Vol. 1 No. 2: Jimmy The Peach, Robert Moyer, Dick Whyte, Chen-ou Liu, Neal Whitman

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“Martin Luther King Jr.: 8 peaceful protests that bolstered civil rights” (The Christian Science Monitor)

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on the bus
…….not sitting down
………………to make a stand

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Poem by Jimmy the Peach. Read more by this poet.

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“Lifelines For People with Hearing Loss” (NY Times)

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someone she can’t see
says something she can’t hear
90th birthday

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Poem by Robert Moyer. Read more by this poet.

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“‘Welfare reform has us terrified’ – families facing the worst speak out” (The Guardian)

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welfare reform
another night without
the moon

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Poem by Dick Whyte. Read more by this poet.

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“The Greater Toronto Area’s warm winter puts wildlife, nature at risk” (Toronto Star)

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no white Christmas…
Global Warming For Dummies
at 50% off

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Poem by Chen-ou Liu. Read more by this poet.

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“The Surprise of a Winter Radish” (Washington Post)

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winter radish
straight from the ground
Issa knew long ago

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Poem by Neal Whitman. Read more by this poet.

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^ 2 Comments...

  1. Laurence Stacey

    These are all excellent poems! What a strong way to start the year!

  2. Chen-ou Liu

    I enjoyed the read.

    I particularly like Dick’s and Neal’s haiku:

    Dick’s haiku:

    It works effectively for me on two levels, literal and symbolic.

    Denotatively speaking, the phrasal part of the poem tells the reader it’s another dark night. The jux stirs the reader’s reflection and emotion.

    Connotatively speaking, the moon, read in the context of the East Asian poetic tradition, signifies “harmony” or “unity.” The jux makes the reader ponder the consequences of the “welfare reform.”

    Neal’s haiku:

    This biographically allusive haiku makes me ponder Issa’s attitude toward life and hardship that reveals in his work, The Spring of My Life and Selected Haiku.

    Just some thoughts.

    Chen-ou

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