Category Archive: Poetry

Oct 14 2013

If You Give A Cuttlefish A Blue Book…

… ze’s gonna want to fill it up. So while giving an exam the other day, I found an empty Blue Book in the classroom, left behind by a previous class. There I was, trapped for 80+ minutes in a room, with a whole 16 pages of wide-ruled notebook paper. And a dozen extra number …

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Sep 20 2013

Piecing Together The Fragments Of The Past

Frieze fragment

From fragments sifted from the dirt We piece together what was here An image forms, a poor mosaic; Some details never will be shown. The evidence of daily life— A broken lamp, a shattered vase, A stairway worn with countless steps, The profile of a woman’s face— These buried pieces, lost to time We may …

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Aug 28 2013

Impeach… um… Eisenhower!

In my in-box, there was drama— We must now impeach Obama!— And a screed without one comma Made the case why this was so. Since he won his last election, This is cause for insurrection! (It’s assumed there’s no objection And the man must simply go) Once the president’s elected It has come to be …

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Jul 20 2013

At The Risk Of More Competition…The Limerick Contest!

I have to tell you (I was just informed myself, as was my source, the good people at the OEDILF) of the International Limericks Competition. (And it is indeed “the” Limerick competition, based in Limerick, Ireland, as it is.) Free to enter, up to three entries, must be original and in proper limerick form, with …

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May 02 2013

Send Your Haiku To Mars! (or… not)

Have I mentioned that I hate Haikus? Not real haiku, but haiku as it has been translated into American. I don’t speak Japanese–well, not much. Very little, but I have been told by a Japanese student that my pronunciation is remarkable. Which, I suspect, is only true in comparison to this student’s experience with other …

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Apr 21 2013

National Poetry Month–Guest Poet 5: Salty Current

I have always loved the writing of the person I only know as SC, or Salty Current. Intelligent, emotional, well-crafted in prose and in poetry, her writing is always worth the reading (and always far more poetic than mine; I am far too chained to rhyme and meter, and SC is one of the few …

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Apr 18 2013

April 18–National Poem In Your Pocket Day

I suck at this not-posting stuff. But as long as I don’t have to write anything new, it’s sorta serving the same function. So this is just a reminder that today is Poem In Your Pocket day. And this is really the perfect poem to carry in your own pocket.

Apr 14 2013

National Poetry Month–Guest Poet 4: Rikitiki

In my continued observance of National Poetry Month, a contribution from reader Rikitiki. There is something just plain wonderful about a good sonnet: Legend says we are but that mid-span ‘tween airy angels and demons below: Our nature wrestling itself ever so – A battle that’s between the base and grand. I’ve seen no devil …

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Apr 05 2013

National Poetry Month–Guest Poet 3: Callinectes

In my continued observance of National Poetry Month, I present for your amusement and edification a verse by reader Callinectes, which I find wonderfully illustrates a problem that a lot of my students have. Of course, it does so by way of metaphor: In the land of Pyrûn, an exporter of lead Ruled by a …

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Apr 04 2013

National Poetry Month–Guest Poet 2: richardelguru

In my continuing observance of National Poetry Month, I present my second guest poet–too modest, but I am a sucker for a new verse form: I’m more of an essayist, but I once (possibly) invented the Hairimeraku. There are essays explaining the structure and the necessity of them fulfilling “both the exacting requirements of the …

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