"Winner of the Open Community Poetry Contest for the period Oct 31-Dec. 31, 2013. See commentary below."--ed.
Tweedle Dee Dee and Tweedle Dee Dum
One could sing, the other hum
One was smart and one was dumb
One was free and one was numb
"Runner-up in the Open Community Poetry Contest for the period July 1-Sept. 30, 2012."--ed.
She will miss the kiss.
It lingers on and she tastes him.
Something that she never experiences
and longs for,
her brief emancipation.
He tosses her like a rag doll,
entwined, she is trembling,
he breaks her in two,
that last kiss, now lips closed tightly,
out the door.
Close your eyes,
I want you to trust me,
Just this once — just for tonight.
You can tighten your grip on my hand,
I don't mind your nails digging deeper.
Again the dusk has filled this town with fog a sight I've grown accustomed to; odd shapes and silhouettes become dancers and these cracked calloused streets have become their stage. As they dance a bullfrog belches in the background a light wind rustles some leaves. In the distance I hear the sawmill; metal blades gnarling through the flesh of a helpless, old redwood begging for his life.
An Interview with Michael Miller, winner of the Open Community Poetry Contest, January-March, 2011
by John Winn
Known as michaelmiller.ic to contributors and visitors to the website hennensobserver.com, Michael Miller Jr. is as mysterious as the allegories he employs. With little more to go on that an arm tattoo as his online avatar and some vague geography as his locat...
An interview with H.E. Mantel, winner of the Open Community Poetry Contest (for the period October—December, 2010) conducted February 28, 2011.
by John Winn
Harold E. Mantel has been a mainstay in the literary community ever since he burst on the scene almost a decade ago. Since then many of his poems and prose, including “Abide and Abode,” “If Ever After” and “Pox Popul...