"I wish I could get more poets to contribute to the effort as that would give me more chances to get more of us into the public spotlight." -Billyknow someone with a blog that hasn't made billy's list? do you have a blog that hasn't been listed yet?
about how i was diagnosed with "slight hiv"you are such a vivid dreamer, he said.
only to be told by my huzbee that
if i had hiv then wouldn't he also have it?
he assured me that my hiv was in no way
related to the devastation of aids
and that what i had was completely curable.
22. married. capecod. hasafriendinphilly. afriendinlakecharles. abrother. asister. amother. afather. apetgoldfish. writespoetry. iswaitingtohearbackfromumassdartmouth. ishopingtoattendgraduateschoolthere. graduatedfromumassamherstmay2005. beenwritinglotsofpoetry. likesskittles. andfrankohara.
This is Jose Deerborn, associate editor for andwerve.
I am writing to you to inform you, regretfully, that your work was not chosen for our May issue. The reasons for not choosing work for our journal are many and are often, as I think in your case, unrelated to the quality of the work submitted. Sometimes we have too much of one kind of aesthetic; sometimes we simply have too much poetry; sometime we are looking for more balance. Thus, you must not be discouraged by this and must continue in your writerly pursuits with resumed confidence and strength. Best of luck in your future efforts, and feel free to submit more work to our journal if you feel it belongs in the upcoming issues. Thank you for your submission.
Jose Deerborn, Poetry Editor, andwerve
day 9: ink(&)ashes are asking for 3 to 5 poems, so am handing over to them graces domestic bliss and this is february.
day 10: wicked alice poetry journal gets broomtookhandlebra and angels do
day 11: am diggin' the style, look & sound of stirring. will be sending them safe the house of ashraf and and then i wrote this poem
Thank you for your submission to Stirring.
Unfortunately we have chosen other works for this issue.
Since we run a small publication, only a tiny portion of work sent to us is accepted, and many fine pieces end up returned merely because of our sizable submissions.
We appreciate your interest in Stirring.
day 17: modern review even though i don't think is a particularly loving place for my sort of poetry...
may 8th: the editor of h_ngm_n is being sent an email which will include the following poems: wednesday
he & she then
and hit parade
Sorry to take so long with these. I really like SPRING CONFESSIONAL and WEDNESDAY & I hope you'll consider sending me those two, with maybe 4 or 5 others, as a new submission as soon as you get a chance...just so I can get a fresh look at things.
and have emailed mark from cy gist press about his spaceship. am not sure that he's still looking for submissions. will hopefully hear back soon.
[update on the spaceship project: not taking any more submissions, but mark's put me on his mailing list for future projects ^_^ ]
may 23: outside voices (they are looking for me)
have just sent them
the origami astronaut
... .-- .- .-.. .-.. --- .-- / ... --- -. --. /
may 30th: yeah, i waited until the last minute to submit our poems dear, but at least i got it done. i hope you don't mind, i had to forge your signature. well, ryan did it, so that the signatures would look different.
ashraf and i are sending dear salamander and geography lessons to this competition.
june 16th: will be submitting 5 poems to the onion union (further updates later)
the long way
[stretched and penniless]
[let us compare were we're from
and hit parade
have all been submitted to the onion union. special thanks go out to melanie and marcus of the onion union for seeking me out and for commenting on my work.
Marcus here. I think your work is great. The two standard tests are
(1) absense of cliche and (2) concreteness of language. Bang on on
both counts. So, let's agree to publish "the long way" for the August
issue. I hope you'll consider sending work again.
And thanks for your patience; I'm sad to say it's taken a month to get
this e-mail out. While some publications keep an artist's work upwards
of six months before giving her a reply, Mel and I try not to be like
that. Because that's just mean.
editor, the onion union
sizzle, sizzle, flip,
flop onto my plate,
into my belly by way of fork
and assisted by butter knife.
passed by player twelve and forty-seven.
the field is ceramic and white
with puddles of syrup.
the last bite is always soggy.
[signed by “Long-Haired Avatar”]
three sultry strips of bacon,
the pig fat fried off left extra crispy
how i like it—
a one night stand
[signed by “Love You in the Morning”]
one very wonderful chocolate doughnut
glazed with a sugar compound
and carefully aged→for 38 minutes←on my window sill
cold and soft with a crispy sugary shell
chocolate doughnut, I love you
you love me, I eat you
and you do not love me anymore
[signed by “Freezer Burn”]
*alternate version appears below
pizza can so be a breakfast food if it's cold! don't
fool me, don't battle me. i'll eat what i want, he
ain't got no butta! i saw a sign on a bus that told
me the best thing for breakfast is a nicotine patch.
i do not believe this. i believe that pizza is a much
wiser choice. i am composing this, i am composing
this on mary's computer, i should ask mary if she'd
ever eat pizza for breakfast..."only cold pizza for
breakfast" i am so good.
