Bleed

now is not the time to open open that great door again not the time to be more tolerant not the time to play to win

now is not the time for justice evolution mercy choices not the time to pet the puppies yipping with pathetic voices

now is not the time for kindness not the time for compromise not the time for loving blindness not the time to close my eyes

now for one too many people not that i have gained no good heart has sown but flesh is reaping tears to mind and wasted blood

now my inner wolf seeks equals only those whose chords can howl deadly whether lone or social defending young or on the prowl

tell me not that you would die upon the spines of my displeasure live for me and for you will i cherish each cell as if a treasure

put me not inside a cage but roam with me through snow and sun be by my side or breathe my dust for i shall bleed again for none

Niki Lasher Artist, Writer, and Webmatron http://www.kthulah.com

In The News:

Poetry Meets the Moment(s)  The New York TimesThe Book Review's poetry editor, Gregory Cowles, discusses Tracy K. Smith's essay about political poetry and more from this week's special issue.
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Matthew Freedman, MFA Poetry '03, Awarded Fulbright Distinguished Teaching Honor in Finland  The New School NewsAs a 12th grade English teacher in Newburgh, New York, Matthew Freedman, MFA Poetry '03, helps prepare students for college in a school district that is ...
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Wollongong girl's heartbreaking winning poetry for a brother lost  Illawarra MercuryI wanted to let go of what I was holding in my heart”.
Word's Out | Geo-Poetic Spaces  San Diego Free PressWhere drought hasn't melted men into three seasons A shuffle of footsteps in discarded leaves warns Winter is coming.
Reviews: Three collections of poetry explore gender, race and family  Minneapolis Star TribunePOETRY: Three new collections explore gender, love, race and family.
The Poetry Programme: Michael Longley, in his 80th year  RTE.ieMichael Longley, who will turn 80 in 2019, is one of our finest poets, and on 11th and 18th November the Poetry Programme has an extended interview recorded ...
Anchorage Museum archives earthquake with viral memes, Twitter poetry  Alaska Public Radio NetworkHow do you measure the impact of a natural disaster? After the devastating Good Friday earthquake in 1964, archivers collected print newspaper headlines, ...
Forget Beatnik Cliches: A Fresh Style of Jazz and Poetry is Brewing  KQEDIt's taken more than five decades, but *fresh* jazz/poetry collaborations have finally shaken the tired cliches festering in the zeitgeist since the Beat movement of ...
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Theater review: 'Dear Elizabeth' a captivating story of love,...  Duluth News TribuneA love story told in letters from two brilliant but damaged poets seems an unlikely topic for an engaging, comic and tragic play. Yet so it is, with Sarah Ruhl's ...
Bright Star review: Music brimming with poetry and poems full of music  The Sydney Morning HeraldJohn Bell and Simon Tedeschi interweave the poetry of Keats and the Schubert's piano music.
The Worst Bad Poem? There’s a Contest for That  The New York TimesThere was expectation in the room that someone would deliver a poem as lovely as a tree. Or not. The expectation was about choosing the worst of the worst ...
Best books of 2018: Poetry  Financial TimesThe Coming of the Little Green Man, by John Agard, Bloodaxe Books, RRP£9.95. In the year when we learnt of the damage and cruelty that the UK's ...
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Maya C. Popa Joins 'PW' as Poetry Reviews Editor  Publishers WeeklyMaya C. Popa has joined Publishers Weekly as its new poetry reviews editor, effective immediately. Popa succeeds Alex Crowley in the post and will be ...
Earl Sweatshirt: Some Rap Songs review – powerful, emotional poetry  The GuardianCut-up beats are a foil for candid reflections on the artist's battles with drugs and depression, with moving moments of parental reconciliation.
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Chennai Cop’s Special Poetry Gives Night Patrols The Extra Boost They Need!  The Better IndiaS Kanagesan, a Chennai cop, is using his poetry to keep his colleagues motivated and alert while they are out on night patrolling.
Undergraduate student Natalie Lim wins CBC Poetry Prize - SFU News  Simon Fraser University NewsBy Christine Lyons. SFU undergraduate student Natalie Lim's poem, Arrhythmia, is poignant, loving and complex. And it surpassed more than 2,500 entries in ...
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