Archive for May, 2015


May 2015 NorthWest Poetry Update

May 7, 2015

“You must be careful not to deprive the poem of its wild origin.”
Stanley Kunitz

Let’s get right to some of the worthwhile readings happening around the Puget Sound.

First readings I’m directly connected to… and then a lot, lot , more to share.

Support poets and poetry by attending readings whenever you can.


MAY 13TH!!!!  7 p.m.  Kirkland, WA

Take a Poem From Your Heart Readings

@ ParkPlace Books in Kirkland

2nd Wednesdays  (except July & August)

Wednesday  May 13, 2015

7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.  FREE

Two celebrated poets are travelling from

Bellingham, WA .

Our Featured Poets are

Robert Lashley 


Malcolm Kenyon

plus  Open Mic

free program….

Northwestern poet Robert Lashley has had poems published in

journals including Feminete, No Regrets, and Your Hands, Your Mouth.

His work was also featured in Many Trails To The Summit, an anthology

of Northwest form and lyric poetry. He has featured at the Kerouac

Institute for Performing Arts, Goddard, and Seattle Central College,

read and was a guest lecture at The University of Washington-Tacoma

and Western Washington University, and was invited to the IWPS

page/stage panel and showcase in 2013. A semi-finalist for the

PEN/Rosenthal fellowship, Lashley also holds the 2014 Cascadia Poetry

Festival’s beer slam title. His full length book, The Homeboy Songs,

was published by Small Doggies press in April 2014.

Malcolm H. Kenyon Retired. Now teaches English as a Second Language

for Whatcom Literacy Council. Chapbooks: If I Were a Cat, Recapitulation,

Nakedness, Swallows, US66, The Goat Island Battery, Pictures of the Dead,

Expeditions to the Golden Triangle, Zen Birds, Basic Persian, Love:Yvonne.

Published in Jeopardy 2007, Manzanita Quarterly, Padilla Bay Poets Anthology,

Bicycling Magazine, Research Center for the Arts Review.  He was a

Commissioned Officer, United States Navy. Combat service in Vietnam in

minesweepers.  Graduate studies, University of New Mexico,

Secondary-teaching certification, Industrial Arts Education, University of

New Mexico.  Assistant Professor of Technology at Western Washington

University, Bellingham, Washington.


Park Place Books is one of the few remaining

full sized new and used independent bookstores

on the East Side.Consider supporting their efforts

to stay in business in the near future.

They host many reading clubs and

community events.

This poetry reading series began

in 2007.

Park Place Books is  located in the

Park Place Mall off 85th Street  in

Kirkland at 348 Parkplace Ctr

Kirkland, WA 98033-6229

June 10:  Keith Moul

and Jeannine Hall Gailey

July/August  No readings

back in

September with feature

Matthew Brouwer

Parkplace Books Website


May 27th  C & P Coffee West Seattle 7 p.m.

Poetry Bridge at C & P Coffee

4th Wednesdays of the Month

May 27th features:

Dobbie Reese Norris


Christopher J. Jarmick

Plus open Mic.


7 to 9 p.m.

Dobbie Reese Norris is a poet, writer and raconteur. He is

a former Wordsworth curator, (Seattle City Council).

His works have been published in various anthologies including

Within Walking Distance, a collection of University District writers,

poets and visual artists, The Little Red Studio Anthology of Poets -2009,

and in the fall 2010 release of  Many Trails to the Summit, a Rose

Alley Publication of Seattle area poets.  He currently resides in Bellingham

and is on the board of  PoetryNite.

Christopher J. Jarmick is a writer/poet who has curated/hosted

regularly scheduled poetry nights, and special events in the

Northwest since 2001. His newest collection of poetry, Not

Aloud, is due out  September 2015 from MoonPath Press.

His last collection: IGNITION: Poem Starters, Septolets,

Statements and Double Dog Dares was published in 2010.

His frequently updated blog is PoetryIsEverything

(google it as one word).  His poems have appeared in

numerous newspapers, magazines, anthologies, journals and online.

