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22 April, 2017: hail Harvey!

by Joanne Cornelius
"hail Harvey!"

for Harvey Pekar

hail the servants
the testimonials of grime
the slime city
trucker dunkin’ doughnuts
for the price of art
the laborious droning
mandated to insane poets & artists
so they can eat & sleep
hail the civil service job’s bosom
the anchor of sanity
the anchor of order
hail Harvey!
hail to the notion of dead end jobs
for drugless treatment of artist disorders
hail the artist
the writer
the illuminator
the day groomer
the brooding mind beater
the state federal county sentence
hail the prisoners of repetition
the harborers of mind inflation
deviant choreographed dedicated
all for the sake of
future action
hail Harvey for
it's so
“hail Harvey!” by Joanne Cornelius, from Mermaid on the Edmund Fitzgerald. Deep Cleveland Press, 2005. Used by permission of the author.
Joanne Cornelius is a Cleveland-area poet. Her work has appeared in First Person Plural, 103: The Journal of the Image Warehouse, Cleveland Anthology of Poets, Deep Cleveland Junkmail Oracle, Lynx, Sein und Werden and other publications, including her chapbooks Mermaid on the Edmund Fitzgerald (Deep Cleveland Press), Electric Sun (Buckeye Midnight Press) and Her City Bones (Pirate Radio Press).


Write a poem with at least three stanzas. Each stanza should have three lines, and all the end words of the stanza should rhyme or slant rhyme (for example: few/two/woo, warrant/torrent/abhorrent, storage/shortage/mortgage). If you need help with rhyming, try the online tool the Rhyme Brain.

She is content as she stares,
At the mimosa in fancy glassware.
People pass by without a care.

Her orange shirt is not so pretty,
Yet she enjoys Chicago, this windy city,
She glances out through a window that’s gritty.

The fork she used is sitting here,
In the sky she sees Venus from where,
She hears blues music and desires to go there.
4/25/2017 3:57:33 PM

Chantelle Brady
Kitty Cutie

Lil' miss Suze
my cute little muse
begins her new ruse

to trick me to play
to not go away
so I sit down and stay

Oh Suzy says I
she looks up real sly
and mew's in reply

Her cute little self
covered in fur on my shelf
keeps me trapped by myself

but wait who's alone?
not me with my clone
she purrs my little drone.

Little miss cat
she chases the rats...
I always know where she's at.
4/25/2017 1:50:48 PM

Laurie Kincer, Cuyahoga County Public Library
Betty, the Library is so happy to hear that you're enjoying this year's poetry. We have Diane Kendig to thank for curating the selection of poets and poems as well as creating the writing prompts. If you have written any poems this month, please come to the Open Mic at the Writers' Center in the South Euclid-Lyndhurst Branch on Sunday, April 30, at 2 p.m. It's a great way to wrap up poetry month! Thank you again,
4/24/2017 1:08:32 PM

Those who legislate
Determine how to educate
While making progress wait

No need to adjudicate
Laws that eradicate
What their minds create

Unable to locate
Unable to advacate
Cannot motivate
4/22/2017 10:39:07 PM

betty kovacs
I am finding this program especially fun and informative. New poetry forms, interesting subjects and so much more. Look forward to opening this page every day. Thanks
4/22/2017 3:28:26 PM

Betty Kovacs
4/22/2017 2:03:27 PM

READ + WRITE: 30 Days of Poetry is a collaboration between Cuyahoga County Public Library and poet Diane Kendig. Our thanks go to Diane and the poets of Northeast Ohio who allowed us to share their poetry.