June 2-8, 2014: Cynthia Passmore and A.D. Winans

Cynthia Passmore and A.D. Winans

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Cynthia Passmore

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Cynthia Passmore was born in New England and spent many of her growing up years on Block Island, R.I., she currently resides in St. Petersburg, FL. She has participated in the St. Petersburg Times festival of reading as an invited poet, and at the University of South Florida performing with Full Contact Poets. She has also preformed her work at the annual First Night events in the city of St. Petersburg. Her work has been published in Maelstrom magazine, Hard Row to Hoe and Poetry Conspiracy.

The following work is Copyright © 2014, and owned by Cynthia Passmore and may not be distributed or reprinted in any form whatsoever without written permission from the author.

Seeing the Wind on Salisbury Hill

The wind leans against tall blades of grass
while cornflowers struggle in blue hue
to touch the sky.
They grasp at air as it skirts the tips of yellowed hay
that lick at clouds.
Stone walls fastened hard to ground
by grapevine run long,
brushing boundary lines that separate
field from meadow
while roofs of barns punch holes in the landscape
wind bent, and salted gray.
Soft sanded foot paths
where grass fights hard against soles
curl back against themselves,
trying to heal the invasion of time
that has slipped through, even here
where it is possible to see the wind.

A.D. Winans

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A.D. Winans is an award winning native San Francisco poet and writer. He edited and published Second Coming for 17 years, and worked as an editor at the San Francisco Art Commision from 1975 to 1980. He is the author of sixty books and chapbooks of poetry and prose. In 2002, a song poem of his was performed at Alice Tully Hall in NYC. In 2006 he won a PEN Josephine Miles Award for excellence in literature. In 2009, PEN Oakland presented him with a Lifetime Achievement Award. NYQ Press just released his new book of poems, On My Way To Becoming A Man, which can be purchased on Amazon or through SPD (Small Press Distribution).Visit Barry on the web here: http://www.winansfansite.blogspot.com/

The following work is Copyright © 2014, and owned by A.D. Winans and may not be distributed or reprinted in any form whatsoever without written permission from the author.

Early Birthday Poem

sitting here fifteen days
before my seventy-eighth birthday
I drink my morning coffee in solitude
wear the early chill of morning
like a quilt of stitched memories
my mind a nosy intruder
plots the course of my life

the moon a graveyard
shines its eyes down on me
surely that is not me
I see in the mirror

the months the years
revolving doors
like the trick mirrors
at the Funhouse
at Playland at the Beach

friends fewer in number
wait for me in my dreams
like ducks in a blind
left with a cup of morning coffee
a spoon that stirs memories
of young women
the pleasure of warm flesh
on fresh linen sheets
hot as an iron pressed
to a a singed garment
turned to bones that rattle
in the graveyard of my dreams
the conversations that lasted
into the early morning hours
turned to idle chatter
with ghosts from the past


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