Leo Tolstoy

December 31st, 2013 by admin

  “Remember that there is only one important time and that is now. The present moment is the only time over which we have dominion. The most important person is always the person you are with, who is right before you, for who knows if you will have dealings with any other person in the future? The...
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I am Homeland

December 13th, 2013 by admin

I am Homeland Twelve Korean-American Poets Edited by Yearn Hong Choi New from Poetic Matrix Press Available on our website By Doo Hyun Chung An Empty Tomb In the midst of fire shell of the Korean War, Vanished My father, missing No traces to his death My mother, Her husband, Built a tomb for her...
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Poems by James B. Nicola

November 19th, 2013 by admin

Touch Red   Touch red Ouch Touching red is like knowing you But can you touch red at all?   Is it the red of the red             Or the red of the thing That makes touching red             Touching red?   The bright and the blare             And the brass and the boom And the bomb are like        ...
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Poems by Erren Geraud Kelly

October 25th, 2013 by admin

Buffalo Girl (Annie) Knew a chic named Annie Who wrote poetry Later taught herself to play Guitar and discovered she was Pretty good at it I met her in a coffeehouse in Greenpoint, Brooklyn One night, when I was reading And looking to score some Boodah Annie told me she left Buffalo because living there...
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What Use Is Poetry?

September 14th, 2013 by admin

I found this article recently and it seemed to speak to what we as poets might be up to even though we often don't know what we are up to and may not even understand our own words until sometime later.  I offer it and elicit your comments.  There might be something here that is important, maybe.   John...
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In Malala's Spring Dream – Lyn Lifshin

August 14th, 2013 by admin

In Malala's Spring Dream the pond is a dark blossom unfolding. If she were to move to the window in the dream, there would be white lilies thru blinds, suspended instead of a moon. Fog lips on roots and willows filtering into dreams of swans. The light polishing water, connecting what...
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When I was Young and Proud – Raphael Block

August 12th, 2013 by admin

When I was Young and Proud   When I was young and proud    owner of a lawn       it would have caused offense. But now, singing dandelions    innocently declare summer's height       while couched between...
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Men and Women I've Kissed – Brandon Cesmat

July 26th, 2013 by admin

Men and Women I've Kissed Sometime during my second year at college, Eva comes to a party     at our apartment while her boyfriend was studying.     I fall behind the couch and she falls on top of me.     When I leave school at the end of the...
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From the Empress Hsi-Ling-Shi – Joseph Zacardi

July 23rd, 2013 by admin

From the Empress Hsi-Ling-Shi The mulberries will soon bear white fruit. On thin branches silkworms feed on heartshaped leaves. In early summer they will spin their silken threads, spin silk threads as a gift. We will take the coccoons, boil them, and after throwing, weave fine coats, embroider them,...
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Kings River Canyon – Joe Milosch

July 15th, 2013 by admin

Kings River Canyon This old, bald pine has to know it's dying. Maybe it over heard the whispers of evergreens, growing on these glacier-sheered cliffs, or maybe the pine knows it intuitively as it knows yearly it has to manage to squeeze out a thin ring between heart and bark. Only in the middle does...
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Andre Gide

July 11th, 2013 by admin

  "What another would have done as well, do not do it. What another would have said as well or written as well, do not say or write it. Be faithful to that which exists nowhere but in yourself." --Andre Gide ...
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Morning, River Camp – Chris Hoffman

June 25th, 2013 by admin

Morning, River Camp (Desolations and Gray Canyons, Green River) It is early yet—the hour of the gray dawn. All night we have slept on the smooth thigh of the sand. Our first waking breath is of air scrubbed clean by sage and sun, tamarisks and swift water. Just upstream, the rapids are still scouring...
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James Dickey on Poets

June 20th, 2013 by admin

"A poet is someone who stands outside in the rain, hoping to be struck by lightning." – James Dickey...
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Bells – Raphael Block

June 20th, 2013 by admin

Bells No bells ringing no incense burning no one but you. No spoken sounds no embracing arms no one else but you. Inner voices buzzing deepening breathing you’re coming to you. With or without stilling something is flowing. You’re entering a cavern resounding of echoes beyond. What will you bring...
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New from Poetic Matrix Press by John Peterson

June 7th, 2013 by admin

Welcome to our new blog, Poet's Comments into the World.  Continuing the on-going commentary by poets and others on poetry, contemporary culture and the world.  James Downs, Associate Editor, proposed this for poets and readers of poetry to have a place to enter into discussion.  James will continue...
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Welcome from John Peterson, Publisher

June 7th, 2013 by admin

Welcome to our new re-visioned website and this our latest version of our poetry journal.  We started this in the late 90s as an occasional mail-out newsletter, changed to a twice yearly on-line version in the mid 2000s and now we change again to a blog format that will allow us to updated it with new...
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tadpoles – John Peterson

February 13th, 2013 by admin

-for devon last night the pond was the size of a small hat ten or fifteen of you holding on enough water only to cover your back and keep the sun off foot prints of coon and coyote dog and deer and small bird circling down from reed covered banks across cracked mud and soggy bottom you squirm hoping...
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Shadab Hashmi's new book of poetry KOHL & CHALK

February 13th, 2013 by admin

  "These poems ring with clarity, restraint and humanity. My admiration for Shadab Zeest Hashmi's poetry continues to grow." — Sam Hamill Shadab's poetry does what some commentators over the years say is impossible; to write extraordinary poetry while making a political statement. Shadab does...
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Work of Antoni Gaudí – Kiirsti Peterson

January 4th, 2013 by admin

Kiirsti Peterson studied at the University of Barcelona, Spain in the summer of 2012 and had the opportunity of seeing the work of the amazing architect and builder Antoni Gaudí. Here are a few of the photos she took. [caption id="attachment_17" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Church at Colonial Gûell[/caption]...
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Re: Anti Union efforts in Michigan and Wisconsin by John Peterson, Publisher

January 4th, 2013 by admin

Over the course of my working life I have joined two unions the International Union of Operating Engineers and the Service Employees International Union where at one point I was on the contract negotiating team. In management positions I have manged non-union and union employees. I have found that as...
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