[signed by “The Hagiography of This Moment”]
they are evil
they are not good for dinner
they are not dessert
and they are not breakfast
they are only evil
[signed by “The Peace Plan”]
i picked a daffodil
and gave it to Dina.
she ate it.
i don't know how nutritious a yellow
flower really is but i wouldn't think
to eat one for breakfast
though it was evening when she ate it,
so i guess it’s not the same.
[signed by “The Friendly Sea”]
NOT ORANGE JUICE
spunky orange drink a citrusy blend of citrus fruits
enhances with vitamins A, C, D, and E
for your ever growing mind child.
A cartoon drink in a slipper glass.
Refill, half-full, with a little
extra fun on the top… the stuff that stays on your lips.
[signed by “Confessions of a Fop”]
[ODE TO] WAFFLE OFF
when them nasty waffles start gettin' to ya
spray'em with some waffle off
then they'll start keelin' over right before yer very eyes
one or two might land in a sticky puddle
of vermont made maple syrup
that's been carried south by the clouds and wind
then some soulless squirrels with forks
of all different shapes and size
some two pronged, some three or four pronged
and they'll start munchin' on the nasty waffles
that you got dead with yer waffle off
[available in convenient pocket sized cans
as well as family sized and standard sized cans]
[signed by “A Parliament of Refrigerator Magnets”]
one bowl of cheerios
laced with fine white—sunk to the bottom—
O's of grains
loitering in a plastic bowl
sopping up 2% milk
and swallowed whole by a giant.
[signed by “Man Overboard”]
there once was a fork from the Malookas [though you'll have
to ask rohrer about that place, i've never been myself] that
glowed like a dog's collar. i ate with it once, what a
wonderful date, we had breakfast together, the fork and i.
the thing was, however, that the fork became extremely
offended when i picked up another fork to eat my eggs, and
so i had to use only a spoon. the fork hardly ate a thing.
the breakfast was great [thanks for the free refills of
decaffeinated coffee]. after the meal the fork and i went
back to my place. nothing happened. the fork just kept
on glowing; never took it off.
[signed by “Long Black German Heels and Back Areas”]
Ripe little fruit
I [the pronoun]
Dig into is
Ecstasy to my
[signed by “Mad Elge”]
there's a giant bee in my room
he's trying to get out but he can't find
the little hole he came in from
so i put the last of my tea on the ledge
for my friend [the bee] to drink
he played around the edge of the cup
for a minute or two
but i guess he doesn't really care
for raspberry flavored tea.
[signed by “A Scratched Itch”]
English muffin or toast--
the whole point is the jam.
orange, purple or red?
it all just goops on... sticking
to its bready bed like a dirty baby.
then you eat it! What!?
crunch and slop, slurp and chomp
that's it [i've seen enough]
[signed by “Irregular Plural”]
it’s been done already.
[signed by “The Human Condition Revisited”]
*translated by drook
Un beignet de chocolat très merveilleux
glacé avec un composé de sucre
et soigneusement vieilli »pour trente-huit« minutes
sur mon sill de fenêtre
froid et doux avec une coquille de sugary
beignet de chocolat,
je vous aime. Vous m'aimez.
Je vous mange et vous ne m'aimez plus.
through a desperate hug
i relinquish my mid-night anxieties
on the haunches of my lover
disturbing his delicate sleep
i'm chanting my thanks and apologies
it was just a dream
For most newspapers and magazines, poetry has become a literary commodity intended less to be read than to be noted with approval. Most editors run poems and poetry reviews the way a prosperous Montana rancher might keep a few buffalo around—not to eat the endangered creatures but to display them for tradition's sake.
we watched as the clouds flooded the sky with thick, grey vengeance and four brown hawks cried for the tree as it bellowed against the strain of it's own weight.the first drops of rain
we watched the clouds flood the sky with grey-thick
vengeance, four brown hawks cried for the tree as it
bellowed against the strain of it's weight.
The dried lava flows looked like elephant skin, piled up together, with Lorax trees randomly dispersed.