July 23-29, 2012: Holly Day and Robert Wynne

week of July 23-29, 2012

Holly Day and Robert Wynne

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Holly Day

Bio (auto)

Holly Day is a housewife and mother of two living in Minneapolis, Minnesota who teaches needlepoint classes in the Minneapolis school district. Her poetry has recently appeared in Hawai’i Pacific Review, The Oxford American, and Slipstream. Her book publications include The Book Of, A Bright Patch of Sunlight, Music Composition for Dummies, Guitar-All-in-One for Dummies, and Music Theory for Dummies, which has recently been translated into French, Dutch, Spanish, Russian, and Portuguese.

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

60 Years

she pushes him dutifully
up and down the aisles of the supermarket
the wheels of his wheelchair

“he beats me, you know”
she whispers

Robert Wynne

Bio (auto)

Robert Wynne earned his MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University. He is the author of 6 chapbooks, and 3 full-length books of poetry. His first full-length collection, “Remembering How to Sleep,” was the recipient of the Poetry Society of Texas’ 2006 Eakin Book Award. His second full-length collection, “Museum of Parallel Art,” was published in February 2008 by Tebot Bach Press. Tebot Bach published his third collection, “Self-Portrait as Odysseus” in 2011. He has won numerous prizes, and his poetry has appeared in magazines and anthologies throughout North America. He lives in Burleson, TX with his wife, daughter and 4 rambunctious dogs, and his online home is www.rwynne.com.

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

Missionary Position Available

Qualified applicant sought for full-time position. Must be comfortable prone, and able to handle relations with a variety of different cultures. Leg strength, sharp nails and inviting demeanor are plusses, but flexibility not required. Will report directly to top man. Key responsibilities include managing reception, convincing candidates they’ve seen God, and encouraging future participation. May need to exhibit more enthusiasm than is appropriate, up to and including speaking in tongues. Language can’t be trusted anyway, which is why there will be no talking during the interview.

Alexander Calder’s Craft Hour

Thanks for joining us today!
If you’ll gather your materials

we’ll get started. Be sure to select
a strong but flexible metal

as the frame for your mobile.
For the decorations, you’ll want

something light enough
to suspend disbelief, but

heavy enough to matter:
more substantial than

potato chips, and easier to use
than ashes. Consider perhaps

family photos, ink pens,
a watch with a dead battery

or your first book of poems.
Next, you will begin

punching holes in each item
and threading the metal

through them. Balance is key
so you’ll want to pay attention

to how a matchbook can be
overwhelmed by the 8-ball

opposite it. A bottle opener
works well across from

an empty bottle, and a penny
weighs about the same

as a paperclip which has been
coated in blue or green plastic.

Red paperclips are heavier.
When you bring yourself

to something you are unwilling
or unable to suspend, you’re done.

Hang the results in a doorway
like mistletoe, and sing

quietly to yourself every time
you pass under it. Don’t worry

if it doesn’t hum along;
it may be tired from carrying

so much meaning.