Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Tuesday poem #446 : Paul Pearson : Tzara The Great



Over 1 billion animals feared dead in Australian wildfires,
           experts say

                           - USA Today, January 8, 2020.

this is not:




this is:

so take off your clothes:
so take off your hair:
so take off your skin:

so take off your flesh:

so take off your voice:

so take off your eyes:


stand there in your bones that shabby shambling rack you’ve been dragging around

stand there in your calcium in your skeleton in the one thing that makes you the same as me

stand there in your stone in that which you've leached from the earth

stand there in your ivory in the one thing we share with every other living thing through every creature that has ever verted and will never brate again

stand there in this incontrovertible extinction

stand there and weep for what you have done

this is:
            the end

and you are:
           the author

stand there and:



Raised in a mining town in the mountainous back-country of southeastern British Columbia, Paul Pearson now lives in Edmonton where he lives and writes with his wife and two children. He has worked as an arts administrator in the non-profit sector and spent nearly two decades with the Government of Alberta and the Alberta Foundation for the Arts before making the jump to Municipal government administration in 2018.

Paul has been heavily involved in the literary arts community in Alberta for more than 20 years. He is the co-founding editor and chapbook designer for the Olive Reading Series and a current board member of the Edmonton Poetry Festival. His poems have appeared in Descant and Event, and the anthology Writing the Land: Alberta Through Its Poets from House of Blue Skies. His debut collection, Lunatic Engine, was published by Turnstone Press in the fall of 2020.

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Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Tuesday poem #445 : Camille Guthrie : A MAN OF LEGEND



Remember when you were tutor to Nero?
You burned so hot in your linen robes

That soul patch Wayfarers and sarcastic wit
He blamed you for the Great Fire of Rome

Merchant sailors tell tales of your beach body
Sing of the battle you head-banged a Kraken

With its tears, it drowned an atoll populated by Sirens
That was a sad day in Old Oceania

Nine Medieval volumes dedicated to your cheekbones
Ten thousand Latin lines concern your swagger

Three out of four monks sweated over the verbs
Painstakingly transcribing your butt in bike shorts

This 10th century Byzantine encyclopedia relates
Your early training with Imperial masters

Master of kickboxing, archery, Bulgarian raiding
And sixteen arts of seduction, whew! I’m spent

The Seven Sages of Greece prophesized
The Bulge of His Biceps in an 12,000-line poem

12,000 graduate students are decoding it daily
No one will survive or graduate on schedule

Neither fire nor flood nor neglect nor bookworms
Can touch the Legacy of the Moneymaker

Or misinterpret the Epic of Your Bits at this moment
I’m retranslating the original manuscript




Camille Guthrie is the author of four books of poetry: Diamonds (BOA Editions, fall 2021); Articulated Lair: Poems for Louise Bourgeois (2013), In Captivity (2006), and The Master Thief (2000)--published by Subpress. Her poems have appeared in such publications as At Length, Boston Review, Interim, The Iowa Review, On the Seawall, The New Republic, Tin House, as well as in several anthologies including The Best of American Poetry 2019 & 2020. The Director of the Undergraduate Writing Initiatives at Bennington College, she lives in rural Vermont. 

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Tuesday, October 05, 2021

Tuesday poem #444 : Adam O. Davis : Disease Economy



Our hearts
were two

kites tangled
in a tree. A tree

called Malady.
A name I

misheard as
Melody. Melody

was the song I
sang of the tree,

wrong for years
until it withered

& we wept to find
ourselves free.




Adam O. Davis is the author of Index of Haunted Houses (Sarabande, 2020) and the recipient of the 2016 George Bogin Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America. His work has recently appeared or is forthcoming in The Best American Poetry 2021, The Cincinnati Review, Dark Mountain, New Ohio Review, and Poetry Review.


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