Archive for April, 2009

the problem with becoming widely aware of us just before sleep…by amanda oaks

Posted in Amanda Oaks on April 30, 2009 by Scot

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i hunt for things you do not know
like what your eyelashes look like
when you close your eyes, a secret
i haven’t confessed up until now, saved
like the baby teeth brittling in a box pushed
to the back of a drawer in our tallest bureau,
your breaths end like autumn, abrupt, blunt,
like the continents i could plant between us
some nights, the ocean of our bed sheets
reflecting our freckles, connect-the-dot
constellations always there to pull us
back together

do you remember discovering your heartbeat
for the first time as a child?

Two Poems by Father Luke

Posted in Father Luke on April 28, 2009 by Scot

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The darkness ate my poems

When I lay down for the night
I don’t want to be bothered
with the tugs from
the words
which
slip
in

***

it will never be my turn

once again i’m facing the end of the month without
a job and without rent money.
i’m listening to music in my hotel room.
i feel a cool, coastal breeze,
and i taste the salt in the air.
i’m almost 50 years old,
and i’m beginning to
understand:
it will never be my turn.

____________________
My name is Father Luke.
I wait with the woman I love for a perfect world.

My website is here: http://FatherLuke.com

Sammy’s idea of…by Alan Catlin

Posted in Alan Catlin on April 24, 2009 by Scot

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a down home get
together at the bar
surprised everyone.
Not that a guy
who did twelve
different kinds
of pills, from
laughers, to downers
to in betweeners
with his beer
and red wine
wasn’t known for
spectacular surprises.
First he placed
the box on the bar,
ordered a pint
for himself and
a half for his
mother who never
really was much
of a drinker, “Right,
Mom?” he said
to the box.
Everyone just sat
there quietly finishing
the sentence he had
left incomplete,
“When she was still
alive” but no one
said anything out loud.
In fact, it was so
uncommonly quiet in
that bar you could
almost hear the head
bubbles evaporating
on her beer.

willie fell…by todd moore

Posted in Todd Moore on April 19, 2009 by Scot

willie fell

out of the
pickup
next to
a dead
dog & just
sat there
a second
before
throwing
up chili
nachos
& beer
then star
ted pick
ing out
chunks of
gravel
that got
stuck in
his face

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covered in dust waiting for rain

Posted in Scot Young with tags on April 17, 2009 by Scot


this old truck tucked
just into the woods
off a dirt road
cedar growing
through its skeleton
used to haul
people
wood
field dressed deer
during season or not
sometimes moonshine
up and down these
ozark roads paved
in mud and chert

old man penley
left it here one day
got pissed off
cause it wouldn’t
pull the hill
loaded full of wood
backed off in trees
and just said
piss on it
came back a half
dozen times
stripped it clean
nothing left now
but a speedometer
one chrome bumper

just sits
permanently parked
sometimes a summer
home for roadrunners
but always rusting
a shell of the 50s

neighbors pass by
occasionally
nod toward the truck
and say
that penley
he was a crazy
sonofabitch

***********

first appeared in Shoots and Vines

author’s note-

The Rusty Truck is real and sits on my Ozark property acting as a landmark, a decaying piece of Americana at the beginning of my drive.  Nobody has been able to tell me how it got there so I decided to invent the origin.  Everyone needs answers.  Over the years, we have thought of removing it, but now it is become a part of us.  And the story has become real.

–Scot Young

Nobody’s Fool…by Pris Campbell

Posted in Pris Campbell with tags on April 15, 2009 by Scot

Melanie Griffith is flashing Paul Newman.
He’s over seventy but still hotter than George Clooney.
She flubs the scene to get in a few retakes.
She’s flustered, besides.
It’s not every day a gal gets to flash Paul Newman,
draw pay for it, and not get on JoAnne’s bad side.
Paul’s had the chance to fondle a lot of breasts
but he’s no Brad Pitt, dumping Jennifer for Angelina
over a few steamy scenes on the set.
Hollywood’s version of Spin the Bottle.

JoAnne’s seventy, too.
He’s in love with an old woman,
but her laugh is still magic.
He loves the way she sighs when he kisses her.
Paul’s nobody’s fool.
If Washington can maintain a flame
for the unknown soldier over all these years,
he can easily do it with JoAnne.
She listens to his stories, holds him after a bad dream,
and always reminds him to wear his sunglasses in public
so fans can’t sneak photos of those famous blue eyes.

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Halloween Costumes…by Rebecca Schumejda

Posted in Rebecca Schumejda on April 13, 2009 by Scot

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Steve tells me you’re slipping again
as he banks the seven in the side;
this is another reason why I hate

Halloween, the way you scoop the past
out like pumpkin guts and carve
your fears on your face. Even when

we were children, Steve and I calculated
time via the transitions of your emotions:
autumn’s always shrouded in self-

pity and regrets. Wet leaves waiting
on asphalt like unexpeted accidents;
the hue of the leaves steal our eyes

from the road; I thought you were getting
better; but I am busy, always busy,
rushing away from myself before the sun

casts shadows like people’s judgments.
My father’s brother, who visits least, offers the most
advice. So stinking drunk himself,

he tells Steve that he can knock him out;
maybe twenty years ago, before gout and
the wear and tear of disillusionment.

I envy the grip of the last leaves: holding on
despite fate and time, they are the uncle
swinging at air, you topping off your glass,

the brother’s words versus the uncle’s fists,
me playing busy and away, afraid
of inheriting our father’s weak heart.

I remember all the costumes you sewed by hand:
my favorite, a nurse’s uniform I saved,
hangs, like all our mistakes, in my dusty closet.

(from her new book Falling Forward awailable at sunnyoutside press)