November 21-27, 2011: Ben E. Smith and Crystal Lane Swift

week of November 21-27, 2011

Ben E. Smith and Crystal Lane Swift

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Ben E. Smith
frowsymien@gmail.com

Bio (auto)

Ben E. Smith was raised in Utah. He earned his BA in Literature at Utah State University. In addition to essay and article publications, his stories and poems have appeared in several obscure anthologies. Currently, he lives in Kermt, Belgium and is writing a memoir.

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


Before Your Name Was Cliché

Two-year-olds
we ran naked holding hands
asexual through the neighborhood
eating raisins
drinking ambrosia.

An adolescent
your family’s Christmas photo
framed you warm, brunette
wrapped in furs against
the north of Midwest.

Curiosity in my deviant sex of youth
reminded me of you and I
streaking through sunshine
regardless of
Des Moines.

I saw warmth of fur
in nudity
when you spread
for glossy magazines and tuition,
raisins in your eyes.

When the temperature drops
when snow falls cold and blue
I see you and I shameless as a little boy and girl
and my lust for our innocence seeps out pores
sprouting hair ever-yearning.

Come to me again, Monique,
when we are bald and dying.



Crystal Lane Swift
crystallaneswift@hotmail.com

Bio (auto)

Crystal Lane Swift (PhD, Rhetoric and Public Address, LSU, 2008) is a communication Professor at Mt. San Antonio College and California State University, Northridge. Her poetry has appeared in anthologies, fresh!lit, Ancient Heart Magazine, Speaker & Gavel, on poemranker.com, at Poet’s Perch, and at the Rapp Saloon. She enjoys painting, writing, singing, acting, modeling, and producing all kinds of art. She has published an academic book, This House Would Ethically Engage (2008), over 15 academic articles (2005-2011), and a book of poetry, God Bless Paul (2008). She has produced three films: Sculpting the Rhetorician (2005), Debating Christianity from Below (2005), and It’s Never About a Boy (2011), as well as an album, On Going Battle (2011). She lives in Hollywood, CA with her best friend, Elba Soto-Quinones.

Visit her on the web here: www.crystallaneswift.com

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

Conversations with Rich Ferguson

There are two sets of stairs
One only goes up
The other only down
What’s the capital of Maine?
Doesn’t it start with a B?
Augusta.

The green velvet couch envelops our embrace until sleep taps at our eyelids
My back to your chest, your lips on the nape of my neck, your fingers caressing my belly
What’s the capital of Florida?
Boca Raton?
Tallahassee

The sunflowers stand tall, unmoved by their limitation of a blender
What’s the capital of Louisiana?
Baton Rouge
You’re right.