7 to 9 p.m.

5612 California Ave. SW, Seattle  98136


May 7  Everett Poetry Nite  7 p.m.

Feature:  William Lindberg

Plus Open Mic

Thursday 7:00pm – 10:00pm

Cafe Zippy

2811 Wetmore Ave,

Everett, Washington 98201

From William Lindberg:

On Thursday May 7, at Everett Poetry Nite experiencing spoken word,

I will be the featured poet. I’ll be doing a reading from my new book,

FOUND ON BATHROOM WALLS. Brandon Pitts is responsible for

selecting most of the works in this book. It is really good. At least that

is the word on the street.

 I know it has been a while since I last was in the Seattle area,

if you’d care to see me or to hear a few of my poems, why don’t

you come up to Zippy’s in Everett. I hope to see you there!



May 7 and Beyond  Levertov Readings  Various

Breathing the Water is a Seattle celebration of

the work and life of poet Denise Levertov has

begun. Events include films, readings, recitals

and other gatherings.

Next events:

On Thursday, May 7, at 7:00pm, at St. Joseph Parish,

poet and Levertov friend Jan Wallace, pastor of St Joseph,

Fr. John D. Whitney, SJ, and writer and parishioner

Rebecca Brown will present a brief biography of Levertov,

then read and discuss several Levertov poems, with special

emphasis on her Catholic poems and those written during the

time she was a parishioner at St Joseph. A St Joseph middle

school student will read original poems written with Levertov

Festival visiting writers.

On Saturday, May 9, at 11:00am, at Lakeview Cemetery,

Fr. Glen Butterworth will offer a gravesite blessing, and

Levertov friends and poets Jan Wallace and Emily Warn will read

Levertov and original poems.

Thursday, May 14, at 7:00 pm, at The Elliott Bay Book Company,

there will be a celebration of Levertov’s writing by Rebecca Brown

and other friends and writers influenced by her work.

On Saturday, May 16 (City of Seattle’s Denise Levertov Day),

Choral Arts, a vocal ensemble in residence at St Joseph Church

, where Levertov was a parishioner, will present the world

premiere of a setting of Levertov’s poem “Making Peace,”

at 8:00pm at the St. Joseph’s Parish Hall. The evening starts with

a reception, at 6:15pm, and a pre-concert conversation at 7:30pm.


May 8   Distinguished Writers  7 p.m.  Tacoma

Distinguished Writer Series with

Donald Kentop

Plus open mic


7:00 pm

This monthly event features a Distinguished

Writer followed by an Open Mic for all poets,

sign-up is at 6:45 pm.

Donald Kentop. Born in New York City, he graduated from

NYU and Columbia with a Masters in teaching of history.

After retiring, he devoted himself to poetry and has appeared

in numerous Northwest anthologies. His first collection of poems

was published in 2004 and he has recently published, Frozen In

Fire: A Documentary in Verse of the Triangle Factory Fire of 1911.

Admission is free. The event occurs monthly

the second Friday of every month at King’s

Books Sponsored by the Puget Sound Poetry

Connection and the Tacoma Arts Commission.


King’s Books Website 

218 St Helens Ave  Tacoma, Washington 98402



Jerrry and Pam Libstaff are having another

evening of Memorable entertainment- music

and poetry at Their beautiful home overlooking

the Puget Sound. Program begins at 7 p.m.

Watch the sunset, the water, listen to a poet

And hear great music.

Poetry by   David D. Horowitz 

Music by  Leroy Bell

From Jerry Libstaff:

David D. Horowitz is a poet, writer, editor and publisher.

With a Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy and a Master’s in

English he has taught at Vanderbilt University, Seattle Central

and Shoreline. If you follow poetry in Washington, you know

David. As a publisher, has published several books by well-known

Northwest poets and in 2007, a collection of work by 26 Northwest

Poets. With six collections of his own poetry, the last four published

by Rose Alley Press.  A poetry icon, himself, we welcome David

Horowitz to the waterfront.

