Jul/Aug 2006 Poetry

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In an ongoing series, the editors, former contributors, and readers of Eclectica have been invited to write a poem containing four pre-chosen words. The words for this issue are hoax, mosaic, courteous, and thirst. Below are the resulting selected poems.

If you would like to participate in the next special poetry assignment, the new words are vinegar, fossil, heedless, and embroider.

(These are excerpts--click on the title to view the whole poem!)


Two Word Poems
He swore my fingers hoaxed berries
from his hands, the thirst like stealing
wild mushrooms in the woods.
Arlene Ang


Two Word Poems
flies swarm in a sticky halo
thirst belches on a desert heatwave
Barbara De Franceschi


meet me at the mosaic bar
she answered and ordered
two prairie oysters on ice
Dorothee Lang


As heaven released its white misery, evening
nibbled at his skin. A bed of coffee grounds
and broken eggshells beckoned.
Rosemarie Crisafi


On the Side of the Road
His thirst
is just a hoax
to coax us to his will.
Deborah P. Kolodji


Two Word Poems
So, move on: she'd done it onceó
weathered widowhood, found a way
to walk more lightly on the earth.
Ray Templeton


The Hole in the Sky
The pole star
is what the Chukchee of northeast
Siberia called the hole in the sky.
Jennifer Finstrom


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