Tram Spark
Sunday, April 27, 2003
My addled sister's
gone to prayer,
a thing she cannot
know but
Jesus shot reflex,
a good goddamn from
writ eternal love. 
She likes me
ha-shah the
sigh we should
be sad together.
She unbubbles
a Malibu and
milk with a straw.
Is this her courtship?
Am I sucked in? 
Mr Hu and Mr Wen
assure the public
is being
done to limit
their trouble
A cough is
heard in the crowd
notes are written
for public consumption. 
The bloat comes in
uncomely mound
who checks his hair
at the door
three girls
in the corner
leave there's only
so much air
here around
his immobility
makes him the
center us all. 
This swollen shirt
pushes a phone hard
into her hair and
says this is Sophia
fine and lone 
Now she's
foreign men
look up and
down what
she thought
was dowdy
and think red 
Saturday, April 26, 2003
We made those rhymes
And did those feet,
But no one wants
Our measured chants,
Their meadows sweet,
In modern times. 
Flattered by a bluster balm,
eating their Kurds and Turks,
delicated boys wince across
sand they'd rather glaze. 
One on a, two on a
self-own, and now
the pub lights on
privates it would
rather not know. 
Spy fits him into her
pixels through bricks
his hair triggered now
trap is set and spring
cold snap and sky 
Moon over Guantanamo
sliver hanging in the east
over watchtowers
pushing at the doors.
No one knows
under the moon.
No one's home. 
Friday, April 25, 2003
When you say bar and
grill, I taste pickle.
Say it again.

Oldsmobile is gray
primer frost over
the hill with my
father at the wheel,
when you say. 
Fine. I'll read this cat's
entrails for you: geese
pelicans swans push beneath
the skin to be with the
animal itself. There.
Are you satisfied now? 
When the FBI came
with a booger and
phlegm team to
catalogue boogers
and phlegm, the
spats on the wall,
scuffs at the door,
to bag baggies and
tweeze the tweezers,
to gather the fuzz
under the bed, I was
outside fondling
their black sedan. 
Thursday, April 24, 2003
I was pulled out of line
for testing today.
The nation requires me
to breathe deeply,
be tapped by listeners
trained in the sounding
of lungs, dugs up,
from the mines, to
read pointless letters
back and forth one-eyed,
to remember where I worked,
not why, from stores and
kitchens to clicking keys.

I got this hernia fucking
above my rank. This right
sleeve is mouse-eaten,
desk-worn. This twitch
is no saucy wink. But
there are no checkboxes
for these things.

They note and let me out,
weighed, measured, stamped,
to work again.

