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Hal Sirowitz lives in Philadelphia and teaches poetry workshops at the local bookstore, Big Blue Marble. He’s the co-winner of the NoirCon 2012 Poetry Contest, judged by Robert Polito. He’s the author of a new collection of poetry, "Stray Cat Blues" (Backwaters press, Nebraska), available on Amazon.com. His first book, "Mother Said"(Crown, 1996) was translated into nine languages. His poems were read by Garrison Keillor on NPR’s The Writer’s Almanac and he was interviewed by the Writer’s Almanac Bookshelf. He was awarded a NEA Fellowship in Poetry and a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Poetry. He served as the former Poet Laureate of Queens, New York for three years, commencing in the year 2000.
The following work is Copyright © 2013, and owned by Hal Sirowitz and may not be distributed or reprinted in any form whatsoever without written permission from the author.
Fingerprints on Her Blouse
She gave me a piece
The Perfect Shrimp
She offered me some shrimp
Taylor Graham is a volunteer search-and-rescue dog handler living in Placerville, CA. She’s included in the anthologies Villanelles (Everyman’s Library, 2012) and California Poetry: From the Gold Rush to the Present (Santa Clara University, 2004). Her book The Downstairs Dance Floor was awarded the Robert Philips Poetry Chapbook Prize, and she was a finalist in Poets & Writers’ California Writers Exchange. Her current project is What the Wind Says, a collection of poems from her 40 years of living and working with dogs.
The following work is Copyright © 2013, and owned by Taylor Graham and may not be distributed or reprinted in any form whatsoever without written permission from the author.
After earthquake –
After the first day of searching –
After the second day of searching
On the fourth day, the hotel manager