January 14-20, 2008: Lanice Jones and Michael Cluff


 

week of January 14-20, 2008

Lanice Jones and Michael Cluff


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Lanice Jones
lkjones@shaw.ca

Bio (auto)

I have been writing poetry for many years, with online publication in “Blue Skies Poetry” I live in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, and am a member of Alberta Writer’s Guild I have previously published short stories and articles, however, in 2007, while coping with a husband who ‘ran off’ with a friend of mine, the concentration span was too short to write articles, and I found myself turning to writing poetry Fortunately I have since been able to move on to other topics beyond Failed Relationships 101….

The following work is Copyright © 2008, and owned by Lanice Jones and may not be distributed or reprinted in any form whatsoever without written permission from the author.

Shiva Dance

Shiva dips her toe
New Orleans slips
beneath the sea

Iraq explodes

we
shuffle deckchairs
iceberg looming

Hungry Ghosts

In Laos
there are hungry ghosts
with mouths too small for eating They drift through the ether
longing, crying, yearning
I have a mouth
too small for
all the pain and sorrow
drifting through the streets


Michael Cluff
Michael.Cluff@rcc.edu

Bio (auto)

Michael Cluff is the assistant co-chair and an Associate Professor of English of the Communications Department at Riverside Community College in Norco, California He recently played Jacob Marley in “A Christmas Carol” and in November played Boo Radley and Prosecuting Attorney Horace Gilmer in “To Kill A Mockingbird” at the same venue Also in November he played King Sextimus the Silent in “Once Upon A Mattress” at the Norco Theater Conservtaory He poetry has benn urecently by Medusa’s Kitchen, Eskimopi, Dissident Editions and Sentinel Poetry on-line He lives in Highland, California.

The following work is Copyright © 2008, and owned by Michael Cluff and may not be distributed or reprinted in any form whatsoever without written permission from the author.

Into Sanity

Edges remain scalpels
always intrude
into sanity
and the intolerable balance
palpitates

a beating negativity
embryonic
eternally

It would be easy
to choose
the right answer
but
it will become
embedded in regret
and rigor mortis

just what I want
to avoid.