The midmorning tram,
a strange thing to me,
circulates old women and
men who no longer work.
I stand. The gray come on,
swing small bags of meat
and cheese and bread just
long enough to sink
into seats. Grandmothers
purple haired and pinned,
grandfathers shining skulls,
everyone fingers of ancient
monkeys on the rails. 
Monday, April 14, 2003
What's happened to Antoinette?
Gazelle of the grass, when
everyone leapt and you knew
she'd leap highest; is she lapped
in the grass? Is she spilled,
did she leap, is her leg wrapped,
her long neck bit; was she
spilled in the grass? Did she
kick at the last? 
Accordion tune
for us all love
comes first though
we have none
when aunties
tap toes and
strange boys
from the town
whirl the girls
whirl the girls
in the same
rhyme and auntie
bares blue keys
accordion tune
for us all 
On a walkabout, he
plucks a soft boy's
look from his mother's
arms and smiles, and
smiles as you would
smile at soft youth
in arms and circled
cooing. He kisses the
boy a kiss his mother
will tell him about.
It must be him, near
this smoking kebab
spit on this everyday
street, the black sedan
the government plates,
and a little touch of
Saddam in the rubble. 
Saturday, April 12, 2003
Shit. Tonight will be another blank page --
The door swings open; see Mr Dung Beetle perch
At the dull end of my poised pen;
See the dust move, his fusty mass lurch
As he settles on his stool, the old coprophage. 
Monday, April 07, 2003
I'd give a
daiquiri to
an Iraqi
if I could. 
Ha. Exotic. I love that.
Look at me. Nothing's
less exotic than this
puss, baby. Sure, after
all this time, I can dance.
I can roll like a snake
shedding its skin. And
I don't care if they stare
at what they want, so
that's two things a lot
of their wives'll never
have. If that makes me
exotic. But look at me. 
Happy snow marvelous
snow falling down how
these words work for me
now in snow and soft ess
eff falling released snowf
alling so you don't mind
the cliche of the feathers.  
At the airport this morning
they shot at the birds who fly
up at the sight of wing shadows. 
My face furs,
chin curls in
the wait. The
week fades to
a solid month,
I plow my jaw
and decide I'm
Hairoic enough.
I cut my throat. 
Suppose he's thinking
turn me off. Or back
on, try anything, cut
off my arms and legs but
keep the rest going.
We made old cars start
with replacement parts
from the junk yard. I
held the lamp or turned
the ignition. Hands
dirtied in the works.
Jumper cables and start,
damn it, start. And we
shot down the road, we
never thought the car
might have had enough. 
Friday, April 04, 2003
If I think hard, my father
cannot die. Or if I don't
think at all about it, he
can't die. If I tell the
cat to shut the fuck up.
If I smoke. If I type and
type. If I fly across the
ocean tonight and hang
over his bed and expertly
check the wires and pipes
and make sure the drops
and the shocks are right
and I work the bellows by
hand and I speak things
into unconsciousness he
cannot die. If I go about
my life, he will go about
his life. If I think hard,
my father cannot die.  
Thursday, April 03, 2003
We grow
nails and incisors
in this dream and we
need them in
this sleep. 
Sons of the suburbs
have Radio Shack dreams,
batteries included. 
Jesus in the trees
but she's cut
from pure catamite
and he
is a vein of hard odds. 

beam eye baby

AKA Eeksy-Peeksy or maybe dumbfoundry
Site Feed


Official Verse Culture
By time zone. If you know a poetry blog or mag that isn't on this list (especially your own -- don't be shy), send one of us the link and the geography: we are people in places.

Group blogs
group blog: 2River Blog
group blog: As/Is (poems)
group blog: As/Is2 (poetics)
group blog: BadGurrrlNest
group blog: Goat's Head Soup
group blog: Grand Text Auto
group blog: The Philly Sound
group blog: The Poetry Blog
group blog: Rebel Edit

+12 (New Zealand)
Emma Barnes: elbows on the table
Mark Young: pelican dreaming
Mark Young: Series Magritte

+10 (Australian Eastern)
Rachael Kendrick: word
Jill Jones: Ruby Street
Jay Rosevear: Sky Bright
Anne Kellas: North of the latte line

+8? (Australian Western)
Andrew Burke: Hi Spirits

+9 (Tokyo)
Ben Basan: Luminations
Sawako Nakayasu: Texture Notes

+1 (Central European)
Jukka-Pekka Kervinen
Jukka-Pekka Kervinen: textual conjectures
Andrew Johnston: The Page
Lars Haugen: Journal
Malcolm Davidson: zotz

Frederico Lemos Cabral: Blood of the White Words
Frederico Lemos Cabral: Sangue das Palavras Puras

0 (Greenwich)
AnnMarie Eldon: poetry
Laura H: Poet's Tea
Lois: Polyxena
William Watkin: 's blog
Ivy Alvarez: Ivy is here

