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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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Don Kingfisher Campbell

The Best – A Poem by Don Kingfisher Campbell

The Best

(1)

a white haired
woman in blue
sweats slowly
jogs determinedly
up the sidewalk
as morning
cars pass by

(2)

plastic bag rolls
end over end
across the noon
median until
run down

momentarily
set back

then onward again

(3)

a sky full
of afternoon
clouds drift

above the
mountains

like whipped cream
on hot chocolate

(4)

but the best thing
is to stick my body

through an open
passenger side

window
just to kiss

my lady goodbye
for a few seconds

 

 

About the Poet:
Don Kingfisher Campbell, MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University, multi-award-winning poet listed on the Poets and Writers website, has been a coach and judge for Poetry Out Loud, a performing poet/teacher for Red Hen Press Youth Writing Workshops, Los Angeles Area Coordinator and Board Member of California Poets In The Schools, and publisher of Spectrum and the San Gabriel Valley Poetry Quarterly. For publication credits, please go to: http://dkc1031.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.

 

Photo by Skeeze.

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SUMMER SCHOOL SENRYU by Don Kingfisher Campbell

SUMMER SCHOOL SENRYU
by Don Kingfisher Campbell

(1) PRE-TEST

It’s like light rain
heard outside a window–
students writing.

(2) CLASSWORK

Binders opening
and closing–popcorn,
popcorn, popcorn!

(3) FRIDAY TEST

Chair leaning back,
looking for answers
in the ceiling.

(4) STUDENT DESK

Orange edged,
scraped wood butterflies
leave graphite droppings.

(5) NO LOCKERS

On the tables of
the Creative Writing class,
Algebra and Calculus books.

Don Kingfisher Campbell is currently studying for an MFA in Poetry at
Antioch University, Los Angeles. Mr. Campbell has taught Creative Writing
for 27 years in the Occidental College Upward Bound program and has been a
Guest Teacher even longer for the Los Angeles Unified School District.
Kingfisher is the host of Saturday Afternoon Poetry in Pasadena, editor of
the San Gabriel Valley Poetry Quarterly, and founder of POETRYpeople youth
writing workshops. Don has recently been awarded a commission by the city
of Pasadena to compose a poem for the City Speaks art exhibit and also won
first place in the 2011 Whittier Poetry Contest.

(http://dkc1031.blogspot.com)

ROAD BED by Don Kingfisher Campbell

ROAD BED
by Don Kingfisher Campbell

lying on her side
like she was sleeping

golden brown fur still
absorbing morning sunlight

so intact so peaceful
cars drive around the feline

we continue on asphalt
in our metal machines

swerve away from each other
on the concrete river

off the offramp
a billboard reminds me

to VIVE HOY con Pepsi
in the midst of construction

Don Kingfisher Campbell is currently studying for an MFA in Poetry at
Antioch University, Los Angeles. Mr. Campbell has taught Creative Writing
for 27 years in the Occidental College Upward Bound program and has been a
Guest Teacher even longer for the Los Angeles Unified School District.
Kingfisher is the host of Saturday Afternoon Poetry in Pasadena, editor of
the San Gabriel Valley Poetry Quarterly, and founder of POETRYpeople youth
writing workshops. Don has recently been awarded a commission by the city
of Pasadena to compose a poem for the City Speaks art exhibit and also won
first place in the 2011 Whittier Poetry Contest.

(http://dkc1031.blogspot.com)

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