January 30 – February 5, 2017: Poetry from L.B. Sedlacek and Randolph Bridgeman

​L.B. Sedlacek and Randolph Bridgeman

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​L.B. Sedlacek

Bio (auto)

L.B. Sedlacek is a poet and writer in Lenoir, North Carolina. Her poems have appeared in such places as "Mastondon Dentist," "Improvijazzation Nation," "Coppertales," "Pure Francis," "Third Wednesday," "Scribe and Quill," "Circle Magazine," "Tales of the Talisman," "Big Pulp" and others. L.B. publishes a free resource for poets, The Poetry Market Ezine, www.thepoetrymarket.com. When not writing or reading poetry, she enjoys swimming, riding bicycles, and doing volunteer work especially for the local humane society. Her latest chapbook is "Mars or Bust." Check out her books on Amazon here.

The following work is Copyright © 2016, and owned by ​LB Sedlacek and may not be distributed or reprinted in any form whatsoever without written permission from the author.

Up at the Ski Lift

Our sunglasses are wrapped
to our heads
shiny and glowing underneath
goggles squeezed
tight on toboggans
our gloves thick wrapped
tight to our fingers
barely gripping the rope
pulling the snowboard
up to the counter to pay.

5200 feet, a high elevation,
but with Spring too early and
manufactured snow like a thin
ribbon of caulk the bright
yellow snowboard, round
and cranky, is our best
option. And, note: will
keep us wrapped tight
around a tree, or worse.

We zip up our jackets
and jump!


Randolph Bridgeman

Bio (auto)

Randolph Bridgeman graduated from St. Mary’s College of Maryland and is the recipient of the Edward T. Lewis Poetry Prize. He was a Lannan Fellow for the Folgers Shakespearian Theater 04-05 poetry reading series. His poems have been published in numerous poetry reviews and anthologies. He has four books of poems, South of Everywhere 2005, Mechanic on Duty 2008, The Odd Testament 2013, and The Poet Laureate of Cracker Town 2015. His fifth book, The Trash Talk Poems, is forthcoming in 2017.

The following work is Copyright © 2016, and owned by Randolph Bridgeman and may not be distributed or reprinted in any form whatsoever without written permission from the author.

the way things get written

i wrote this poem with a pen that i stole
from a waitress at IHOP who told me
her baby-daddy had just left her and she
needed a big tip to help pay for a new tattoo
which i gave her because i’m a sucker
for a woman who knows what she wants
and is willing to work to get it
the poem before this i wrote with a pen
i found between my car seats along with
crusty mcdonald’s french fries
and half eaten funyuns
right after some homeless woman
at the WAWA gas station insisted on
pumping my gas
checking my oil
washing my windshield
(these are metaphors)
then she charged me ten bucks which i pay
because there’s something there that doesn’t
love an all american down on your luck story
but my best poems i tell you were written
with a pen that i five-fingered off
of my psychiatrist
it leaks onto the page like her
inkblot tests –

what do you see she asks

i say

an asian fish taco topped with
kesong puti cheese and
wasabi sauce

and how about now

an american beef taco topped with
cougar gold cheese and
sour cream

and now

a spicy mexican taco topped with
cheese whiz and jalapeno peppers

(these are metaphors too)


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