-5 (Eastern)
Erin Noteboom: Vivid
Mark Woods: wood s lot
Lisa Urbanic: Ironic Cinema
Barbara Fletcher
Tim Yu: tympan
David Nemeth:
Laura Carter: Blue Revisions
Bob Grumman: Daily Entries
Tom Matrullo: IMproPRieTies
Joe Young: flash-light
Deborah Ager: 32 Poems
Matthew G. Kirschenbaum
Jim Henley: Unqualified Offerings
Allen Bramhall: R/ckets and S/ntries
Allen Bramhall: tributary
Allen Bramhall: Oh Wait There's More!!!
Mark Lamoureux: <[[[[[[-[[[[0{:}0]]]]-]]]]]]>
Greg Perry: grapez
Guillermo Parra: venepoetics
Christopher Rizzo: In Place of Chairs
Ossa Ge: one red bog
Jack Kimball: Pantaloons
Shin Yu Pai: Makura no Soshi
James Cook: Polis is Eyes
Mike County: Yoo Doo Right
Michaela Cooper: mikarrhea
Noah Eli Gordon: Human Verb
Steve Himmer: OnePotMeal
Carl Annarummo: ampersand and ghetto
Tim Peterson: Mappemunde
Christina Strong:
Anita Rust
Paula's House of Toast
John Latta: Hotel Point
Aaron McCollough: Flowers that Glide
[New Hampshire]
Joe Carton: ego logical
[New York]
Michael Cross: My Blog
Scott David Herman:
Aimee Nezhukumatathil: gila monster
Mairead Byrne: Heaven
Josh Corey: Cahiers de Corey
Aaron Tieger: fishblog
Steve Tills: Black Spring
Cassie Lewis: The Jetty
Geof Huth: dbqp: visualizing poetics
Joseph Duemer: Reading & Writing
Heidi Lynn Staples: Mildred's Umbrella
Oliver de la Paz: Pugnacious Pinoy
Jim Behrle: Show
Bard Edlund:
Jordan Davis
Jordan Davis: Equanimity
Jordan Davis: Million Poems
Katie Degentesh: Bloggedy Blog Blog
N. Downing: A New Broom
Shafer Hall: I'll Show You Mine
Maureen Thorson: starnosedmole
Christine Hamm: this is all your fault
Nick Piombino: fait accompli
Laura Willey: Laurable's Poetry Weblog
John Most: fluss
Carlos Arribas: scriptorium
Shanna Compton: brand new insects
Nada Gordon: ~~ululations~~
Lisa Jarnot: Lisablog
Daniel Nester: God Save My Blog
Maud Newton: Blog
Brian Kim Stefans: Free Space Comix II
Gary Sullivan: Elsewhere
[North Carolina]
Tim Botta: Nice Guy Syndrome
Stephen Kirbach: hatstuck snarl
Lance Phillips: Coursing Public Thought
Lance Phillips: Here Comes Everybody
Mike Snider: Formal Blog and Sonnetarium
Chris Vitiello: The delay
Ken Rumble: The Desert City
Tom Beckett: Vanishing Points of Resemblance
Peter Wolf: Crunchkin
Dave Bonta: Via Negativa
Hannah Craig: Awake at Dawn on Someone's Couch
Hannah Craig: Blue Serge
Ron Silliman: Silliman's Blog
[Rhode Island]
Henry Gould: HG Poetics
Brennen Lukas: under mind
Matthew Chamberlin: HighHatting & Gladhanding
[Washington D.C.]
Reb Livingston: Cackling Jackal

-6 (Central)
Ernesto Priego: Never Neutral
Sean Serrell: flingdump scattershot
Adam Clay: american aquarium drinker
Jeff Ward: this Public Address 3.0
William Allegrezza: allegrezza blog
Li Bloom: A Private Studio
Ela Kotkowska: incertain.plume
Tom Murphy: finish your phrase
Tom Murphy: this journal blug
Gabriel Gudding: Conchology
Jonathan Mayhew: Bemsha Swing
Jonathan Mayhew: Poemas con nombres propios
Jonathan Mayhew: One Hundred Trillion Poems
Jonathan Mayhew: Géneros híbridos
Julia Tsuchiya Mayhew: Eagle's Wing
Alan DeNiro: Ptarmigan
Alan DeNiro: The Openings
Mark DesRosiers: Cheek
Josh Kortbein: Josh Blog
Julie Dill: vowel movements
Michael Wells: Stick Poet Super Hero
[North Carolina]
Tony Tost: The Unquiet Grave
[North Dakota]
Cindy Nichols: Footsteps of a Snake
[South Dakota]
Lee Ann Roripaugh: Makura No Soshi
Jilly Dybka: Poetry Hut Blog
Mary T. Combs: Live from the Lamplighter
Tim Morris: lection
Chris Murray: E-Po
Chris Murray: tex files
Robert Flach: Unadulterated Text
Dale Smith: Possum Pouch
Michael Helsem: xvarenah
Katey Nicosia: One Good Bumblebee

