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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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KJ Hannah Greenberg

It Felt Sinful Drinking Water – A Poem by KJ Hannah Greenberg and Annmarie Lockhart

It Felt Sinful Drinking Water

It felt sinful drinking water
Hot desert nights, when
Humidity was winter stuff,
Breezes were imagined, only,
Temperatures took on sauna
Qualities.

We saw no clouds, just sky, forever
The mirage of a Caribbean inlet
The benediction of belief found in
The abrasions from a sirocco or a
Parching, drought-bidden
Fast.

In such heat, I turned to you,
Your glistening forehead,
Ruddy nose, chafing lips,
Those flowers left on sunlit
Sills; those dry, wind-blown
Memories.

I didn’t know yet which
Of those fading petals would
Wilt onto a scrapbook page
Or wither into the abyss
Of the Unremembered
Or linger, here

Where heartfelt barren lands
More than dunes, khamsins,
Sundered longings, sorrow,
Rendered love akin to glassy
Inversions, unanticipated
Chills

Where seasons come and gone
Forge the fight into an amalgamation
Of light and night, drought and flood,
Torpor and brace, and we find our
Own story whole and
Told.

 

 

About the Poets:
Annmarie Lockhart is the founding editor of vox poetica, an online literary salon dedicated to poetry, and Unbound Content, an independent poetry press. A lifelong Bergen County, New Jersey resident, she lives, writes, and works two miles from the hospital where she was born. You can read her words at fine journals online and in print.

Pushcart Prize nominee KJ Hannah Greenberg’s lightly pert and somewhat exuberant layered writing can be found in North American, European, Oceanic, Middle Eastern, and Far Eastern venues, as well as under select budgies. Her creative efforts are devoted to lovers of slipstream fiction, to second chair oboe players, and to mothers who despair of fining the bottom of Mt. Laundry. Her books are available at Amazon.

 

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.

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Peaches Merit by KJ Hannah Greenberg

Peaches Merit
by KJ Hannah Greenberg

Peaches merit daily servings of lemon concentrate, cider vinegar, fresh cream.
Fennel can’t help but overdose children, while ilish fish remain ever tasty.

If I call you on your moral wanderings, while extending hands full of aceroia,
Is it possible to be blatant about the shearing of ethic’s stubborn sheep?

Suppose, that unperturbed, you chanced to factor various skills, also cinctures,
Into the mix of contracts which brought then, now keeps, us together.

Perchance, thereafter, your interpersonal abattoirs might render our congress’ meat,
Making us like so many other muted contestants bound for the glory of the stew pot.

KJ Hannah Greenberg has been twice nominated, in poetry, for The Pushcart Prize. What’s more, her newest, full-length, poetry collection, A Bank Robber’s Bad Luck with His Ex-Girlfriend, was released, by Unbound CONTENT, on Dec. 15th, 2011, and her next electronic chapbook, Supernal Factors, will be broadcast by The Camel Saloon’s Books on Blog, on August 2012. In addition, an assemblage of Hannah’s short fictions, Don’t Pet the Sweaty Things, will be published by Bards & Sages Publishing, during March 2012. http://www.kjhannahgreenberg.net

Gentle Spray by KJ Hannah Greenberg

Gentle Spray
by KJ Hannah Greenberg

Gentle spray, your words lay
Inscribed upon my heart: true
Feather touches, your style
Calms, restores faith, plus renews.

Unwise trumps sought softer plums,
Hid language once welcomed,
While I, shied, huddling. Such
Music truly works too seldom.

Lifestyle “wisemen” prophesized,
Causing most folk to believe those odes.
Yet, you knew that kindness caresses,
Warmth kindles, disclosure folds.

Mist wafts. Sunlight fondly kisses.
Exchanged smiles sooth deep, clear
Tides. Slowly, our colors rise.
Breathing, we witness radiance and air.

KJ Hannah Greenberg has been twice nominated, in poetry, for The Pushcart Prize. What’s more, her newest, full-length, poetry collection, A Bank Robber’s Bad Luck with His Ex-Girlfriend, was released, by Unbound CONTENT, on Dec. 15th, 2011, and her next electronic chapbook, Supernal Factors, will be broadcast by The Camel Saloon’s Books on Blog, on August 2012. In addition, an assemblage of Hannah’s short fictions, Don’t Pet the Sweaty Things, will be published by Bards & Sages Publishing, during March 2012.http://www.kjhannahgreenberg.net/

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