LeRoy Bell is a true star. His career has included international

hits that have reached the top ten. He has written for and his

music has been performed by people such as The Spinners,

The O’Jays, The Temptations, Gladys Knight and Freda Payne.

Two of his songs were recorded by Elton John and one reached

number one on the international Adult/Contemporary chart.

LeRoy appeared at Words and Music on the waterfront in 2011

then went directly to LA for the X Factor where he reached the

top 8 in the contest. With six current albums, the latest

Rock and Soul, LeRoy is a powerhouse writer and performer.

Call 253-778-6559 for reservations or information


 May 9  and . . . Poetry/Bus  1 p.m.  Bellevue

Poetry On Buses …On the Road….

Let’s explore “home” together – interrogating,

complicating and celebrating the question

“Where are you From?” Let’s do it with poetry –

at select libraries and at the Folklife Festival.

Join Michelle Peñaloza for poetry readings

from some of this year’s poets, plus poetry

writing workshops at the libraries, and music

by Love City Love on the Poetry Bus

at Folklife.


1111 110th Ave NE

Bellevue, 98004



Fisher Pavilion, Seattle Center

305 Harrison Street

Seattle, WA 98109

The next reading of Poetry on Buses  is Saturday, May 9 at

1:00 p.m. at the Bellevue Library, 1111 110th Ave. NE, Bellevue.

Then the next reading will be at Folk Life at Fisher Pavilion,

Seattle Center, 305 Harrison Street on May 23

starting at 12 noon to 6 p.m..

The poetry readings are followed by a facilitated poetry

writing workshop. It’s free and open to the public, and

especially recommended for ages 12 and up.

Poety on Buses Website here.


May 11th Wedgewood Ale  Seattle

Lyn Coffin – features

Plus Open Mic

Monday, 11 May 2015

Sign-up at 8.  Show begins at 8:30,

Lyn comes on around 9:20

Lyn Coffin has just published two new books, one of fiction

The First Honeymoon, was published by Iron Twine Press

and received 477 bids for a publisher’s giveaway on Goodreads.

It features a blurb by Joyce Carol Oates. The other is A Taste of

Cascadia, two plays published by Whale Road Books. Her

translation of the 12th century epic is forthcoming from Poezia

this September. Bedouin Books will publish five of her plays in

Russian and English (and five of Natalya Churlyaeva’s) this

summer. Her poetry and that of Givi Alkhazishvili will be published

this summer. She teaches Literary Fiction at UW’s Continuing and

Professional Education.

Wedgwood Ale House

8515 35th Ave NE

Seattle, WA 98115

206 527 2676

Easy Speak at Wedgewood Website Here!


May 13   Village Books  7 p.m.  Bellingham

Wednesday, May 13at 7:00pm

Matthew Brouwer reading!!!!

Village Books in Fairhaven

1200 11th St, Bellingham, Washington 98225

Matthew Brouwer writes:

My first reading in Bellingham from my new collection of poems,

Stories We Must Tell!  The first half recounts my journey of descent

after a backpacking injury in 2009 slowly stripped me of the ability to

walk. The second half is a bunch of newer poems on life, death, the

nature of suffering, societal tragedy, the cosmos, et al… Fun stuff!

“Part journal of an illness without diagnosis, part descent into and slow crawl out from the pit of despair, this fine collection disdains the simple journey of healing for an unblinking engagement with suffering and joy.” -Michael Schein, Director of LiTFUSE Poets’ Workshop



MAY 14   Good Shepherd   Seattle

From David D. Horowitz

Thursday, May 14th, 7:00 p.m.

Robinson Bolkum, Susan Casey,

Nancy Dahlberg, Victoria Ford,

Kristen McHenry, Raul Sanchez,

and David Thornbrugh


The Good Shepherd Center,

Room 202, 4649 Sunnyside Avenue N.,

Seattle  WA

FREE and open to the public.

Prizes; light refreshments.


