Monthly Archives: October 2009

Halloween Skeleton (Poem)

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Today is a shred of fallen bark. The birds today are slow winged and thick-boned, prone to worm wringing on lawns or stealing seed pods to pad infested nests. For this reason, after rising take a feather pillow to offer the roosting pigeons who will want to harmonize in their thanks. This way you will be able to hollow a bone with precision. Feathers have little reason to do good deeds. Pinfeathers may need to sharpen dull edges with knife blades. This afternoon there is migration of exotics to observe record or join with wings of fallen travelers. Enjoy carving the hollows you could have in all the chasms you think must be filled to love. Use an awl and channel an owl of the type barns might have. This is a spell to cast and change lives.

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This is a skeleton poem* (see skeleton below), a poem created mad-libs style from a horoscope with its meatiest words chopped out. I saw this on Mutating the Signature. Nathan had pasted a link on his facebook page and I borrowed it! Since I’ve been fighting the valient flu fight (my poor children!) all week, I haven’t written a thing! Nothing! This sparked something, and for that I am grateful!

Today is a ____ of ______ _______. The ________ today are _____ _____ and ___ __ __________ to ___ _______ on _________ or _____ __ ___________ to _______ ____ ______. For this reason, ____ _____ take a ______ ____ to ______ the ____ ____ ___ will want to ____ in ____ ______. This way ___ will be able to ______ a _______ with __________. ____ have __ ___________ to do ____ ___. ___ may need to ___________ ____ ____ ____ ________ _______. This afternoon there is ____ of ___________ to _______ _______ or _______ _______ ____ of ____ _______. Enjoy _______ the ___________ ___ could have in all the _______ ___ think ___ _____ ____ to _____. Use a(n) _____ and ____ ____ ____ of the _____ ___ might have. This is a ____ to _____ and ____ ________.

Body Poem #6 (You knew the cats were coming, right?)

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IMG_0397The Wife Breaks Her Appointment at the Day Spa

 

The black cat shadows me.
Of my own free will, I watch
the breath lift his fur, replace.

I draw a ragged breath
imagine legions of black hairs
stroking my lungs.

He sleeps with his head
soft world
on my wrist–gentle restraint. Who is waving?

I curse my dense bones
dream my diaphragm a knife
thrusting claws through my fingertips.

The air hums with his sleep (little death)
my ribs ache from vibration
fluttering inside. We are wreathed in birds.

A sparrow knocks
against the window (one gold eye open)
it’s feathers stick to my tongue

like snowflakes, melt into breakfast.

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Notes:  This is not nearly as dark as I would prefer.  Much like the kitten picture doesn’t reflect his size today.  I think the title is wrong.  Definitely a first draft.

Spreading My Writing Wings

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I am oh so proud to say I have two new pieces of writing (an interview & a review) in a glorious new online journal: Poets’ Quarterly. Editor Lori A. May has done a fabulous job with this inaugural issue. Please check it out! Don’t miss the two reviews by my best poetry pal and partner-in-crime Carolee Sherwood!

Interviewing poet Kara Candito was so much fun! I can’t wait for my next poet interview. In the meantime, I’m working on an interview with novelist Vince Zandri–he’s the man–so I’m a little nervous about getting this one just right! So, what would you want to ask a novelist/punk rocker/travel writer?

I interviewed Vince ages ago, when he was a first-timer and I was a starry-eyed kid with a graduate degree and no paying job in sight (I got paid for my book reviews in the best currency going–free books!) Now he has more writing credits & novels than I can keep track of and I’m still starry-eyed.

I love this writing life!

Oh, yeah!  Some more good news!  I have a poem forthcoming in the new issue of Wicked Alice!