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Cleave of the Month

In announcement, cleave of the month on September 28, 2008 at 7:14 am

Cleave of the Month:

Whilst I am focused elsewhere (for the next 2 weeks or so) I will introduce ‘Cleave of the Month’.

Please vote for your favourite cleave poem (excluding the Editor’s),

published in September,

by posting a ‘comment’ in this format

(or any other format if you strongly disagree)

attaching it to this post:

  • Poet’s name:
  • Cleave poem title (or first line):
  • Date published:
  • What can be learnt from this cleave?

The Editor

Submissions: Dennis Kelly

In submission on September 28, 2008 at 6:50 am

Cleave ‘Translations’ from Pound’s Personae (1925)


__is it poetry—or just a game

____creating—beautiful cleavages

these elegant—crossword puzzles



_______de jour


not knowing—day to day


______split—pea soup

____cleave—de jour

____________mac low

_________for laurie elaine

_________i studied—aleatoric poetry

___botticellian splits—mac low’s diastic

______doubling back—seed to source

carefully capitalizing—the key letters

___to form the name—diagonally down

_____a pretty effect—but I got bored

____not enough tho—give me estrangement

___cleaving is more—narratological

_not just two texts—seed & source

but three new texts—folding into one

_________origami—surprise kit

____official poetry

__light-hearted—i woke up

___in the wold—nonchalantly

_the magnolias—blooming

____stifled me—faint of breath

smothered me—the stench

______rotting—official poetry


_____________go—cleave-born book

________tell them—diamonds flake

______down there—where sapphires

____________burn—liquid emeralds fume

rubies red as blood—flow like lava

___________deep—down inside me

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  • Submission: Diana Manister

    In submission on September 28, 2008 at 6:36 am

    A Bawdy Poet Laureate Enjoying Naughty Nights

    our dreams – disguises
    _____relieve – our
    _______days – null
    _____nought – fraughts

    Submission: selection of cleave poems from

    In submission on September 28, 2008 at 6:31 am

    A selection of cleave poems from

    De-stressed-Distressed by John Bevan (aka Katanga)

    __I’m certain that-I’m overtaxed
    __stone-deaf, I’ll-need my ears waxed
    ________not hear-sometime soon
    annoying noises-What a buffoon!

    Feeling dies by Rachel Prudden (aka Rioka)

    ______this beautiful-feeling dies in me
    ________ally of mine-you can’t hurt me
    _______reaching out-for your desire
    __and freezing time-does not inspire
    an aching heart but-tears in my eyes
    _____for you I smile-though I should cry

    The Circus by Brett Evans (aka Brett)

    ____The circus rolls-with joy and glee
    __________into town-a novelty
    ___an ageing clown-shows its face
    __proving youthful-without disgrace
    __to such old jokes-we all connect
    though his respect-through our neglect
    _no longer chimes-of ancient rhymes.

    Two visions: Ezekiel and Aphrodite by Brian Fone (aka patterjack)

    _________Ezekiel saw a vision,-a gleaming godly vision,
    ____saw wheels within wheels-making the mind spin
    _____spreading across the sky-as it slowly revealed itself
    dazzling the enlightened man-with all its terrible beauty
    __________sweeping him away-and took watcher, mind and body,
    __from the reality around him-with its naked,  shining splendour.

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  • Media: Poets Who Blog

    In media on September 27, 2008 at 6:25 am

    Thank you to writerwoman for mentioning us on her blog:

    Poets Who Blog: Ever try the poetry form Cleave?

    To those coming here for the first time:

    – browse and explore and enjoy a new perspective

    – may be even try writing a Cleave poem

    – we are currently in “Proof of Principle” mode but at a later date we will enter “Full Editorial” mode.

    The Editor

    Submission: Andrea Barton

    In submission on September 26, 2008 at 7:34 pm

    ___________________Point of view

    _________________I see – the same thing:
    __________________you – through a different lens
    _____________your eyes – blue, oceanic
    ______the way they look – a sea to one
    they take in the distance – to another, sky
    __________the center of – the you place
    ________________maybe – eyes wide
    _______there aren’t any – hollower places;
    ____________starpoints – or pinpricks of light
    _____________only you – through a different lens
    _________________your – eyes, the way they look
    _____________blue gaze – and the way you see.

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    In announcement on September 24, 2008 at 8:31 pm

    I have to take 3 weeks break from the fun and excitement of poetry; returning in mid-October.  Meanwhile I will publish a cluster of cleaves, from submissions so far, on Sunday (28.09.08).

    • Please feel free to submit during this time.
    • I can NOT promise acknowledgement of receipt of submissions during this time.
    • Keep writing those cleave poems.
    • On my return I will publish more groundbreaking cleaves.


    Submission: Dennis Kelly

    In submission on September 24, 2008 at 5:39 am

    A cleave ‘Translation’ from Pound’s Personae (1925)

    ___black panther

    _the black—panther


    _the black—jungle sky


    except for—his dark green



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  • Submission: Sue Millard

    In submission on September 23, 2008 at 5:25 am

    _____high in the thin blue – the moon hangs static
    a vapour trail slides south – brilliant in the dawn
    ________shunning winter – cold and enigmatic
    ____for summer freedom – she yearns
    ______yet earth’s gravity – escaping each year
    her beginning and ending – a little further into space

    Sue Millard: I have had three books published so far, One Fell Swoop, Against the Odds and Hoofprints in Eden (a 2-year project published by Hayloft). Pearl Wedding is self published, as is the second edition of One Fell Swoop. Others are in the pipeline or with publishers.
    Recently I’ve also been doing a good deal of editing and proofing work for other writers, running various web forums on equestrian and literary subjects, and helping to start up a local rural writers’ group.

    I’ve done quite a bit of writing for equestrian magazines over the years. However, I earn my living as a university lecturer and not as a writer; go figure.

    I write to clarify thought and make it accessible, using poetic forms or prose as I think fit. I refuse to confuse, and I enjoy metrical and rhyming forms, all of which which probably excludes me from the modern poetic mainstream.

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  • Cleave poem by Phuoc-Tan Diep

    In submission on September 22, 2008 at 5:13 am

    Steak and red wine

    _______________The sirens whine-flames flash
    _____and lights slice through smoke-
    heavy with the smell of steak
    shrouding bodies littering the ground-
    charred at the edges.
    __The policeman stalks a straight line-
    I swallow, I gulp
    _____________________I wobble,-
    ______________booze on my breath-
    red wine
    ______________and guilt in my guts-
    trying to conceal burnt meat.

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