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Autumn Annunciation

400x400 px-Autumn Annunication quote 1 from poem by Catherine Hamrick chamrickwriter

1 A boy-cut scraped my neck, And September’s rays pinked it In time for the equinox, But the trees sneezed green. Yesterday our Christmas came, Undecking a failed debate— Fairy lights or jeweled bulbs? We unrolled nameless trinkets And glass balls from creped tissue, The dead skin of unmerry truth. […]

Twin Flames in a Divine Wind (poem)

The electricity buzzed out, Snuffing the dinner party; My mother frowned on linen napkins Carelessly thrown aside to drown In gravy dribbling porcelain plates; She died—what does it matter now? I divorced embossed stationery. The movers shattered my collection Of cobalt blue Haviland plates During my last run to nowhere. […]

Why Celebrate World Poetry Day?

Poems (however you define them) pop up en masse—greeting cards, chipper FB graphics, literary zines, blogs, chapbooks, open mic nights. Heck, I once discovered a blog that featured a daily a.m. haiku homage to a young woman’s lover. The images grew tiresome after a few days—a sheet trailing carelessly to […]

Immersion (poem)

image of pink, coral, and green succulent resembling the interior of a shell fish

I never toe-squished from a rocky shore To wade into a duck-and-water cover That would salvage my muddy, sidestepping soul. The Mississippi sun’s baptismal fire Plunged me into chlorined, green-tiled bliss, A state of grace fogging my plastic goggles. This daily meditation ran long and lean, Broken by 32 concrete-grazed […]

Solo Duets (poem)

high heels and hydrangea

Autumn blazed azure and gold, And a tickling thrill stole over me; Fingers slid down the curve of my neck, Then gently squeezed my clavicle, Playing me for a brilliant fool. I swayed into his embrace; Bronze, copper, and iron notes Skittered down and up my spine, In senseless musicality. Yellow squeaked […]