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  • Transcript of The Slowdown (9/24/20)

    Transcript of The Slowdown (9/24/20)

    I woke up to a flurry of notes from folks excited that my poem, "The Piano Speaks" (part of my second collection, I Was the Jukebox) is featured as part of Tracy K. Smith's podcast "The Slowdown." I'm excited too! But I believe in fighting for opti…
    - 58 days ago, 3 Oct 20, 7:43pm -
  • "The End of an MFA"

    "The End of an MFA"

    First off, full disclosure: I had to request that we call it "The End of an MFA." They'd titled it "The End of the MFA," which felt far too dire. I have a new piece out in a nationally distributed magazine, and usually when that happens I shout from…
    - 75 days ago, 17 Sep 20, 12:40pm -
  • Necessity Is the Mother of New Poems

    Necessity Is the Mother of New Poems

    I get leads on projects many different ways, but this is the first time that a neighbor--one with whom I trade cat-sitting favors--has given me a heads-up on a call for poets. Fast-forward to being on the phone with the organizer of an annual local o…
    - 4 Aug 20, 4:50am -
  • What Breaks Through: Poetry Book Contests

    What Breaks Through: Poetry Book Contests

    A couple of weeks ago, I taught a streamlined online version of "Taming the Beast," a seminar on organizing poetry manuscripts that I've offered at The Writer's Center and elsewhere. My customary version considers Tables of Contents from a number of…
    - 2 May 20, 5:54pm -
  • Unexpected Cameo

    Unexpected Cameo

    Looking through magazines put out in February is quite surreal now--pages of calendar listings for summer performances, conferences, and art exhibits that we now know to be cancelled or drastically altered. But if there's one thing I can't justify on…
    - 15 Apr 20, 3:36pm -
  • Hill of Beans

    Hill of Beans

    Hello, 2020. Weren't you supposed to finally be the better year? I've refused to change my Facebook profile photo since November 2016--the snapshot I took just moments after voting, relatively secure in what I thought that day's outcome would be. I w…
    - 27 Mar 20, 2:00pm -
  • Odd & Ends & Giblets

    Odd & Ends & Giblets

    Remember when a blog post would just be a round-up of whatever one happened to be experiencing at the moment? I miss those "everything and the kitchen sink" posts. They're a big part of why I still feel so close to a cohort of poets who came up toget…
    - 30 Nov 19, 2:07pm -
  • World Series Champions

    World Series Champions

    My Dad and I have been going to baseball games together for a long time. Long enough that my early memories are of driving up to Baltimore, parking on the other side of the train tracks and walking to Camden Yards, and coming back to find the pennies…
    - 31 Oct 19, 11:01am -
  • Echoes

    Echoes

    One month exactly after losing our cat, Whisky, I had a good if tiring Tuesday that culminated in leading the MFA poetry workshop at American University. Many folks were absent--it's that time of the semester--so we let out a little early, which mean…
    - 16 Oct 19, 2:44pm -
  • Pretty Girl, Goodnight

    Pretty Girl, Goodnight

    When we adopted, her name was explained has having been a change from "Whizzer." Courtesy her first owner, who had passed away, leaving a nine-year old cat who no one in the family was willing to adopt. The folks at the Montgomery County shelter f…
    - 8 Sep 19, 9:56pm -

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    Poetry 24

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      At last! Poetry24 is open once again, and eager to receive your news-related poems.The site now has a new address and a slightly different look.Click the image below Send your submissions to poetry24ed@gmail.com
      - 9 Aug 17, 3:44am -

    Poetry Magazine

    • God of War

      God of War

      Read this poemby Sergio Lima from the March 2020 issue of Poetry Magazine.
      - 2 Mar 20, 1:00am -
    • The Ax

      The Ax

      Read this poemby John McAuliffe from the March 2020 issue of Poetry Magazine.
      - 2 Mar 20, 1:00am -
    • Revelations

      Revelations

      Read this poemby Suzi F. Garcia from the March 2020 issue of Poetry Magazine.
      - 2 Mar 20, 1:00am -
    • The Lion Head Belt Buckle

      The Lion Head Belt Buckle

      Read this poemby Virgil Suárez from the March 2020 issue of Poetry Magazine.
      - 2 Mar 20, 1:00am -
    • A Future History

      A Future History

      Read this poemby Suzi F. Garcia from the March 2020 issue of Poetry Magazine.
      - 2 Mar 20, 1:00am -
    • From “Team Photograph”

      From “Team Photograph”

      Read this poemby Lauren Haldeman from the March 2020 issue of Poetry Magazine.
      - 2 Mar 20, 1:00am -
    • My Good Hand Plays God

      My Good Hand Plays God

      Read this poemby Yusef Komunyakaa from the March 2020 issue of Poetry Magazine.
      - 2 Mar 20, 1:00am -
    • This Being the Last Tree

      This Being the Last Tree

      Read this poemby Naomi Ayala from the March 2020 issue of Poetry Magazine.
      - 2 Mar 20, 1:00am -
    • “ ... a ship crashes down ... ”

