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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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