November 2–8, 2009: Michelle Matthees and Sam Silva

week of November 2-8, 2009: 

Michelle Matthees and Sam Silva

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Michelle Matthees

Bio (auto)

My poems have appeared in The Bellingham Review, Bloomsbury Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Paragraphs, and elsewhere I have work forthcoming online in Pemmican and Pank in addition,  I am a current recipient of an Emerging Writer Award from Intermedia Arts in Minneapolis and have received awards in the past from the Minnesota State Arts Board, the Jerome Foundation, AWP, and other arts organizations I am a graduate of the University of Minnesota MFA Program in Creative Writing and currently live in Duluth, Minnesota.

The following work is Copyright © 2009, and owned by Michelle Matthees and may not be distributed or reprinted in any form whatsoever without written permission from the author.

Domestic Violence

I recall the importance of round objects This is how my father and I touched–

baseballs, tennis balls, ping pong’s
fragile skull eggs, shotgun shell

BBs pouring waterfalls of lead
through fingers It is important

to keep moving I learned to love
the free-wheeling tricks my body could do,

its grace under pressure, the way it could
spiral away from mind into beauty
I dove for all the catches; I balanced
on one leg I laughed at my clumsy brain

behind its scarred back, secretly
cheered when it was the last one chosen
I practiced my own handicap Carefully broke
all the bones in my mind.

Sam Silva

Bio (auto)

Sam Silva has published at least 150 poems in print magazines, including Sow’s Ear, The ECU Rebel, Pembroke magazine, Samisdat, St Andrew’s Review, Charlotte Poetry Review, Main Street Rag, and many more Has published at least 300 poems in online journals including Jack Magazine, Comrades, Megaera, Poetry Super Highway, physik garden, Ken again, -30-, Fairfield Review, Foliate oak, and dozens of others Three legitmate small presses have published chapbooks of his, three of those presses have nominated work of his for Pushcart a total of 7 times Bright Spark Creative of Wilimington purchased rights to his first full length book EATING AND DRINKING and put the book out through author house at their expense He now has many books and chapbooks available at and has kindle books at Sam’s spoken word poetry is avaible at the major digital markets such as Apple iTunes.

The following work is Copyright © 2009, and owned by Sam Silva and may not be distributed or reprinted in any form whatsoever without written permission from the author.

Of Things, Black and Blood Red

A blur of abysmal night
,,,autumn’s wretched cat sounds
and silences
through the corner of the reptile eye
I am a lately dead lizard
whose blood has dried up I am snake-wisdom
through harvest orchards
….I am summer’s incandescent cup
just as the sun goes down.

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