November 7-13, 2016: Poetry from Marie C Lecrivain and Terez Peipins

​Marie C Lecrivain and Terez Peipins

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​Marie C Lecrivain


Marie C Lecrivain (Los Angeles, CA), is the editor-publisher of poeticdiversity: the litzine of Los Angeles, a Pushcart Prize nominee, and writer-in-residence in her apartment. She’s the author of several works of poetry and fiction, including The Virtual Tablet of Irma Tre (© 2014 Edgar & Lenore’s Publishing House), Grimm Conversations (© 2015 Sybaritic Press), and Philemon’s Gambit:Sonnets and Photographs (© 2016 International Word Bank Press).

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

NLP: A Success Story

Birth control starts in childhood
with the admonition,

You’re going to end up
just like her…

one of the family malcontents,
who, in the old days,
would’ve marked time
by the passage of the sun
through a grimy window
while chained in the attic

Decades of this mantra
migrate through the bloodstream,
become fused to the bone,
and are scrawled across uterine walls
in bloody script. What new life
wants to spend nine moons
in an oubliette like that?

I’ve navigated my life
by this phrase. Now,
I look back on
what I’ve missed,
who I’ve dismissed,
and what I might’ve been,
and though I’m alone,
I’m strangely proud
these words will never
pass my lips to harm
the ones I could’ve loved.



Terez Peipins


The poetry, fiction, and essays of Terez Peipins have appeared in publications both in the United States and abroad including Anak Sastra, Barcelona Ink, The Barcelona Review, The Buffalo News, Conte, The Kentucky Review, Melusine, and Pedestal, among many others. She is the author of three chapbooks of poetry. Her novel, The Shadow of Silver Birch is published by Black Rose Writing. She won the 2016 Natasha Trethewey Prize in poetry from the Atlanta Writers Club. Visit Terez on the web here.

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

Return to New York

Midnight July fifteenth
off the airport bus,
past Port Authority,
dragging luggage,
I return to a new America,
a new Times Square.
Street souls no longer
spill out of corners,
nor beggars
rattling coins
in cups,
straight out
of Damon Runyon.

TKTS recall a golden age.
Dancers in boas, kick
us back to a 50’s trance.

Past erased
in a new millennium empire.
Billboards rise over
product names
burnt in our brains.

Tourists in sneakers, shorts,
push past me
A sidewalk gorged
with pink fed flesh.

Consumption is bliss.
Tokyo descends
on New York,
now just as clean.

No longer the generator
of tales,
of the young stripper
at the Metropole,
of the bum prying
a shoe loose from
an art installation.

New York memories
flicker and fade
like the Nasdaq quotes.




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