January 21-27, 2019: Poetry from Carol Clark Williams and R.J. Zeman

Carol Clark Williams and R.J. Zeman

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Carol Clark Williams

Bio (auto)

Carol Clark Williams is an award-winning poet whose work has appeared in print and online journals including Byline, Bent Pin Quarterly, Grasslimb, Mad Poets Review, Margie, Story Magazine online and The Pedestal. She resides in York, Pennsylvania, where she was appointed third poet laureate of the city of York. Williams is the author of Escaped Without Injury, an anthology of her poems from Naissance Press and Stories of the Tribe, inspired by her years of working with churches to serve food to York city’s homeless population on city parking lots. She recently received the Above and Beyond award from the National Federation of State Poetry Societies for her work with young poets.

The following work is Copyright © 2019, and owned by Carol Clark Williams and may not be distributed or reprinted in any form whatsoever without written permission from the author.

A Series of four Lectures on
The Proper Study of Mankind

By Professor Mark Hosencollins
In collaboration with Carol Clark Williams

The Proper Study of Mankind, Session One
As you are all aware,
mankind has always
had the ability to levitate.
It is a largely unrecognized
human characteristic
seen mainly in dreams
and magic shows.
We all know
how to lift off:
the correct position
of  arms and hands,
the impulse to rise,
cold flow that pushes upward
from belly to throat.
We remember
the flex of feet and knees
springing,  the relinquishment
of control as legs straighten and
 the body, now horizontal,
begins to skim, buoyed aloft
by conviction and convection.
Why more of us
do not take part in this practice
is a mystery, although
we realize
the air beneath us as we fly
is never warm.
Flying is an activity
best practiced alone
and in the cold.
Are there any questions.
At our next meeting
we will discuss
our equally innate and unrecognized
ability to walk
through walls.

The Proper Study of Mankind 101: Session Three, The Dance Lacuna
 (Addendum by Professor Hosencollins’ teaching assistant, Mr. Herbert Orson)

the audio recording
for session three 
was garbled
and unintelligible.
At the time of his sudden 
Professor Hosencollins had 
not yet re-mastered
this presentation
for proper transcription.
The few notes we found
amid scattered class materials 
were heavily redacted; and 
since it was his habit
to encrypt his research
in obscure codes, 
publication of this lecture
has been indefinitely

The Proper Study of Mankind Session Four:
It is somewhat surprising
that most  people postpone
the practice of dematerialization
until after death,
since it is a useful application
in many situations
while they are still alive.
One who employs this latent ability
can avoid common  unpleasantries,
for example: the bus bearing down
as one crosses  the street, or
the imminent approach of people
one does not wish to encounter.
The effect of dematerialization to facilitate
eavesdropping is unparalleled.
Combined with walking through walls
and/or levitation,
one can attend, unnoticed,
any gathering or conversation and be privy
to all sorts of confidential information.
Hence the drafting of Act 1367,
an archaic law which forbids
willful dematerialization  because of its
inherent potential to inflict
harm on others while the body
is in this discomposed state.
Although the ruling is long outdated and sadly
in need of modification, it is a valid attempt
to temper the temptation
of victimizing one’s fellow man
in confrontation or conflict.
Nevertheless, who can deny the pleasure
of scattering one’s atoms across the soft grass
on a summer evening, to sparkle
like tiny opals under the oval moon?


R.J. Zeman

Bio (auto)

R.J. Zeman is a poet from Dunedin, Florida. He is a 2007 graduate of the Creative Writing program at F.S.U. More of his work can be found at www.robertzeman.blogspot.com.

The following work is Copyright © 2019, and owned by R.J. Zeman and may not be distributed or reprinted in any form whatsoever without written permission from the author.


I walk
to the
my mind
and dull.
I wander
a line
of people
and into
the bathroom.
I use
the toilet
and stand
in front of
the mirror.
I rub
my temples
and crack
my neck.
Small bags
form under
my eyes.
puts cans
on shelves.
I dream
of you;
I dream
of blue skies
and long
I dream
of somewhere



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