      “ ... a ship crashes down ... ”

      Read this poemby Douglas Kearney from the March 2020 issue of Poetry Magazine.
      - 2 Mar 20, 1:00am -
    • Notes on Pasteles

      Notes on Pasteles

      Read this poemby Melinda Hernandez from the March 2020 issue of Poetry Magazine.
      - 2 Mar 20, 1:00am -
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    The Best American Poetry

    • new"No Alphabet" [by Joanne Dominique Dwyer]

      "No Alphabet" [by Joanne Dominique Dwyer]

      If not for the lust of women, there would be no alphabet. Save for the breaking of traffic rules, there would be no Cubism; no fractured light scrutinized from subways or kaleidoscopes in the tool belts of surveyors. Save for the white shoes the busg…
      - 11 hours ago, 30 Nov 20, 1:28pm -
    • newAce Boggess Interviews the Author of "Playlist"

      Ace Boggess Interviews the Author of "Playlist"

      Interview with David Lehman by Ace Boggess Q: You’ve been working on a new volume of daily poems like those collected in both The Daily Mirror and The Evening Sun. An interesting year to do that. Your daily poems have a powerful sense of movement,…
      - 12 hours ago, 30 Nov 20, 12:20pm -
    • Meg Kearney: Pick of the Week [ed. Terence Winch]

      Meg Kearney: Pick of the Week  [ed. Terence Winch]

      photo by Gabriel Parker ______________________________________________________________________ George Says Stop Writing About Yourself (New York, December 2001) This one’s for George, who urged take off those shit-kicker boots, leave your husband w…
      - 1 day ago, 29 Nov 20, 3:14pm -
    • Three Poems (by Mitch Sisskind)

      Three Poems  (by Mitch Sisskind)

      The Wandering Jew 1. In the Gremlin he drove Chicago to NYC And back again I-90 segueing into I-80 Outside Cleveland but neither Chicago Nor NYC could be called his destination Considering how upon arrival in one city He turned back towards the other…
      - 3 days ago, 27 Nov 20, 1:08pm -
    • "Little Star, 2015" [by Mary Jo Salter]

      "Little Star, 2015" [by Mary Jo Salter]

      But soon, I’m told, I’ll lose my epaulets altogether and dwindle into a little star. —Joseph Brodsky, 1940-1996 Joseph, how is your sense of irony holding up in Heaven? Did you know, by chance, that the United States released in 2011 a postage…
      - 4 days ago, 27 Nov 20, 10:00am -
    • "Dependable Epigraphs" [by Tony Towle]

      "Dependable  Epigraphs" [by Tony Towle]

      Dependable Epigraphs My epigraphs will prepare you for the excursion but not for the ruts in the road. — Virgil Stay well ahead of your turnips in the garden of life. — Michel de Montaigne Never parade your ignorance; a discreet amble down a side…
      - 6 days ago, 25 Nov 20, 10:30am -
    • Edna St. Vincent, M. F. A. [by Mary Jo Salter]

      Edna St. Vincent, M. F. A. [by Mary Jo Salter]

      Chic and petite, blind to her destiny of being hailed upon her death the worst sometimes-excellent poet in history, she ran the reading series, and ranked first in her year despite some issues, namely those pretentious, creaky sonnets emailed late fo…
      - 6 days ago, 25 Nov 20, 10:00am -
    • Mr. Boyfriend [by Mary Jo Salter]

      Mr. Boyfriend [by Mary Jo Salter]

      New lover, known and unknown, you’ve risen before dawn and, delicious in suit and tie, you lean down to the bed to kiss my rumpled head the tenderest goodbye. A military bearing adheres to what you’re wearing. Oh, how many years who knows he is a…
      - 8 days ago, 23 Nov 20, 10:00am -
    • Charles Bernstein: Pick of the Week [ed. Terence Winch]

      Charles Bernstein: Pick of the Week   [ed. Terence Winch]

      _______________________________________________________________ On Election Day I hear democracy weep, on election day. The streets are filled with brokered promise, on election day. The miscreant’s vote the same as saint’s, on election day. The…
      - 8 days ago, 22 Nov 20, 2:22pm -
    • “November Graveyard” [by Sylvia Plath]

      “November Graveyard” [by Sylvia Plath]

      The scene stands stubborn: skinflint trees Hoard last year’s leaves, won’t mourn, wear sackcloth, or turn To elegiac dryads, and dour grass Guards the hard-hearted emerald of its grassiness However the grandiloquent mind may scorn Such poverty. N…
      - 8 days ago, 22 Nov 20, 1:38pm -

    Tuesday Poem

    • And I know now what I didn't know then by the Tuesday Poets

      And I know now what I didn't know then by the Tuesday Poets

      Sonow you are privy toa thousand thousand things.        Jennifer ComptonThe geology of the region, the path rain takes underthe earth, the black areas of nitrate.        Sarah Jane BarnettThere are places yet to findwhere the teet…
      - 14 Dec 15, 3:48pm -
    • Morte D’Arthur (Partial) by Alfred, Lord Tennyson