May 14  It’s About Time  6 p.m.  Ballard

Thurs. May 14, 2015 #307

Cate O’Toole, Jeremy Pataky, BJ Neblett

& Lori A. May on the Writer’s Craft

It’s About Time Reading Series

Every Second Thursday

6:00 – 7:45 p.m.


Ballard Branch Seattle Public Library

5614 22nd Ave. N.W.

Seattle , WA 98107


Wheelchair accessible.  Free

for information or to schedule a reading

Peggy Sturdivant, Curator

Coming Soon !!!!

Thurs. June 11, 2015 #308

Carol Levin, Irfan Mirza,

Christopher J.  Jarmick  &

Suzanne Bottelli on the Writer’s Craft

Thurs. July 9, 2015 #309

Euphrates Moss, Shannon P. Laws,

Diane Aprile & Joannie Stangeland

on the Writer’s Craft

It’s About Time website here:


May 15-    Deep Waters South Sound Poetry  – Steilacoom

Deep Waters: South Sound Poetry

& Writers Venue

Poetry Reading May 15th, 7pm.

Featured Reader: Chris Dahl

Espresso at the Bay

1203 Rainier St

Steilacoom, WA

For more Check Website:

Chris Dahl has been writing poetry from an especially young age,                                                                               advancing from the school newspaper to publications such as Seattle

Review, Cascadia, and many others.  Her chapbook, Mrs. Dahl in the

Season of Cub Scouts, was published by Still Waters Press after

winning their Women in Words competition.  She received an MA from

the University of Washington “with emphasis on creative writing.”

A native of the state, she has lived most of her life at the edge of water

and, for the last fifteen years, has served on the board of the Olympia

Poetry Network as newsletter editor.  Years ago, she was praised for

being “metaphysical,” a charge which both surprised and disheartened

her—but which she has come to accept.


May 16  Free Workshop  University Place



Featuring: Michael Spence

May 16th

4601 Grandview Dr W University Place, WA

2:00 p.m to 4:00 p.m.

Register now at


May 19  Summit Pierce Library 7 p.m.  Tacoma


Summit Pierce County Library

5107 112th St. E.

Tacoma 98446 • 253-548-3321

Tuesday, May 19, 7 p.m

Join us for a poetry reading by

Tacoma’s Poet Laureate Lucas Smiraldo.

He will read from his works, followed by Q&A


open mic.

He initiated the Laureate Listening Project, an audio anthology

celebrating the spirit of place in the Tacoma region. He is

collaborating on an opera about the Chinese expulsion from

Tacoma and efforts 100 years later to pursue reconciliation.

Available for purchase at the event:

  • “The Thing That Gathers” poetry collection – compassion, resilience and the gifted essence of everyday mysteries
  • “Voice of the Americas” CD – North America through multiple stories and personas accompanied by an original score


May 20 WordsWest 7 p.m. West Seattle

WordsWest Literary Series Presents

Encountering the Everyday Wild

with Allen Braden and

Lyanda Lynn Haupt”

Favorite Poem by Eric Jordan

of The Office Junction

7:00 pm, Wed., May 20th, 2015,

C & P Coffee Co.,

5612 California Ave. SW,

Seattle  98136

WordsWest is curated by West Seattle writers

Katy E. Ellis, Susan Rich, and Harold Taw.

For more information, WordsWest Website


May 21  SoulFood Books 7 p.m. Redmond

Soulfood Poetry Night

Every 3rd Thursday  at 7 p.m.

May 21 Features

Larry Crist


Christine Clarke

plus Open Mic


Larry Crist lives in Seattle and is originally from Humboldt

County in California. He has also lived in Chicago, Houston,

and London, as well as Philadelphia where he attended Temple

University and received an MFA in theatre. He’s been widely

published. Undertow Overtures is Larry’s first poetry collection,

published by ATOM and available through Amazon and select

Northwest bookstores. Larry was in the Jack Straw Writer’s

Program in 2013 and has received three Pushcart nominations.

