June 10-16, 2013: Demond Blake and Matthew Rodgers

Demond Blake and Matthew Rodgers

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Demond Blake

Bio (auto)

Demond Blake was born in Las Vegas in 1979. He moved to Los Angeles in the 80s and spent his childhood moving from his parents in LA, his grandparents in Las Vegas and his Uncle’s in Manhattan. After graduating high school he briefly enrolled at Redlands University and wrote his first book ‘Limbo’ about a group of recent high school graduates trying to figure out what to do with themselves as the main character goes through the motions having and losing his first love. After a year of not being able to find a publisher Demond’s friends helped him self-publish it and sold copies at campuses around Southern California pricing the book in such a way to just recoup printing costs. He was unsatisfied with this process and unhappy with ‘Limbo’ and decided to take some time off from the bubble of college life and spent the next couple of years doing odd jobs, going to school here and there and sharpening jos writing skills through reading and constantly writing poetry. Settling down in Colton, CA a few years ago after living in Oregon he felt he had moved past the themes explored in ‘Limbo’ and had something to say about his generation as a whole and ‘Slackass’ is the result. It’s prequel ‘Sputnik’ is half completed while he is seeking publication for Slackass.

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

A slow burn

“we need some time apart”
She said

I said

We’d been
Fighting over
Petty shit
Way too
Often for
People not
Each other

“starting this wkend”
She said

“starting now”
I said

“no not now, next wkend!”

“what’s wrong w/now?”

“I’m not ready yet, next wkend”


Then promptly
We spent the
Rest of the
Wkend drunk
And haven’t
Argued since

The anticipation
Of time apart
Has brought us

If only
For a

Matthew Rodgers

Bio (auto)

Matthew Rodgers is a 25 year old poet living in San Francisco, MFA graduate from the New School University for Poetry, Emerging Poet for the Poet House in New York City and author of novels, plays and thousands of poems. Former Poet Laureate, Philip Levine, said of him: “His work shows a real talent. Watch out for him..” Studied under the current President of the Poetry Foundation, Robert Polito, who said: “Matthew offers a kind of new rustic American poetry. It was more than a joy to have him as a student, it was a privilege.”

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

To Frida

I went outside and saw Frida Kahlo
trembling at the sight of dawn
I asked her
why should you be glad
about another dawn?
another dawn for war,
another dawn for sorrow …
she looked at me
with all the sympathy
of a mother who has to explain
loss to her child
and then she handed me
a basket of flowers
and she said to me: these flowers
are neither sad nor glad, one of
them has fallen and another
has just bloomed
I looked at the flowers
and then at the dawn
and then I started to tremble too.

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