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180 by Dennis M. Hammes


The bruised alfalfa and the summer moon
Spat once dead in the face; this air designed
For walking, that was all last week sweat-blind,
And I for once without a nagging tune
Conspire at last to nothing.  No time soon,
The sun will raise his armies of the kind,
Whose prancing priests will try to change my mind
So they can change it back before the noon.
  The same moon shines up over, right to left,
Cats grouse, and air elides the boomerang,
Around Woomera as resume this heft
Of loneliness by any other slang —
Loss warps.  Then let that motif be the weft
In any age I sing what the full moon sang.

Dennis M. Hammes


The artist, however faithful to his personal vision of reality, becomes
the last champion of the individual mind and sensibility against an
intrusive society and an officious state

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Mug-Shots and Alibis by Rob Evens

Mug-Shots and Alibis

At your conception, your mother’s
co-conspirator was another person
entirely: younger,  someone who believed
in things, a stranger.  As for what came after:
the food, the clothes, the shelter,
what can I say?  Back then
the tax breaks were so much better.

So what does it prove that you know
all the words to "Liverpool Judies"
and "Go Down You Blood-Red Roses"?
Dozens of fathers sang sea shanties
while bathing their infant sons.

I introduced you to train sets,
chess sets, kites and Texas Hold ‘em
only because I happen to like them.
Ditto Bob Dylan, Ian Dury, Leonard Coen.
OK, I feel a twinge of guilt for Cohen.

I came today because I love Oxford
bookshops so attending your graduation
was quite convenient.  Proud?
Pride would be a sin and I am Innocent.
A degree in jurisprudence and you think
you know it all but your evidence
of love is purely circumstantial.

You can’t pin anything on me.
It’s not as if we’ve anything in common.
You’re young, someone who believes
in things, a stranger.  So just shut up,
drink your champagne and then keep still
while I take another picture.


Rob Evans
Poetry is the needle that pricks your finger.
Everything else is the haystack.

The artist, however faithful to his personal vision of reality, becomes
the last champion of the individual mind and sensibility against an
intrusive society and an officious state

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POETRY SUPER HIGHWAY contest winners announced!

   for winning first through third place in our 12th annual poetry

   You can read their winning entries online by clicking on POETS OF THE
   WEEK from the main Poetry Super Highway menu.

   Thanks also to our 38 sponsors who donated 95 prizes to the contest
   insuring that every paid contest entrant will receive at least one
   prize regardless of their poem’s score!

   A huge extra special thanks to our three contest judges Ellaraine
   Lockie, F.J. Bergmann and and Salvatore Buttaci who diligently scored
   461 poems since the contest began in June to help us arrive at our 3

     Missed the contest announcement on PSH Live?
   Tune in to the archived edition and here several of our top 10 poets
   read their work including our first and third place winner! Click on
   PSH Live from the main PSH menu to hear it.

Issue # 627 – ISSN: 1523-6587

October 5-11, 2009

   this week:

   ~ This week featuring poets from ANDOVER MA, COUNTY DONEGAL IRELAND

   ~ 1 new poetry and writing related link added this week.

     LEHMAN featured this week in the PSH Bookstore.

   ~ PSH LIVE Schedule: Contest Winners Announcement Archived, Open
     Reading November 1st ~ 2:00 pm (pacific)

   ~ Poetry / Writing related Classified Ads.


   ~ This week’s featured poets are the top three scoring poets in the
     2009 Poetry Super Highway Poetry Contest (our 12th annual):


   JIM KNOWLES (Andover Massachusetts) won first place in the 2009
   Poetry Super Highway Poetry Contest.

   SIAN LINDSEY (County Donegal, Ireland) won second place in the 2009
   Poetry Super Highway Poetry Contest.

   BRENDA LEVY TATE (South Ohio, Nova Scotia, Canada) won third place in
   the 2009 Poetry Super Highway Poetry Contest.

   Click on "POETS OF THE WEEK" from the main PSH menu to read their


   Here are all of the new sites added to the Poetry Super Highway’s
   poetry and writing links sections.

   You can find the actual links on the PSH website in the 3 poetry links
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   personalities redefining art as we know it. Expect the following
   ordnance: poetry, short stories, essays, photography, short film,
   visual art, and music.


   Featured this week in the PSH Bookstore:


   David Wagoner writes about regular lives with plain grace and
   transcendent humanity, and the seventy-five poems he has chosen for
   the 2009 edition of The Best American Poetry grapple with life,
   celebrate freedom, and teem with imaginative energy. With engaging
   notes from the poets, Wagoner’s superb introductory essay, series
   editor David Lehman’s astute foreword about the current state of
   poetry and criticism, and cover art from the beloved poet John
   Ashbery, The Best American Poetry 2009 is a memorable and delightful
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   Sunday September 6, 2009
   Ignore the couple of minutes of silence at the beginning of the show
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Pushing time; c/c

Pushing time;

Like a twentieth century street vendor hawking wares

 anyone with a price to pay, anyone?

