pesbo since 2005.

Pearl Pirie’s book lists, interviews, event write-ups, poems and more.

Poetry Clippings (cross-posted)

At Cure for Melancholy

Repeat your name often enough to inure yourself to its attachments.

Repeat your name in ludicrous voices. Give your name to others so they might abuse it, stretch it out over the car hoods, inject it with helium, use it to fuel their tractors.

Dennis Joseph Enright in How Many Devils can Dance on the Point:
It began with mysterious punishments/And the punishments led to the crimes/Which are currently being punished.

At Oysterboy Review Joseph Massey wrote a series of quiet but powerful small center of a room poems such as

Traffic or
is it rain
the window
won’t hold
to silence.

Czeslaw Milosz in At a Certain Age:
We wanted to confess our sins but there were no takers.

Poet Jim Larwill Hockneyized thru flickr toy to simulate a collage

Program: Adopt a Poet…They’re cheap with a bulk discount! 😉
“Simply give a contribution of $30 or more and let us know which poet you want to adopt. Or, if it’s possible for you to send a larger gift, you can adopt two poets for a contribution of $50, three for a gift of $70, or five poets if your contribution is in the amount of $100 or more.”

Poetry Prompts: one word prompt (timed),
Wreading Experiments by Poets’ Ludicrously Aimless Yearning (PLAY) and
Big Window Writing Prompts

Past Post Flashback: Writer’s fest 2004

Link: 2006 Ottawa International Writer’s Festival

Featured Quote: “One characteristic of winners is they always look upon themselves as a do it yourself project.” ~ Denis Waitley

Ringing of the Bards #11

The Ringing of the Bards poetry carnival organized by Billy. The project is a way for poets to be exposed to other poets to enjoy. Billy also runs as a way to promote ourselves. Check out the link to find out how and where to nominate as a web resource.

Below are 2 collage (cut up) poems of hyperlinked lines. The lines come from the poems sent in for the 11th edition of Ringing of the Bards. Although each line is a clipping, it was too hard to read with underlines so just a phrase from each line was made the link.

Examining Yesterday

Solid gray, dancing though
the plaid of mullions on the ceiling

in your dreams you might believe that
replete with flattering admirations
you’ve dealt democracy so many blows
to echo through each lighted rafter.

How were you to know that
then: you stopped dead in your tracks
burnished fallen blushes

Not You, Alone

You oft behave as if your word’s the gospel.
it scrolls across the sheet.

at wee a.m. under the delusive grip
in its own climate
when despair brings you to wine in the darkness

frozen by the words that sneaked
amongst the pithy

Soon, gentle paces, muffled footstep
people really come together.


The Ballad of Joementum Joe Lieberman is set to the tune of Danny Boy by Madeleine at MadKane

Enshrining Autumn is available from Keith at When I Wax

Fable is from Nadia’s journal It’s Clever but is it art?

Funeral of an Artist (One-Man Show) was posted recently by Danny at Diary of Silence

Logic circussing, surfacing was posted by Pearl at Poetry Springs Boing

Medley by Bob is at AveragePoet

Sum by Tree is hosted at Tree Riesener (Tree also has a chapbook for sale.)

What Happened is by Katy at somethingkaty

Writer’s Pencil by Jo is at Jo Janoski’s blog

I hope you enjoyed the journey from Canada. Next week’s host will be Russell Ragsdale of Yuckelbel’s Canon in Kazakhstan.