March 5-11, 2012: Michael Lee Johnson and William Doreski

week of March 5-11, 2012

Michael Lee Johnson and William Doreski

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Michael Lee Johnson

Bio (auto)

Michael Lee Johnson is a poet, freelance writer and small business owner of custom imprinted promotional products and apparel:, from Itasca, Illinois. He is heavily influenced by: Carl Sandburg, Robert Frost, William Carlos Williams, Irving Layton, Leonard Cohen, and Allen Ginsberg. His new poetry chapbook with pictures, titled From Which Place the Morning Rises, and his new photo version of The Lost American: from Exile to Freedom are available HERE. The original version of The Lost American: from Exile to Freedom, can be found HERE. New Chapbook: Challenge of Night and Day, and Chicago Poems, by Michael Lee Johnson. Michael has been published in over 25 countries. He is also editor/publisher of five poetry sites, all open for submission, which can be found at his Web site:

The following work is Copyright © 2012, and owned by Michael Lee Johnson and may not be distributed or reprinted in any form whatsoever without written permission from the author.

Around My World

I’m a thin, tall, black lady
living in a small pink cottage
my body barely fits inside
the frame, and I’m sitting
on my buttocks with my knees
bent and my head
scraps the inside wall
at the crease where
the roof starts leaning in
on one side against my brain.
A red flower pot balances
on my kneecap and gracious
black stems and black
flower leafs sprout skyward
through the chimney top
ascending into blue
winter sky like
Jack the Bean Stalk.
Small words are written
in black all over my pink
walls, inside and out,
and I can’t remember
any of them or how they
join together right to left.

Around my world of
pink and black are
blue skies with snow
frames around all four

My pink palm of my hand
holds my chin up.
I reflect on why I’m
cramped up inside
of myself and the
black framed window
near my eyes
keeps most of the blues
and sunshine out.

William Doreski

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William Doreski teaches at Keene State College in New Hampshire. His most recent collection of poetry is Waiting for the Angel (2009). He has published three critical studies, including Robert Lowell’s Shifting Colors. His essays, poetry, fiction, and reviews have appeared in many journals, including Massachusetts Review, Atlanta Review, Notre Dame Review, The Alembic, New England Quarterly, Worcester Review, Harvard Review, Modern Philology, Antioch Review, and Natural Bridge.

Visit William on the web here.

The following work is Copyright © 2012, and owned by William Doreski and may not be distributed or reprinted in any form whatsoever without written permission from the author.

East and West

East of Park City, thunder
blues the peaks. Walking alone
on the highway, traffic sizzling,
I regret nothing–the lost job,
the unwise marriage, the book left
unwritten, continent unexplored.
The flat blue slam of thunder
reminds me that one evening
by the pond where students grappled
in pairs I should have spoken,
but you wouldn’t have heard me,
your cotton dress shivering
like a second skin. Now the light
rebukes, with cause, and that range
of mountains running east and west
instead of north and south rasps
like teeth of a mammoth chainsaw
and leaves me severed at the waist
but frisky enough, and cheerful–
the distant lightning dangling
like millions of shattered neurons
expended in my cause and name.


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