The Century Deluxe;

 ("for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.")

 ’Ah’ they say it happens that way when you forget to pray to God, they
swear he neglects to pray for you swear he lurks just behind the Sun

whispering to the stars only

 what The Thunder Said;

 Thunder riders, thunder rides with lightning eyes and fiery grip

from star-stand valleys to sunset highs.

 Pushing time.


The artist, however faithful to his personal vision of reality, becomes
the last champion of the individual mind and sensibility against an
intrusive society and an officious state

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Dateline Detroit

Dateline Detroit
Associated Press international

God was found dead today; apparently, he drowned in a pool of his own
It would seem he lost his footing whilst making a leap of faith, a tragic
end to such a promising beginning.  World leaders are convening at the
United Nations this evening, they have the unenviable task of choosing a
successor, and America is demanding bugs Bunny
Services are set for the twenty fifth of December at Brown funeral Home
110 first street Detroit Michigan.
  He left no surviving family members


The artist, however faithful to his personal vision of reality, becomes
the last champion of the individual mind and sensibility against an
intrusive society and an officious state

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A poet constrictor:

A poet constrictor:
A large scaly reptile known for its large appetite and
slow digestion.

The human commodity:
 Often-traded on exchanges, bought and
sold as futures, a hedge against the buyer and a boon to the seller, one
mans fate another’s folly the trick is to buy low and sell in volley.

The poet imperial:
Nietzsche fetachine served while hot:
The cheese was ripe, the noodles not!


The artist, however faithful to his personal vision of reality, becomes
the last champion of the individual mind and sensibility against an
intrusive society and an officious state

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Joyce Kilmer 'Pennies "

(For Edward J. Wheeler)

A few long-hoarded pennies in his hand
Behold him stand;
A kilted Hedonist, perplexed and sad.
The joy that once he had,
The first delight of ownership is fled.
He bows his little head.
Ah, cruel Time, to kill
That splendid thrill!

Then in his tear-dimmed eyes
New lights arise.
He drops his treasured pennies on the ground,
They roll and bound
And scattered, rest.
Now with what zest
He runs to find his errant wealth again!

So unto men
Doth God, depriving that He may bestow.
Fame, health and money go,
But that they may, new found, be newly sweet.
Yea, at His feet
Sit, waiting us, to their concealment bid,
All they, our lovers, whom His Love hath hid.

Lo, comfort blooms on pain, and peace on strife,
   And gain on loss.
What is the key to Everlasting Life?
   A blood-stained Cross.

Joyce Kilmer

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"Parted" Alice Meynell


Farewell to one now silenced quite,
Sent out of hearing, out of sight,-
   My friend of friends, whom I shall miss.
   He is not banished, though, for this,-
Nor he, nor sadness, nor delight.

Though I shall talk with him no more,
A low voice sounds upon the shore.
   He must not watch my resting-place,
   But who shall drive a mournful face
From the sad winds about my door?

I shall not hear his voice complain,
But who shall stop the patient rain?
   His tears must not disturb my heart,
   But who shall change the years, and part
The world from every thought of pain?

Although my life is left so dim,
The morning crowns the mountain-rim;
   Joy is not gone from summer skies,
   Nor innocence from children’s eyes,
And all these things are part of him.

He is not banished, for the showers
Yet wake this green warm earth of ours.
   How can the summer but be sweet?
   I shall not have him at my feet,
And yet my feet are on the flowers.

Alice Meynell

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Broderie Anglaise by Michael Cook

Broderie Anglaise

He bounces branch to bough
going nowhere really and in going nowhere
 artfully dodges a falling leaf.
snaps to the sun then back again.
 Eyes that continually scan
a black and white world of man
for the passing chance of a quick meal
or perhaps to catch the fancy
of one who will fancy him

I could ask him, that is to say:
If the branch on which he prances
Is for the moment or just a stage
I raise a call he looks down at me
(or to where I stand)
and I wonder if he wonders
 about this funny thing
this thing called man.

He bounces heel to toe
going nowhere really and in going nowhere
artfully dodges a falling leaf
turns to the sun then back again
 undecided, eyes continually scan
 a colorful land for the
chance offer of a quick meal
or perhaps to catch the fancy
of one who will fancy him

I could ask him, that is to say:
If the land on which he prances
Is for the moment or just a stage
I raise a call he looks up at me
(or to where I am)
and I wonder if he
wonders about this funny thing
this thing called.

Michael Cook

The artist, however faithful to his personal vision of reality, becomes
the last champion of the individual mind and sensibility against an
intrusive society and an officious state

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"A Knight?"

"A Knight?"
"Oh was this it?" said Pooh.  "Could a Bear be one?"
"Of course he could!" said Christopher Robin. "I’ll make you one." And he
took a stick and touched Pooh on the shoulder, and said, "Rise, Sir Pooh De
Bear, most faithful of all my Knights."

with that I’ll crawl back under my rock

The artist, however faithful to his personal vision of reality, becomes
the last champion of the individual mind and sensibility against an
intrusive society and an officious state

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