Monday, November 30, 2009

Wilco Haiku Contest Entry #1

The band Wilco recently held a haiku contest, calling for Wilco-related pieces. I submitted four haiku featuring material from their seven album titles. Special thanks to my friend Matt Scott, who informed me of the contest. As always, any good news I receive will be reported here. Entry one of four:

sinking my teeth in-
to blue Yankee sky on a
cool summer morning

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Suitable Expansion

As soon as I read the headline for this story, I knew there was a newspaper blackout poem to be found. So, with thanks to Austin Kleon, and in the spirit of the holidays, overeating and stretch pants, I present "Suitable Expansion" (with text below for ease of reading).

Suitable Expansion

A Chinese buffet eater
cannot seem to stop.
"I threw out my suits."
He cannot seem to contain
his praise for their products.
"At the beginning,
we were small.
Little by little,
we were opening up
to a group of tailors
to expand."

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Thanksgiving Traffic

Three miles in an
hour and a half --
interstate congestion and
stomach indigestion,
angry drivers with
hungry kids, no
exit in sight, and
no explanation.
Arrivals delayed;
hugs and hand-
shakes on hold;
dinners postponed.
It was easy to get
irritated and impatient,
until we saw
the white sheet
on the ground.
Suddenly, we were
thankful for the
fume-filled air that
we were breathing.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Thanksgiving Haiku Trouble

Which do you like best?

Thanksgiving voicemail
greeting: Leave us a message,
you turkey. Gobble!


Thanksgiving voicemail
greeting: Leave me a message,
you turkey. "Chow" now!


Thanksgiving voicemail
greeting: Leave me a message,
you turkey. Chow; ciao!


Thanksgiving voicemail
greeting: Leave a message, you
turkey. "Chow" for now!

Friday, November 20, 2009

Great Expectations

Not only am I excited to hear Donald Miller speak tonight, I just submitted the last of three pieces to Alimentum's poetry contest. Good times ahead!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Donald Miller Event

Tomorrow evening I will hear New York Times best-selling author Donald Miller speak. Miller wrote Blue Like Jazz (a personal favorite), among others.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

New Poetry Contest

This morning I submitted the first of three entries to Alimentum's inaugural poetry contest. You can be sure that I will post any good news I receive here!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

(concert interrupt-)

concert interrupt-
ed by a sewage backup,
attendees aflush

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

(little did I know)

little did I know
that would be our last goodbye
no hug, no kiss, gone

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

(She either just cut)

She either just cut
the cheese or just unzipped a
REALLY big briefcase!