Threnody

Lovers injure flowers more than widows, soldiers, boys, or babes do, loving makes us sacrifice things proving that our love is true. Why so sad with teary eyes? The time though dreary, quickly leaves you, love rose spring-like, bloomed in meadows now it's grave where grasses grew. Written in response to today’s DVerse prompt. The …

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Breath and Being: A Poetics of Allen Ginsberg’s “Poems of These States”

By m.j.smith Today, I was reading Allen Ginsberg’s “Beginning of A Poem of These States, Memento for Gary Snyder” the opening poem of his Fall of America sequence. This era of Ginsberg’s poetry often comes under criticism for being formless, verbose, self-indulgent, and riddled with flower-child mentality. I’ll leave the latter two points for another …

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Speaking Well

I’m afraid your manuscript does not fit our current needs I’m afraid you’re overqualified for this position I’m afraid your credit history renders you ineligible for a loan I’m afraid you just aren’t what we’re looking for But never fear, We’re not really afraid.