October 1-7, 2012: Boghos L. Artinian and Stephen Sleboda

Boghos L. Artinian and Stephen Sleboda


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Boghos L. Artinian
artinian@inco.com.lb

Bio (auto)

The author, who is a 70 year physician living and working in Beirut since 1975, read an article written by classmate about his recent scaling of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania.

The following work is Copyright © 2012, and owned by Jesse Bradley and may not be distributed or reprinted in any form whatsoever without written permission from the author.

Classmates at 70

Oh no. Not the Kilimanjaro!
You have always beaten me—and now
even to such visible heights.
I have spinal stenosis,
and I wouldn’t trust my heart
at such high altitudes.
I have done my mountain climbing
in my adolescence – just 7000 feet.
No, I do not envy you.
You might as well go into orbit
and write about it.
I will just keep writing poetry!


Stephen Sleboda
slebodes@gmail.com

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Stephen Sleboda lives in a small cabin off NineMilePond in Wilbraham, Ma. He sings, plays recorder & watches a garden.

The following work is Copyright © 2012, and owned by Stephen Sleboda and may not be distributed or reprinted in any form whatsoever without written permission from the author.

Pigeons Eyes

Deep down where you know the reflection from past atrocities in the pigeons eyes

Where water is yellow, sand is blue, and they mean it when they say they care about you

Deep down in trenchcoat village with raspy-voice Van, detective Dan and the purple sinister-plan-Man, by the light of the match near the throw-away-baby can, it’s there tears fall in early hours before crows and sparrows borrow each others feathers, it’s there deep down in the fabric of a courtroom appearance shawl, or near the wall where she had her say, Madonna and all.

Deep down the language continues to snag on sticks under sidewalks in waterways where rats & bones, pebbles & rags, sand & sorrow, unfurl their freedoms for no one to see