-7 (Mountain)
Ryan Fitzpatrick: process documents
Jeffrey Bahr: Whimsy Speaks
Gary Norris: DagZine
Michael Peirson: DaDooDoFlow
Crag Hill: poetry scorecard
Sharon Brogan: Watermark
[New Mexico]
Amy Bernier: moonshine highways

-8 (Pacific)
[British Columbia]
P.J. Culley: Mosses from an Old Manse
Les Webb: Negative Velocity
Steve Laidlaw: riley dog
Heriberto Yepez: Mexperimental
Alli Warren: the Ingredient
Ray Davis: pseudopodium
Catherine Meng: Porthole Redux
Catherine Daly
Stan Apps: Oracular Vagina
Harry K Stammer
Kim Addonizio
Richard Cody: Notes From a Life in Progress
Stephanie Young: the well nourished moon
Drew Gardner: Overlap
Bill Marsh
Bill Marsh: My Life by Lyn Hejinian
Bill Marsh: San Diego Poetry Guild
Matthew Shindell: Maximum Go in the Resulting Hogshead
kari edwards: transdada
James Meetze: The Brutal Kittens
Jay Thomas: bad with titles
Magdalena Zurawski: Minor American
Jean Vengua: OKIR
Eileen Tabios: The Chatelaine's Poetics
K. Silem Mohammad: lime tree
K. Silem Mohammad: Squirrels in My Attic
Loren Webster: In a Dark Time
-9 (Alaska Standard Time)
Chris Lott: Cosmopoetica

Magazines, etc.
(Please send me more links)
2000+ google links
Academy of American Poets [2,190]
Arts & Letters Daily [2,190]
McSweeney's Internet Tendency [2,860]
Modern American Poetry [2,040]
1000-1999 google links
Jacket [1,180]
Poets & Writers [1,110]
UBU Web [1,140]
500-999 google links
Poetry Magazine [543]
The Richmond Review [520]
200-499 google links
Archipelago [223]
Big Bridge [327]
Barcelona Review [436]
Cortland Review [437]
Electronic Poetry Review [232]
nthposition [447]
R A I N T A X I [298]
Web Del Sol [427]
Words Without Borders [405]
150-199 google links
Able Muse [196]
Arras [171]
Chicago Review [124]
Drunken Boat [132]
Fence [155]
Trout [180]
100-149 google links
2River [127]
b e y o n d . i n t e r f a c e [93]
Fusebox [123]
Iowa Review Web [146]
Moria [106]
Muse Apprentice Guild [135]
Slope [113]
The Transcendental Friend [106]
50-99 google links
3rd bed [63] [76]
Blazevox [52]
can we have our ball back? [81]
Disquieting Muses [56] [80]
Free Verse [65]
Frigate Magazine [54]
Konundrum Engine [59]
Octopus [87]
Perihelion [51]
Poems That Go [116]
Pom Pom Press [64]
Shampoo [96]
Unpleasant Event Schedule [84]
Write Stuff [51]
Xcp: Cross Cultural Poetics [60]
0-49 google links
Acumen [2]
Aerial / Edge [23]
Agenda [1]
alyric [16]
Alterran Poetry Assemblage [15]
Ambit [20]
Angel Exhaust [4]
Artful Dodge [15]
Atelos [25]
Aught [40]
Balaklava [10]
Bird Dog Magazine [16]
Boomerang [16]
Canary [15]
chain [27]
Circulars [7]
Constant Critic [36]
Conundrum [22]
Cordite [45]
Crayon Magazine [19]
CrossConnect [3]
Cy Press [7]
Diaeresis [3]
E C L I P S E [25]
EOAGH [new]
Explosive Magazine [9]
The Fairfield Review [1]
Five Fingers Review [11]
Flashpoint [44]
Germ [5]
Gut Cult [41]
How2 [22]
Interlope [22]
Krupskaya [21]
kultureflash [48]
Lilies and Cannonballs Review [new]
LIT [13]
Lungfull [13]
LVNG [17]
Mark(s) [45]
Narrativity [30]
New American Writing [26]
No: A Journal of the Arts [23]
Overland [28]
Pettycoat Relaxer [29]
Pip Lit [3]
Play: A Journal of Plays [2]
Poetry Bay [25]
Puppy Flowers [14]
Readme [21]
Spork [24]
Stretcher [28]
The Surface [34]
Syllogism [3]
Tripwire [22]
Tryst [38]
Typo [9]
V e R T [44]
whimperbang [3]
Word For Word [30]
xStream [32]
26 Magazine [12]
Deluxe Rubber Chicken [6]

