Poems from the 20th Anniversary Authors' Anthology

January 6th, 2018 by admin

New poem by Kim Shuck 2017 Poet Laureate of San Francisco Drought Break Weaving of water is layered Sitting in the rain Feet dragging in the runoff I know there are trees coming down tonight Drought tired Clots of soil run free Sailors still catch and spill Windpainting Still navigate by song Remember...
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So Many Voices

January 2nd, 2018 by admin

Poetic Matrix Press' 20th Anniversary Authors' Anthology 246 pages, Price $20.00, available from Small Press Distribution (SPD) www.spdbooks.org With material from our 60 books and 45 authors (including new pieces from many) this is a true reflection of So Many Voices that we have had the privilege...
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Posted in: Poets Comment into the World,

I am a white man

January 26th, 2016 by admin

It is time, before the coming Republican primaries, for me to say something I first formed 40 years ago. Before the pundits spew out the stereotype about disaffected white men voting for the likes of Trump and Cruz, let me say this, I am a white man (even an older white man), my three sons are white...
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Mandy Patinkin

December 10th, 2015 by admin

Earlier today I saw a CBS News piece on actor Mandy Patinkin as he went to a beach on a Greek island as refugees came ashore.  He went to, as he said "connect with reality" and meet these people as they fled conflicts in the Middle-East.  Patinkin said "fear is the poison of our lives." Our humanity...
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Thanks Leroy

December 10th, 2015 by admin

I just saw Trump's disgusting and abusive portrayal of a disabled person. Having just published Leroy Moore's book Black Kripple Delivers Poetry & Lyrics I realize how much Leroy has affected me. Leroy has the same speech and physical patterns that Trump caricatured but the great difference between...
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John

July 1st, 2015 by admin

Go ahead dive down It is alright   something beautiful is in there You'll see More beautiful then even you're sadness It will take your sorrow and turn It cloudy and bright Like the shine on that red amber place You've seen once or twice Just before everything was lost or Just before found A gentle...
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Barnes & Noble, a problematic view of poetry

June 6th, 2014 by admin

Click on above link to see entire essay. I recently left Barnes & Noble with a problematic view of the position of poetry in the store. The poetry section in Barnes & Noble in Fresno is located towards the back of the store, right up against the children's section, right in between bookshelves...
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OK by John Peterson

May 31st, 2014 by admin

OK OK, mid morning on a Monday Diana Krall comin through the speakers The latte is hot and smooth Like the sun on my shoulders Yes it's Starbucks, the coffee and sounds Are canned, chosen in the hip board room, Still it's good Traffic and Bart going by, the Richmond Sun as fine here as anywhere it shines....
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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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