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A New Book by Ernesto P. Santiago: The Poet Who Asked The Birds How To Fly

In announcement on March 31, 2009 at 9:36 pm

Hello Poetry Enthusiasts!

I am pleased to announce that The Poet Who Asked The Birds How To Fly” is now available, worldwide, through most major book outlets / distributors such as Amazon and BarnesandNoble. See below the book webpage link and Excerpts From Reviews.

Book webpage:

Excerpts from Reviews

Making a corrective suggestion to Ernestos work is a rarity since he knows exactly what he wants to express and conveys to his readers. I can truly state with confidence while reading poems by this expressive, eloquent and enlightening poet, the reader will always advance in stature with love in their hearts, joy in their souls, with a gift freely given by a man of poetic knowledge who pens universal truth.

Rhoda Galgiani

Poet, Long Island, NY, USA

Founding Member of Globals Poets Guild

This rhythmical poetic volume brings to light such an elegant artistry, in terms of Ernestos adoption of eloquence and symbolic imagery for dramatic poetic enunciation. His interpretation of imaginative language and the use of stimulating and uplifting words for the soul will move the reader to another level that is soothing to the mind with words of loving pleasability, and dancing creativity, as poetic language should.

Dr. Joseph S. Spence, Sr.


Ambassador State of Arkansas

Founder of the Epulaeryu Form of Poetry


Thank you for your attention,

Ernesto P. Santiago

Cleave Generation

In announcement on March 26, 2009 at 11:50 pm

Andrea Barton, a cleave poet, has introduced cleave poetry to her school (RHAM High School, Hebron, CT) where she teaches creative writing.

It has engaged students who have never written poetry before.

Are these students the poets of the future?

Cleave Generation is a site for students of all ages to explore, discuss and experiment with poetry, specifically cleave poetry.

*No experience needed*

“I did want to let you know that a “Cleave craze” has begun at my school. First, I required all of my CW students to try a basic one. From there, they can’t seem to stop, and I have other teachers approaching me in the hallways telling me of what their kids, who aren’t even in CW, are doing!” Andrea Barton Creative Writing teacher RHAM High School.

I was never really that big into poetry until I took a creative writing class with a teacher who is posted on your website Andrea Barton. The first time she showed us her cleaves I thought it to be mind boggling,…” Michelle Lynn Bernard, student RHAM High School.

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Cleave – pause

In announcement on March 24, 2009 at 11:44 pm

The Cleave webzine will be taking a month long pause.

We will be back on or around the 24th April 2009.

Feel free to contact the editor, who will reply when he can.

Thank you for your support.

Mt. Fuji / Mt. Rainier by Dennis Kelly

In submission on March 17, 2009 at 10:29 pm

Mt. Fuji / Mt. Rainier
in the evening—darkness sunsets
untouched by—freeway headlights
a seagull flies—flying upward
aspiration for heights—clouds tailing
across the face—Mt. Fuji / Rainier


(Tanka-cleave, first published at tanka-cleaving).
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Mt. Rainier by Dennis Kelly

In submission on March 13, 2009 at 10:22 pm

Mt. Rainier

“when I compose poetry

I compose only for myself”

—Nakamura Kasatao


I’m obscure—insignificant

my cleaves—immature

my expression—inadequate

the falling rain—how far

away—Rainier is receding


(Tanka-cleave, first published at tanka-cleaving).

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A cleave by any other name…Part 3: Trigee poetic form

In discussion on March 12, 2009 at 11:26 pm

The trigee poetic form is the same as the basic cleave form.

The poet’s book supposedly contains his examples of trigee forms:

Pavlov’s Cat, Poems and other Stories by TD Euwaite (Richard Brotbeck).

Also see: What is responsible for all this Trigee business going on around here?

Interestingly the creator of the trigee form writes:

“The form was copyrighted in our 2008 book, PAVLOV’S CAT.”

Is it possible to copyright a poetic form?

I have been trying to get in contact with the creator of the trigee but have not had a reply, which is a shame.

Some thoughts:

  • Has the cleave form been reinvented numerous times since the start of the new millenium?
  • Is it an important structure that will arise from the rubble of our post-modern wasteland?

New Yorker poetry editor Paul Muldoon and RACKETT at the Bowery Poetry Club

In announcement on March 8, 2009 at 11:19 pm

Please join us for an evening of poetry and rock and roll with Paul Muldoon, the Pulitzer Prize winning poetry editor of the New Yorker, and the Princeton-based band RACKETT on Saturday, March 21 8-9:30 p.m., at the Bowery Poetry Club, 308 Bowery (Between Houston and Bleecker). For more info please call 212-614-0505 or $15

Along with Muldoon, RACKETT features: Stephen Allen (keyboards), Bobby Lewis (drums), Lee Matthew (lead guitar, vocals), Paul Muldoon (guitar, lyrics), and Nigel Smith (bass).

A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Letters, Paul Muldoon was given an American Academy of Arts and Letters award in literature for 1996. Other recent awards are the 1994 T. S. Eliot Prize, the 1997 Irish Times Poetry Prize, the 2003 Griffin International Prize for Excellence in Poetry, the 2004 American Ireland Fund Literary Award, the 2004 Shakespeare Prize, the 2005 Aspen Prize for Poetry, and the 2006 European Prize for Poetry. He has been described by The Times Literary Supplement as “the most significant English-language poet born since the second World War.”

Paul Muldoon’s main collections of poetry are New Weather (1973), Mules (1977), Why Brownlee Left (1980), Quoof (1983), Meeting The British (1987), Madoc: A Mystery (1990), The Annals of Chile (1994), Hay (1998), Poems 1968-1998 (2001) and Moy Sand and Gravel (2002), for which he won the 2003 Pulitzer Prize. His tenth collection, Horse Latitudes, appeared in the fall of 2006.

