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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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this is how you remember high school – A Poem by Archita Mittra

this is how you remember high school

a dreamed-up kiss, too tight clothes & claustrophobic skin, the world spiraling into sense, the chemistry of falling out of love, the wingless phoenix struggling to fly, multiplying loneliness, the certainty of being a lab experiment gone wrong, sleepovers at houses that were never home, all the wrong shades of lipstick, discovering creative ways to slit your wrist & hiding it beneath pretexts and long black sleeves, turning scars into temporary tattoos, learning the hard way that swearing is cool but lesbian is an ugly word, the world spiraling out of sense, the dark drowning like prufrock, the taste of new words on your tongue, spying far away futures on the lawn, sky-walled classrooms & sunlight filtering through unwashed curtains, too-long waiting for too-short poetry lessons, conversations in shadowy corridors with someone you almost fell in love with, the utter depravity of clocks that refused to abide by the rules, walking past unchanging streets, people wearing different faces each day, growing up & apart, burnt diaries, leaving words unsaid, this sense of being so close yet invisible (forever)

 

 

About the Poet:
Archita Mittra is a wordsmith and visual artist with a love for all things vintage and darkly fantastical. She occasionally practices as a tarot card reader.
Twitter: https://twitter.com/archita_mittra
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/camelot_queen1996/
Website: https://thepolyphonicphoenix.wordpress.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.

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On a Picnic Table at the Blue Creek Windmill Farm – A Poem by Robert E. Petras

On a Picnic Table at the Blue Creek Windmill Farm

They dip their paddles
Into the white-watered blue,
The windmills,
Keeping perfect time.

I have never missed a note
Playing
The air guitar.

There is a stack of 45s
Jammed on the spindle
Inside my head.

Jack and Diane
Have pledged eternal love
Inside a carved heart
On the table, punctuated
With bird shit.

Like a skein of geese
Harleys grumble down the Lincoln Highway.

The winged shadow passes, returns.

Forever has gone so fast.

 

 

About the Poet:
Robert E. Petras is a resident of Toronto, Ohio and a graduate of West Liberty University. His poems and fiction have appeared in more than 200 publications across the globe.

 

 

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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Play It Again – A Poem by Christine Vovakes

Play It Again

I can’t get the old songs out of my head–
Fly Me to the Moon, Unforgettable–
lyrics crooned across generations.

But life isn’t a warped 33 rpm
slowly spinning on a wobbly turntable,
the needle caught in the vinyl groove
of Nat singing perpetually “unforget…unforget…”

No, life zips pell-mell one year to the next,
full throttle to the end.
+++++++++++++++++++ And still,
that interruption, that reminder,
in spite of it all, as time goes by,
“…a kiss is just a kiss…”

 

 

About the Poet:
Christine Vovakes lives in northern California. Her poems have appeared in San Pedro River Review, The Cape Rock, JAMA, California Quarterly, Boston Literary Magazine, Apple Valley Review, the Marin Poetry Center Anthology and more. The Washington Post, Sacramento Bee and San Francisco Chronicle, among others, have printed her articles and photos.

 

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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At Night – A Poem by Lynn White

At Night

I think I am less afraid
of the dark than the light.
Night time engulfs me,
covers me gently
with it’s thick darkness,
comforts me with it’s curtains
of blackness.
I don’t need to hide.
It hides me.
Hides me from exposure,
hides from me that which I fear
to see exposed.
When the light falls
I can see the ruins
surrounding me
and I am afraid
of what lies within.
Afraid of what will be exposed
by the light,
afraid of what I will expose
in the light.
 

 

About the Poet:
Lynn White lives in north Wales. Her work is influenced by issues of social justice and events, places and people she has known or imagined. She is especially interested in exploring the boundaries of dream, fantasy and reality. Her poem ‘A Rose For Gaza’ was shortlisted for the Theatre Cloud ‘War Poetry for Today’ competition 2014. This and many other poems, have been published in recent anthologies including – Stacey Savage’s ‘We Are Poetry, an Anthology of Love poems’; Community Arts Ink’s ‘Reclaiming Our Voices’; Vagabond Press’s, ‘The Border Crossed Us’; ‘Degenerates – Voices For Peace’, ‘Civilised Beasts’ and ‘Vagabonds: Anthology of the Mad Ones’ from Weasel Press; ‘Alice In Wonderland’ by Silver Birch Press, and many rather excellent  on line and print journals.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Lynn-White-Poetry/1603675983213077?fref=ts

lynnwhitepoetry.blogspot.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.

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A Distant Relationship – A Poem by Crystal Snoddon

A Distant Relationship

waiting for an available socket
waiting for a secure connection
waiting

Our eyes hold
fused together
over white china plates
filled with noodles
while the waitress
grinds black pepper flakes
onto each steaming inch.
I slip my foot from its shoe
to hover –
your bones
your springing hairs
a meal
to tentative toes

The waitress waits
for a word
for a sign

text:
How was your dinner?

 

 

About the Poet:
Crystal Snoddon finds inspiration in the Canadian wilderness. Her poetry has appeared in SickLit Magazine, Waking Dawn, a Canadian anthology, and various flash fictions in 101 Words.

 

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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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Walls of Serenity – A Poem by Ninni Andersen

Walls of Serenity

“Take my hand”
he says pulling back
golden threads of wisdom
hanging swiftly from
an unseen ceiling

Walls of serenity
closes in on me
as I feel the soft skin
of his palm
pressing against mine

 

 

About the Poet:
Ninni Andersen is a Norwegian poet who has been living in Sweden the last 20 years.  She was born in the city of Drammen, Norway, in 1963.  She has been studying Art History, Philosophy and Social Work at the University of Umeå and the University of Linköping, Sweden.  She started writing in the early 90ties in Norwegian, but has since then also been writing poetry in Swedish and in English.  During a few years she was part of the poetry group Jordens Poeter (The Poets of the Earth) which arranged Open Stages for poetry in Stockholm.  Ninni Andersen has so far been self-published on the Internet at http://www.writers-network.com/index.cgi?m=1&do=profile&who=15886  and at  https://www.poeter.se/Medlem?writerId=30322

 

 

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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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