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  Versus. Pure Slush Vol. 5


5 poets feature in Versus. - Claudia BierschenkRon CampbellCarolyn CordonHowie Good and JP Reese

Each poet was asked to write a poem on 15 different topics.

And their 75 different reactions / opinions / interpretations feature in the book.

Find snippets below!

 

on drink ...

Club-Mate by Claudia Bierschenk ...

They’re crowding subways and doorways

freeze their bony knees outside

important clubs for hours

on seasons ...

Why did the snake cross the road? by Carolyn Cordon ...

the creature pounded my heart,

bang bang bang,

as the shiny, undulating

metre and a half of it

disappeared

on convenience stores ... 

To the Blue by Howie Good ...

Angels in dark glasses sit along the edge of the loading dock, swinging their pale legs and waiting.

on marriage ...

 night time struggle by Carolyn Cordon ...

 My husband next to me is unaware

of the nightly tussle occurring in our bed –

on chores ...

The Day I Dont Wake Up by Ron Campbell ...

I won’t have to pay that bill

Gas up that car

Check that calendar.

on personal grooming ...

Mars by Howie Good ...

  I’ll grow a bald man’s gray ponytail, and the future will be cruel and often difficult,

on budgets ...

Divestiture by JP Reese ...

It’s much too late to supplicate--

the Volvo goes; Suburban stays.  

on interior decoration ...

 Interior Decoration by Claudia Bierschenk ...

 I recommend a slinky modern draught.

Let it swirl around the door

on gender ...

No Best in Show by Carolyn Cordon ...

Who was I to face the trial

of before-school plaiting, with ribbons and things?

 on public transport ...

The Feast by JP Reese ...

  Green, red and white banners blaze above narrow streets to announce September’s arrival. Bright posters wave Ciao Baby! Mangia! We plunge into Manhattan’s Indian summer, cash in hand.

on church ... 

Black Milk by Howie Good ...

I wore my funeral suit. The only thing I taught him, the old man said, was how to drink a fifth a day.   

on raising children ...

Heart Dent by Ron Campbell ...

Old soul died young.

Set in your ways by the age of four.

on politics ...

The Real Thing by Claudia Bierschenk ...

It was pleasantly creepy

to watch older students

run around in gas masks, 

on guilty pleasures ...

Eraser by Ron Campbell ...

 I mourn the loss of erasers.

Now we just hit the delete button.

on future ...

For Rebecca by JP Reese

The sky denied, today dawns black, not blue.

This is the dark hour of your mother’s song. 

 

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