cotton candy, by Robert Lee Brewer
send your sister home. we have some un-
finished business to discuss. the kind
best handled in private. move closer
but keep standing. that cotton candy
skirt has me getting all serious,
and you know how i can get when i'm
serious. don't close the door; we aren't
going to wake anyone. the mice
are in the field, children fast asleep.
Lovely, Raspberry: Poems
by Aaron Belz (Persea)
I've been a fan of Aaron Belz's poetry for years now. He has a way of writing about pop culture that's unpredictable, funny, and thought-provoking. Some of my favorites include "the love-hat relationship" and "alberto vo5," which are relationship poems (and oddly involve the head). What I really love about Lovely, Raspberry is that it's easy to flip any poem and get sucked in. For instance, I just flipped to "lone wolf," which begins, "Goodnight, moon. Or rather, goodbye. / I'm tired of the tricks you've played on me." Of course, I have to finish reading such a poem. Each poem is lovely like eating a raspberry.
Poems Found Online:
- 3 Poems, by Tammy Foster Brewer from Scythe Literary Journal
- Cold Water Morning, by Gregory Luce from Words Dance
- The Scientist and the Monster, by Stephanie Cawley from Boxcar Poetry Review
- The Failure of Geometry, by Sara Backer from The Pedestal Magazine
- Vesper Sparrow, by Patrick Phillips from Virginia Quarterly Review
The Captain's Verses: Love Poems
by Pablo Neruda (New Directions)
Blame Valentine's Day candy in the local Kroger or all the commercials advertising jewelry and flowers, but I've been in a love poem mood recently, and there is no better book of love poems (for my money) than Neruda's The Captain's Verses. This book was originally published anonymously, but Neruda finally acknowledged it in a 1963 edition. There is no pebble left unturned in Neruda's examination and celebration of love, including these lines from "Your Feet," "But I love your feet / only because they walked / upon the earth and upon / the wind and upon the waters, / until they found me." May your feet find Neruda too. You won't be disappointed.
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