December 13-19, 2010: Ellen Reich and Michael P Lira

Ellen Reich
easgr@charter.net 

 

Bio (auto)

Ellen was nominated for Pushcart Prizes in 2008 and 2009 She teaches creative writing for Emeritus College, a division of Santa Monica College Hundreds of her poems and stories have been published in The Los Angeles Times, Slant, Mudfish, Slipstream, ACM, Coe Review and others She has won writing awards from DA Center for the Arts, Blue Unicorn, Cape Cod Times and others A finalist in the 2006 Spire Poetry Book Award, the 2005 Flume Press Poetry Contest, and the 2004 Pearl Poetry Prize, her work has been included in a number of anthologies among them Blue Arc, West, Tebot Bach Press A collection of her poetry along with three others is entitled 4 Los Angeles Poets Her chapbook Reverse Kiss was editor’s choice and accepted for publication by Main Street Rag in 2005 Her poetry book, The Gynecic Papers, deals primary with women’s issues.

The following work is Copyright © 2010, and owned by Ellen Reich and may not be distributed or reprinted in any form whatsoever without written permission from the author.


 

Angelfish More Interesting Than Sex 

Last night I was close to you
on a low bed in Singapore We wanted to make love
but instead just held on to each other My dreams aren’t very complicated I kiss you in a stairwell,
then we go out on the grass
with cups of coffee A plague of angelfish floats by in the air
dried seaweed wafting among the fish I put my palm over your cup to keep
the kelp out
I’d sure like to know
what those angelfish mean.

 

 

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Michael P Lira
prarthanabanikya@gmail.com

Bio (auto)

Michael P Lira lives in Superior, AZ and has been contemplating which country he is going to conquer once the cheap beer buzz wears off .

The following work is Copyright © 2010, and owned by Michael P Lira and may not be distributed or reprinted in any form whatsoever without written permission from the author.

 

 

Peanuts 

every payday
the collectors will make a contest
out of who can make me shit my pants first every payday every fucking payday!
then the winners
will go through each individual turd
and with their fucking teeth
they will pick out the peanuts .