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April 28th JP Poem Pick

Quick note: Yesterday’s Earth’s Water reading at Bug Jar was a real treat. Lots of great poets, a fantastic open mic, and a couple surprise songs performed by Tim Avery and Phil Shaw. Thanks to everyone that came out and supported such a great cause!

Today’s poem by David Meltzer , of Poets Walk, was chosen by our fearless leader, JP President, John Roche.  Meltzer is the youngest of the SF Beats, and was included in Kerouac’s novel Big Sur. By the way, he was also be born in Rochester!


Tell them I’m struggling to sing with angels


Tell them I’m struggling to sing with angels who hint at it in

black words printed on old paper gold edged by time.

Tell them I wrestle the mirror every morning.

Tell them I sit here invisible in space; nose running, coffee cold,

& bitter.

Tell them I tell them everything & everything is never enough.

Tell them I’m davening & voices rise up from within to startle children.

Tell them I walk off into the woods to sing.

Tell them I sing loudest next to waterfalls.

Tell them the books get fewer, words go deeper, some

take months to get through.

Tell them there are months when it’s all perfect; above

‘n’ below, it’s perfect, even in moments in between where

Sparks in space (terrible, beautiful sparks in space)

are merely metaphors for the void between


Such an amazing poem. Thanks, John! 

For today’s prompt, let’s write a “between” poem. Sorry. No help from me today. “Between” means whatever you want it to mean. Go nuts.


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