Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Tuesday poem #47 : D.G. Jones : Nature Tries

two daffodils on the bank beyond
the window, and April
is almost over

I am in the bank account of
fallen leaves, representatives of all
the devalued currency the bank
has created to forestall the collapse
of various
Western economies

the kind of double talk associated with
global warming we octogenarians associate
easily with

our governments, oil & holy writ, and
don’t believe. Still

we’re here like the daffodils, even if
two is not a host, but remains
a reminder that Wordsworth could only speak
for his own

moment in time – as May may say,
nature tries

(April 29, 2013)



D.G. Jones was born in Ontario in 1929. He has won the Governor General’s Award twice (for poetry in 1977 and for translation in 1993). His poetry has also won two QSPELL Awards and the A.J.M. Smith Award. Jones retired from teaching at the Universit√© de Sherbrooke in 1994. He now lives in North Hatley, Quebec. His chapbook, standard pose, appeared with above/ground press in 2002 (reprinted in Ground Rules: the best of the second decade of above/ground press 2003-2013), and The Stream Exposed With All Its Stones: Collected Poems came out with Vehicule Press in 2009.

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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Tuesday poem #46 : Lea Graham : Note to mclennan from 110 Mill Street Five & Half Years Later



It’s time for the Mill Stream eels'

return to the Sargasso Sea. 

I pen numbers off

Poughkeepsie walls

to my left thigh, keep walking

these wan landscapes

where kill names most water. 

A wedding dress awaits

burning in the utility closet. 

Ottawa pulses across

this Hudson & you there

bend to dandelions, blowing

through Chinatown.


Lea Graham is the author of the poetry book, Hough & Helix & Where & Here & You, You, You (No Tell Books, 2011) and of the chapbook, Calendar Girls (above ground Press, 2006).  Her poems, essays, translations and reviews have been published or are forthcoming in journals such as Notre Dame Review, Delirious Hem, Southern Humanities Review and Fifth Wednesday. She is a contributing editor for Atticus Review and works as an Associate Professor of English at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York where she teaches poetry and travel writing among other exciting subjects.   Lea Graham was born in Memphis, Tennessee and grew up in Northwest Arkansas.

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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Tuesday poem #45 : Brecken Hancock : LAKE EFFECT



Snow blinds the deer hearse.
Snow needles the blood purse.
Snow porridge in the hobo’s bowl.
Snow angels spread for ripper’s toll.

Dormers dripping toilet paper.
Castles of albino crows.
Amniotic impersonator.
Vomit stipples Mommy’s clothes.

Come snow, come sleep,
Bleach our red curtains
To surrender. O molester,
Put the animals to bed.

Bed the trees;
Rid us of forecast.
Calm the alabaster
Masts of dream.

Come dream, snow,
Bear in the cavern,
Rat in the cistern.
Every little chit in its hole.

Make us kid-glove clean again,
Intestines fresh from the fast.
Lay out your skin to swaddle our feet,
Snow Madonnas maquillaged in ash.


Brecken Hancock’s poetry, essays, interviews, and reviews have appeared in Riddle Fence, Event, CV2, Grain, and Studies in Canadian Literature. She is Reviews Editor for Arc Poetry Magazine and Interviews Editor for Canadian Women in the Literary Arts.The Art of Plumbing, her most recent chapbook, is out with above/ground press and her first full-length manuscript of poems, Broom Broom, is forthcoming with Coach House Books. She lives and walks dogs in Ottawa.

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Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Tuesday poem #44 : Marthe Reed : article of faith



Marthe Reed is the author of three books: (em)bodied bliss (Moria Books 2013), Gaze (Black Radish Books 2010) and Tender Box, A Wunderkammer  (Lavender Ink 2007). A fourth book, Pleth, a collaboration with j hastain, will appear September 2013 from Unlikely Books; a fifth will be published by Lavender Ink (2014). She has also published four chapbooks as part of the Dusie Kollektiv; a fifth is published by above / ground press. Her poetry has appeared in New American Writing, Golden Handcuffs Review, New Orleans Review, HOW2, MiPOesias, Fairy Tale Review, Exquisite Corpse, BlazeVOX, and The Offending Adam, among others. An essay on Claudia Rankine’s The Provenance of Beauty: A South Bronx Travelogue appears in American Letters and Commentary.  She is Co-Publisher of Black Radish Books.

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