February 11-17: Holly Day and David Fraser

Holly Day and David Fraser

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Holly Day

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Holly Day is a housewife and mother of two living in Minneapolis, Minnesota who teaches needlepoint classes in the Minneapolis school district. Her poetry has recently appeared in The Worcester Review, Broken Pencil, and Slipstream, and she is the recipient of the 2011 Sam Ragan Poetry Prize from Barton College. Her most recent published book is "Notenlesen für Dummies Das Pocketbuch," while her novel, "The Trouble With Clare," is due out from Hydra Publications in 2013.

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

The New Reasoning in My House

my husband tells me he still believes in God
and I tell him that’s fine, that’s great
a small knot of fear building in my stomach
because I know this is the thing
that will eventually tear us apart.

my son asks me if it’s okay for him to believe in God
to start going to church with his friend, I say fine, that’d be great
a small clutch of anger gathering in my stomach
that there’s so much less in common between us now, this new thing
that will end up tearing me apart.

David Fraser

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David Fraser lives in Nanoose Bay, on Vancouver Island. He is the founder and editor of Ascent Aspirations Magazine since 1997. His poetry and short fiction have appeared in many journals and anthologies, including Rocksalt, An Anthology of Contemporary BC Poetry. He has published five collections of poetry; Going to the Well, 2004, Running Down the Wind, 2007, No Way Easy, 2010, Caught in My Throat, 2011 and, Paper Boats, 2012 and a collection of short fiction, Dark Side of the Billboard, 2006. In addition David has co-authored with Naomi Beth Wakan, On Poetry an inspirational book on poetics and poetry. To keep out of trouble he helps develop Nanaimo’s spoken-word series, WordStorm. In October 2009 and 2010 he participated in Random Acts of Poetry, a national poetry program that brings poetry to the streets of Canada. David is a full member of the League of Canadian Poets and is available for performances and readings via funding with LCP. Visit David on the web here.

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

Tough Night at Open Mic

The night began surly,
women with heavy handbags,
bits of half-eaten fruit
ready for a toss onto the stage.
I should have known
it was a tough crowd
looking through the wire mesh at them.
I struck the first
note in my throat,
a tiny bird, not practiced,
but moved on to quick lines
that galloped,
bounced back and forth
in a form of internal rhyme
and they snapped their fingers.
They snapped their fingers.
Made yipping sounds,
oof, oof comments like hungry dogs.
Odd I thought.
No clapping.
Their wolf eyes
just beyond
the periphery
of the fire.

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