Still to be checked...
Acorn Haiku Magazine
No Tell Motel
Boston Comment
Between The Lines
A Chide's Alphabet
Echoes of Gilgamesh
Electric Acorns
Great Works
Hjokfinnies Sanglines
London Magazine
The Long Poem Group Newsletter
Lynx: Poetry from Bath
Modern Poetry in Translation
Morden Tower Poetry
New Hope International
The North
PN Review
Poetry Cornwall
Poetry Life & Times
Poetry London Newsletter
Poetry Review
Poetry Scotland
The Rialto
The Richmond Review
Sound Eye
Terrible Work

Poetry Salzburg
The Journal (OSU)
West Branch (Bucknell)
Mississippi Review (USM)
Surgery of Modern Warfare

[google links]
2nd Story Books [17]
a+bend Press [10]
Adventures in Poetry [10]
Avec Books [15]
Avenue B [21]
BeautifulSwimmer Press [7]
Belladonna Books [4]
Black Square Editions [7]
Bloodaxe Books [562]
Braincase Press [3]
Burning Deck [10]
Duration Press [82]
Etherdome [1]
Factorial [32]
Factory School [33] [18]
Figures [1]
Futurepoem [17]
Generator Press [16]
Ixnay [13]
Kenning [17]
Leroy [7]
Manifest Press [6]
Meritage Press [19]
Omnidawn [7]
Owl Press [14]
Paradigm Press [11]
Pavement Saw Press [23]
Potes & Poets Press [22]
Pressed Wafer [3]
Primitive Publications [1]
Qua Books [4]
Seattle Research Institute [9]
Skanky Possum [41]
Small Press Distribution (SPD) [298]
Small Press Traffic [135]
Spectacular Books [15]
Subpress [12]
Tangent Press [11]
TinFish [9]
Tougher Disguises [15]
Tuumba Press [18]
Verse Press [74]
Xpressed [27]
Zasterle [5]

Mailing Lists and Daily Poems
The Wondering Minstrels
Creative Writers Opportunities List (CRWROPPS)
(the dreaded) Buffalo Poetics List
Poetry Espresso
Poetry Daily

The Bug

November 2001 / December 2001 / January 2002 / February 2002 / March 2002 / April 2002 / May 2002 / June 2002 / July 2002 / August 2002 / September 2002 / October 2002 / November 2002 / December 2002 / January 2003 / February 2003 / March 2003 / April 2003 / May 2003 / June 2003 / July 2003 / August 2003 / September 2003 / October 2003 / November 2003 / December 2003 / January 2004 / February 2004 / March 2004 / April 2004 / June 2004 / July 2004 / August 2004 / December 2004 /


A poetry blog. Yes, I know some of them are really bad. I put everything here, even the failures. I might cannibalize them later. Just skip the bad ones. Sounds nothing but mean. (And don't look for web design; this blog is just a big sheet of paper.)

Copyright © 2001 - 2004. All rights reserved.
If you have an opinion on any of this stuff, please write to me and let me know about it.

Powered by Blogger

Monkey's brains are the reason you can now scroll past this point.

Powered by Blogger