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25 April, 2018: Throat


by Jim Lang


instrument of sing
& swallow—toss off a throw
out in inside out—

“Throat” by Jim Lang, from 2015 Hessler Street Fair Poetry Anthology. Crisis Chronicles Press 2015. Used by permission of the publisher and by the family of the author.
Jim Lang was a poet/editor/photographer/artist/docent/witness/engager of the Cleveland poetry scene for some 40 years, along with serving an impressionable stint at Coach House Press in Toronto in the ‘70s. Lang published in newspapers, magazines and small press books such as The Cleveland Press, The Globe & Mail, Split City, ADZ Magazine, Artcrimes and Coventry Reader. Poet Ben Guylas writes, “Jim is yet a fresh poem handed down, a postcard from the living, and though he slipped from corpus to moonlight in January 2016, his resonance still echoes and springs forth, a sunflower from an acorn, direct from the common well.”


Cleveland poet Russell Atkins describes a backyard that “has hold/ of the throats/ of trees.” Write a poem that personifies your backyard, or the backyard of someone you know, during a particular season of the year.

DJ Stuehr
A trip to backyard

Ancient secrets and old farmer's drains gurgle in the springtime, rose and salmon colors bud above winter's waste, small animals dare to dash from death that may hover above. A closer look, not recommended, reveals dog doo and cloven footprints.
4/25/2018 12:07:50 PM

N. K. Hasen
Grandma’s Backyard

Has trees
Standing guard
Around three-way perimeter.
Their branches
With weapons of needles
They handle with great care.
Tall curvy grasses giggle
Hiding their secrets
During early spring.
Perhaps, it is
Another baby deer born.
Battles are raged
On rainy days
Ground submerges
Under water.
Lake or swamps
Rush into form
As they change
Landscape at their will.
Walk upon ground
To find a hole
Lurking in plain sight
As a hidden indentation.
Spring has brought
It’s hardships to the yard.
4/25/2018 10:08:41 AM

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.