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Poetry Breakfast

Beginning March 20th, 2016 Poetry Breakfast will once again serve a little poetic nourishment every morning. Start your day with our new expanded menu. Poems, of course, are our specialty. But we will also be serving a fuller menu that includes poetry related creative non-fiction such as letters to and from poets, essays on poetry, and anything else that might feed a poet and poetry lover’s soul.

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Poetry Potluck and Inspiration Buffet

A Special Thank You to our Guest Editors

In collaboration with the Ministry of Artistic Intent and the Water Witch Poetry & Reading Series, Poetry Breakfast held an editor’s roundtable reading at the Water Witch Coffee house this past Thursday.

Poetry Breakfast would like the thank the wonderful artists, musicians and poets that helped review poetry submissions and bring a few new flavors to our menu.

 

Guest Editors:

Sean Navat Balanon – Sean is an artist from Old Bridge, NJ.  He has a BA in Music Technology from Stevens Institute of Technology.  Sean illustrates and makes video art.

Jon Davies – Jon is a musician, writer, and vagrant who has traveled throughout the United States.

John Flood – John is a local photographer, poet and musician focused on documenting and exposing the vibrant Monmouth County arts scene.   His documentation of local musicians and artists, along with his own art, can be found at www.SunLitRain.wordpress.com .

Charles Ignar –  Charles is a local emerging poet.  He is a mainstay at the Water Witch Poetry Workshop & Reading where he shares his work and enjoys hearing the diverse work of other poets.

Chelsea Palermo – Chelsea is the founder of the Ministry of Artistic Intent. She is the hostess and organizer of the Water Witch Poetry & Reading Series.  In 2013 she was nominated for Poet Laureate of Asbury Park.  She graduated with her MFA in Poetry from Drew University.

Patricia Rinaldi – Patricia is a poet and regular attendee of the Water Witch Poetry Workshop & Reading Series.  She consistently brings encouragement to all the poets at the Water Witch.

Our Mystery Guest Editor – Though he chose to remain anonymous – anonymous is certainly not the word to describe this vibrant poet, writer, and musician.  He has actively participated in and fiercely promoted the local poetry and music scene for many years and he continues to draw attention to new and emerging artists in Monmouth County.

 

 

Photo by Ann Kestner.

 

Poetry Breakfast accepts submissions of poetry and poetry related creative non-fiction year-round.  See our Submission Guidelines page for details on submitting your work.

Start your morning with a nourishing poem.  Follow us on  Twitter, Facebook, and  Tumblr,  and enjoy a new poem every morning straight to your feed.

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Best of the Net Nominations – 2016

Poetry Breakfast would like to congratulate the following poets.  Though it was difficult for us to choose only six poems to nominate for the Best of the Net Award, we narrowed it down to these:

Birthday Present by Joan McNerney

By the Time I Got to Dublin by Carter Vance

Gray River by Patricia Biela

Jazz Kahuna by Max Reif

Knots by Nate Maye

The Problem with California by Maggie Rosen

 

Congratulations!

 

Photo by Benjamin Balazs.

Poetic Form with Stephen Fry – Poetry Potluck and Inspiration Buffet – 7/10/16

Inspiration Buffet: Put on a fresh pot of coffee and enjoy this not so typical yet wonderful interview and discussion on poetic forms.

 

Poetry Potluck – The comment section is OPEN for you to share your thoughts and poems on the topic of today’s Inspiration Buffet. 

Really, we want to hear what you think.  We want to read your poem.  Every Sunday, everyone is welcome at the Poetry Breakfast table.  Don’t just stand outside sipping your coffee and looking in through the window.  Come inside and join the conversation.

 

Is the Poem Writing You – Poetry Potluck and Inspiration Buffet 7/3/16

Inspiration Buffet:  This week’s buffet features “Since you asked” a poem from Jane Attuncci’s chapbook First Mud.  Her poem delivers the question of, “Are you writing the poem or is the poem writing you?”

 

Since you asked – by Jane Attanucci
++++++++-Provincetown, MA, August, 2014

A sunflower, dinner-plate wide, gold face to the sky;
another, head heavy, droops dark to the ground.

An older gentleman, white wine at lunch,
maroon garden-print cane propped beside him.

Magnificent views from the top floor,
but not the library smell I went to find.

If only I could tell you.
I couldn’t sleep.

