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The Pathetic Book of Poetry - 04/08/2014
by V. Blake

Our very own Jody Pratt was cool enough to put together a book of poetry using submissions from Pathetic members. Read more about it in the forums--you can even just click this link if you're feeling lazy, so no excuses.

Thanks go out to Jody for his efforts and to everyone who submitted their work to make it possible. Go get yourself a copy!

New Server - 08/03/2013
by Gavin M Roy

The site has been moved to a new server which should address the ongoing login issues for the past week or so.

Stop, Collaborate, and Listen Contest Results - 09/20/2011
by V. Blake

Well, the extended contest is over, and we have our results! Congratulations to our winners, and a sincere thanks to all the participants!

WINNER:
Scarecrow by Frankie Sanchez and Steven Kenworthy

RUNNERS-UP:
Everyone else! (Sorry. The submissions were too few to warrant runner-up selections!)

There wasn't a huge pool of submissions this time around, but all the ones we got were awesome. Thanks again everybody.

Stop, Collaborate, and Listen Contest - 08/28/2011
by V. Blake

Well, the initial closing of the contest was to take place last night, but as we've only had two submissions so far, I have decided to extend the date by a couple of weeks to give everyone some more time. I understand collaborations don't always get done in a neat schedule, so I am hoping this will allow for a bit more competition.

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Poem of the Day for 05/03/16

Stroboscopic: Reduction
by Richard Paez

Stroboscopic: Reduction

Your voice still reduces me to snap-shot, stroboscopic, still-frame, staccato (beats
being nailed to (the wall
I've built is too thin to protect (you
still remind me of the time before the me I know hated the me (I know
we lived in dreams and syncopated (notions
possess me (still
I can't seem to shake this (feeling
your lips against (my own
voice rises now and (always
I've counted on you to whisper me a way (out
here life seems (cold
and shivering I walk into (another day
breaks and so do (I
remember the sound of (your voice
still reduces me to (childhood
laughter is the broken record of (my life
seemed so much better when you were here –

life seemed so much better when you were here –
life seemed so much better when you were here –

life seemed so much (better
find a (way out
here and looking back I still hear (your voice
never sounded so beautiful in (the past
is never as far away as (it seems
I've learned to take a closer (look
at me and tell me (the truth
is never as far away as (it seems
that life was so much better when you were here –

life was so much better when you were here –
life was so much better when you were (here

I stand and (listen
to me (please
listen to me (please
listen to me (please
listen to me (please
make it (stop
dreaming and join me in (the real world
isn't as real as (is seems
the past isn't as far away as (it seems
the truth isn't as far away as (it seems
that life was so much better (when you were here

I knew how to (live
your life and be happy (my love
for you is (my whole life
was so much better when you were here –

life seemed so much better when you were here –
life was so much better (when you were here
I knew how to live.)

05/16/2010

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