Jan/Feb 2009 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 brawl, pallid, hollow, and oil. Below are the selected results.

If you would like to participate in the next special poetry assignment, the new words are curtain, threaten, brittle, and blaze.

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

Two Word Poems
Eyes swim to half-space, where nothing is,
and nothing diverts
Ray Templeton



By seventeen, the schemer-
digger is intimate with her own
hot core and how to burrow to it
Greta Bolger


Even on our best days, the faces of old lovers
fall away, along with the reasons we loved them
Antonia Clark


Four Word Poems
What's that
in the depths of hedge?
Spotted Towhee.
Taylor Graham


What might be noticed first is the beauty
of the one and the vulgarity of the other.
Jennifer Finstrom


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