Judas was a saint, too, you know.
I’m here, Mom. I’m still on the phone.

A child ringing bells on bicycles locked to the wrought-iron fence.
Shadows on the cobblestone.

Ferry horn sounding in the distance.
Pink blouse billowing, a woman paddles her board toward the pier.

Marie said you’re not writing the poem,
the poem’s writing you.

It’s an art, this losing.
I couldn’t begin to tell you.

 

About the Poet:
Jane Attanucci grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. A retired college professor, she has poems published in the Aurorean, Blast Furnace, Off the Coast, The Quotable and Right Hand Pointing among others. She was a recipient of the New England Poetry Club’s Barbara Bradley prize in 2015. Her chapbook, First Mud, was released by Finishing Line Press last summer. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

 

Photo from Unsplash.

 

Poetry Potluck – The comment section is OPEN for you to share your thoughts and poems on the topic of today’s Inspiration Buffet. 

Really, we want to hear what you think.  We want to read your poem.  Every Sunday, everyone is welcome at the Poetry Breakfast table.  Don’t just stand outside sipping your coffee and looking in through the window.  Come inside and join the conversation.

Body of Work – Poetry Potluck and Inspiration Buffet 6/26/16

Inspiration Buffet:  This week’s buffet features a poem from Risa Denenberg which stirs to mind the concept of “a body of work.”

While we work diligently on individual poems, submit them to journals where they are scattered about, and occasionally gather some into a single published collection, it is easy to forget that we are creating a body of work.

Each poem is just one cell in a larger living body.  A body we all hope will continue breathing and speaking long after our own bodies have returned to ashes and dust.

 

Spurned – by Risa Denenberg
++++++++++++The novel was lost along with her poems.

One summer
she wrote
hundreds
of chapter titles,
tossing sheets of paper, one by one,
like white Frisbees
crumpled beneath buffalo hooves.

She’d hoped to leave more than this,
to one day stand behind a podium and recite:
Here are my poems you’ve rejected,
poem after poem,
now I’m dead, feast over my body
of work.

But no one found her folios —
the austere white mice
of her experiments.

 

About the Poet:
Risa Denenberg lives a quiet life on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State where she works as a nurse practitioner. She is an editor at Headmistress Press, an independent publisher of poetry by lesbians. Her recent publications include three chapbooks and a full length book, Mean Distance from the Sun (Aldrich Press, 2013).

Photo by Ryan McGuire.

 

Poetry Potluck – The comment section is OPEN for you to share your thoughts and poems on the topic of today’s Inspiration Buffet. 

Really, we want to hear what you think.  We want to read your poem.  Every Sunday, everyone is welcome at the Poetry Breakfast table.  Don’t just stand outside sipping your coffee and looking in through the window.  Come inside and join the conversation.

“Only Poetry (Never) Lies” – Poetry Potluck and Inspiration Buffet 6/12/16

Inspiration Buffet – This week’s Inspiration Buffet features two poems by Maggie Koger that stir up many questions about the natural (or artificial) ingredients of poetry.

 

Fantastic Voyage
by Maggie Koger

Sky whispers blue and then
reddens–prefacing dark.

Wind whistles and roars
shattering calm updrafts.

Rainbow arches in spectrum
a smooth curvilinear bow.

Water steams, bubbles, boils
incited by fire.

Waves pound and stars blink.
None of this is imagined.

Verb folding inward
still as a held breath.

 

 

Verities
by Maggie Koger

Ice melts
Silt settles
Sand washes
Waves rise
++++++and fall
Fish leap
Terns dive
Sun flames
Clouds rally
++++++then drift
Only poetry (never) lies

 

Maggie Koger is a Media Specialist with a writing habit. She lives and works in Boise and celebrates Le Bois–the trees the city is named for. She has published poetry in Poet Lore, Avocet, Mused, WestWard Quarterly, Montucky, Blast Furnace, and Eternal Haunted Summer.

Photo by Adrian Kirby.

 

Poetry Potluck – The comment section is OPEN for you to share your thoughts and poems on the topic of today’s Inspiration Buffet. 

Really, we want to hear what you think.  We want to read your poem.  Every Sunday, everyone is welcome at the Poetry Breakfast table.  Don’t just stand outside sipping your coffee and looking in through the window.  Come inside and join the conversation.

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