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What time is it?  It’s our August Guest Poet premier!  Each day enjoy a poem by one of our guest poets!  A perfect way to end the summer!

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or on Facebook at “Twiterization Nation”

Photograph Ryan Schaufler 2017
Photograph Ryan Schaufler 2017

Poetry & other voices in roughly 140 characters (give or take, when needed)…
If you have the attention span of a goldfish… you’ve been Twitterized!

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Late night book recommendation from our tired photographer & co-founder

‪So, after a long day, this came in the mail. 


I have many books to catch up on. But, having read her poems, I can recommend this book before having had a chance to actually read it.

Not only is Jennifer Maritza McCauley an important voice in the world of poetry, she supports other poets with grace and humility. I lack the ability to properly promote this book. I haven’t the words to do this collection justice. 

Support this poet, purchase this collection, read it, become inspired, and tell others.

CLICK HERE for the website to order this book.

Or, go to Amazon by clicking HERE!

Tribute to Las Vegas by poet CARRIE DANAHER HOYT



Photograph Ryan Schaufler 2017
Photograph Ryan Schaufler 2017


BIO:

CARRIE DANAHER HOYT is a life-long lover and writer of poetry. It is her humble opinion that poetry is the highest form of human communication. Poems (she says) at once highlight what is unique and what is universal in humanity; the bond between writer and reader is intimate and sincere (kind of like Facebook, only better).

Carrie lives in Massachusetts where she is a wife and mother of three school-aged kids. To pay the bills (as her poems don’t yet do this) she works as an estate planning attorney. Beside family and poetry, she loves travel, volunteer work and concerts.


-TWITTERIZATION NATION: 10-15-2017


NOTICE: © 2017 TWITTERIZATION. ALL INDIVIDUAL WORKS COPYRIGHTED BY THEIR AUTHORS; ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. ALL POEMS AND ESSAYS ARE WORKS OF THE IMAGINATION.

COPYRIGHT NOTICE:

© TWITTERIZATION, 2015-2017. UNAUTHORIZED USE AND/OR DUPLICATION OF THIS MATERIAL WITHOUT EXPRESS AND WRITTEN PERMISSION FROM THIS SITE’S AUTHOR AND/OR OWNER IS STRICTLY PROHIBITED. EXCERPTS AND LINKS MAY BE USED, PROVIDED THAT FULL AND CLEAR CREDIT IS GIVEN TO THE POET/WRITER AND TWITTERIZATION WITH APPROPRIATE AND SPECIFIC DIRECTION TO THE ORIGINAL CONTENT.


 

Hidden Tracks

Hidden Tracks

from Issue #1
Image by Ryan Schaufler 2017


Editor’s Note:

Mr. Pitchford’s poems bookend our first issue of Twitterization.  Normally, we select a poem and work to pair it with a photograph or piece of art.  Sometimes we send our photographer/artist to create an image that will compliment the poet’s work.  Since Mr. Pitchford’s poems provide an introduction, we chose to work a little differently and sent him a collection of photographs that would hopefully inspire him to write a few poems to close out Issue #1.  We were not disappointed.  The only change we made was with the image used for the last poem “Purple Pastoral” (at the photographer’s request). Enjoy.

-EW/editor 2017



Poetry from Bryan J. Pitchford

Images by Ryan Schaufler

Untitled

Setting up shop in a condemned building = $0

Board games & puzzles missing pieces = .75¢

Scratch & dent kitchen dishes = $4

Eternal salvation = .50¢

Photograph Ryan Schaufler 2017
Photograph Ryan Schaufler 2017

Universal Majestic

never seen a comet drop out of the sky,

tail of fire burning off the blues,

as it passes through the sun’s eye.

Photograph Ryan Schaufler 2017

Connected

kneel down here, feel

warm, vibrating metal

listen, stories on the tracks

from everywhere and nowhere

Photograph Ryan Schaufler 2017

Kingdom

man forgot his fear of God,

forgot Babylon and Jacob’s ladder,

erected steel altars to scrape the sky.

lost his footing and fell further than Lucifer.

Photograph Ryan Schaufler 2017

Armageddon

after the games have been played

and the crowds leave the stadium,

the sky bleeds and light struggles

in the haze. beautiful and terrible

black lightning strikes.

Photograph Ryan Schaufler 2017

Under the Bridge

they wait in the junkyard under the bridge

praying for new life, new purpose, but

only cannibals come to cut and gut them

until they oxidize and slouch into the dirt

Photograph Ryan Schaufler 2017

Refrain

Grandma found an angel in a thrift store.

Soon more angels apparated on her piano,

guiding her students with mæstro-like precision.

Conjuring notes from their wands.

