Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Tuesday poem #34 : Joe Blades : where is tomorrow’s wine?

annapolis valley vines hang
with grapes waiting
            to freeze
before they can be

all this nor’easter rain
melts chocolates in pockets
turkey and plum pudding
picking crews hang
            christmas with family

wish to be in outside lane
moving slow with fresh
                        ice wine
but weather is not
bottles empty
too warm
            not truly winter
so living is unsettled
with an eye to outside
and anticipated arrival
            of a cold snap
            for their picking
gainful employment
24-hours max
            start to finish
wine pressed onsite
            estate bottled
before next month’s
            pruning begins

Joe Blades lives in Fredericton, NB, Canada. He is a visual artist–writer, educator, producer–host of the award-winning, long-playing Ashes, Paper, & Beans community radio program at CHSR 97.9 FM, founding publisher of Broken Jaw Press Inc., and a Past President of the League of Canadian Poets. The editor of ten collections, and the author of seven poetry books, including Prison Songs and Storefront Poetry (Ekstasis Editions, 2010), Casemate Poems (Collected) (Chaudiere Books, 2011), and three books in translation, his newest book, Iz knjige koja se ne zatvara, is translated by Tatjana Bijelić into Serbian, co-published by Art Print in Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Broken Jaw Press, in Fredericton, NB.

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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Tuesday poem #33 : Sarah Mangold : How to Electrify Human Hands

To redeem dreams betrayed by the machine—The devout
mechanist— Mesmerized subjects—Magnetized waters—Priest
and patient—Her reader will understand this compression

Displacements of agency reconstituted through technology—
Each new version of the phrase a small victory in an expected line
of succession—At the same time she advocated—The marks
of desire are various—The spirit body abounds with scenery—
Spiritual nitrogen—Spiritual calcium—Exhale

One way of attaining to be—Boundless and unknowable desire
is a generative grammar—Trinket—Lincoln—The number
“379”—And the image of a small house

A sensitive girl—Her sensitive fingers—Motifs of sea
and separation—We have received hand written instructions—
Breathless wonder and utopian potential—The implied reader
is a qualified reader—An ideal specification should not waiver
from this purpose

Sarah Mangold lives near Seattle, Washington and is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts 2013 Poetry Fellowship. She is the author of the forthcoming Electrical Theories of Femininity (Pavement Saw) and Household Mechanics (New Issues), selected for the New Issue Poetry Prize. Recent chapbooks include Parlor (above/ground press), Cupcake Royale (above/ground press), I Meant To Be Transparent (LRL e/editions), An Antennae Called the Body (Little Red Leaves Textile Editions). www.sarahmangold.com

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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Tuesday poem #32 : Colin Smith : A Small Poem to Help with Something

  (for Sandy Boyko)
“If I put in my hearing aids
all I will be able to catch
is the bugs of $$$ chewing on my doorframe”

“I can hear my dog
’s sbsnc whimpering just fine”

Colin Smith’s latest is a chapbook, Carbonated Bippies!, out in 2012 from Nomados. He lives in Winnipeg.

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Tuesday, November 05, 2013

Tuesday poem #31 : Robert Swereda : from .:. Flood poems ( Calgary 2013 )

an ignored canvas
justifies your landscape

howling warmth I wouldn`t chose to be
dirt, a historic high anthem for uninhibited
follow the action from a perch
wiring unbraced glimpses
hotbed method come under dispel
surrounding aims for two-prong purpose

wanted sand, different kind of film
gravel: the following year
in your respective hovels shut inside force
plunged into tenor confessions
fell into rebuffed shifts- traditional gatherings
scenarios and ocean neighbours

collect. remind me of being out running into
note pushing pinnacle
long exposure realm of ridicules promises
none of those hands
toward uniformity
where origins gather

Author of re: verbs (Bareback editions) and a chapbook ionlylikeitwhenitrhymes, Robert Swereda is a member of the Filling Station collective. He studied creative writing at Capilano University in Vancouver. Other work has been published by The Puritan, ditch, West Coast Line, The Incongruous Quarterly, steel bananas, The Capilano Review, Enpipe Line and Poetry Is Dead.

the Tuesday poem is curated by rob mclennan