Friday, July 9, 2010

Poetry Tips: Crime Rhyme

This week I want you to look at local headlines and find an unusual crime and see if you can make a rhyming poem out of it. In addition to illustrating the details of the crime you have the added effort of rhyme and most likely rhythm, but it is a fun challenge for me and I hope it is for you as well.

Good luck to all who try it, please drop in again next week…

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Blue Collar Open Submissions

You may send up to 5 poems and include a Self-addressed stamped envelope when mailing to:

Blue Collar Review P.O. Box 11417 Norfolk, VA 23517
For further details, go to:

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Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Poems Found by Poet Hound
“Katherine: Cross Examination,” by Mark Neely
“Detail of My Sort of Light,” by Ander Monson

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Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Lilliput Review Issue #173

The poems collected in the latest issue of Lilliput Review speak of falling leaves, sunlight, hope and despair. For some reason, the poems that lend themselves towards darker feelings are the ones that inspired me and so I share a few with you:

even in daylight, these shadows find me

by: Constance Campbell of Austin, TX

I admire one-line poems and this one leaves any reader the imagination to decide upon what kind of shadows Ms. Campbell speaks of. For me, it is the lingering memories of sad times despite the outdoor sunshine. For you it may simply be that the trees offer shade amongst the cloudless blue skies.

the solution wasn’t
obvious to begin with
trapeze bars swinging
abandoned a lion
crying in the dark
of his cage

by: J.M. Hall of Nashville, TN

For some, the circus is a joyous and entertaining experience but for this poet there is painted a darker picture. Personally, I picture empty trapeze bars due to a tragic fall, the lion mourning its trainer. What do you picture?

Drove by this farmhouse
where someone had taken a crow
and hung it upside down
dead and dangling
upon a pole
right in the middle
of the garden—

healthy stalks
toward the light.

By: Charlie Mehrhoff of Oakland, ME

I have to say, I’ve always liked Mr. Mehrhoff’s poems. This one’s imagery appears daunting yet even though the dead crow may be there to warn off other garden pests the garden is portrayed and healthy and growing at the end. An interesting juxtaposition of life and death, don’t you think?

If you enjoyed this collection you will also be pleased to know that each issue is only $1.00 and if you’d like to find out more about Lilliput Review please check out the official web-site at:

You can also visit the editor, Don Wentworth’s, blog at:

Thanks always for reading, please drop in again tomorrow for more Open Submissions…

Monday, July 5, 2010

The Good Typist

Aesthetically pleasing, intriguing and fun to read, check out Kristin McHenry’s blog at:

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