October 28 – November 3, 2019: Poetry from Lia Rayne and Cynthia Alby

Lia Rayne and Cynthia Alby

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Lia Rayne
JamieHoward8389@gmail.com

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My pen name is Lia Rayne and I am a 30 year old genderfluid poet. I have been writing poetry for 13 years and I have been published 3 times so far. My life goal is to write my own book of poetry and have it published!

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


Bedroom Senryu

Time bombs explode at
nine- I exhale praying breaths
waiting for the creak.

 

 


Cynthia Alby
cynthia.alby@gcsu.edu

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Cynthia Alby is a professor at Georgia College who is devoted to supporting others as they discover the power of teaching as a transformative activity. She writes and creates art on a farm called “Shangri-Baa” where she and her husband raise an endangered breed of sheep and share their home with a crew of rescued dogs.

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


I learn the word “Slurb”

Please, never lead
with a definition from Merriam-Webster
Trite incarnate

But I am a full stanza in now
And I warn you,
A definition is coming

You see, Jennifer –
Professional definition scribe –
Has
…..Despite her hard chair
And beige cubicle –
Slipped a hint of poetry
Into said dictionary
Hoping no one will notice
But Jennifer –
I see what you have done

“Slurb –
A suburb of wearisomelyuniformhouses”

My friend, Annica
Lived in an upscale slurb
Although I had no word for it at twelve
Row upon row of identical structures
Tidy yards
…..……I could not visit her there
…..……I made excuses

I could read it
Morse Code
All – dashes – no – dots
A slurb –
What happens
When SOS
Flat lines

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