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In My Wildest Dreams by Valeri Beers

a “wild” poem for Mike Maggio’s 30 for 30 contest, please vote for my poem  🙂  This is also for  poetry prompt #13, which has the theme “wild”


 

In My Wildest Dreams by Valeri Beers

I’m moving
to
Croatia
to be
a poet
on
Youtube

I’m the
Queen.
Lord Edward
of
Lincoln
Lady Rachel
of
the Ridge.

My
wildest dreams
are dreamed
on a
rural ridge
where wildlife
lives.

Unpheasant
the patridge
checks in
a
couple times
a
season.
Woodpeckers tapping
for
dominance
in
my backyard.
The
dead deer
in
the road,
white car smoking,
wind ruffling
the
brown fur
on
it’s neck.
Even
my cat
is described as
a
“little wild creature”
by the internet.

Ok Google,
how do  you say
poet
in Croatian?

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“Star Pull” by Valeri Beers

My poem “Star Pull” on Mike Maggio’s poetry page

 

Thank you Mike Maggio for including me in the 30 for 30 Celebration this month 🙂

 

 

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Maine’s Poet Laureate

I just learned that Maine’s current Poet Laureate, Stuart Kestenbaum, wrote  a poem that is very near and dear to me.  I read this poem a long time ago and it’s from his 1990 publication “Pilgrimage”.

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Starting the Subaru at Five Below
by Stuart Kestenbaum

After 6 Maine winters and 100,000 miles,
when I take it to be inspected

I search for gas stations where they
just say beep the horn and don’t ask me to

put it on the lift, exposing its soft
rusted underbelly. Inside is the record

of commuting: apple cores, a bag from
McDonald’s, crushed Dunkin’ Donuts cups,

a flashlight that doesn’t work and one
that does, gas receipts blurred beyond

recognition.  Finger tips numb, nose
hair frozen, I pump the accelerator

and turn the key. The battery cranks,
the engines gives 2 or 3 low groans and

starts. My God it starts. And unlike
my family in the house, the job I’m

headed towards, the poems in my briefcase,
the dreams I had last night, there is,

no question about what makes sense.
White exhaust billowing from the tail pipe.

Heater blowing, this car is going to
move me, it’s going to take me places

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Other works by Kestenbaum include:

House of Thanksgiving (2003)

Prayers & Run-On Sentences (2007)

Only Now (2014)

 

(Information from The Maine Edge, dated April 13, 2016)

 

 

 

 

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First Friday Poetry Prompt of 2016

FIRST INSPIRATION OF 2016

hny MINE

Happy New Year 🙂  2016!  I resolve to write more and submit and share my  words more.

POETRY PROMPT:  Write a NEW poem (it IS a new year after all) any style, any subject

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Happy New Year :)

hny MINE

 

 

New Year by Valeri Beers

No revising
this one
No revisiting
that one

Try to
find
new words
for
old problems
Try to
save
the
good ones

Remember
Remember
Remember

I
will be
the
poetry person
among
the
book people

Remember
Remember

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About this poem:  What if poems were
like calendars?  You had to throw them
away & write all new poems?  Erica
Jong told me to try to save the good ones 🙂

Have you seen the movie Fahrenheit
451? At the end of the movie, the
“book people” have remembered a book,
committed it to memory and then burned it.

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