December 26, 2022 – January 1, 2023: Poetry from Eileen P. Kennedy and David Leo Sirois

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Eileen P. Kennedy

Eileen P. Kennedy is a binational author of two collections of poetry: Banshees (Flutter Press, 2015), which was nominated for a Pushcart Prize and won Second Prize in Poetry from the Wordwrite Book Awards, and Touch My Head Softly (Finishing Line Press, 2021) which Literary Titan has described as “a collection of emotionally-charged poetry that explores life with observant poems that will appeal to anyone who loves inspired poetry.” and was a finalist in the International Book Awards in General Poetry.  She lives in Amherst, MA with the ghost of Emily Dickinson. More at EileenPKennedy.com.

The following work is Copyright © 2022, and owned by Eileen P. Kennedy and may not be distributed or reprinted in any form whatsoever without written permission from the author.

A Paddle into Childhood

she propels the Golfo Dulce
during the winter eon
the split-second Sunday churches
on hymn-text rhythm
of second-soprano melodies
“Happy Mother, Virgin blest*”
reproduces a lizard without sperm
watch the sunlight in late afternoon
ripen the juice of the blueberry
or remember a line from childhood
the cold air hurts her hands
and ushers in the ghost spectacle
of her father feeding the pot-bellied stove
barrenness of the prophesies
makes waves on the water
& flaps the sheets of the spirit
of a tiny daughter sleep breathing
in and out the fervor of the coal
between the space of dark and advent
the first poem enters
sculling its way back home

*from “Daily, Daily, Sing to Mary” Traditional

David Leo Sirois

David Leo Sirois is a Canadian-American poet published 140 times, in 23 countries, translated into 12 languages (such as Hindi, French, Greek, & Spanish). He hosts the Zoom continuation of SpokenWord Paris. First collection: Humbledoves (poems to pigeons & plants). He won Third Prize in Winning Writers’ Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest, & his poetry has appeared in journals such as The Bombay Review, Paris Lit Up, & One Hand Clapping.

The following work is Copyright © 2022, and owned by David Leo Sirois and may not be distributed or reprinted in any form whatsoever without written permission from the author.

From Words Heard or Seen in Dreams  

“I ran like sunshine, 
so bright it almost  
became my name.” 
 

 
“The chains that constrain us 
are made of words, not metal.” 
 

“She felt the brush 
of creativity
within her grip.”
 
*
 
“The Poetry Pigeon 
wishes
more fans & friends await.”
 
*
 
“The sunset
is a best-selling book.”


 
“There is one thing more beautiful 
than your own joy, 
& that is human kindness.” 


 
“Mapping the politics of Never” 
 

 
“I wonder how you think 
your parents think.” 
 

 
“Play attention. 
If I play attention, 
I might finish the game.” 

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