On Writing

Poem 106 – Belly & Spring Launch Date!

Belly – for mary-jo

the belly is a container
an expandable home for
red szechuan pepper
spicing up fish soup
for trembling childhood beds &
crone spirits from the past
demanding that you remember
the bellies that have come before you

story is real
a pliable clothesline you
can pull anytime & connect
between trees of memory

the belly asks that you
consider its contents but
also the rest of your body

how skin raised is recognition
& a tightened throat is actually
an opening for the unspeakable

Teeny Typo: in yesterday’s poem, the last stanza had a typo…’can’ should have been ‘can’t’…so it would read:

A kind of miracle this creature
with no past & shrunken wings
dusty like wishes on stars existing
somewhere I can’t see but can feel
in my rhomboids twitching in the
memories of my own disappeared pinions

Better. Much better.


Do join us for the Palimpsest Press Spring Book Launch!

Thursday, May 13, 2021

8pm via Zoom – registration link below!

Celebrating the Spring authors launching their books from Palimpsest Press!

With Margaret Christakos, Nathaniel G. Moore, Tolu Oloruntoba, and Vanessa Shields. Hosted by Jim Johnstone

May 13, 2021 08:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)Register in advance for this webinar:


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.


Congratulations to local poet Dorothy Mahoney for the publication of one of her haikus on the very cool site Tiny Words.

To read her haiku and find out about its inspiration…and also see how you can submit to this cool poetry community, CLICK HERE.

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