August 26-September 1, 2013: KG Newman and R.M. Engelhardt

KG Newman and R.M. Engelhardt

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KG Newman

Bio (auto)

KG Newman is a recent graduate of the Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University. A Colorado native, he now lives and works as a sports editor in South Bend, Indiana. He has been published in Curbside Splendor, Canyon Voices, Lines+Stars and Calliope, among other journals. Find out more about him and his work at (Or on his writing website here: )

The following work is Copyright © 2013, and owned by KG Newman and may not be distributed or reprinted in any form whatsoever without written permission from the author.



That tall lanky guy
sitting in the corner away from everyone
isn’t some glorified ball boy,
he’s a pitcher
seven innings into a no-hitter.
Which is to say, none of his teammates
want to take the blame
for six straight outs
he might not get.


That tall lanky guy
among the bunch of drunks
sipping water and not saying shit
can’t be trusted—never put faith
in a teetotaler at a watering hole.
Which is to say, when a woman happens by
asking if the stool beside is taken,
he simply shakes no.
Why so shy, she says.
I’m not shy, he replies. I’m sober.


That tall lanky guy
hunched over the desk
and dripping sweat like he didn’t study
really has something else on his mind.
Which is to say, when you’ve prepared
your entire life for one moment,
some men just want to wipe the sweat off their chins
in the middle of the outing
and have themselves a beer.

R.M. Engelhardt

Bio (auto)

R.M. Engelhardt is a veteran poet & writer who lives in upstate NY whose work over the years has appeared in many journals & magazines both in print and on the net including in Retort, Rusty Truck, Sure! The Charles Bukowski Newsletter, Thunder Sandwich, The Boston Literary Review, Full of Crow, Fashion For Collapse, 2nd Avenue Poetry, The Outlaw Poetry Network & in many others. His previous books include “THE LAST CIGARETTE, THE COLLECTED POEMS OF R.M. ENGELHARDT 1986~2006", as well as many chapbooks which are still available in print. He is the original founder of the group Albany Poets as well as the host of the long running poetry open mic series “The School Of Night” as well as the editor of “The Literary Rogue” “The Resurrection Waltz” is his 13th book of poetry and is published by Infinity Publishing. ( )

The following work is Copyright © 2013, and owned by R.M. Engelhardt and may not be distributed or reprinted in any form whatsoever without written permission from the author.


Epitaph for,

The lost poem
Which contained

And nothing.

Touched everyone, anyone
Who desired

The mystery of mysteries
Words of words, which brought forth


Both blessed & cursed us
Married us, buried us and parted

The heavens and the
Deep blue seas

Made Houdini disappear
And broke the sole of
Khrushchev’s soul

Shot Kennedy
And then shot a rocket

To the moon

Sold us, indiscriminate
Commanded us to war and glory
And holocaust – unimagined imagination
The scavengers & architects, history
Fighting for space apocalyptic
Down on Wall Street and in the Silicone Valley

Stages of poetry and stages
Of time living, breathing & dying
On the battlefields

Of life.

The Poem,

Too early

Too late

Too bad

The lost poem
Which contained
Nothing and everything
Everything and nothing

At all.

You left it home on the
Kitchen table where your children
Drew on it
In crayon

It is just as well.

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