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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.

What Could We Be With Wings – A Poem by Edward Lee

What Could We Be With Wings

I like to imagine
we all have wings
rising from our backs,
invisible, weightless;
none of us knowing
they are there,

and so we never use them,
even as we spend
too much of our lives
looking up at the sky,
sunlight and longing
blurring our eyes,
knowing, without knowing how,
we could be something more,

so much more.

 

 

About the Poet:  Edward Lee’s poetry, short stories, non-fiction and photography have been published in magazines in Ireland, England and America, including The Stinging Fly, Skylight 47, Acumen and Smiths Knoll.  His debut poetry collection “Playing Poohsticks On Ha’Penny Bridge” was published in 2010. He is currently working towards a second collection.

 

 

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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Directions to My Muse – A Poem by Sarah Dickenson Snyder

Directions to My Muse

Undo the four screws
on the plastic back

of the transistor radio.
Lift off the square with care.

Let the tiny people blossom
in the cup of your palm.

Hold the music, its weight—
write what you see,

It isn’t about writing—
it’s about opening, knowing.

 

 

This poem also appears in Sarah Dickenson Snyder’s chapbook, Notes From a Nomad.

 

 

About the Poet: Sarah Dickenson Snyder has two poetry collections, The Human Contract and Notes from a Nomad. Recent work will appear or has been in The Comstock Review, Damfino Press, The Main Street Rag, Chautauqua Literary Magazine, RHINO, The Sewanee Review, Front Porch, and Whale Road Review.   https://sarahdickensonsnyder.com/

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.

Drawing Project – A Poem by Cathryn Shea

Drawing Project

If you could be a silhouette,
a fickle stranger,
a lonely outline of yourself.
A conversation the pencil has
with the thin lines of your shape.
You’ve been taught to bless your body
as the soul’s vessel,
recite in Latin without knowing
the meaning of the chants.
Is your life like the married couple
fighting over directions to the party?
The map is in her lap and he
refuses to stop and look at it.
You drive on and on,
it gets dark,
you run out of gas,
and your family and friends are so sorry
you missed such a great time.

 

This poem also appears in It’s Raining Lullabies by Cathryn Shea.

 

About the Poet:  Cathryn Shea’s poetry has been nominated for Sundress Publication’s Best of the Net 2017 and recently appears in Cheat River Review, Gargoyle, Permafrost, Rust + Moth, Tinderbox, and elsewhere. Cathryn’s second chapbook, It’s Raining Lullabies, is from dancing girl press in 2017. She has poems in 2017 anthologies Luminous Echos by Into The Void, and The New English Verse by Cyberwit.net. Cathryn serves with the editorial staff for Marin Poetry Center. She lives in Fairfax, CA. See www.cathrynshea.com and @cathy_shea on Twitter.

 

 

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.

Ruminating – A Poem by David Hanlon

Ruminating

I take a hammer to it:
my lifestyle

a giant rock
into bite-sized pieces,

for every choice
there is a sacrifice.

I throw them in
my mouth in pairs,

taste their flavours compete
over my flattened tongue.

I crunch; chew them over
until there is nothing left

but my broken teeth still
grinding against each other.

 

About the Poet:  David Hanlon is from Cardiff, Wales, and currently living in Bristol, England. He has a BA in Film Studies & is training part-time as a counsellor/therapist.You can find his work online at Ink, Sweat & Tears, Fourth & Sycamore, One Sentence Poems, Anti-Heroin Chic, Red Eft Review; & forthcoming at Calamus Journal & Déraciné Magazine.

 

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.

A Silent Visit – A Poem by Gregory Schwartz

A Silent Visit

Mantra; protector deities
thine inner-mind turns intwined upon an intuitive resolve.

Ancient tranquility unfolds a definitive aspect of inner light.

Cerulean heart ship sails in silent simplicity
On a sentient river where future action transcends the never ending endeavor.

Simple drizzle struggles to remain a non violent rain.

Vesper lotus blossom
Welcome the flowers that close at night.

Instinctive insight, humanities divinity.
universal sanctuary, body reflection.

First frost of autumn ready the grave blanket for a visit.
First snowfall of winter we carve a mandala in the snow.

 

 

About the Poet:  Gregory Schwartz lives in Asbury Park, NJ.  He has performed at the River Read Series in Red Bank, the Water Witch Coffee House in the Highlands, and Poetry in the Port in Keyport, among many other venues in NJ.  He was the 2007 Poet Laureate of Asbury Park.

 

 

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.

 

Maintenance – A Poem by Sarah Russell

Maintenance

Loose roof shingles —
a couple on the ground
after last night’s wind
when the trees creaked
and rubbed themselves
like old men. Can’t put off
the mending. I loved once,
before I knew how love
works, how roofs leak
when it rains.

 

About the Poet:  Sarah Russell’s poetry has been published in Kentucky Review, Red River Review, Misfit Magazine, Psaltery and Lyre, Poetry Breakfast and many other journals and anthologies. She was recently nominated for a 2017 Pushcart Prize.  More poems at SarahRussellPoetry.net

 

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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