The Cleave Poetry Webzine [ISSN: 1758-9223]

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Migration by Phuoc-Tan Diep

In media, submission on November 30, 2008 at 8:13 am


Swifts and swallows leave – while I grasp for memories like

fruit – remnants of home

riddled with holes – my baby cools in my arms

dripping fermented juice – the milk from her mouth

sweet – sticks under my fingernails

under blushing trees – the guards, with eloquent guns, demand my  coat

those that can’t leave expect a cold winter – they smirk at my battered sweetbox

with its few hopes – inside are smuggled postcards of thatched houses

and promises – of English orchards.

This cleave poem was written specifically for the “Don’t be a stranger” initiative launched at this year’s Evangelical Alliance flagship event The Temple Address 2008, given at The Royal Society on the 27th November by The Archbishop of York; The Most Reverend and Right Honourable Dr John Sentamu. The cleave is included in the booklet accompanying this initiative and on the EA website and in upcoming press releases.


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The Cleave on Ink Sweat & Tears

In media on November 24, 2008 at 9:18 am

Thanks to Charles Christian for highlighting us on his webzine Ink Sweat and Tears,

where the first ever cleave poem was published over a year ago.

It is a great place to submit your poetry to, and Charles is a great Editor.

Bowery Poetry Club presents a night of poetry with Bill Berkson and Tony Towle

In announcement, media on November 4, 2008 at 8:54 pm

We would like to draw your attention to a very special event.

Bowery Poetry Club presents a night of poetry on Thursday, December 4 at 8 PM at 308 Bowery, (Between Houston and Bleeker) New York.

Bill Berkson and Tony Towle, notables of the second-generation New York School, will read from 50 years of their poetry. Berkson’s recent books include OUR FRIENDS WILL PASS AMONG YOU SILENTLY; a major book of poems that will appear from Coffee House next year. Towle’s most recent book is WINTER JOURNEY. For more info please call 212-614-0505 or visit

Katelyn Maloney
Media Director
Bowery Poetry Club

Cleave poetry on Ron Silliman’s blog

In media on October 27, 2008 at 8:34 pm

We here at The Cleave feel incredibly privileged to have Ron Silliman link to us from his blog
Silliman’s Blog (A weblog focused on contemporary poetry and poetics)

Welcome all.

Enjoy some great pieces of poetry.

Join in.

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  • The Cleave poetry webzine promotion and publicity via social bookmarking

    In announcement, media on October 24, 2008 at 6:46 am

    Dear cleave poets, cleave readers
    In my quest to release the cleave form to the public
    I am employing the following social bookmarking sites:

    If you have the time and the inclination please pick one or more of these to join and ‘digg, bookmark, share etc’. This will raise the profile of The Cleave webzine and help others to find us.

    I will be most grateful.
    The Editor

    PS. You will see below each post is an “ADD THIS”  button, clicking on it will give you a list of more bookmarking sites and services than you knew existed.

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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

    The Cleave Webzine: the story so far

    In media on September 18, 2008 at 5:51 am

    So here we are, just over 2 weeks since the beginning.

    The stats are interesting: 97 unique visitors to the webzine.

    Page views are increasing gradually (obviously not including the editor’s).

    So where do we go from here?

    Help us grow. Join us on this journey.

    What does it take?

    The time to attempt a new poetic form and submit it?
    What goes through my mind are cliched phrases such as: “Seize the day” & “who dares wins.”
    They are truisms.
    Life is too short. We live. We die…

    Take a chance on more than mediocrity. Gamble that this could be a new poetic movement.
    And what if it isn’t, what have you lost? Nothing.

    Live on, explore life. There are answers out there, but the trick to finding them may be asking the right questions.

    Have a good day – live it.

    The Editor.

    Call for submissions: The Cleave (Cleave Poetry Webzine)

    In announcement, media on September 6, 2008 at 5:23 pm

    In a post-millenial age what do poets have to offer a fragmented and searching Society?

    Is the pendulum swinging from analysis and fragmentation to synthesis and fusion?

    After analysis comes synthesis – and the creation of The Cleave poetic form.

    There are signs that our age will become an age of co-operation, fusion and synergy.

    Join us at the beginning of this exciting and radical poetic form that has the potential to embody these core values.

    Submit your Cleave poems, no matter how faltering your steps are initially.

    We can all learn together along the way.

    Submission Guidelines:

    1. Please explore, experiment and extend this form in your own personal way.
    2. Articles and thoughts on Cleave poetry welcomed.
    3. Submissions by email only.
    4. Send your submissions to cleavepoetry (at) gmail (dot) com and include the words CLEAVE SUBMISSION in the subject line.
    5. Please supply a short biographical note and web URL if you so desire.
    6. Your submissions should be in the body of the mail, preferably with hyphens separating the 2 parts of the cleave poem, further formatting will be done.
    7. You retain full copyright of your work – by submitting you grant us a non-exclusive right to reproduce your work.
    8. Contributions in English please.
    9. We do not pay for submissions.
    10. We are in “Proof of Principle” mode for the present time.

    The Editor

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  • 15MinutePoet for The Cleave

    In media on September 6, 2008 at 1:48 pm

    The Cleave is spotlighted:

    Tonight on we shine a light on a new literary form called, Cleave Poetry with an explanation and an example from the creator of Cleave Poetry. is a great poetry website in the USA which highlights Poets (and the domain has a Google Page Rank of 5). Thanks for my 15 minutes.

    Onward and upward we go…

    The Cleave: ISSN 1758-9223 (The Cleave Poetry Webzine)

    In media on September 5, 2008 at 6:48 pm

    The Cleave is now a registered webzine.

    ISSN 1758-9223

    Onward and upward.

    Please come join us for the journey.