“Swell” by Melissa Gordon


Swell
 
Precision of wings:
 
slip
under 
 
lips
 
          feathers
 
     slip 
     
     blush
 
 
          repeat
 
 
blush
 
 
until
      slip 
 

:of wings’ precision.

Melissa Gordon
10/5/2017

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“The Elephant Skinny Suite” fresh from the Young Writers Workshop



Elephant Skinny

The fence flatteners, the tender nomads
walk
across
treadmill
earth
walk
bishops
down
aisles
walk
the tender nomads, the fence flatteners

Lucy Johnson
7/13/2017

Lucy Johnson is a senior at Holland Hall School in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She has received three Gold Keys from the Scholastic Writing Awards, and has attended The Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute at Quartz Mountain for three summers. Most recently, she attended the University of Virginia Young Writers Workshop for poetry. She enjoys painting, music, traveling, and spending time with her dogs.

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The Poetry of  Indira Khera

the elephant rests on the castle courtyard
climbing
jungle
baby
serving
climbing
wearing
cotton
saddle
climbing
the castle courtyard rests on the elephant

***

the Afghan village waited on the edge of the world
bloody
war
wandering
predestined
bloody
cause
carried
home
bloody
the world waited on the edge of the Afghan village

Indira Khera
7/13/201

Indira Khera is a high school senior at Miss Porter’s School in Farmington, Connecticut. She is involved with both theater and performing arts at Miss Porter’s, and has won 1st place in the Edith Wharton Writing Competition, as well as receiving an Honorable Mention in the Northeast Region Scholastic Awards. Additionally, she is currently attending the Young Writer’s Workshop through the University of Virginia.

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The Poetry of Annie Li

purple moons imprinted under your eyes are wilting
your
pearls
of
ivory
your
expired
silver
flesh
your
eyes are wilting, your purple moons imprinted under

Annie Li
7/13/2017

Annie Li is a rising senior at Montgomery High School in Skillman, New Jersey and a poetry student at the UVA Young Writers Workshop. She enjoys eating greek yogurt, writing poetry, and petting dogs.

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The Side

he sits on the side
Tusks
alabaster
aching
art
Tusks
breaking
bleached
brown
Tusks
the side he sits on

Joyce Zhang
7/13/2017

Joyce Zhang is a high school student who resides in Northern California. She was on the Claremont Review’s shortlist and is a poetry student at UVA Young Writer’s Workshop. On a regular day, she can be found lounging around her house with a cup of peach tea.

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Note: This Skinny series is the literary fruit of Derrick Weston Brown’s poetry workshop, crafted at the Young Writers Workshop in the summer of 2017. The Young Writers Workshop is a six week residential Summer Creative Writing intensive at Sweet Briar College in Southwest Virginia.


Derrick Weston Brown, Young Writers Workshop

New book rising: Ghost Train by Matt Borczon


Support this writer, support this book:

“The easy option would be… poetry from beyond the front line, words from the warzone, the art of the aftermath, a warriors words lock & load…all would be true but too easy, and they would sell this collection short; here’s the harder truth, these are honest poems that the Great War poets Wilfred Owen and Robert Brooke would recognise as truth.” – Neil S. Reddy, Miffed and Peeved in the U.K.

Matthew Borczon is a writer and Navy sailor from Erie Pa, his book A Clock of human Bones won the Yellowchair reviews chap book contest in 2015. His work has appeared in many online and print journals including: Red efts, dissident voice, dead snakes, big hammer, anti heroin chic, drunk in a midnight choir, the beatnik cowboy and others. He is married with 4 children and 3 jobs. Life keeps him very busy.

To order Ghost Train, by Matt Borczon, go to:
https://www.weaselpress.com/product-page/ghost-train

 

“Not Yet 100 Days” by Susan Jackson

Not Yet 100 Days

Part One:

Mourning’s not the same this time.
Splintered.
Caffeined
Apoplectic
Asking
Splintered
How…
…this?
….happened?
Splintered.
Time’s not the same, this mourning.

