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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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Disco Nostalgia by Catherine Giordano

Disco Nostalgia
by Catherine Giordano

The soundtrack of my youth.
The music summons
waves of nostalgia.

The Queen of Disco,
Donna Summer,
died Thursday,

Disco—
slick, polished,
relentless, visceral,
all about music’s primal element,
the beat.

Donna Summer
had the pipes to sing
and something to say.
“Bad Girls,” “Hot Stuff,”
“She Works Hard for the Money.”

Anthems
to female empowerment
and sexual liberation.

Celebrate
the legacy of this legend.
Get up and dance.


Today’s poem is from Catherine Giordano’s blog  http://newsprintpoetry2012.blogspot.com . Each day she takes an article from the Orlando Sentinel, her local newspaper, and transforms it into a poem.  She selects words from the article, keeping them in their original order, without adding any words.  The headline supplies the title. She is the author of The Poetry Connection andWhat Ifs, If Onlys and So Whats, a book of essays based on her speeches, and News Print Poetry 2012: Volume 1 January to March.

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Life Can Change in an Instant By Catherine Giordano

Life Can Change in an Instant
By Catherine Giordano

Both had the day off;
they came up with a plan.
Lunch at the White Wolf café;
a walk around Lake Eola.

At the intersection
of Orange and Colonial,
two suspects fleeing a robbery
blaze through the light.

Chaos.
Covered in blood.
Unable to move.
“It was so fast.”

Two people
in the exact wrong place
at the exact wrong time.
One moment can change a life.

Our lives, at the mercy
of randomness.
Luck is unpredictable.
It is hard to make sense of it.

Today’s poem is from Catherine Giordano’s blog http://newsprintpoetry2012.blogspot.com . Each day she takes an article from the Orlando Sentinel, her local newspaper, and transforms it into a poem. She selects words from the article, keeping them in their original order, without adding any words. She is the author of The Poetry Connection and What Ifs, If Onlys and So Whats, a book of essays based on her speeches.

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