November 28 – December 4, 2016: Poetry from Maria A. Arana and Thom Young

​Maria A. Arana and Thom Young

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​Maria A. Arana

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Maria A. Arana is a teacher, writer, and poet from the Los Angeles area. Her work has been published in Spectrum, Work to a Calm, the Altadena Poetry Review, vox poetica, and others. You can find her at https://rainingvoices.blogspot.com and on Twitter here.

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


Preparation

………..spring from bed
out of shower
………..close the door
get some paper
…………. ……….pencil
eraser
…………. ……….sit down
start
don’t stop now
if only I could
…………. ……….remember
…………. ……….what to write
I’d be done
I’d be done

 



Thom Young
bjm319@gmail.com

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Thom Young is a writer from Texas. His work has been in Poetry Quarterly, The Commonline Journal, 3am magazine, Crack the Spine, Word Riot, 48th Street Press, and many other places. A 2016 Pushcart Prize Nominee. He is one of Amazon’s most popular poets hitting #1 in Poetry Anthologies and Short Stories and his latest A Little Black Dress Called Madness hit #1 Poetry in Germany. See his other titles here.

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


Walk

I go on long walks everyday
hoping to get hit by a car
or die
either one can cost you everything
i wave at the old ladies by the pool
"there goes the writer."
they say
"he seems like such a nice young man."
they say
and
i smile
lock your doors
the wild hearted son
is back


Purple Onion

as I write another poem
3 gun shots kill something
or
someone
maybe it’s the old guy
two houses down with the laughing
Bulldog
he finally had enough
no more purple onions
at 2am
on Rye with yellow mustard
he cried as his old lady pulled the trigger
that’s the end
and ch. 5 is showing a re-play
of the Rose Bowl parade
and they don’t look happy
again.