Part Two:

Search forward the next petition, the next march, the next fight—
Hope.
You,
There
reaching
Hope!
Lined-
Soldiers
Armed.
Hope!!;
Petition the search; next, next, next the fight–the March forward!

Susan Jackson
4/16/2017

“Jazz Piano Skinnys” by Le Hinton

Jazz Piano Skinnys

Thelonious Monk

She danced the chord Monk played for
free.
Sweet
dissonance.
Fearless,
free-
flowing
music
breathes
free.
She played the chord Monk danced for.

Bill Evans

“We will meet again,”
Bill
plays.
She
prays.
Bill
dreams.
I
believe,
Bill,
we will meet again.

Art Tatum

We invited genius for tea
this
Sunday
morning.
Across
this
piano,
hands
fly.
This
genius we invited for tea.

Le Hinton
4/5/2017

“The Myth of Skinny Donald Trump” by Sharon Mishler Fox

The Myth of Skinny Donald Trump

Donald Trump spreads lies like butter.
Lies
drape
across
landscape.
Lies
slither
into
crevices.
Lies,

lies Donald Trump spreads like butter.

Trump dines on lies.
Lies
breakfast,
lunch,
dinner,
lies
every
tasteless
snack.
Lies,
Trump dines on lies.

This is the skinny on Donald Trump.
Lies
make
Trump
skinny.
Lies,
meaningless
skin/
bones.
Lies.
The skinny on this is Donald Trump.

Sharon Mishler Fox
3/29/2017

“Seeds” by Janel Spencer-Levy

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Seeds
One thing I can tell you is you got to be free.  – “Come Together,” The Beatles – Based on signs from the Women’s March, Jan 21, 2017, San Diego

When they tried to bury us, they didn’t realize we were seeds.
This
is
what
democracy
this
looks
like
democracy
this:
They didn’t realize we were seeds, when they tried to bury us.

*

In numbers too big to ignore,
hear
me
roar:
I,
hear
me,
am
woman,
here:
In numbers too big to ignore.

*

Si, se puede!
We
stand
for
equality.
We
the
people,
power,
we.
Yes, we can!

*

People still ask
what
was
the
victim
what
was
she
wearing
what…
people still ask.

*

Black lives
matter
seed
ash
magic
matter
bees
sand
polin
matter
Black lives

*

Revolution is love not
Trump’s
hate.
Love
is;
trumps
hate.
Our
love.
Trump’s
revolution is not love.

Janel Spencer-Levy
2/18/2017

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Four poems for February — Barbara Turney Wieland

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2017

starts as a shit storm
warning
muted
orange
warning
voted
fear-monger
rage
warning
as a shit storm starts

Our Fathers,

even children can see
past
new
emperor’s
clothes
past
repeated
sins
pointed
past
even children can see

How the mighty fall

watch the dismemberment of democracy
stand
by
curious
apathy
stand
up
citizens
don’t
watch the dismemberment of democracy

Lie down

a lie repeated becomes
truth
through
elastic
lips
truth
like
concrete
corrupted
truth
becomes a lie repeated

Barbara Turney Wieland
2/9/2017

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“Hijab Solidarity Day, Allentown, Pa., January 20, 2017” by Susan Weaver

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Hijab Solidarity Day, Allentown, Pa., January 20, 2017

1.
Old and young, four abreast, with a banner
STAND 
TOGETHER.
Orange
letters
stand
against
hate.
We
stand
four abreast with a banner, young and old.

2.
We are marching in the rain side by side, many
heads —
Muslim,
non-Muslim —
covered.
Heads
scarfed.
Hooded,
yarmulked
heads.
We are many, walking side by side in the rain.

3.
At the rally, all eyes, a Muslim woman on her
American
flag
scarf:
I’m
American —
hijab
doesn’t
negate
American.
A Muslim woman, all eyes on her at the rally.

Susan Weaver
2/5/2017

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“Subject: Washington, D.C. Pre-March musings” by Susan Jackson

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Subject: Washington, D.C. Pre-March musings

                  Still, bereft; fierce, but–
                  Awakened.

