June 17-23, 2019: Poetry from Tim Tipton and Drew Pisarra

Tim Tipton and Drew Pisarra

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Tim Tipton
maluna.gri@gmail.com

Bio (auto)

Tim Tipton was first seduced by the craft of poetry when he read the “Panther” by Rainer Marie Rilke. When he first joined the Ventura poetry circuit, he was inexperienced and green. Actually, he wasn’t any color. Today marks 19 years and he has developed his voice and has written poetry that has been featured in ART/LIFE, Askew, the San Gabriel Quarterly, and the on-line journal poetic diversity and LUMMOX, as well as other journals too many too mention. Tim is a graduate of California State University of Northridge where he received a Bachelor of Science in Sociology. He also received a degree in Substance Abuse counseling.

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


The Pea Coat

Arranging the lost closet of clothes
you will no longer wear.
I come to find that old pea coat of yours.
The one you wore all the time like a suit of armor.
I took the coat to my nose.
This gesture endeared me to you absolutely.
In this visual world,
this modern landscape of polyester,
cotton, nylon, and pigment,
it is the smell inside this damn coat
that almost holds what’s left of you.

 


Drew Pisarra
mistermysterio@hotmail.com

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As one half of conceptual art duo Saint Flashlight (with Molly Gross), Drew Pisarra has been finding playful ways to get poetry into public places such as film-themed haiku on a movie marquee and a series of lost-dog style flyers that drive to a phone bank of poems. His first book of poetry Infinity Standing Up, a collection of sonnets, came out in early 2019. His short story collection Publick Spanking was published eons ago by Future Tense. Additionally, he once toured a ventriloquist act entitled Singularly Grotesque – commissioned by the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art – but has since retired from the world of dummies. Visit Drew on the web here.

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


A short prayer

There must be things to break.
There must be plates.
There must be jelly jars and hearts.
There must be bread.

There must be things to crack.
There must be eggs.
There must be wheat.
There must be knuckles and the mind.

There must be things to punch.
There must be walls of brick and walls of plaster,
clocks and bags and sparring partners.
There must be fucking fists.
There must be more.
There must be movement.

Let there be that as well.
Let there be that as well.

Let there be a full refrigerator,
with its freezer overflowing frozen goods.
Let there be a warm bed,
an occupied bed.
Let there be bodies
to slip into like so many pairs of stockings.
Let there be no runs.
Let there be
in each man’s hand
and every woman’s clutch
an open-dated one-way ticket out.

There must be that as well.
There must be.



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