem by Joseph V. Danoski
The Northern Migration of Souls: Poem by Joseph V. Danoski
Gone West: Poem by Simon MacCulloch
If I Scream: Poem by Simon MacCulloch
Witchery: Poem by Simon MacCulloch
Carry On: Poem by Simon MacCulloch
The Song of the Dead: Poem by Ben Huber

Kenneth Vincent Walker: Ode to Chateau Marmont

Ode to Chateau Marmont


Kenneth Vincent Walker


So notoriously

And deliciously

Scandalous, yet

Nonchalant this

Chateau Marmont.


A castle set high

Upon a hill where

Indiscretions are

Handled discreetly.

Even if these walls


Could talk you trust

They dare not tell.

All the rage, ripped

Right from rag-tag

Tabloid pages of


Hearsay, innuendo

And wild rumors of

Hollywood’s Golden

Age; celebrated by

Celebrity fits of rage,


Debauchery, tragedy

And untimely death

Indelibly etched in

The headstones of

Patrons past on the


Sunset Strip; alas

Boho hip in the most

Spirited place there is

On the left coast in

West Los Angeles, CA;


Hotel on the hill odelay!

Kenneth Vincent Walker is a "New Formalist" poet, spoken word artist, performer and author of Borderline Absurd (An Exercise in Rhyme and Reason), published by Poem Sugar Press/ Community Arts Ink 2015. More recently his work has been widely published in online magazines, journals and blogs. Kenneth is originally from Buffalo, NY and completed his higher education in Canada. He now resides in South Central Pennsylvania where he performs his brand of poetry at various venues throughout the region.

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