July 17-23, 2006: Jeffrey Spahr-Summers and Peter Schwartz

week of July 17-23, 2006

Jeffrey Spahr-Summers and Peter Schwartz

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Jeffrey Spahr-Summers

Bio (auto)

Jeffrey Spahr-Summers is a poet and photographer now living in Longmont, Colorado His poems have appeared in Hammers, Strong Coffee, Erie, San Fernando Poetry Journal, Newsletter Inago, The Dallas Review, The poetry Victims, Kritya, The International Poetry Project, Unlikely Stories, Black Medina, Poetry Magazine, Abalone Moon, The Coffee Press Journal, Lily Literary Journal, Poems For You and twice previously on The Poetry Super Highway Jeff’s poems appear in 3 anthologies, Chicago Saloon Poets, Step Into The Light and Voices Israel 2005 He has published 2 books, Fear of Heights (1984) and The Cherry Poems (2006) Jeff is the Editor and Publisher of The Poetry Victims
Visit Jeffrey on the web here: http://spahr-summers.spaces.msn.com/

The following work is Copyright © 2006, and owned by Jeffrey Spahr-Summers and may not be distributed or reprinted in any form whatsoever without written permission from the author.

Of poems and people

Never satisfied
The whiners
Always Primping
Looking in mirrors
Screaming for attention
Always wanting
To re-invent themselves
Rise out of the ashes
You know
Go Phoenix

The Bogeyman

Mother needs a handicap room
with a refrigerator
for her insulin
Mother comes from fairvale
but yesterday
we were in memphis
can I wait in the lobby while
Mother gets dressed?

Mother loves the room
Mother loves the restaurant
you suggested and
she asked me to thank you
Mother wants a 4am wake up call
Mother is
i am a light sleeper.

Matisse’s dog

Old red belly
is napping
sunning himself
sunny side up
a splash on the patio
white and blue
and gray
he is
snoring I think he
lounges in the nude
in the sunshine
his legs splayed
like leaning fence posts
his eyes like saucers
jet black yet

Peter Schwartz

Bio (auto)

Peter Schwartz has over 100 poems published, some of them in nationally-distributed journals, some printed overseas He has stories and paintings printed both on and offline as well as his own somewhat controversial journal that can be sampled at: www.watchtheeye.com He’s also the associate art editor for Mad Hatters’ Review He lives a quiet life as a virtual monk in the forests of Augusta, Maine Visit Peter’s artwork site here: www.sitrahahra.com

The following work is Copyright © 2006, and owned by Peter Schwartz and may not be distributed or reprinted in any form whatsoever without written permission from the author.

what wasn’t (ode to an atheist)

I am the nostrum
and the suffering
crossed out too many times,
a few symbols left drying
on the clothesline

till the next storm
next to a patient list of losses
by a bottle of vodka

I am a living epitaph in dis-
agreement with the fixed
psychology of my own shadow

a creature with a tapeworm
too terrible to trust
marching with invoices

down to the cafe for yet
another drink off the wagon
of common sense