      Morte D’Arthur (Partial) by Alfred, Lord Tennyson

      .So all day long the noise of battle roll’dAmong the mountains by the winter sea;Until King Arthur’s table, man by man,Had fallen in Lyonnesse about their Lord,King Arthur: then, because his wound was deep,The bold Sir Bedivere uplift…
      - 14 Dec 15, 6:10am -
    • Ring of Fire by Mary Eliza Crane

      Ring of Fire by Mary Eliza Crane

      At the wane of a long seasonof heat filled yellow sky,fire consumes mountain forestsinfested, decimated by bark beetlesfeasting in their own changing world.I swim deliciously in a warmer riverwithout current, cringing at banksso barren I could…
      - 14 Dec 15, 6:10am -
    • Ngawhatu by Maggie Rainey-Smith

      Ngawhatu by Maggie Rainey-Smith

      Onthe Richmond bus to Nelson passing Polstead Roadyouonly had to say it, and everyone knew, unspokenwealmost dared not look, it stirred such potent thoughtscausedlaughter, mocking, and a deeply seated superstitioninnuendoout the window,…
      - 23 Nov 15, 4:26pm -
    • Abdullah, The Servant of God – by Wade Bishop

      Abdullah, The Servant of God – by Wade Bishop

      <!--[if gte mso 9]> <![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]> Normal 0 false false false EN-NZ X-NONE X-NONE <![endif]-->He wa…
      - 16 Nov 15, 6:01am -
    • That girl, by Heidi North-Bailey

      That girl, by Heidi North-Bailey

      She rides side-saddle into her own cliché her heart is pumping smokeboots heavy with things unsaidsunset flecked with mudshe’s breathing fireflames curl from her lipsslow-dancing lovers with cigarette smilesslink and hipsturn on the cl…
      - 9 Nov 15, 1:17pm -
    • Like a Reed Boat by William S. Rea

      Like a Reed Boat by William S. Rea

      Like a reed boatthat slipped its mooring Set drifting onthe current Or the heaping upof ripened grain In the time ofharvestHe was farewelledGone, in thefullness of his time But that finalslipping away Still came likesomething un…
      - 2 Nov 15, 1:52pm -
    • Excerpt from 'Glaciers' by Sarah Jane Barnett

      Excerpt from 'Glaciers' by Sarah Jane Barnett

      She notes down the time, opens the aquifer sampletaken from a farm west of Hastings, a saturated and fertile zoneof nested multilevel wells. She poursit into the debubbler. The team used a direct pushdrill, the cleanest way to sample intens…
      - 26 Oct 15, 5:54pm -
    • Wild Daisies by Bub Bridger

      Wild Daisies by Bub Bridger

      If you love meBring me flowersWild daisiesClutched in your fistLike a torchNo orchids or rosesOr carnationsNo florist's bowJust daisiesSteal themRisk your life for themUp the sharp hillsIn the teeth of the windIf you love meBring me dai…
      - 19 Oct 15, 7:30am -
    • Yawn by Sarah Rice

      Yawn by Sarah Rice

      Funny how a yawn travels through a rooma pied piper gathering all the ratsIn that instant we all draw from thesame sourcea great swallowed gasp shoved into our lungslike socks stuffed in a bagand thelong outward sighThat we try to hid…
      - 13 Oct 15, 11:42pm -

    Poetry & Blindfolds

    • “Nick: A Short Film”: A Short Blog

      “Nick: A Short Film”: A Short Blog

      Spoilers ahead. Plus, the picture here is a spoiler, so there’s that. “Nick” is a short film I put together in mid-April 2018. The concept – that of a realtor using an in-home hostage as an amenity to sell a … Continue reading →
      - 29 May 18, 11:14am -
    • Something To Fall Back On

      Something To Fall Back On

      “You can do your act-y thing as much as you want, but always have something to fall back on.” I cannot quite remember which wise, shadowy, looming and spirit-broken role model intoned this to me when I was a child. … Continue reading →
      - 9 Apr 18, 9:24am -
    • Stupid God Damn Bird

      Stupid God Damn Bird

      Hey. You. Bird. Yes, you. The little baby robin who let me walk right up to him and take his picture, close-up. Yes, you. I’ll call you Louie. Hey, Louie. You’re one stupid fuck. Look at you. What the hell are … Continue reading →
      - 23 Jun 17, 9:03pm -
    • “Help!” she cried.

      “Help!” she cried.

      While waiting at the Western Avenue Blue Line stop en route to yet another film set, idling my time with yet another round of Ruzzle on yet another smartphone, my attention was drawn by some distant caterwauling: a couple fighting … Continue readin…
      - 23 Apr 17, 10:39pm -
    • Love Trumps Hate & Action Trumps Trump: A Collection of Resources

      Love Trumps Hate & Action Trumps Trump: A Collection of Resources

      A short collection of sites dedicated to pushing back against the more alarming actions taken by the Trump Administration. Continue reading →
      - 1 Feb 17, 11:27am -
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