Monthly Archives: February 2009

2/25/09 – Lee Keylock

Lee Keylock

The poem featured below was previously published in The Litchfield Review.

Wednesday’s Children

(Wednesday’s Child is WNBC’S weekly televised feature that recruits
adoptive families for foster children – usually the older children are featured)

We, too, were once as pretty as princes,
cow-licked hair, rose-lipped mouths,
orphans with eyes that sparkled desire.
We swung from birches that creaked
under our scrawny-body-loads
and doubled them over riverbanks
like the poles we fashioned to hook sunfish.
We placed them flapping into exposed palms,
watched their gelid eyes seek the water
from which they were plucked.
We lined the fish gleaming along the river’s edge
and knew exactly when to offer them up,
let them slip from our sullied hands
into sparkling pools to dive toward
polished pebbles. Always they disturbed
the surface smooth to our touch, always
they vanished like fogged shadows.
Yet how the forsaken writhed when aired
too long, their “O” mouths gaping Now
Now Now, gathering dust, their sheenless
forms arched and buckled, their gills
no longer slit-tight, sweeping dirty earth
deep into pure bodies, and we watched,
waiting, free of pain.

— Lee Keylock

An “Imported” poet, Lee Keylock’s poetry often reflects the conflict between the English and the Irish, framed with mythic themes, fleshed out with historic fact and eyewitness detail. Originally from Essex, England, he settled in the U.S. in 1990. He is a teacher of English at Newtown High School, Sandy Hook CT. His poems have appeared in Connecticut River Review, Caduceus, Raving Dove, Connecticut Review, the Litchfield Review and in Bent Pin Quarterly among others. Lee is a student of noted poet Vivian Shipley. If these facts aren’t enough to bring you out – the guy has a fabulous accent to go with his fabulous poetry!!!

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Posted by on February 25, 2009 in * A Few Poems, * Past Features


2/18/09 – Gary Mex Glazner + a CT Slam Team Slam

HOST/Slam Mistress: Faith

Gary Glazner is the founder and director of the Alzheimer’s Poetry Project, (APP). The National Endowment for the Arts listed the APP as a “best practice” for their Arts and Aging Initiative. NBC’s “Today Show, NPR’s All Things Considered and Voice of America have featured segments on Glazner’s work. He is Managing Director of Bowery Arts and Science, the nonprofit wing of the Bowery Poetry Club in New York City. Harper Collins W.W. Norton and have published him and he is author of Ears on Fire: Snapshot Essays in a World of Poets, published on La Alameda Press. The book chronicles a year abroad in Asia and Europe meeting poets, working on translations and writing poems. Soft Skull Press has a a three book series by Glazner featuring essays and interviews on creative poetry programming inlcuding the titles “How To Make a Living As a Poet.” and “How To Make a Life as a Poet.”

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Posted by on February 18, 2009 in * Past Features


2/11/09 – Annual Neurotic-Erotic-Exotic Valentine Open “Myk”

Oh the throes of love, and the throws of love, the flushing, blushing and boasting! Irascible eros, indestructible, inescapable, irritating OKAY, SO WEAR A BOA, A RAINCOAT, BRING A POEM

(subtle, metaphoric, euphoric or not….) We celebrate the sensual, the ridiculous, the neurotic and the exotic aspects of that hormonal madness and beyond…….

All this PLUS: FREE KISSES (chocolate), truly erotic conversation hearts, we’ll play Mad Libs (those fill in the blank things), and we’ll be giving away Mr. Right!!! so MOVE OVER CUPID!

* image is ink & pastel on paper by mar walker
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Posted by on February 11, 2009 in * Past Theme Nights


2/4/09 – Polly Brody



Miniature galaxies assembled
on my windshield–
this morning’s frost glittering
between the sun’s eye and mine.
Entranced, I could not put on
the wipers, could not erase
that startling beauty.

Hayden’s musical geometry poured
from the CD within my dashboard.
My ear heard, and my eyes saw
syntax: themes obedient
to inherent physics.
Across the curving glass
those icy clusters scattered,
each singular lattice programmed,
as was each note.

I left my drive, turned south,
the frangible rime dissolved;
glass cleared, gave back a view
of ordinary Main Street.


Polly Brody’s most recent collection is called, “At the Flower’s Lip,” (Antrim House 2007) and it has been called a “chapbook of passionate poetry.” She is also the author of two earlier publications: “Other Nations,” and “The Burning Bush.” Polly has been published in many literary journals including THE SPOON RIVER POETRY REVIEW, THE MIDWEST QUARTERLY, THE CREAM CITY REVIEW, NORTHEAST MAGAZINE, etc. She has twice received the Winchell Award from the Connecticut Poetry Society. She was the 2005 winner of the “Connecticut River Review” Poetry Prize. In 2006, she was awarded third place in a national competition judged by Wesley McNair. Polly has been a finalist in the New Millennium Writings competition. She reads widely in CT and the greater metropolitan area

We also know she has been an active advocate for the environment has traveled widely in Europe, East Africa, Australia and South America. She received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Mount Holyoke College. After returning to school in mid-life, earned a Masters Degree in Biology from Southern Connecticut State University. In addition to the honors above in 1994 she was selected to read at the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, and has been a past presenting poet in the New England Foundation for the Humanities series, After Frost: Poetry in New England.

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Posted by on February 4, 2009 in * A Few Poems, * Past Features

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