Pick of the day

What Kept Me From Wanting . . .

What kept me from
wanting to die sometimes
was a look on her
face in the mirror

It told me not to be
thinking such thoughts
get a grip on yourself
don’t surrender

Don’t give in to sadness
don’t you dare let me down
I‘ll watch as you wake
every morning

And I’ll carry your sadness
and my sadness, too
to the river
and watch
as it drowns

 

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Story of the week

Passive Voice

“I’m aggressive-aggressive,
The past is over.
Now the passive seems so pathetic.”
Marilyn Manson, The Mephistopheles of Los Angeles
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Poem of the week

Mesopotamia

fragments from the past
will not join
to make a memory

we live in the disconnect 
but for a moment you are there
in a sepia photograph

with Felix
who has an open face
elegant on a stool in a field
an easy way with him
cigarette between fingers

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Features

POETRY MONTHLY

Poetry Monthly – November

Hello all,

I hope all’s good where you are!  Last month’s Poetry Monthly focus, as usual, produced some great writing and here are three to go back to:

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STORY AND POEM OF THE MONTH

Our Story and Poem for the month of October have been chosen by Philip Sidney:

October is that strange month of transition.  It sits on the border of life and death.  A time for contemplation and a time to be unsettled.

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STORY AND POEM OF THE MONTH

For the month of September our picks have very kindly been chosen by Mark Say:

Poem of the month

At sea with you by caribou_

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STORY AND POEM OF THE MONTH

Story and Poem for the month of August very kindly chosen by Rhona Miller (love_writing):

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Bee's Journey

Picks of the Month

Of one thing we can be certain

Plastinates

We have become something else

Like the weird sisters’ old riddle -

Lesser than ourselves and greater.

We are chemicals and frozen bones,

A delicate tangle of sinew.

Sagging breasts and wide eyes,

Like cold, blue marbles.

We do the things we always have –

Ballet dancing and basketball,

Playing cards with others,

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Aura (1)

Image attribution: Wikimedia Commons
Author: Blanford, William Thomas, 1888
License: CC BY-SA 3.0

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