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FIRE
by Brinda Buljore

Those who have burned

in the so-white fire

on the beach

now

small clowns

held to the flame

“FIire” is based on Lawrence Ferlinghetti‘s poem “Oh You Gatherer.” Read the original at poemhunter.com.

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shadowed
by Alexis Rhone Fancher

I am ice
I am water
I am frost
cut by glass
I am a
whistle thru my teeth
 
I lose my hat
 
My eyes are locked
my bones are soup
I am stone
I am mad
I stare out. broken.

“shadowed” is based on “I Am a Shadow” by Diane di Prima.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Writer/photographer Alexis Rhone Fancher is a member of Jack Grapes’ L.A. Poets & Writers Collective. Her work has been published or is forthcoming in RATTLE, BoySlut, The Mas Tequila Review, The Juice Bar, Cultural Weekly, High Coupe, Gutter Eloquence Magazine, Tell Your True Tale, The Good Men Project, Bare Hands, 100-Word Stories, The Poetry Super Highway, Le Zaporogue, numerous anthologies, and blogs. Her photographs have been published worldwide, including on the covers of Witness and The Mas Tequila Review. In 2013, she was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She is poetry editor of Cultural Weekly. Visit her at alexisrhonefancher.com.

 

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STANDUP COMICS
by Gary Snyder

A parking meter that won’t take coins
a giant sprinkler valve wheel chained and locked
a red and white fire hydrant
a young dandelion at the edge of the pavement

PHOTO: Elizabeth, Canada, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

“Standup Comics” appears in Gary Snyder‘s 2004 collection DANGER ON PEAKS, published by Shoemaker Hoard, available at Amazon.com.

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WHACK
by Gary Snyder

Green pinecone flakes
pulled, gnawed clean around,
wobbling, slowly falling
scattering on the ground,
     whack the roof.
Tree-top squirrel feasts
–twitchy pine boughs. 

“Whack” is found in Gary Snyder’s 2004 collection DANGER ON PEAKS, available at Amazon.com.

PHOTO: “Squirrel Snacks on Pine Cone” by Dixxe Bell, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

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PINE TREE TOPS
by Gary Snyder

In the blue night
frost haze, the sky glows
with the moon
pine tree tops
bend snow-blue, fade
into sky, frost, starlight.
The creak of boots.
Rabbit tracks, deer tracks,
what do we know.

PHOTO: Bekajama19, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

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AUTUMN NITE
by Jack Kerouac

Cloudy autumn nite
— cold water drips
in the sink.

ILLUSTRATION:  “Vintage Faucet” by Anahi DeCanio. Prints available at fineartamerica.com.

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WALKING HAIKU
by Jack Kerouac

Walking down road with Allen —
Walking down the road in Autumn.

“Walking Haiku” appears on page 668 in Jack Kerouac Collected Poems, a 700+-page collection of Kerouac’s poetry published by The Library of America in 2012, available at Amazon.com.

GRAPHIC: “Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg in Autumn” by Silver Birch Press

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WAITING HAIKU
by Jack Kerouac

Waiting for the leaves
to fall —
There goes one! 

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AUTUMN WIND
by Jack Kerouac

Bird bath thrashing
by itself — 
Autumn wind. 

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AUTUMN HAIKU
by Jack Kerouac

Cool sunny autumn day,
I’ll mow the lawn
one last time