October 26 – November 1, 2015: Doug Holder and Michael Lee Johnson

Doug Holder and Michael Lee Johnson

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Doug Holder
ibbetsonpress@msn.com

Bio (auto)

Doug Holder is the founder of the Ibbetson Street Press. He teaches writing at Bunker Hill Community College in Boston, and Endicott College in Beverly, Mass. He has run poetry groups for psych. patients at McLean Hospital (in the Boston area) for over thirty years. His latest collection of poetry is "Portrait of an Artist as a Young Poseur: 1974 to 1983" (Big Table Publishing.)

The following work is Copyright © 2015, and owned by Doug Holder and may not be distributed or reprinted in any form whatsoever without written permission from the author.

I Texted

I texted through the Tsunami
And missed a head bobbing
Like a hirsute lure signaling a fish’s ravenous bite
My hands hit the keys
Amidst a drowning
Man’s pleas.

I texted as we made love
My fingers made sensuous curls
And lovingly touched the keys.
I never heard her murmurs:
“Please, Please.”

I texted through the funeral
And did an Instagram
Of her death mask face.
I am never here
Or there
Or just
One place.

I search for some expression
on the poker face of my phone
I close the door slowly
We want to be alone.

 



Michael Lee Johnson
promomanusa@gmail.com

Bio (auto)

Michael Lee Johnson lived ten years in Canada during the Vietnam era: now known as the Illinois poet, from Itasca, IL. Today he is a poet, freelance writer, photographer who experiments with poetography (blending poetry with photography), and small business owner in Itasca, Illinois, who has been published in more than 875 small press magazines in 27 countries, he edits 9 poetry sites. Michael is the author of The Lost American: "From Exile to Freedom", several chapbooks of poetry, including "From Which Place the Morning Rises" and "Challenge of Night and Day", and "Chicago Poems". He also has over 73 poetry videos on YouTube. Visit Michael on the web here.

The following work is Copyright © 2015, and owned by Michael Lee Johnson and may not be distributed or reprinted in any form whatsoever without written permission from the author.

Tequila

Single life is-tequila with lime,
shots of travelers, jacks, diamonds, and then spades,
holding back aces-
mocking jokers
paraplegic aged tumblers of the night trip.
Poltergeist define as another frame,
a dancer in the corner shadows.
Single lady don’t eat the worm…
beneath the belt, bashful, very loud, yet unspoken.
Your man lacks verb, a traitor to your skin.

 


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