April 18, 2014 NaPoWriMo

Everybody’s talking about the one percent:
they have all the money, all the connections,
the networks to get more money, MOAR money.
I say let them have their exclusivity,
build those walls higher & higher, thicker
& thicker to keep out the unalike,
the alien, the dissimilar, the impure.
Let their gene pool weaken from incest
and lack of variation, let their diseases
replicate and multiply inside those walls,
walls that enclose but also block out
light & love & joy & celebration.
Give me life’s richness any day, and color,
and let them perish in their cherished purity.


April 17, 2014

April 17, 2014

A smiling face in front of a skull and
bones can never be a positive sign –
deception, malevolence, subterfuge –
a woman in the middle is clapping,
or wiping, her hands of the matter.
But right to left yields a better message:
danger approaches or is present –
but the woman in the middle
resolves the matter – as a mother protects
her sun, a lover fixes the situation
for her lover – tragedy transforms
to comedy, romance. Boy is happy, safe.
What a difference direction makes.
“What’s in your wallet?”

April 16, 2014

Princeton decides U.G Gov’t is not a democracy:
no new news there, Ivy League buster,
not for those never invited to the table
to sip slowly of the purple Kool Ade.

But isn’t oligarchy what the Russians have?
Where very few rich people control the many,
and every official is bought and paid for,
and voting is a joke? A sham?

But that’s not what we are. Oh no!
Russia’s theory is economic elite domination,
and ours is biased pluralism. Right, buster.
All the same in the wash, Princeton. Thanks.



April 15, 2014

no time for poems –
this week –
yet poetry
still oozes 🙂
out of my pen
out of my right hand
out of my soul –
“my cup runneth over”

April 14, 2014 NaPoWriMo

Blood moon rising
cherry blossoms blooming
& I’m outta Zertec.
The weatherman said
it might snow tonight –
And I don’t know
if I am early or late.

Bindings, by Lowell Murphree (click on the photo to donate to Jamie’s fund)

BIndings, by Lowell Murphree (click on the photo to donate to Jamie's fund)

ModPo’er Lowell Murphree is donating proceeds from the sale of his book of poems, Bindings, to ModPo’er Jamie Givens’ health recovery fund. Please buy the book and please donate to the cause, because ModPo is not just a poetry class, it is a movement.

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April 13, 2014: NaPoWriMo – A poetry manifesto

The Five Laws of Poetry (being a take off of Ranganathan’s Five Laws of Library Science): 

  1. Poetry is for use, for reading, reciting, and study.
  2. Poetry is universal. There is a poem for every person.
  3. Every person can understand poetry with effort.
  4. Poems should be short enough to convey the message.
  5. Poetry as a literary genre is a growing organism.