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JUST BEFORE – HARI LEVIN MILLAN

Credit: Bartosz B?k.

Credit: Bartosz B?k.

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JUST BEFORE
by Hari Levin Millan

This was before the cockle head’s shadow
crept across my shelf. Soft, the sheets I lay on.
Naked I lay amid a mecca of bird choirs,
“chway” “clee-ip” “cleeer,”
before X-ACTO knife cuts dragged
across canvases and stinging hot liquid
spilled onto my thighs, chiggers bore into my skin,
the eggs they deposited, the larvae.
And if life seeps through like dirt under a fingernail,
hammers me back into place—
telltale the nails—and succeeds in retrieving me,
every morning I brew coffee, the sound
of the pot percolating will roar like thunder
and the house shake to its foundation
while the coffee drips into the pot.
Every morning the same teaspoons spread out
on linen like a faceless corpse.
All that Spanish moss clinging to the living
vine — shoeless and naked from the waist down.

 

Hari Millan is the author of two books of poetry, THE CHRISTMAS SHOW (Beacon Press), which was chosen by Eavan Boland for the Barnard New Women Poets Prize and GIRL IN CAP AND GOWN (Mammoth Books). Millan is the recipient of the Poetry Society of America’s Alice Fay di Castagnola Award. Her poems have appeared in Iowa Review, Kenyon Review, 32 Poems, Ploughshares, Prairie Schooner and others. Millan holds an MFA from the University of Iowa and directs the Program in Writing and Publishing at Drexel University.

[ LINES COMPOSED ON A NAPKIN... - MONETA GOLDSMITH

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Credit: Steve Burns

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[ LINES COMPOSED ON A NAPKIN FOR A STRANGER AT THE ALCOVE IN LOS FELIZ ]
By Moneta Goldsmith

I.
Aristotle says that to be
alone a man must either be
an animal or a god.

There is a third alternative
missing from this
equation: a woman
eating dessert in an alcove

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TWO IMPORTANT QUESTIONS (CONCERNING SEAHORSES) – VALERIE FOX

"At Play on the Black Sea" Credit: National Geographic.

“At Play on the Black Sea” Credit: National Geographic.

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TWO IMPORTANT QUESTIONS (CONCERNING SEAHORSES)
By Valerie Fox

If we were seahorses and the men were impregnated
what would you take advantage of first?

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Philly Poetry Day is TOMORROW!

Philly Poetry Day Lillian here, co-founder and exec ed of APIARY. After what can only be poetically described as a long-ass winter, it feels appropriate that the first REAL spring weekend — birds trilling their heads off, flowers popping into bloom — is Philly Poetry Day. It’s a celebration we cooked up with poet Leonard Gontarek and Jacob Winterstein of the Pigeon Presents Philadelphia Poetry Slam, a 24-hour, open-source poetry festival spanning the city. We came up with the idea and the sign-up form. The incredible Philly poetry community did the rest.

Now there are over 30 readings scheduled with more than 70 total participants: a BBQ at a bookstore; an ecopoetry reading on a bridge; morning haiku performed in Sonia Sanchez’ neighborhood; readings in the parks and on the library steps. Even if you think you don’t like poetry, you just might love sitting in the grass with the sun on your shoulders and sharing words with new friends. So stop by phillypoetryday.com to peruse the day’s scheduled readings.

Thanks to all our readers and supporters for making this citywide poetryparty happen for its very first year. You can find coverage at WHYY, CIty Paper and uwishunu. And follow the hashtag #phillypoetryday on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook to see stories from the day as the poetry unfurls.

STARLING SHOUT-OUT – PETER SCHMIDT

Credit: James Smith, DiscoverWildlife

Credit: James Smith, DiscoverWildlife

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STARLING SHOUT-OUT
by Peter Schmidt

Drilling the tree-mulch with its yellow
rod of a beak, gimme that, gotcha

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THE THEOREM – MARION DEUTSCHE COHEN

Math II courtesy of fineartamerica.com

Math II by Michael Henderson courtesy of fineartamerica.com

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THE THEOREM
by Marion Deutsche Cohen

There have been the conjectures.
There have been the lemmas.
There have been the proofs.
There are many examples.
There is now the theorem.
It is all alone.

 

Marion Deutsche Cohen’s books total 21, including the newly released poetry chapbook Parables for a Rainy Day (Green Fuse) and the forthcoming (ebook) memoir Still the End, which is the sequel to Dirty Details (Temple University Press). Her poetry book Crossing the Equal Sign (Plain View) is about the experience of mathematics. She teaches math and writing at Arcadia University, where she has developed the course Mathematics in Literature.

SCATTERING ASHES AT YELLOWSTONE – ADAM GIANFORCARO

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Credit: National Geographic

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SCATTERING ASHES AT YELLOWSTONE
by Adam Gianforcaro

At his benefit, I saw the natural world from his camera lens,
shots of Midwestern heaven framed and propped,
ticket stubs piling in a tin bucket, checks signed,
donations risings steadily for cancer advocacy.
From silent auctions to soft winds, the family flew
to Yellowstone to scatter his ashes. I could see her sobbing,
reaching out as dust blew from her swollen fingers,
her stomach large with her first child snug and moist.
How similar my belly and brother, she thought.
His weight melting into hospital sheets, all earthly beings
forming and dying simultaneously.
Hadn’t mountains bloomed burgundy flowers in Pompeii?
Ashes mixed with earth, sand with skin,
bits of bones with mountain erosion.
She wanted this for her brother, becoming one
with the earth again, freckles of dust glistening.

 

Adam Gianforcaro is a poet and freelance writer, professionally working with not-for-profit associations. Adam is an animal lover, record collector, and lover of Mexican food. He has recently published a collection of poetry via Aldrich press titled “Morning Time in the Household, Looking Out.” He lives New Jersey.