May 19-25, 2014: Taylor Graham and Jean Colonomos

Taylor Graham and Jean Colonomos

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Taylor Graham
poetspiper@att.net

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Taylor Graham lives outside Placerville, CA with a husband, two German Shepherds trained for search-and-rescue, a cat, and six sheep. She’s included in the anthologies Villanelles (Everyman’s Library) and California Poetry: From the Gold Rush to the Present (Santa Clara University). Her latest book is What the Wind Says (Lummox Press, 2013), poems about living and working with her canine search partners over the past 40 years.

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

Early Morning Main

My puppy and I, first Monday morning
of June, keeping pace with a just-perceptible
breeze. Nothing in my pocket
but a car-key, nothing in my hand but this
new adjustable leash that keeps her
more or less at heel. From inside the bakery’s
open windows, voices of early
customers over coffee. Outside the door,
a bowl of fresh water for dogs
passing by. A pot of red begonias; I pause
to admire deep crimson-tinged-
with-grape. My puppy sniffs – what do
begonias smell like? Our different
ways of knowing, walking together up Main
Street. Ahead of us, a T-shirt
with a chartreuse dragon and the words Die
Trying: its wearer strides with purpose
toward the hardware store.
Shop-folks are unlocking doors early on this
very-first Monday in June, not quite
eight o’clock of the morning.
My pup says it’s a whole new world.


Jean Colonomos
jcolonomos@gmail.com

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Jean Colonomos lives in Topanga, California. She began her career as a modern dancer performing with the Martha Graham Dance Company. As s playwright, her work has been produced in the U.S. and Europe. For her play Black Dawn, about Cambodian women who suffer from psychogenic blindness contracted during Pol Pot’s regime, she and her director, Jon Lawrence Rivera received a citation from the City of Los Angeles. This fall Finishing Line Press will publish her chapbook, Art Farm.

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

CEO Eve

A suit pends between
Apple and The Eden Group.
CEO Eve is suing the tech giant
for using her bitten apple as a logo
without her permission,
a symbol that is now iconic.
The suit goes before the Supreme Court in June
and could yield The Eden Group ten billion dollars,
an amount the U.S. government spent in one week
fighting the war in Iraq