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TUESDAY, 28 FEBRUARY, 2006 (sitelink)
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Poem: "The Bear's Money" by Louis Jenkins from The Winter Road: Prose Poems by Louis Jenkins. © Holy Cow! Press. Reprinted with permission.

Every fall before he goes to sleep a bear will put away five or six
hundred dollars. Money he got from garbage cans, mostly. Peo-
ple throw away thousands of dollars every day, and around here
a lot of it goes to bears. But what good is money to a bear? I
mean, how many places are there that a bear can spend it? It's a
good idea to first locate the bear's den, in fall after the leaves are
down. Back on one of the old logging roads you'll find a tall pine
or spruce covered with scratch marks, the bear runes, which
translate to something like "Keep out. That means you!" You can
rest assured that the bear and his money are nearby, in a cave or
in a space dug out under some big tree roots. When you return
in winter, a long hike on snowshoes, the bear will be sound
asleep. ... In a month or two he'll wake, groggy, out of sorts,
ready to bite something, ready to rip something to shreds ... but
by then you'll be long gone, back in town, spending like a
drunken sailor.

TUESDAY, 24 JANUARY 2006 (sitelink)
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Poem: "Street Moths," by X.J. Kennedy from The Lords of Misrule (Johns Hopkins University Press).

Mature enough to smoke but not to drink,
    Grown boys at night before the games arcade
Wearing tattoos that wash off in the sink
    Accelerate vain efforts to get laid.

Parading in formation past them, short
    Skirts and tight jeans pretending not to see
This pack of starving wolves who pay them court
    Turn noses up at cries of agony—

Baby, let's do it! Each suggestion falls
    Dead to the gutter to be swept aside
Like some presumptuous bug that hits brick walls,
    Rating a mere Get lost and death-ray eyes.

Still, they keep launching blundering campaigns,
    Trying their wings once more in hopeless flight:
Blind moths against the wires of window screens.
    Anything. Anything for a fix of light.


THURSDAY, 6 OCTOBER, 2005 (sitelink)
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Poem: "Wild Card" by Cathryn Essinger, from My Dog Does Not Read Plato.
© Main Street Rag Publishing Company. Reprinted with permission.

    The local newspaper reports
    a Houston housewife has found
    a three foot long snake indigenous
    to California in her electric toaster.

    I need to talk to this woman. I want
    to know what kind of bread attracts
    snakes, if she goes to church on Sundays
    and if she believes in chance.

    While I have her on the phone, I want
    to ask about other irregularities, such as
    the Osage orange that showed up
    on my front step, a fruit so large

    no creature could have carried it.
    And what does she make of the wild card
    I found in a pile of leaves-a Jack of Spades
    masquerading as some variety of oak?

    Or the crow who paces the patio,
    carrying a packet of taco sauce,
    dipping his beak casually, as if
    hot sauce were his natural food.

    I'd ask about the mouse I found
    this morning in the dog's bowl,
    frantic, half drowned, the small cap
    of his skull bobbing like a tiny buoy.

    Still, he swam, betting against all odds
    that some housewife might appear
    on this Sunday morning, looking for eggs
    or waffle mix, and the opportunity to tip

    the bowl onto a sunny porch where
    a small thing, who has never questioned
    the implacable nature of the universe,
    could have another chance.