Poems for the Writing (Second Edition)

Poems for the Writing: Prompts for Poets (Second Edition) is now available.

This new edition contains six new chapters and scores of new example poems.

A variety of exercises plus writings by: Alicia Askenase, Brenda Bailey, Christopher Bursk, Karen Chase, Grant Clauser, Samuel Cook, Blythe Davenport, Janice Dawson, Jim Ellis, Daniela Elza, Emily Dickinson, Paul Laurence Dunbar, Joanna Fuhrman, Jeannine Hall Gailey, Leonard Gontarek, Luray Gross, Lauren Hall, Christine Hamm, Laurel Hostak, Kevin Hughes, Marke Kane, Briyanna Hymms, Miriam N. Kotzin, Aimee LaBrie, Joanne Leva, Harriet Levin, Lynn Levin, Diane Lockward, Alina Macneal, Dawn Manning, Erin McCourt, Bernadette McBride, Kelly McQuain, Jerry Mirskin, Mirna Norales, Amir Or, Meg Pokrass, Lisa Prince, Don Riggs, Melika Riley, Josh Romley, Karen Schauber, Susan Smith Nash, Anna Strong, Benjamin Teperov, Rina Terry, Heather H. Thomas, John Timpane, John Vick, Marshall Warfield, Katrina Wehr, Amberlyn Wilk, Devin Williams, Jacquiley Wong, Peter Wood.

Coming out Spring 2019


2 Poems by J.C. Todd

Lovely work by JC Todd–

North of Oxford


After the Death
After the death
she listened
to the widower
to the children wild
or silent from grief
to the whine of the pup
that brushed her leg
because the leg he’d brushed
had disappeared
after this death
which came after others
which left behind grievers
whose sorrows she had consoled
it was the cat weighing in
at 3.7 pounds,
the cat whose eye pads
had lost their fatty tissue
whose hind legs, thinned
and thinning, could not
navigate the stairs
it was the cat she stroked
to feel her sorrow welling up
Slow Reading,
                          like diving deep
into a dumpster—it’s got a shape—
oblong, and a square footage
but its contents are unknown.
Slow reading, like rummaging
with a system, following the words
that soon aren’t words but
music or…

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