Christine Clarke is a molecular biologist and poet who currently

resides in Seattle, Washington. Her award-winning poetry has

been published in DMQ Review, Clover, Randomly Accessed

Poetics, Highland Park Poetry, and Storm Cycle 2013: The Best

of Kind of a Hurricane Press. She lives with a collection of oddly

named cacti, has too many books on her nightstand, and enjoys

the antics of the crows, jays, and hummingbirds

on her deck.

SoulFood Coffee House in Redmond

is located at 15748 Redmond Way,

Redmond, Washington

Soulfood Poetry Night Website


May 22  RASP  7 P.M.   Redmond

Redmond Association of Spoken Word

Featured Reader:

Charles Finn

Plus Open Mic


Friday May 22 (special night)

7 p.m.

 Charles Finn is the editor of High Desert Journal and author

of Wild Delicate Seconds: 29 Wildlife Encounters (OSU

Press). His essays and poetry have appeared in a variety of

literary journals, anthologies, newspapers, and consumer

magazines, including The Sun, Northern Lights, Wild Earth,

Silk Road, Open Spaces , Whitefish Review, High Country News,

Writers on the Range, and many others. A self-taught woodworker,

he is a proponent of “living little” and owner of A Room of One’s

Own, where he builds furniture and “microhomes,” one-room wood

cabins constructed entirely out of reclaimed lumber and materials.

He lives in Federal Way with his wife Joyce and their two cats Pushkin

and Lutsa.


Old Redmond Schoolhouse Community Center

16600 NE 80th St, Redmond,

Washington 98052

Please join us! Come early to sign up for open mic.

Facebook Event page here


May 23  Jack McCarthy’s Birthday -Marysville, WA

Just got an email from Carol McCarthy

about what is being planned…

From Carol’s email:

 There will be a Showcase Slam at the Evergreen Unitarian

Church in Marysville on the 23rd, Jack’s birthday.

 Robert Huston will be MC.  Mike McGee is organizing it. 

Please let people know.

Details will be on Jack’s website in the next

few days.

Jack McCarthy Website here 


 Sat, May 30 at 3:00pm  Bainbridge

Eagle Harbor Book Company

157 Winslow Way E, Bainbridge Island,

Washington 98110

Join us on May 30th from 3 – 5 pm

for our first Fill Your Summer Bookbag Bookfest celebration

at Eagle Harbor Books on beautiful Bainbridge Island!

The event features book signings, author-baked sweets,

and drawings for free books and literary items. Perhaps

the best part of this popular event, though, is mingling

and conversing with this friendly group of award-winning

Northwest authors including:

Kelli Russell Agodon, Kathleen Alcala

Erica Bauermeister, Carol Cassella

Megan Chance, William Dietrich

Bridget Foley, Laurie Frankel

Elizabeth George, Thor Hanson

Adrianne Harun, Jennifer Louden

Kevin O’Brien, Suzanne Selfors

Rebecca Wells, Susan Wiggs


Welcome to one and all! An easy walk from the Seattle to

Bainbridge ferry too, so Seattle friends, so do feel free to join

us! Admission is free. Proceeds from the event will benefit KRL

,Kitsap Regional Libraries. We look forward to seeing you there!

Facebook Events Page here 


From Karen Bonaudi:




Applications are now being accepted for Washington State’s next Poet

Laureate. The new Laureate will serve from Feb. 1, 2016, to Jan. 31,


Current Laureate Elizabeth Austen is in the second year of her

two-year term and is presenting poetry workshops and readings across

Washington State in her quest to visit all 39 counties in Washington.

Former Laureates are Samuel Green and Kathleen Flenniken.

To be considered, applicants must meet all eligibility requirements and

submit an application online. Applications must be submitted electronically

by 5 p.m. on Friday, July 31.  The position is sponsored by ArtsWA and

Humanities Washington with the support of Gov. Jay Inslee.

More information and applications are available here  


From Raven Chronicles:

Submissions Wanted for Vol. 22, Fall 2015 Issue:

Submission Deadlines/Reading Period: April 1 through June 1, 2015

(postmarked)  U.S.A. Submissions: Submit all work via US mail.

