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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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Patricia Biela

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.

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Gray River – A Poem by Patricia Biela

62 years ago, on May 17, 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court announced their decision on Brown v. The Board of Education declaring segregation in public schools unconstitutional.  On the anniversary of that historic day, Poetry Breakfast is honored to share with you “Gray River”, a poem by Patricia Beila.

 

Gray River

++++++++++++++channels cleave
+++++++++++++++++++++women with
+++++++++++++++++++similar
+++++++++coats and hats
+++contrasted
between
+++skin shades
++++++++++mouths shaped
++++++++++++++++like buttons
++++++++++sip thimblefuls
+++of fountained
water
++on opposite
++++++++sides of
++++++++++++the river
++++++++++if their
+++++hands dip
+++into the
coolness
+++at the same time
+++++++++++would the river
++++++++++++++++++change
+++++++++++++++colors?

 

The idea for the poem “Gray River” was derived from “The Migration of the Negro (The Migration Series)” by Jacob Lawrence, Panel No. 19; exhibited in The Phillips Collection, Washington D.C. (May 3 – October 26, 2008) and located in the books Jacob Lawrence and The Migration Series from The Phillips Collection (odd numbered panels) edited by Elsa Smithgall and in Over the Line, The Art and Life of Jacob Lawrence edited by Peter T. Nesbett and Michelle Dubois. Currently, the 60 panel of artwork, portraying the epic event of southern African Americans migrating North, is shared between the Phillips Collection (odd numbered panels), Washington D.C. and The Museum of Modern Art (even numbered panels), in New York.

Sixty-two years ago, on May 17, 1954, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Earl Warren delivered the unanimous ruling in the landmark civil rights case Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas. State-sanctioned segregation of public schools was a violation of the 14th amendment and was therefore unconstitutional.

About the Poet:
Patricia Biela is a native of Maryland and graduated from the University of Virginia with a BA in Psychology. Biela is a Cave Canem South Fellow and has participated in 18 writing workshops including Callaloo, Cave Canem South, How Writers Write Poetry–International Writing Program-The University of Iowa, Hurston/Wright, The Muse, Provincetown, and Dr. Tony Medina’s Poetry Boot Camp. Her poems appear in Barely South Review, Berkeley Poetry Review, The Caribbean Writer, Drumvoices Revue, and World Haiku Review among others. She has a poem exhibited in Epiphany Salon and Spa, D.C. She teaches a recurring poetry workshop to retirees.

 

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, Tumblr, and Google+. and enjoy a new poem every morning straight to your feed.

 

 

Photo by UpSplash.

A Plea from a Bathroom Scale – A Poem by Patricia Biela

A Plea from a Bathroom Scale

Hello? You see me. I’m right in front of you.
Chisel through grout sealing your feet to tile.
I miss the feel of rippled skin along your arch.
What are you afraid of anyway? Numbers
fluctuate constantly. So you’ve had too many
burgers, pizzas, french fries, plantain, too much ice cream
rum cake, and your belly is a little swollen–
so what! Does that mean you can’t tickle me, can’t rest
your soles on me? You can, one foot at a time.
Try–for me. Without you I can’t exist. I need you.
If you start dancing like you used to, going
to the gym 3 times a week, grapes here, plums there…
I can make you feel like cars on the autobahn.
Baby, I’ll give you wings, paste them right on your back.

 

 

About the Poet:
Patricia Biela is a native of Maryland and graduated from the University of Virginia with a BA in Psychology. Biela is a Cave Canem South Fellow and has participated in 18 writing workshops including Callaloo, Cave Canem South, How Writers Write Poetry–International Writing Program-The University of Iowa, Hurston/Wright, The Muse, Provincetown, and Dr. Tony Medina’s Poetry Boot Camp. Her poems appear in Barely South Review, Berkeley Poetry Review, The Caribbean Writer, Drumvoices Revue, and World Haiku Review among others. She has a poem exhibited in Epiphany Salon and Spa, D.C. She teaches a recurring poetry workshop to retirees.

 

 

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, Tumblr, and Google+. and enjoy a new poem every morning straight to your feed.

 

 

Photo from UnSplash.

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