Storied
Hovering

                  Shout!
                  Awakened.
                  Tears.
                  March!

Hands.
Awakened,

                   Bereft, still; but fierce.

Susan Jackson
1/22/2017

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The Skinny Poetry Journal – Call for Submissions: Poems 2 Resist Racism

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The Skinny Poetry Journal (TSPJ) aims to reflect the stunning cultural diversity embodied in the work of writers worldwide. As we are a journal birthed and based in the United States by editors of color, we are keenly interested in featuring work that honestly addresses the turbulent socio-political tenor of our times (especially poems  that challenge the hatred of racism). We value the work and worth of all people equally—black folks, white folks, Latinos, all folks LGBTQ, Asian Americans, Native Americans, Voices of Veterans and more. Our reading period never closes. Send us your work and we’ll send you back our best timely reply concerning it, usually within one month’s time.

-Truth Thomas
 

The Skinny Poetry Journal
https://theskinnypoetryjournal.wordpress.com/

TSPJ is a literary journal that is dedicated to The Skinny poetry form (and edited by a rotating team of poets). A Skinny is a short poem form, created by Truth Thomas, that consists of eleven lines. The first and eleventh lines can be any length (although shorter lines are favored). The eleventh and last line must be repeated using the same words from the first and opening line (however, those words can be rearranged). The second, sixth, and tenth lines must be identical.

The point of the Skinny, or Skinnys, is to convey a vivid image with as few words as possible. Skinny poems can be about any subject. They can also be linked, like Haiku, Senryu or Tanka. To submit your work for publishing consideration, email it to: theskinnypoetryjournal@gmail.com with your poem, or poems, copied into the body of your email.

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Answer Coalition March Against Trump on Inauguration Day

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This just in from the Answer Coalition: Navy Memorial will now be the site of largest protest on the Inaugural Parade Route
 
“The Jan. 20 Mass Protest along the Presidential Inaugural Route will be a powerful rejection of the Trump Agenda on Day One of his administration. Permits have been secured by the ANSWER Coalition for the large Navy Memorial site on Pennsylvania Ave. NW from 7th St. to 9th St. A 28-foot stage and a huge sound system will be set up there so that Trump, his big donors, the international media and indeed the whole world will see our presence.”
For details regarding the Answer Coalition march on January 20th, 2017, go to:
 

Progressive people from all over the country will be descending on Washington, D.C. on January 20, 2017, to stage a massive demonstration along Pennsylvania Avenue on Inauguration Day.

http://www.answercoalition.org/protest_on_inauguration_day

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“Haiti” by Matthew Harris

Haiti

January twelfth two thousand and ten
    nameless
       crushed
           island
              salvation
                  nameless
                     invaders
                        proselytizers
                           slaughter
                              nameless
                                 two ten and twelfth thousand  January.

Matthew Harris
12/3/2016

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(Thony Belizaire/AFP/Getty Images)

 

TSPJ Call for Submissions: Stand Against Racism

The Skinny Poetry Journal (TSPJ) seeks new poetry. Poems submitted can embrace any theme, however, we are particularly interested in submissions that paint a picture of racism in America–the unresolved legacy of slavery–in the interest of healing our nation of that cancerous social affliction.

TSPJ is a literary journal that is dedicated to The Skinny poetry form (and edited by a rotating team of poets). A Skinny is a short poem form, created by Truth Thomas, that consists of eleven lines. The first and eleventh lines can be any length (although shorter lines are favored). The eleventh and last line must be repeated using the same words from the first and opening line (however, those words can be rearranged). The second, sixth, and tenth lines must be identical.

The point of the Skinny, or Skinnys, is to convey a vivid image with as few words as possible. Skinny poems can be about any subject. They can also be linked, like Haiku, Senryu or Tanka. To submit your work for publishing consideration, email it to: theskinnypoetryjournal@gmail.com with your poem, or poems, copied into the body of your email.

NOTE: TSPJ is now opening up our journal to advertising. To learn more about our rates, feel free to email us at tspjads@gmail.com