Monthly Archives for September 2016

WRITE NOW : Hillary Ferguson ( NY BOMB ATTEMPT)

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New Books of Poetry: Sarah Bartlett – Sometimes We Walk With Our Nails Out

Sarah Bartlett lives in Portland, OR. Her debut poetry collection, Sometimes We Walk With Our Nails Out, was released in 2016 from Subito Press. She is the author of two chapbooks, My Only Living Relative, published by Phantom Books in 2015, and Freud Blah Blah Blah, published by Rye House Press in 2014. Recent work appears or is forthcoming in Alice Blue, Powder Keg, and elsewhere. TO PURCHASE

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Being From Here

Are we really afraid

of the dog buried

under the shed

reaching out its bones

for a touch

Being alone isn’t a final gesture

What I really want

is the resurrection of everyone

I ever loved

I will put them in a room

and never go inside

Death the eternal flapping veil

what we’ve been given

instead of wings

Names don’t matter

it’s a palpable thing

running between trees

memorizing the way we scream

The beautiful crux of it

unwraps light in the morning

and scatters the scraps

Eyes are explosives

their coned miracles so finite

you can feel them dimming

in front of the mirror

I am a reflection of you

being a reflection of her

being a reflection of her father

being a reflection of you

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Vincent Cooper

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Miranda Tsang

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Sam Rush

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Sarah León

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Jessica Johnson

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IN THE WASHINGTON POST: National Book Foundation honors group that supports African American poetry

Cave Canem, a nonprofit group founded to nurture the work of African American poets, has won the National Book Foundation’s Literarian Award for service to the American literary community. This is the first time that the $10,000 prize has been awarded to an organization instead of an individual. Previous winners include Maya Angelou, Dave Eggers, Lawrence Ferlinghetti and James Patterson. The foundation’s choice is a strong demonstration of its renewed commitment to supporting diversity.”

Article by: Ron Charles

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IN BUTTON POETRY: Safia Elhillo – “To Make Use of Water” (CUPSI 2016)

“Dilute, I forget the arabic word for economy. I forget the english word for asine. Forget the arabic word for incense”- Safia Elhillo

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IN BUTTON POETRY Mason Granger – “Alexander SquarePants: Track #31” (Button Live)

“Every action has a equal opposite reaction, pineapple under the sea but you wont see sebastian, sponge bob obviously has crabby patty passions”- Mason Granger 

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Lauren Milici

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Tristan Tzara

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Devin Kelly

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IN ALL DEF POETRY:”An Unauthorized Autobiography of Albert Ayer” – Sean Mega DesVignes | (NPS ’16)

“I decided the saxophone, It needed a new agenda so this is what happens when calypso and gospel have a lovechild. But all of this is just sound, I never said this was jazz, if I had to give it an appropriate name I would call it slave grammar. I would call it the new holy trinity: negation, fracture, and protest.  Tonight, I’ll play so good you swear I could blow the Jim Crow out of a white boy.”

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IN BUTTON POETRY: Yesika Salgado – “Compilation”

“My Depression. My secret sadness. My ocean always asking for my body.  My anxiety

whispering my name at the nape of my neck. My hands and how they listened and

slammed against my body.  My body and how no one ever saw my bruises ‘cause no one

ever saw my body.”

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Tony Magistrale

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Linh Le

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Anhvu Buchanan

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Tanya Paperny

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Chelsea Ardle

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Rob MacDonald

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Norma Liliana Valdez

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Alan Chazaro

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Marina Blitshteyn

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IN SLAM FIND: Crystal Valentine – “In A Fit Of Rage My Blackness Drags Rachel Dolezal…” (NPS 2016)

“Have you ever been called a nigger Rachel?, in a fight? in a university classroom?, in front of your thirteen year old nephew? do you say it when no ones around? whisper it like a blasphemous prayer sent to a white god, you think you black girl?” -Crystal Valentine

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IN POETRY SLAM INC: NPS 2016 Group Piece Finals – Union Square Slam(Taylor Steele and Nkosi Nkululeko) “Grey’s Anatomy”

