Published & Contest Winning Poems

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"1st Place Winner of the Open Community Poetry Contest for the period October-December, 2010. Read the full interview with Mr. Mantel here"--ed.

 

Read me
after
you
won't wanna Read
just anyone
&
the anyone
you Read
you'll get

Cacoethes Scribendi

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"Runner-up in the Open Community Poetry Contest for the period October-December, 2010"-ed.

 

 

From the nipple to the cigarette

From the bottle to the beer

From the garbled bubbles of infant communication-

To the loud vulgar words that spew today.

I am what I am.

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I will not write you a love poem.

It is a tedious process

and not worth the time.

My time would be better spent

describing the beauty of rose petals

or recounting conversations over cigarettes.

I would rather walk through a park

feeling the snow crunch beneath my feet

watching children wage war

with weapons

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originally published 2010

 

Stubb Earle’s got his strawberries again in Eden so we packed the freezer full of the perfect fruit, each small ruby bursting its sparks of sugar tart sweet, crimson blood juices over hands and faces.

The baby is soaked in rosy dribbles and laughing for more with joyful shrieks of strawbabies.

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originally published 2010

 

Public swim session at the community pool

Azure liquid thinned by pee and drool

Beckons a dinky passerby

Choked by grot collar

And ‘can I help you’ tie

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