International Submissions: Submit work via email attachments.

See the Raven Website Here


MAY AND beyond IN  Vaughn WA

From Jerry Libstaff

Words and Music Current Season began

on March 7th 2015

Melding  Authors, Poets, Singer/Songwriters and Artists

from around the country in an intimate waterfront setting.

The program includes hors d’oeuvres and beverages.

Meet and share with powerful entertainers in a beautiful setting

surrounded by nature.

Funding supports the entertainers. Additional donations provide for

Young Writers.

Watermark Writers is a 501(c)

3 Non Profit corporation.

Upcoming  Events

5/9   LeRoy Bell  with David D. Horowitz      

6/5  Ari Hest with Carl Palmer

July -Holley McCreary

August – Rodney Branigan

9/19 – Dave McGraw and Mandy Fer

with Christopher J. Jarmick

10/3  – Melissa Greener

To find out more email us at

or call  253-778-6559.


Jerry Libstaff


Worthwhile Website and Resource to
checkout is here:

Authors Publish

It is FREE and has a ton of
useful articles and suggestions of
where to send poetry to be published!


My Poetry on Buses Poem with audio is
here (Featured Poem of the Week-Feb. 9) 

Congrats to all the featured ‘bus poets’
whose work appears on bus stops, on
special rapid ride buses and/or the website
throughout 2015.


NaPoWriMo Day 32 – NaPoWriMo Wrap-up May 2, 2015

May 1, 2015

Welcome to the Wrap-up of NaPoWriMo  2015 Whew… that was intense and invigorating.  I hope you pushed yourself a bit this year and wrote some interesting things that you wouldn’t have attempted otherwise.  Perhaps with a little re-writing, revising and editing some of your NaPoWriMo writes will blossom into poems worth keeping, sharing and even publishing!    A few poems that are in my new poetry collection, Not Aloud (MoonPath Press) available in September of 2015, began as NaPoWrimo writes.  A couple of others have been published in print journals or anthologies.

To be honest, sometimes the prompt writes surprise me.  I approach NaPoWriMo prompts seriously, but I also look at prompt writing as writing exercises akin to a runner stretching and warming up before a race.  It is for me like an improvisation exercise.   I expect from my efforts there will be some good phrases, and groundwork that will lead me to writing a poem worth keeping, but when something better than that happens, I’m am appreciative and genuinely surprised.   When it happens a few times during the month, I chalk it up to being in good writing shape.  I write something nearly every day (not always poetry).  Some days I write thousands of words, others a few hundred.   So my challenge during NaPoWriMo is to… 1) come up with interesting and challenging prompt posts (that aren’t IMPOSSIBLE for newer writers and poets to take on) for each day of NaPoWriMo and to participate in someone else’s NaPoWriMo related prompt challenge. This year I also wrote a poem every day for the Writers Digest Poem a Day challenge.  I wrote a few extras no one saw (which are pretty terrible) and a few decent poems outside of the prompts that may wind up being ‘keepers’.

Thanks for checking in from time to time or every day.  I hope NaPoWriMo tuned up your writing habit and you had fun being creative along the way.  And if it drove you a bit nuts… well that’s good too . . . particularly if you pushed through it and reached a new goal for yourself.

A few times per month on this blog, I post the NorthWest Poetry Update which compiles mostly free poetry readings and open mics that are happening in the Western Washington State Area (mostly).  You might also notice there’s a POETRY DAY OF THE WEEK page on this blog (telling you about many regularly scheduled poetry readings in Western Washington and a couple in the Portland OR area.

Sometimes I create other blog posts and my intention is to do a few more of those during the next few months.   Feel free to FOLLOW the blog and you’ll get an email when I post something.


Write an end Poem that ends with the words THIS IS THE END

This is a door

By Christopher J. Jarmick

This not the beginning

It has been here.

It was here previously.

It could have been here in another form

under a different guise or perhaps invisible.

Perspective tells us

we should not assume we know anything.

