February 2-8, 2015: Ellen Reich and Valeri Beers

Ellen Reich and Valeri Beers

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Ellen Reich
easgr@charter.net

Bio (auto)

Ellen teaches creative writing and autobiography for Emeritus College, a division of Santa Monica College. She lives and writes in Malibu. Her latest book is forthcoming from Tebot Bach entitled Sacrifices Have To Be Human.

The following work is Copyright © 2015, and owned by Ellen Reich and may not be distributed or reprinted in any form whatsoever without written permission from the author.

Physiognomy=determining character by the body

If there is no body
there is no character
so there is no need to decode
to get inside
and examine blood
with a microscope
They have not found a cure for leukemia in 40 years
not when we needed it
not now
Priests and magicians
have more luck with the terminally ill
than all the chemicals
you can fit into the Big Five warehouse
And they say doctors can sell their own drugs now
I have seen them behind their white screens
injecting themselves
then coming out smiling
How are we today

You and your jazzed up arm
are apparently fine
I say as he looks under my paper gown

but the doctor hasn’t a clue

as the jasmine scented rolled hose coils
as the camera claws pink and spongy
as the 1 o’clock barstool slacks under fluorescence
as the banana tree won’t quit

the doctor hasn’t a clue

as the khaki target on under garments self-destructs
do not pay attention to this word
WAR
as the flat quartz court chips
as the gigantically costumed imitation ape apes the real ape behind bars
when the bourbon lives
and jazz mines the inky streets
she can only say to her husband
be sure to wipe down the tiles after you shower

and the doctor hasn’t a clue
but you and I—we do



Valeri Beers
theval2000@hotmail.com

Bio (auto)

Valeri Beers is from Bangor, Maine. She recently had her first book of poems titled …details… published by Thomas Hill Publishing. Valeri has been writing all her life and is inspired to write by listening to music and needing to remember things. Valeri has been published in a number of print and online literary magazines including Zest literary magazine, Far Away literary magazine, The Writer’s Drawer and Kumquat Poetry. She has links to her poems on valeribeers.com and on her own poetry site. wordsoftheval2000.wordpress.com. You can also connect with her on Facebook (Valeri Beers) and Twitter (@theval2000)

The following work is Copyright © 2015, and owned by Valeri Beers and may not be distributed or reprinted in any form whatsoever without written permission from the author.

Midas Touch

Midas
would turn
to gold
everything
he touched
except for
the spot
between my
neck and shoulder
I did not
know I had
until you
touched me.

 


 

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