Photograph Ryan Schaufler 2017

Obsolescence

Assembly lines march past brick & mortar storefronts,
corner diners, and row houses sinking into the concrete.
Blue collar men & women leave their children at the gated doors of dreary nurseries.
Guided by pillars of salt & smoke, they trudge on and on wearing grooves into sidewalks.
Factories allow strict 15 minutes for morning cigarettes, 30 minutes for lunch, and 15 minutes for afternoon cigarettes before the final whistle blows.
They buy their clothes once from generation to generation, sometimes passing them down along with their guilt and hereditary ailments.
Trees do grow in concrete jungles, but there are no nests. Birds all flew South the last Winter, and North and East and West in every direction.

Photograph Ryan Schaufler 2017

Purple Pastoral

Worshipping between adobe walls before there
was ever a roof.
Eating peyote before there was ever bread and
wine.
Speaking in tongues to mask their disdain for
one another. The congregation waves and
sways like blades of diseased grass.
Acid melts the landscape and blends the trees
into the buildings and surround sand.
The Lizard King was here twice; once as a child
in the back of the family Buick, and again as
an adult searching for his soul.
Now the tin roof echoes, deflecting the pastor’s
spittle, the fire and brimstone ricochet from pew to
pew drilling through thick and hollow skulls.
Hallowed ground made holier in reverse.

Photograph Ryan Schaufler 2017


Bio:

BRYAN J. PITCHFORD earned an MFA in Creative Writing from National University. He is an aspiring U.S. Poet Laureate. Aside from writing, performing, and publishing poetry, he works for the Florida Army National Guard as a Logistics Officer. For more information, visit https://bryanjpitchford.com/.


-TWITTERIZATION NATION: 9-15-2017 (hidden tracks)


NOTICE: © 2017 TWITTERIZATION. ALL INDIVIDUAL WORKS COPYRIGHTED BY THEIR AUTHORS; ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. ALL POEMS AND ESSAYS ARE WORKS OF THE IMAGINATION.
COPYRIGHT NOTICE:
© TWITTERIZATION, 2015-2017. UNAUTHORIZED USE AND/OR DUPLICATION OF THIS MATERIAL WITHOUT EXPRESS AND WRITTEN PERMISSION FROM THIS SITE’S AUTHOR AND/OR OWNER IS STRICTLY PROHIBITED. EXCERPTS AND LINKS MAY BE USED, PROVIDED THAT FULL AND CLEAR CREDIT IS GIVEN TO THE POET/WRITER AND TWITTERIZATION WITH APPROPRIATE AND SPECIFIC DIRECTION TO THE ORIGINAL CONTENT.

 

“Year of Sirius” by KEN WOODALL

Year of Sirius

 

A working man who no longer knows more than
the work he’s done over a cluster of time,
has now entered a “dog year” of his career
in hope to redirect his point of being without
the rabid effect from Sirius’s bite.
Yet, how can he sell his soul to another company
for equal or greater value than the stranglehold of his master
who groomed him in the new world long ago?
The equity of his indentured service is so close to freedom,
he can’t start over now!
He doesn’t understand a bridge loan towards a new home,
for he has forgotten his natural born blessings
and fears exposure of his calculated sin!
His “what ifs” fly like leaves from an autumn shook tree,
and the sky doesn’t have any youthful heat
to melt the blustery gray flurries that trap him
in a self-raked pile of incapability.
He wishes the parental gods could speak again
upon the rays that once guided him,
but now the clouds shall never break
and his prayers are only showered on his will.


Photograph Ryan Schaufler 2017
Photograph Ryan Schaufler 2017

Bio:

KEN WOODALL has been writing poetry for over 30 years, beginning with creative writing in high school, and minored in English at UW-Milwaukee with emphasis on creative writing.

During college, he was introduced to open mic reading at a number of venues in Milwaukee. He was featured at a popular local venue for the first time in 2006, and has been featured annually since.

In 2007, he began an open “mic-less” night at a coffee house, and in 2009 shifted to another coffee house where he continues to host the venue.


-TWITTERIZATION NATION: 8-31-2017 (evening)


NOTICE: © 2017 TWITTERIZATION. ALL INDIVIDUAL WORKS COPYRIGHTED BY THEIR AUTHORS; ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. ALL POEMS AND ESSAYS ARE WORKS OF THE IMAGINATION.
COPYRIGHT NOTICE:
© TWITTERIZATION, 2015-2017. UNAUTHORIZED USE AND/OR DUPLICATION OF THIS MATERIAL WITHOUT EXPRESS AND WRITTEN PERMISSION FROM THIS SITE’S AUTHOR AND/OR OWNER IS STRICTLY PROHIBITED. EXCERPTS AND LINKS MAY BE USED, PROVIDED THAT FULL AND CLEAR CREDIT IS GIVEN TO THE POET/WRITER AND TWITTERIZATION WITH APPROPRIATE AND SPECIFIC DIRECTION TO THE ORIGINAL CONTENT.