We are unreliable witnesses to everything.

We don’t know anything for certain.

Not even this.

So what is the point?

Is the point mere experience?

Or perhaps it is the sharing of the experience.

An experience as we decide to define it.

This is whatever I decide it is.


Marilyn Monroe’s picture

is above the eggs benedict

on the theme diner menu

waiting for Mark Doty to notice

and for his comment to be part

of the Poets and Writer article

I read a couple of days ago.

It needs to be part of a poem

even if I don’t understand why.

Did the people who drew things

on cave walls in the dark

believe doing so

freed them?

It is everything you need to know.

It is absolutely nothing.

It is only one part of a bigger story.

It is the door closing behind you.

You are not here. It is the end.

Teresa’s Prompt 30 poem


By Teresa Jarmick

Five or six, peeking through screen

Just high enough to see smell and talk

To the bedded person that loved me.

First row bleachers, back in kindergarten

I had something to share with the class.

Teacher redirected me.

Time repeats silent story

Soundless interstate travel

This is the end.

Writers Digest Poem-a-Day Prompt 30

Suggests writing a poem that includes the phrase  ‘bury the …..  (you complete it).

Parasite or Not a Poem About My Muse.

By Christopher J. Jarmick

It should be clear by now

I intend to grab hold

arouse your interest

scream, yell, shout,

scratch, kick, bite

even expose myself

it that’s what it takes.

If you are like me

you’ll resist it

refuse to be taken in

and on principle

not continue to encourage

such blatant attention-seeking

desperation by a hack

poseur or worse a trickster.

There is all around us

uncensored streams

of over the top

exaggerated sensory overloads

employed to market and sell

products, proposals and ideas.

You know there is no place for it

In the realms of respectable,

proper literature

and never in your

most sacrosanct of work;


Bury the beast

Bury temptation

Bury the madness

But we both know

quest of knowledge and

curiousity compels

you to bear witness.

You’ll comfort yourself

that it was inevitable

and the slight betrayal

of your principals

can remain a kept secret

a comfortable shame.

But like the deadliest

of parasites, now that I am in

I will grow inside of you,

feast myself first on


work myself up to

occasional nibbles in

places that will produce

nearly imperceptible discomfort

and just as you realize

you can not keep the secret inside

any longer, perhaps when you

begin to reveal your shame,

that is when I will strike at

your most vital of organs

and bring you to your knees.

Your appetite for the unsavory

will be impossible to conceal

and everything that you feared

will curse your daily existence

and the more you protest

the more you blame

the more you try to conceal

the louder will you

scream, yell, shout.

Lock yourself in a room

scratch, kick, bite

the only cure for this

is to expose yourself,

embrace and own your greatest fears

Suffer both ridicule

and puerile curses

along with

undeserved praise

in plain view

and realize

your ravenous appetite

insures you will do it  all again


Teresa’s Prompt 29 Poem

Make up a word and use it in a poem


By Teresa Jarmick

Complicated tubes connecting

Engines powered by whispered

Sly tongues alternating

Misery, comfort, misery

Engaging names dropped

Butter on breadless crumbs.

Don’t trust her, the evagrou.


Combine two previous prompts to write your poem.  I combined at least three: the Septolet, political and make up your own word prompt to come up with.

Wires from Baltimore

By  Christopher J. Jarmick



did the

FOX folks say?

Baltimore is

our third world




25 year old Freddie Gray

from the birthplace of Thurgood Marshall

and Cab Calloway

was told to stop by the cops,

but tried to run away.

“Apprehended without incident’

on April twelve, they say.

then Freddie had a ‘massive spinal injury’

on his ride to the station, anyway.

He complained he was in pain

and definitely not okay

but didn’t see the docs

until much later that day.

Something wrong happened here

you can logically say

and it should be made crystal clear

April 19th ,is the day

they said;

Freddie’s dead.


Last Saturday,

The  Baltimoristan police chief

called peaceful protests

a ‘lynch mob,’

Doesn’t take a poet or editor

to spot the bad word choice here.


