Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Tuesday poem #276 : Laressa Dickey : (Bolsena 1969)

—after Cy Twombly

John ran hard through the door and busted it open.
The bulb was easy to smash with his little hands.
Icarus on Tuesday or the Lord himself come for breakfast.
Bacon, eggs. The smell of wool and aftershave.
Eighteen feet of bailing twine. Plot
Measurements for caskets; for seed beds;
And the devil with it all. The name
Of David. Jump.

Laressa Dickey [photo credit: Dina Debbas] is a writer based in Berlin. She’s the author of several chapbooks including A Piece of Information About His Invisibility (MIEL) as well as three poetry books: Bottomland, ROAM and Twang.

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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Tuesday poem #275 : Beth Ayer : Re: The Cafeteria Wallpaper

I clock in at 9
To count and recount

(Not Sisyphus
More Ovid)

Tension wires
Reaching the distance

I’m laying napkins
end to end

Beginning to see
Where I am

A crab apple tree
Was here

I measure what remains
By the new grass

Alive in the circumference
Where bows once wept

How I love
A ruin

How we lie
end to end

Beth Ayer is a poet and editor. You can read her poems in Apartment Poetry, Divine Magnet, Jubilat, Ocean State Review, and Sixth Finch. She lives in Easthampton, MA. Her debut chapbook, LIMPING TO THE BIG BAD, is out soon with above/ground press.

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Tuesday, July 03, 2018

Tuesday poem #274 : Stuart Ross : 3

I was going to write a poem about three things.

I forgot what they were.

I walked around in the kitchen, around and around, opening and closing the cupboard doors, opening and closing the refrigerator door.

An ice cube fell out of the freezer and slid across the floor.

My dog ate it.

I am avoiding talking about something.

24 April 2018

Stuart Ross is a Canadian writer and editor. He is the author of 20 books of poetry, fiction, and essays. His most recent books include the novel-in-prose-poems Pockets (ECW Press, 2017) and the poetry collection A Sparrow Came Down Resplendent (Wolsak and Wynn, 2016), which won the Canadian Jewish Literary Award for Poetry in 2017. Other titles include the poetry collection A Hamburger in a Gallery (DC Books, 2015), the novel Snowball, Dragonfly, Jew (ECW Press, 2011), and the story collection Buying Cigarettes for the Dog (Freehand Books, 2009). Stuart began his literary career by selling his self-published chapbooks on the streets of Toronto during the 1980s, wearing signs like “Writing Going To Hell: Buy My Books.” He was the 2010 Writer in Residence at Queen’s University, and has taught writing workshops across Canada. His poetry has recently been translated into French, and other translations, into Nynorsk and Spanish, are in progress. Stuart lives in Cobourg, Ontario.

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