January 24-30, 2011: David Chorlton and Patricia Hanahoe-Dosch

David Chorlton
rdchorlton@netzero.com 

 

Bio (auto)

David Chorlton was born in Austria, grew up in England, and spent several years in Vienna before moving to Phoenix in1978 His newest published books reflect this concern for the natural world They are Waiting for the Quetzal, from March Street Press, and The Porous Desert, from Future Cycle Press He recently had a poem included in the anthology, BIRDS, from the British Museum, won the Ronald Wardall Poetry Prize for his chapbook The Lost River, from Rain Mountain Press, and the Slipstream Chapbook Contest with From the Age of Miracles. 

Visit David on the web here: http://www.davidchorlton.mysite.com/

The following work is Copyright © 2011, and owned by David Chorlton and may not be distributed or reprinted in any form whatsoever without written permission from the author.

 

Updated Contributor’s Note 

Born near the Alps, grew up surrounded
by industry, lived for a while
close to music and art, now home
is a city in the desert
where the summer moves in to erase
the past with light My address
is the present tense
Interests include birds and revolution
which I often think of
as belonging together, given
the falling numbers of species
and lack of action taken
to reverse the situation, so I spend time
each day filling feeders
to keep energy high for the uprising
I read for pleasure
and only choose subjects that are
serious, which suggests
darkness in my personality True,
but I’m working
on the problem: the books I read
are shorter each year
As for identity, I take
what I’m given: British, European,
white skin, brown eyes, native language
English, accent still
from Manchester whose factories
always depressed me Just say
I’m a non-practicing
member of the working class.

 

 

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Patricia Hanahoe-Dosch

 

pahanaho@hacc.edu

Bio (auto)

Patricia Hanahoe-Dosch lives in Lancaster, PA She is an associate professor of English for the Harrisburg Area Community College’s Lancaster campus, where she teaches creative writing,  literature, composition and journalism She has an MFA from the University of Arizona and has published poems in various magazines,  including Confrontation, The San Pedro Poetry Review, The Paterson Literary Review, Abalone Moon, and Switched-on Gutenberg.

The following work is Copyright © 2011, and owned by Patricia Hanahoe-Dosch and may not be distributed or reprinted in any form whatsoever without written permission from the author.

 

 

And now.

It begins
with fine cutting, the slivering
of skin from the thick layers
the cushioning blobs
of fat, muscle and gristle,
till finally,
scrape of bone.

This is how Emperor Hadrian
condemned Rabbi Akiva
to death by flaying
him alive, separating
muscle and sinew
with a currycomb.

Whose hand will raise the first
gesture? The first brief
flick of fingers that signals
enough?