POETRY READINGS

POETRY READINGS

Poems performed by professional actors.

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POETRY READINGS
  • POETRY Read: A RIDDLE OF BREAKABLE THINGS, by Janine Parkinson (with Interview)

    Performed by Val Cole

    “A riddle of Breakable things”, by Janine Parkinson
    A love like ours starts out
    with one cup of sugar
    a teaspoon of thyme

    Add a fight,
    some words unkind
    we sit broken, cracked, poached

    Resting in silence, stirring
    your pointed finger, stabs
    Oozes yellow

    The sunset
    repla...

  • Poetry Reading: COFFEE, by Paul Wood

    Performed by Val Cole

    COFFEE by Paul Wood

    On no what a palaver

    What an awful din

    The barista is going crazy

    As the customers all pile in

    Mums with small children

    Spotty teenagers with attitude

    All sorts from all walks of life

    Are waiting in the que

    I shuffle slowly along the co...

  • Poetry Reading: An Abridged Autobiography, by Theresa Cardiello (with interview)

    Performed by Val Cole

    Get to know the writer:

    1) What is the theme of your poem?

    An autobiography – told in little snippets.

    2) What motivated you to write this poem?

    I am currently in a creative writing class.

    3) How long have you been writing poetry?

    I really started writing creatively ...

  • POETRY READING: “Sword of War”, from “Of Virtue, Love and War”, by Ryan Christiansen

    Performed by Val Cole

    “Sword of War”, from “Of Virtue, Love and War”, by Ryan Christiansen

    Would I were a soldier still – would I were yet still a knight
    A servant of the beautiful – honor bound to all that’s right

    I’d marsh’ll out to meet the foe – for her return to fight
    Would I were love’...

  • POETRY READING: A Civil Soldier's Tale, by SJ Roebling

    Performed by Val Cole

    Genre: Historical

    A Civil Soldier's Tale

    "Lie still now, soldier", the Union General said,
    As he knelt down beside the boy's bloody, wounded head.
    The dying young lad, no more than fifteen, if a day,
    Wore the blight of cannon, from being in its way.

    The General swallo...

  • POETRY READING: My Mountain To Climb, by Bethany Zare

    Performed by Val Cole


    My mountain to climb by Bethany Zare

    Diagnosis cancer,
    like others have had.

    My type is common,

    so not really that bad.

    The experience feels

    like an amusement ride,

    With ups and downs

    but nowhere to hide.

    Each test brings more questions

    no clear path t...

  • POETRY READING: Isolated Vodka, by Lizbeth Wartemberg

    Performed by Val Cole

    Isolated Vodka, by Lizbeth Wartemberg

    Last night I died
    I cried and I cried and I cried
    I drowned all my pride and I cried
    and I cried and I cried

    I drowned all my pride and I cried
    and I cried and I cried
    I tripped over half a bottle of vodka
    Did a U-turn on my bed
    Whe...

  • POETRY Reading: Sovereign Wisdom, by Kamanadine

    Sovereign Wisdom, by Kamanadine

    Dancing on the razor’s edge

    No mind

    No body

    Zero point

    Shunya

    Free falling in space

    A fractal of light

    A crystal skull starts vibrating

    And shining iridescent

    Never seen before

    Patterns of light

    Seeing through the eyes of Goddess

    A lens of purity

    Of ...

  • POETRY READING: STAINING/CRUSHING/BRUSHING, by E.K. Gaylord III

    Performed by Val Cole

  • POETRY READING: MILKSHAKE, by Leslie DuFresne

    Performed by Val Cole

    MILKSHAKE, by Leslie DuFresne

    In having everything and nothing to do all at once,
    this mother strips herself bare
    of dignity. I do what I have to.
    The happy meds I fed my mind this morning
    kicked themselves in
    far past the buzzed feel-good uprights
    landing amidst a stad...

  • POETRY READING: Rust, by Kelly Loraine Stearns

    Performed by Val Cole

    Rust
    By Kelly Loraine Stearns

    collecting old keys
    seeking answers unseen
    lost in a puzzle
    of amnesiac complexities
    the clock chants why
    timeless moments pass her by
    orchestrating a symphony
    of a perpetual dream
    silence whispers
    echoing particles of dust
    a young womans de...

  • POETRY READING: Dedicated To The Unknown Woman, by Sharmaine Anna Dobson

    Performed by Val Cole

    Dedicated to the Unknown Woman
    Listen to the drums
    Echoing through the valley
    See the demons fly
    through the night

    Hear the old woman
    Cry out with fright
    As a young woman is stripped bare…
    Violated, beaten and bruised
    She lays
    With unseeing eyes
    All she hears
    Are the silen...

