Category Archives: meta-poem

a lack of direction

napowrimo day 18


look inside

the loon at the edge of the pavement

holding up half the sky ~ a woman methinks in

a bloom of candles armed with insurgent poems in

pockets and purse ~ looking up from dirt-pretty puddles

ripping bits of life into fist-sized mid-knight words dulled

picking stars and galaxies out of the wrinkles of her eyes sweet

and sour milks stirred in

with the littlest sounds bleats

clouded moans no-one

remembers to tether

anymore ~ elating

a quiet sentry to other-worldly floating

world artist masquerading as no body ~ look


the gutter – paper scraps machete dance



a way


btw april 18 2021



dear amazon, you didn’t provide me a “Look Inside” option, so i’ve had to improvise


This one comes to us from Stephanie Malley, who challenges us to write a poem based on the title of one of the chpaters from Susan G. Wooldridge’s Poemcrazy: Freeing Your Life with Words. The book’s  table of contents can be viewed using Amazon’s “Look inside” feature. Will you choose “the poem squash?” or perhaps “grocery weeping” or “the blue socks”? If none of the 60 rather wonderful chapter titles here inspire you, perhaps a chapter title from a favorite book would do? For example, the photo on my personal twitter account is a shot of a chapter title from a P.G. Wodehouse novel — the chapter title being “Sensational Occurrence at a Poetry Reading.”