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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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Wanda Morrow Clevenger

Butterfly Hands by Wanda Morrow Clevenger

Butterfly Hands
by Wanda Morrow Clevenger

They said thoughtful words over a fine man
over memorial weekend, we waiting behind
waiting our turn, planning on a long wait
watching our weight, cutting back on cigarettes
and booze and salt
none of us getting younger

and the boys were home
Monte grilled kabobs with Vidalias
I tried an internet recipe that didn’t fly,
a sticky flop for landfill moochers, and

Ryan made butterfly hands and signed for
‘more’ apple bites
made animal sounds
said every word he knew
signed every sign he knew
played with his daddy’s old toy cars trucks tractors
eased the ache at losing a fine friend

and two llamas were bought to guard the pasture
over memorial weekend
Ryan said the llama goes moooo.

Wanda Morrow Clevenger lives in Hettick, IL. Over 160 pieces of her work appear in very numerous print and electronic publications. Her debut book This Same Small Town in Each of Us, a collection of memoir, poetry and flash fiction, released on October 30, 2011. Wanda is currently compiling her first book of poetry. To view a sampling of published and new work, visit: http://wlc-wlcblog.blogspot.com/

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Summer Brimstone by Wanda Morrow Clevenger

Summer Brimstone
by Wanda Morrow Clevenger

Revivals were held
at the fairgrounds in the ’60s;
7 nights in 80 degree summer
fired up long before sunset

officiated by some hotshot
from somewhere else brought in
to shake the roof because bland
falls short; is spit out
quicker than stale saltines

the hotshots came
to save us from ourselves
mostly filling hardwood
bleachers reserved
for horse race, demo derby
and kiddie pageant; we faithful
fanning Sunday Best dry

behind the stage salvation
a freight train jiggled the horizon;
I counted the mismatched boxcars
before a bored boy began scooting nearer

and caught at this kind of thing
at revival calls down worse brimstone
than any preacher guesses;
I looked away and wished for
another train to roll by.

Wanda Morrow Clevenger lives in Hettick, IL. Over 160 pieces of her work appear in very numerous print and electronic publications. Her debut book This Same Small Town in Each of Us, a collection of memoir, poetry and flash fiction, released on October 30, 2011. Wanda is the Creative Writing Editor of The River journal and is currently compiling her first book of poetry. To view a sampling of published and new work, visit: http://wlc-wlcblog.blogspot.com/

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