  • POETRY READING: Innate Soaring, by Edward Longo

    Performed by Val Cole

    INNATE SOARING, by Edward Longo

    This is a poem dedicated to those

    Men and women who cannot help but follow

    The unspoken meanings of their soul;

    who will search or soar until

    They unite their personas with their innate

    Motivations; and

    Whom will continue soaring

    T...

  • POETRY Reading: Aaliyah, by Pete B.

    Performed by Allan Michael Brunet

    Aaliyah, by Pete Borreggine

    All throughout my life,

    I’ve searched for love alone,

    A quest I made to find that love,

    Was something I would never know,

    For years I’d wonder where true love was,

    And why it had forsaken me,

    Years of turmoil and being left alo...

  • POETRY Reading: The Hindu’s Lament, by Edmund Jonah

    Performed by Allan Michael Brunet

    (Bhagwan is God! or O God!)

    As I passed a lonely temple in the after-evening glow,
    On the banks of the Ganges where the quiet waters flow,
    When the sun had sunk to rest and cool softness touched the air,
    I saw a dark-skinned Indian and I heard him chant this pr...

  • POETRY READING: A Rescues Song, by Tommy Anderson

    Performed by Val Cole

    A Rescues Song, by Tommy Anderson

    Once upon a time I was a lost dog. I was abandoned, lonely, forgotten,
    and praying for a home. I had no place to hide, no place to go,
    no one person who would love me and let me love them.

    I had been abused, starved, left alone out in the...

  • POETRY Reading: Aaliyah, by Pete Borreggine

    Performed by Allan Michael Brunet

    Aaliyah, by Pete Borreggine

    All throughout my life,

    I've searched for love alone,

    A quest I made to find that love,

    Was something I would never know,

    For years I'd wonder where true love was,

    And why it had forsaken me,

    Years of turmoil and being l...

  • POETRY Reading: Lorca, by John Kaniecki

    Performed by Allan Michael Brunet

    ----

    Before I read Lorca
    My words were blunt swords for
    Slicing rotted wood
    Constructing
    Rackety trellises
    To fortify
    Pathetic castles of sand
    Praying never the waves
    Or even harsh winds
    Ascend to my feeble heights
    Where from above with disdain
    Cupid mocked
    My...

  • Poetry Reading: Reunion, by Laleeta Suhas

    Performed by Hannah Ehman

  • POETRY Reading: Prayer Of Loss, by Kevin Pike

    Performed by Allan Michael Brunet

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    -
    Prayer of Loss

    Oh, Lord, please take away my heart
    and tear the foolish thing apart
    and put it back again, I pray
    so cold and hard that none
    may find a way
    to enter there again.

    Excuse me, Sir, for this bold request
    but I must have your very best....

  • POETRY READING: WILD HORSES, by Katrina Plumb

    Performed by Hannah Ehman

    WILD HORSES, by Katrina Plumb

    Hooves hurl havoc on heathland.
    Manes and tails whirl with the wind.
    Their wide nostrils snort
    As the horses cavort
    Plumed perfect as fishes are finned.

    They rollick and roll in a whirlpool –
    Palomino, pistachio, pink.
    They fight with d...

  • Poetry Reading: WAVE, by Debbie Fersht

    Performed by Hannah Ehman

    Wave by Debbie Fersht

    A man holds a body of water at gunpoint. Roll over says the man from shore and the water does so. The man's toes get wet which makes him angry. He can't stand to be only partially wet so tells the water to lie still while walks in clothed until t...

  • Poetry Reading: A Sleepless Reverie, by Rebecca Wason

    Performed by Hannah Ehman

    A Sleepless Reverie by Rebecca Wason

    'Won't you stay a little longer?'

    Sighed the moon to the night sky.

    We have barely started our talk

    And I have a thousand things to say

    Of life and poppycock.

    'Oh, but it is forbidden',

    Replied the night to the moon.

    We ...

  • Poetry Reading: TRUST? No!, by Peter Borreggine

    Performed by Hannah Ehman

    TRUST? No!, by Peter Borreggine

    Forgiveth not, what comes thy way,
    ‘Tis but a speck, in the dawn of a day,
    Thou must not begin to finally feel,
    As if thy heart, is in a reel,

    Thou pain, is wrought, deep inside I fear,
    For to giveth its wrath, is not what I hear,
    ‘Tw...