Articles in the Poetry category

  1. Empty Hands

    Wed 04 January 2017
    By John Mark Schofield in Poetry

    I held my wife's hand
    as the needle went into her
    seven-months pregnant belly.

    Two days before:
    Your baby's not breathing.
    Your baby's not swallowing.
    Your baby's not moving.
    And a baby who does not
    breathe
    or swallow
    or move
    does not start doing those things ...

  2. The Ninety-Seven

    Wed 04 August 2004
    By John Mark Schofield in Poetry

    The of and to.
    A in that it is was;
    I for on you --
    he be with as by
    at have are this.
    But had his they from she
    which or we an there her were one --
    do been all their has would will;
    what if can when so no ...

  3. What does silence look like?

    Sat 18 October 2003
    By John Mark Schofield in Poetry

    New poem. Definitely not finished. Might take the last two paragraphs and turn them into a new poem.

    Everything I see makes a sound; what does silence look like?
    We have no yardstick, no block of iridium one meter long;
    we know absolute zero but without vacuum there is no ...

  4. Text Message Haiku

    Wed 01 January 2003
    By John Mark Schofield in Poetry

    From 2000 to 2003 I was a computer consultant in Southern California, covering a territory of Irvine to Oxnard. (If you don't know Southern California, that's a LONG stretch of road.) I coped by composing haiku and sending them to friends as text messages.

    Traffic stalled.
    The mind ...

  5. Poetry Update

    Sun 14 April 2002
    By John Mark Schofield in Poetry

    I haven't done a blog update in ages. I think there's an inverse relationship between how much I'm working and how often I post on my blog. When I first started this thing, business was slow. I mean really slow. I mean sending applications to Starbucks slow ...

    Tagged as: Poetry Review
  6. Valley Contemporary Poets

    Fri 22 February 2002
    By John Mark Schofield in Poetry

    Went to the Valley Contemporary Poets reading at the Cobalt Café Tuesday night. The Cobalt, hosted by Rick Lupert, was my "home reading" when I first started out in poetry. I haven't been back in years, so it was tremendously exciting to be there. I had a great time ...

    Tagged as: Poetry Review
  7. A Weekend of Poetry

    Sun 10 February 2002
    By John Mark Schofield in Poetry

    A good weekend for poetry so far. On Friday I went to Rapp Saloon, which rocked. I really thought the night was going to suck, because at the beginning of the reading there were about 10 people in the room. People kept trickling in though the night, and by the ...

    Tagged as: Poetry Review
  8. Psychobabble Review

    Mon 04 February 2002
    By John Mark Schofield in Poetry

    Just got back from open mike at Psychobabble Cafe on Vermont. They've got a new host (at least, new since the last time I was there) and it's a damn good night of poetry. The highlight was the feature, Gina Loring, who I've seen several times at ...

    Tagged as: Poetry Review
  9. Rocking Night at "Mia"

    Sun 20 January 2002
    By John Mark Schofield in Poetry

    I hope to God "Mia" has come into its own and last night wasn't some kind of a fluke because last night was one of the rockin'est nights of poetry I've heard. Anyone who wasn't there missed a damn good reading.

    I came in about 40 ...

    Tagged as: Poetry Review

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