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ah! this poem is just too funny. and, keeping with the theme of national poetry month… plus, even if you “don’t like/read poetry,” you’ll like poem addressing babies by peter davis, from the bloof podcast. just click Peter Davis, Poem Addressing Babies in the player.

ah hahhahahhaa.

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The Family Grey

What a day
like today
all rainy
a day like Seattle

On a day like today
¡qué bajón!
¡qué mamada!

It sucks, doesn’t it

A day like today,
it’s real low-down
and dirty, kicking
me when I am down
fighting unfair, daring
me to fight back.
It’s all I can do to
shout back but
I am a pacifist and
we don’t fight, us

But apparently Today
has not heard of
this thing
called “pacifism”
and I will try and
instruct it, and inform –
maybe even hand out a
flyer – and tell him (or her)
that he (or she) must respect
my political beliefs.

I don’t see him going for it.

A day like Today
I saw when I woke up
when I went to work
when I left work
when I went to the subway
when I walked up
out of the subway
the grey
which is grey
which is grey
which is grey
and the sky hangs out
outside my window
out through endless Bushwick until Long Island and still hangs
over the low built houses
over the water
maybe over until London.

They say it rains a lot there too.

Really, I don’t mind
a day like Today.
I was bred on
days like Today –
I left, abandoned
the whole damn
family of days
like Today.
I’m only afraid
that Today will
follow me,
not know
what to do
once I move away.

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happy april!

it’s national poetry month, which is just more than exciting. though i am sad to say goodbye to small press month, i shall be throwing myself into april full force.

some highlights of the coming month:

daily poem-a-day emails from poets.org.
podcast-a-day from bloof books (an awesome little publisher in central new jersey that i’ve just discovered. they publish the poet jennifer knox, who is pretty awesome).
looking forward to poem in your pocket day, on april 30th.

it also happens to be national poetry writing month (NaPoWriMo). started by maureen thorson, it is also being supported by readwritepoem, who will be giving a prompt for every day. the challenge is to write a poem every day for the 30 days of april. this is my first attempt, though i guess that it’s been around for about five years. for those who are interested… i will be collecting all the poems that i generate on my new little page on the side => NaPoWriMo 2009.

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