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A Congratulations to Leonard M Hawkes - 03/27/2019
by V. Blake

..who just published his first volume of poetry! Entitled Leaves from my Box Elder, it comes just in time for the 150th anniversary of the driving of the Golden Spike.

So, like the title says--congrats, Leonard!

Hey - 06/11/2018
by V. Blake

I hope you're having a good day.

You're an excellent writer. Keep on doin' what you're doin'.

Everything is Broken - 02/06/2018
by V. Blake

As I write this, I don't actually know if it will post successfully. Let's see.

Sorry to report that the owner of this website has abandoned it. We owe him eternal gratitude for all the work that went into building it in the first place, and for continuing to foot the bill that keeps it online at all. That said: we apologize for the bugs, but there's nothing we can do to fix them.

Keep steady backups of your poetry. And everything else--that's just practical advice for a digital world.

In case you didn't realize, private messaging does not work. Your messages are not reaching their recipients.

The moderators can pick poems of the day. That's about it for our powers.

I am sorry. Site errors will prevent me from making you a member. I promise that we'd have welcomed you to this community if we could.


I guess that's it. Hope you're having a good day.

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!

Older News
Poem of the Day for 12/15/19

by Noe Procházka

close hard around moonlight,
your shoulders rolling back
the white dress.

This is what you would have told me
from Koh Chang, your skin cool and brown,
sun rashless, uncallused,
this is what you meant to say,

making two wide U's under your
breasts, hands like channels for Neruda's
Mississippi, the feminine sea.
I love you quietly, like I might

love the Hope diamond in a knapsack,
walking through Southie to an unlocked car,
an original Renoir wrapped in brown paper
seatbelted to the passenger seat.

Here, unlike art (which I love but do not
understand), are your two familiar
hands. I love you loudly like
I'm the last prophet and you are the last

woman left to be proselytized, blood
underlines the setting sky and fanfare
signals down the celestial city, coming
to give us bodies that do not register

distance. We turn down
the sheets, Kind of Blue, we sleep
bone to bone.


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