Hosting between 20 and 30 shows a week the Bowery Poetry Club (BPC) is proud of our place in the lineage of populist art: the Yiddish theater, burlesque, vaudeville, beat poetry, jazz, and punk that gave the Bowery its name.

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We Are Taken In by Diana Manister

In submission on March 4, 2009 at 10:03 pm


(First published as text only in Poetry Revolt)

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Cleave of the Month February 2009 shortlist

In cleave of the month on March 1, 2009 at 12:19 am

As of this Cleave of the Month poets with 2 ‘wins’ in the preceding 6 months will be excluded from the shortlist.

Here is the shortlist for February – closing date 15 March 2009.

A trip to Great Yarmouth for lunch by Graham & Fleur Blick

Gentle, courageous victorious Horatio Brittania marks a Norfolk hero
renowned and adored by Burnham Thorpe Nor-folk exposed to the elements and flurrying snow
then cosseted warmth in Kings Head, Acle we scuttle inside
feasting on history and food at the tavern surrounded by ploughshares, creatures and pheasants
hospitality abounding and implements galore creative adornments both inside and out
we talk we eat


Gamelan Music by Dennis Kelly

—for Phuoc-Tan & Diana

“I write for myself—

and strangers”

—Gertrude Stein


i write for myself—and strangers

but mostly—for myself

i wouldn’t be writing—this way tho

if it weren’t—for strangers

especially a stranger—who said

there’s somebody—i want you to meet

so i write now—for two strangers

and myself—i write for her

even tho—we don’t talk anymore

i write for him—we talk a lot

without her—there wouldn’t be him

i write for him now—not her

funny how strangers—come & go

i write for myself—and them


Indecent Assault by Thane Zander


Broken marriages – surviving – a lifetime

present problems  – and marked – considering

those years wishing – praying – the abuse would stop


The dogs at the gate – penalise – passing ladies

retaliating –  the prophet buried – in places austere

barking new orders – in the Town Centre – find gravitational pull.

Armed Robbery

Vandals splattered – paint and pens – tagging new neighbourhoods

where virgins – fearing to tread – found new ground

passed into Heaven – their end placated – where light shone from below.


How can it be that the gas chamber door opens inwards? by Steve Parker

(to David Irving)

the occasion is Smoking Mirror, an exhibition–Flarf

to execrate the despicable English practice of riding to hound

–W.S. Burroughs

he’s asking in the wrong colour!

–Seance Recording (anon)

what it is to outselect the egregious shadow assemblage
of flickers the flickering voice half-memory a gestalt
of fireflies & rattle of redacted love of the Ramp
of that confluence of whispers gargled up in evoking
of the noisy spirit beyond the machinery of
blue saturates tested for at Birkenau Auschwitz
by weight of its own inertia so to assail a weakness
prying alone alone with the conviction with such fervour thereby mining
with the fixation of a boy digging out his first living spine
that such determination sapping away a bulwark artfully
might who might just bring the walls coming down with fumbling
with the flagship at the blowing thrice O thrice of the trebuchet
trumpet trumpet and canary glossolalia there look listen with jerks & squawks of
trumpet that thou art in thy posture & mild hooting hubris
thy resolve to be other but always in pursuit and hot sneer
of what is truly as the fall of clouds cry now in deadly blue
& otherwise spirited from your holes of deadness flushed
for the shoving your redcoat tripes in those faces of deluded boys

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Carol Moldaw, NEA Fellow and New Mexico poet, celebrates her new book, The Widening.

In announcement on March 1, 2009 at 12:14 am

Carol Moldaw and Jeanne Marie Beaumont will be at Bowery Poetry Club, 308 Bowery, NY 10012, on Mar. 28 at 2pm. Free. For more info  F/V to 2nd Ave or 6 to Bleecker St.  On Bowery between Bleecker and Houston.


Carol Moldaw’s lyric novel, The Widening, was published by Etruscan Press in the spring of 2008. She is the author of four books of poetry. Moldaw is the recipient of a Lannan Foundation Marfa Writer’s Residency, an NEA Creative Writing Fellowship, and a Pushcart Prize, and her work is published widely in journals, including AGNI, Antioch Review, Boston Review, Chicago Review, Conjunctions, Denver Quarterly, FIELD, The New Republic, The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Parnassus, Threepenny Review, and Triquarterly. It has also been anthologized in many venues, including Western Wind: An Introduction to Poetry, and Under 35: A New Generation of American Poets. As noted in The New Yorker, “Moldaw’s work repeatedly achieves lyric junctures of shivering beauty.” Moldaw lives in Pojoaque, New Mexico. So Late, So New: New and Selected Poems is forthcoming from Etruscan Press in 2010.


Jeanne Marie Beaumont is the author of Curious Conduct, published by BOA Editions in 2004, and Placebo Effects, selected by William Matthews as a winner in the National Poetry Series and published by Norton in 1997. Her next book is forthcoming from BOA in spring 2010. Her poem “Afraid So” was made into a short film by award-winning filmmaker Jay Rosenblatt with narration by Garrison Keillor; it has been shown at over two dozen international festivals, including the TriBeCa Film Festival and the 2008 Split This Rock Poetry Festival; it won 2nd prize at the Black Maria Film Festival, among other awards. She currently teaches at the Unterberg Poetry Center of the 92nd St. Y and in the Stonecoast low-residency MFA program in Maine. Since 1983, she has made her home in Manhattan.


Hosting between 20 and 30 shows a week the Bowery Poetry Club (BPC) is proud of our place in the lineage of populist art: the Yiddish theater, burlesque, vaudeville, beat poetry, jazz, and punk that gave the Bowery its name.