Last Saturday and Sunday

on Facebook

a few dozen high school kids

posted they should meet at

the mall after school on Monday

and have a ‘purge night’ of

reckless looting—like ‘in those

recent movies.’

So public transportation

was restricted meaning

hundred of teenagers

would be stranded at the mall.

But not to worry,

dozens of cops in riot gear

were on the scene demonstrating

just what a police state looks like.

‘Life isn’t at all like ‘The Purge’, kids,

it’s more like ‘Hunger Games’.’


When the police told the media

gang members made threats

about killing some officers,

The Nation of Islam

invited rival gang members

to a church where they

held hands and pledged

to help stop any violent protests.

Imagine Fox correspondents trying to

explain that an organization called Islam

Is NOT a terrorist group.

Don’t worry.  Didn’t happen.

Cable news folks were too busy covering

each other having fun

at a fancy news correspondent dinner

with politicians, 40 miles away.

Who says there’s no such thing as a

free lunch?


When the riots began

CNN and FOX news anchors

proclaimed they had not seen

such mayhem in decades

as if they weren’t around

a few news cycles ago

in Ferguson.


“Doesn’t look like any America

I know,” said one well dressed

middle-aged white news anchor.

I wish I could be so myopic

I don’t see neighborhoods in cities like Detroit

and Baltimore where tens of thousands

live below the poverty line in places

where rat infested abandoned buildings

are turned into shooting galleries for

heroin addicts?

Maybe you believe that was all made up

to publicize HBO’s The Wire ?

Maybe the Baltimore you know is the

Inner Harbor of million dollar condos and luxury tourist

hotels and not the neighborhoods east and west

where you’ll find the highest concentration of AIDS

cases anywhere in the U.S.

AIDS?  Is that still a thing?


Thugs thugs thugs

tHugs thugs thugs

thUgs  thugs thugs

thuGs thugs thugs

thugS thugs thugs

“They aren’t protestors – they are thugs.”

orange is the new black  and

The T word is the new N word.

No wait, thug is okay, President Obama

called the looters in Baltimore, thugs.

Seattle Seahawk Richard Sherman

and Baltimore looters

are thugs

from gangs like the

Black Guerillas.

I heard it on the news today

. . . oh boy…


As the riots turned to looting, and violence,

windows were smashed, cars and buildings

lit on fire.

We saw footage from a helicopter

of angry protestors throwing rocks

at police in riot gear.

“The thugs are throwing boulders at the police. . .”

said the reporter.

“There are gangs involved in this. . .” said another.

Crips, Blood and BGF to name the names… only

Fox folks delighted in making sure they said

‘Black Guerillas,’ which sounds just like ‘Black Gorillas’

rather then saying BGF or the more generic


“Gangs like the Black Guerillas,” they said.

some of these thugs are Black Guerillas…” they said.

Over and over again, Black Guerillas this and Black Guerillas that

and they weren’t reciting an anaphoric poem

but suddenly had regressed into 11 year-olds

on a playground daring each other to say, “Pussy”.

Only worse. . . Black Guerillas. . .


And oh how they carried on. . .

even laughing and joking at the footage

of the black mother slapping and punching what we

presume is her son.

“if there were more folks like her

there wouldn’t be any riots in Baltimore…”

Problem solved.

Thanks FOX.

I should have had more faith

that you would figure this out for us

while giving us thrilling visuals

and your usual brand of entertaining

R. C. commentary

(Racist Colored commentary).


There is a silver lining on

these clouds of Gray.

The Fox lead in should be:

Donald Trump publicly admits Obama

is a great president.

Can’t make this up.

Trumps Tweet:

Our great African American President

hasn’t exactly had a positive impact on the thugs

who are so happily and openly destroying Baltimore!”

Now join hands with me and sing:

‘We shall comb over.’


The not completely unexpected Baltimore riots have given us a barrage of irresponsible reporting from the usual sources.  This sequence begins with a syllable Septolet (a lesser known French poetry form).

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