“Death looks like freedom in the way Freddy’s arms swung in the shape of a glyph. A language he tried to write in mid-air as if we couldn’t read the trauma his body made on its own, stunned but not offered that gift of numbness. The nervous system is a delicate God, release it of its purpose and the body no longer comprehends violence.” – Taylor Steele and Nkosi Nkululeko

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Samantha Duncan

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Jay Besemer

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Sunday Fall

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Sarah Browning

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Andrew P. Dillon

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IN ROLLINGOUT: J. Ivy talks poetry and dealing with emotions

“I think it’s important for any poet or writer to create works for people because we all hold unique perspectives and experiences. We all hold pieces to this grand puzzle called life. Those keys, those works, those books inspire us, teach us, and present ideas that shift our psyche and help shape our dreams. Reading is an art that can’t be lost. Reading fuels our spirits and sparks change. Reading teaches us so much about ourselves and the world that surrounds us.”- J. Ivy

Article by: Eddy “Precise” Lamarre

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IN BUTTON POETRY: Joseph Capehart – “The First Time I Met an Atheist” (Button Live)

“close encounter with who i can only assume was Satan, wearing the skin of a child, panted out the only prayer that i knew. Grab the vegetable oil from the cabinet and anointed myself right there” – Joseph Capehart

 

 

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IN GUARDIAN: Sharon Olds wins $100,000 Wallace Stevens poetry award

“Olds, winner of the Pulitzer and the TS Eliot prize for her poetry collection about her divorce, Stag’s Leap, was named winner of the prize by the Academy of American Poets. The Wallace Stevens award has previously gone to poets including John Ashbery, Yusef Komunyakaa, and Adrienne Rich.”

Article by: Alison Flood

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IN THE CORNELL DAILY SUN: MEISEL | What Kanye West Means for Poetry

I always knew them French fries was evil man
Smelling all good and shit
I don’t trust no food that smells that good man
I don’t trust it
I just can’t”

—Kanye West, “The MacDonald’s Man”

 

Article by: Stephen Meisel

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IN BUTTON POETRY: Erin Schick – “Identity: A Love Story” (WOWPS 2016) Button Poetry

“but I know i like to be alone a lot. I know I am most aware of myself as broken when someone else is holding me together” Erin Schick

 

 

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Candice Wuehle

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Afua Ansong

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Sherine Gilmour

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Howie Good

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New Books of Poetry: Lisa Stice- Uniform (Aldrich Press)

Lisa Stice received a BA in English literature from Mesa State College (now Colorado Mesa University) and an MFA in creative writing and literary arts from the University of Alaska Anchorage. She taught high school for ten years and is now a military wife who lives in North Carolina with her husband, daughter and dog. You can find out more about her and her publications at: lisastice.wordpress.com and facebook.com/LisaSticePoet  To PURCHASE 
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Law

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be it enacted

as the President directs

a proper distribution of rank

a company

a detachment of order

be it further enacted

that all will pay

the subsistence

of flexibility at home

of birthdays and burials

be it further enacted

that Corps of Marines

respective dependants

detached

from time to time

be it further enacted

the same oath

the same rules

established and employed

the same allowance

be it further enacted

into service

of who you are

and will be

in debt and contract

be it further enacted

by these actions

at any time liable

to duty in the garrisons

or on any shore

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IN BUTTON POETRY: Ollie Schminkey – “Pubic Hair” (CUPSI 2016)

“I have shaved my Pubic Hair over 415 times. I have shaved it in at least 12 different showers, over hundreds of miles, i have shaved it bare”- Ollie Schminkey

 

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IN BUTTON POETRY: Shasparay Lighteard – “In This Shade” (Southern Fried)

“I am often reminded, that my skin, has gotten me the most attention. Can be a distraction. I am a open wound, because i was constantly picked on by other kids”- Shasparay Lighteard

 

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Michelle Bitting

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Christopher Citro

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