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Body of Work – Poetry Potluck and Inspiration Buffet 6/26/16

Inspiration Buffet:  This week’s buffet features a poem from Risa Denenberg which stirs to mind the concept of “a body of work.”

While we work diligently on individual poems, submit them to journals where they are scattered about, and occasionally gather some into a single published collection, it is easy to forget that we are creating a body of work.

Each poem is just one cell in a larger living body.  A body we all hope will continue breathing and speaking long after our own bodies have returned to ashes and dust.


Spurned – by Risa Denenberg
++++++++++++The novel was lost along with her poems.

One summer
she wrote
of chapter titles,
tossing sheets of paper, one by one,
like white Frisbees
crumpled beneath buffalo hooves.

She’d hoped to leave more than this,
to one day stand behind a podium and recite:
Here are my poems you’ve rejected,
poem after poem,
now I’m dead, feast over my body
of work.

But no one found her folios —
the austere white mice
of her experiments.


About the Poet:
Risa Denenberg lives a quiet life on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State where she works as a nurse practitioner. She is an editor at Headmistress Press, an independent publisher of poetry by lesbians. Her recent publications include three chapbooks and a full length book, Mean Distance from the Sun (Aldrich Press, 2013).

Photo by Ryan McGuire.


Poetry Potluck – The comment section is OPEN for you to share your thoughts and poems on the topic of today’s Inspiration Buffet. 

Really, we want to hear what you think.  We want to read your poem.  Every Sunday, everyone is welcome at the Poetry Breakfast table.  Don’t just stand outside sipping your coffee and looking in through the window.  Come inside and join the conversation.

Poetry Potluck and Inspiration Buffet

Poetry Potluck and Inspiration Buffet

In addition to our daily Poetry Breakfast, each Sunday we will host a Poetry Potluck and Inspiration Buffet.  All poets, from novice to Pushcart nominees are welcome to bring their best dish to the table.  We hope it will be a wonderful potluck of poetry with many flavors and plenty of new dishes we wouldn’t find elsewhere.

The goal of our weekly Poetry Potluck and Inspiration Buffet is to provide a place for all poets regardless of experience and publication history to join together in the spirit of poetry for all.  It’s about the love we have for writing poetry, not about the subjective quality of any particular poem.  Every poet, no matter their level of skill, has something to bring to the table.  And that something is their love of writing.

We will also provide a vast buffet of sights and sounds to spark inspiration for new works.

All poets are welcome to post ONE poem in the comments section for each Poetry Potluck and Inspiration Buffet.  This is a place without judgement.  There are no gatekeepers, no editors, no rejections.  Everyone is welcome to post ONE of their own original poems at the Poetry Potluck.

We do ask that when posting a poem, you keep in mind that our readers range from children to seniors and come from dozens of countries around the world.  So profanity, hate, and sexually provocative work is not appropriate and could be deleted.  We don’t want to censor any poet’s work, but we must also have some sensitivity to those who will be reading.

We’ll do our best to bring you an extensive buffet of inspiration.  And we hope you will bring you best poems to the table.

You can find each week’s Poetry Potluck and Inspiration Buffet here.

If you are interested in having your poems considered for our daily Poetry Breakfast (something separate from our once-a-week open potluck), please visit our Submissions Guidelines page.

Photo by Walz.


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