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The Back Catalog

By Jim Speese Songs were in his head. Constantly. It was a problem and he supposed it wasn’t unique. Given the hegemonic presence of advertising jingles and TV show themes and music pumped into grocery stores and pharmacies and hospitals, it seemed quite likely that the fact that songs constantly…

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Posts Tagged National poetry month

Down-going River Song

by Naomi Ruth Lowinsky   Red River sing us a drinking song Summer’s spell     broken Sing of the way we used to be When we swam in each other Swam in you   Before Drought exhausted the garden   Before Fate rode in On a Night Mare Breath labors Blood stammers Bone…

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Fog Again

by John P. Kristofco    midnight orphan, stepping like a deer outside the woods, come to taste the buds beside the stream, soften stones, veil falcon’s prey, lay back on the grass and gaze into our souls, skittish at the sun like birds, too light to fall, too soft to…

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Heron

By John P. Kristofco   silent but for wind against exquisite bones, bird that flies alone along the same line as in days of brighter sun, before the coming of the night and snow, before the blue lament of letting go            

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Winterberry Red

by Daniel Potter A pond, the depression where Many a Summer’s inflatable pools were laid, is now A sheet of silvery ice and a downy blanket of snow. Grass still green and Autumn leaves lie beneath As crystalline relics, sugared memories An inquisitive child Tosses aside both itchy, blue wool…

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The Next Door Neighbor / The Unfinished Work

by Joseph Mills The Unfinished Work For every Southern boy fourteen years old, not once but whenever he wants it, there is the instant when it’s still not yet two o’clock on that July afternoon in 1863… – William Faulkner, Intruders in the Dust I had been to Gettysburg before,…

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Book Spine Poetry Contest 2014

April is National Poetry Month, and, to celebrate, The Penmen Review is having a Book Spine Poetry Contest! So, what is book spine poetry? Use the contents of your library and arrange book titles to create a poem. You can see examples here: http://bookriot.com/2012/10/26/the-best-of-book-spine-poetry/ To enter, take a photo of your…

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