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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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Melissa Fite Johnson

Winter – A Poem by Melissa Fite Johnson

Winter

The trees undressed now,
I see into my neighbor’s kitchen,
the single father eating breakfast alone.
I should look away. Jelly oozes
from his doughnut, splatters
his undershirt. He dabs his large belly.
His son shoves something from the fridge
into his backpack, hurries out.

My husband, dressed already, joins me
in our kitchen, kisses the top of my head.
Last night’s argument settled,
I hug him good-bye,
place my dish in the sink.

Our neighbor startles at my hello
when our garage doors lift. We slip
into our cars, drive past
the bare, invulnerable trees.

 

About the Poet:  Melissa Fite Johnson received her Master’s in English literature from Pittsburg State University in Kansas. Individual poems have appeared in RattleValparaiso Poetry ReviewBroadsided Press, and elsewhere. Her first collection, While the Kettle’s On (Little Balkans Press, 2015), and her second, Ghost Sign (Spartan Press, 2016), which she co-authored, were both named Kansas Notable Books. She is also the author of A Crooked Door Cut into the Sky, winner of the 2017 Vella Chapbook Award (Paper Nautilus Press, 2018). Melissa and her husband live with their dog and chickens in Kansas, where she teaches English.

 

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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Watching the Street Performers – A Poem by Melissa Fite Johnson

Watching the Street Performers

The indigent man next to me
frowns at my cell phone.
I’m taking a picture, I explain.
Use your eyes, he says.

Ever since, his phrase
has tumbled through my head
like last night’s dream.
Part of me considers it prophecy.

Surely I would remember
sitting on a cold bench with my mom
after her sister’s funeral,
our black skirts flimsy in the wind,

without a tiny picture of the women
before us with wooden flutes.

Another part of me thinks this man,
too, would record any lucky moment,
set his eyes upon it again and again,
if only he had money for film.

 

 

This poem can also be found in While the Kettle’s On (Little Balkans Press, 2015), a collection of poems by Melissa Fite Johnson.

 

 

About the Poet:
Melissa Fite Johnson’s first collection, While the Kettle’s On (Little Balkans Press, 2015), won the Nelson Poetry Book Award and is a Kansas Notable Book.  Her poems have appeared in Valparaiso Poetry Review, Broadsided Press, The New Verse News, Midwest Quarterly, velvet-tail, and elsewhere.  Melissa teaches English and lives with her husband in Kansas.  Feel free to connect with her at melissafitejohnson.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.

 

 

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