|January IBPC results
By Scout on 02/12/2009
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Winning Poems for January 2009
Judge Elena Karina Byrne
by Eric Rhohenstein
Yellow jackets ascend like mortar fire from the cherrys split trunk.
Spikes of fennel rise in the side yard,
where the garden was before the old man died;
his grandson somersaults through a choke of new clover.
The day is dry;
I should be cutting lawn.
squirrel at the birdfeeder
ground-skirt of grackles
the village the village!
fire alarm hum crescendo, and again
Much like autumn wind: product of a gavel falling.
(Soon enough, the cherrys branches set against a winter skin of sky)
Boy, do you hear the pop songs aging,
aging from kitchen windows?
(Across Erie, the edge of Canada erupting from spring lake-mist)
Some things are broken before theyâ€™re ever bent,
but only some.
(One day, the summery inside of a woman)
hay-rolls at the velvet
edge of vision sunrise sunset
and how it goes,
and how it went.
As if this was the start of anything;
its only a lions mouth grown wider, wider, roaring.
Much like your mothers: the logic of donning play-clothes, of not missing dinner.
farmers daughters fatten up
we sons of nothing much
the village cream is drawn
cup by cup make whey! make whey!
Afternoon dogs sing the pressure of dawn.
by Christopher T. George
FreeWrights Peer Review
A last ochre magnolia leaf twitches
like the index finger of a dying man;
under the ginkgo, yellow leaves spread
& all the birds are in motion, swooping,
diving: robins, starlings, cardinals,
a brace of cheeky blue jays o one vaults
into the magnolia like a trapeze
artiste and devours a bud.
Dinner With the Ghost of Rilke
by Laurie Byro
Desert Moon Review
Come here, to the candlelight.
Im not afraid to look on the dead.
I was confused by snakes looping
around your neck, the little girl voice that you had
to swallow in order to please your mother. I told you
as you twirled a red flag to draw away the slathering
wolves that you would never disappoint me.
The crumbling bridge where we said our goodbyes
all those years ago must even now contain
the echoes of our voices sleeping in its seams.
How many inexhaustible nights did I stay awake
to answer your letters? You asked me to steal something
risky, something I couldnt take back across the street.
Greedy for praise I filled my pockets with
sugar. Outside the cafe the night becomes a snow globe.
Held in your gaze, winter takes me back.
Taste Buds of Children and Mock Adults
by Thane Zander
We bleed on pavements decorated in childish flowers,
discharge our vehemence in toilet bowls swallowing
large tracts of shit, shyte, shovel it out and spread
onto a garden decorated with summers hues,
placate the dandelion as it swims aloft on wispy winds,
seeking Monarch Butterflies to caress in death throes,
excrete your discontentment on the laps of executives
when the family savings invested in stocks, tumble
like a dryer on spin cycle, the cold cycle reserved
for her husbands dying corduroys, the colour sticking
to off white socks and travel brochures from a back pocket,
ready to fly first class with crumpled shirts and dungarees
wearing thin around the butt, years of sitting at a computer
and conversing to faceless names, except the ones that lie
when they post an avatar of indifference and cheek, swallow
the last Rhubarb sandwich on a plate filled with regret and woes
leftover like a dying man''s left testicle after an operation to cure
the cancer of his family passed down to him, his brother long dead
and buried in another garden setting, flowers in pots and agee jars
no lid required, the dried arrangement last longer in summer''s sun,
We eat curdled milk, drink dipped honey crusties, pass the jam
so youngun''s can leave a bloody trail on the white tablecloth,
and the ants and bees can leave a tell tale sign of their visit,
my wife said she could smell ants,
me; I avoid bees like the plague.
by Sachi Nag
The Writer''s Block
On our way to Fundy City in ten
inches of snow, a familiar cab driver
asked me if I lost anyone in those sixty
hours of Mumbai.
We couldnt take our eyes off
the Christmas lights, and the carols
on the airwaves, so haunting, we were feeling
kinship in the gravy of victimhood,
when the hardened ice beneath the slush
stunned the front tyres, and we skidded
rear-ending a parked van and spun
over the edge into a pile of snow
from last year. Strangers stopped by
with shovels and hooks, powering us out.
We dusted jackets, shook hands;
restarted, slow, almost like roadkill,
eyes riveted along the routine way -
now as sinuous as a strange
white feathered boa - the cabbie''s sure hands
shaking at the wheel.
© By Scout On 2/12/2009 12:05:04 AM