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"Declaration" by Tracy K. Smith

He has
sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people.


He has plundered our—


ravaged our—


destroyed the lives of our—


taking away our—


abolishing our most valuable—


and altering fundamentally the Forms of our—



In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for
Redress in the most humble terms:


Our repeated


Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury.


We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration
and settlement here.


—taken Captive


on the high Seas


to bear—
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Been looking through spoken word and other forms of verbal poetry lately, so I can't really share those unless they're in a video format that works on here. A few of the ones I really like do not. I'll probably make a list for those who want to check out for themselves.

Also reading through a short story collection from a professor of mine. I gather that "A Fingerprint Repeated" by Jeffrey Condran explores mundane isolated incidents among small groups of people. Voyeuristic and imaginative, but definitely not out of the realm of what we know to be real. Often I pour through themes similar to this and chastise it for being a bit dry. So far, this collection isn't.

It helps that when he reads his work in person, he doesn't have that poetry voice lots of authors use . Some of you know what I'm talking about. Makes me cringe.
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Over the Thanksgiving Break, I did as many grandkids do in the South and that's watch Hallmark movies with my grandparents. Several of you know how Hallmark follows a formula. Usually it's something along the lines of a workaholic protagonist visiting their parents in a rural setting where they encounter an old flame and rediscover the meaning of Christmas. Everyone knows the setup. But there's even more to it I noticed than that premise. So while watching a few, a made a checklist of all the oddly specific tropes that pop up in these sorts of movies. Sometime shortly I'll post what I found, and maybe we can compare notes or something.

May not fall into the criteria of a short story or a poem, but I'd like to branch out a bit and discuss narratives and what it is about them we enjoy.
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Unusual Hallmark Movie Tropes

Wittled it down to Top 5. Leaving a few off of my list, like how the movie is almost always named after a Christmas song, as that's too obvious. Also ignoring parts where the protagonist doesn't believe in Santa/Jesus/Christmas because that makes up for a majority of yuletide movies, not just ones from Hallmark. I'm gunning for things that are oddly specific, ones that don't really have a rhyme or reason to them.

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5. Protagonist Is A Workaholic That Can't Survive On Their Own

For clarity, let's say the protagonist is a woman here. She works at a firm, in a hospital, or anywhere where her career takes over every other facet of her life. No time for the holidays, busy yadda yadda. But when she's put in a situation where she has to do something every other person can, in this case we'll say cook, she can't even boil water. Somehow being a professional at Hallmark Bank & Trust left her no time to do the things she'd regularly do as that strong, independent woman. Can't cook, can't chop wood, can't fix a tire, can't do anything your average worker can.

This is up for the love interest/family to do to show her how she's become too much of a city girl/workaholic/high and mighty. More on that later.


4. There Will Be A Brief Discussion On How Having A Fake X-Mas Tree Makes You An Asshole

It's there, though it tends to last a full three seconds. Someone makes a remark about going out to pick/cut a tree down, here comes someone with the normal idea of just getting a fake, and it turns into a weird patriotic stance. Real trees are American and wholesome and plastic trees are corporate commie symbols that killed Jesus so fuck you. Hallmark is huge on sentimentality, and nothing screams sentimental more than a piece of dead foliage in your home.


3. If There's A Fiance, They're Upper Class And Evil

Workaholics come in pairs. If for some reason the protagonist managed a relationship, it's to a person that was just like them at the beginning of the movie. The fiance is rich, or at least high maintenance. They represent everything the protagonist's family isn't. Urban. Liberal. Non-Religious. And, most importantly, the Upper Class, which after half a dozen Hallmark movies I am comfortable in saying is the devil incarnate. They threaten the small town way of life somehow, maybe Big Business is moving in, or just being there pisses off the natural order. Who knows. But whatever the case is, if there's a fiance, they're either the antagonist or pretty fucking close.


2. Small Town Beau Is Quirky, Yet Perfect As They Manage To Be A Jack Of All Trades AND Unemployed

Take everything the protagonist is and flip it. In this case, he's a good ol' country boy who either was an old flame of the protagonist or knows the protagonist's family to some capacity. He is a chef, mechanic, electrician, plumber, super handyman but he doesn't really have a steady, financially-stable job. Often laid-back and a wise crack. Oh and he did attend college/is educated, because the protagonist and him HAVE to have something in common.

How he manages to be adept at so many things but still can't make ends meet is a weird combo for sure.


1. Spot The Poinsettias - AKA They've Overdecorated

I get that poinsettias are a holiday staple as much as wreaths and candy canes are, but those things happen to be everywhere when you stop to look. Many scenes have them in the background, and they tend to show up in the most damning places. One movie there were at least a dozen casually arranged in the snow itself. Just weird.

I'd also chalk this up to another type of trope, and that's how holiday movies are crazy overdecorated. The fireplace has several strands of garland. The mantle is poinsettia, stocking, poinsettia, stocking, Santa, poinsettia, candles. Somehow the tree has poinsettias. Seriously it can't be just me that sees that. Nobody goes apeshit over the poinsettias. Stop making poinsettias happen.
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So full disclosure- I don't really do comics often, and erotica is too exaggerated for me to enjoy. But I just finished a 5 Volumed graphic novel that I really, really love. Enough to gush about here. A colleague of mine introduced me to Sunstone by Stjepan Šejić. It's a story about two women who are deeply involved with BDSM. On the surface, you may think my perv flag is waving, but it's SO much more than sex. The story has a lot of heart. Each character, even the minor ones, are going through their own personal dilemmas and are better people for it. It's not cartoon porn. Sex is a theme, obviously, but it's not the major thing that drives the story forward. The two main characters, a sub named Lisa and a domme named Ally, are first-timers who meet up after talking online. They are awkwardly endearing. There are elements of understanding the self, and what it means to learn from past relationships. Also, and this one is a big one for me as I'm working on a story involving this topic, there is focus on how people can carry on a healthy friendship with past exes. It's done with care.




Two things that stick out for me after I finished reading:

1. It does a service to that particular community that mainstream movies have failed to. Yes, there are erotic scenes and nudity, but it's handled in a normal way. There is no over-the top- bullshit. Everything shown has a point. No crazed possessive dominatrix or weak as shit submissive. These women are people, multi-faceted and easy to connect with and relate to.

2. Sexual identity is also an important part of this, but it's not borderline cliche. Sexual awakening is there, yeah, but it's not played up as them having a bad childhood, or they were kissed by a girl on a dare and they liked it. Their awakening is depicted very naturally, with trial and error anyone can understand.

Like BDSM? Want a story with feels? You can have both. Read this.
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"Chelsea Hotel No. 2" by Leonard Cohen

I remember you well in the Chelsea Hotel
You were talking so brave and so sweet
Givin' me head on the unmade bed
While the limousines wait in the street

Those were the reasons, that was New York
We were runnin' for the money and the flesh
And that was called love for the workers in song
Probably still is for those of them left

But you got away, didn't you babe?
You just turned your back on the crowd
When you got away, I never once heard you say

I need you
I don't need you
I need you
I don't need you
And all of that jivin' around

I remember you well in the Chelsea Hotel
You were famous, your heart was a legend
You told me again, you preferred handsome men
But for me you would make an exception

And clenching your fist for the ones like us
Who are oppressed by the figures of beauty
You fixed yourself, you said "Well nevermind
We are ugly but we have the music"

And then you got away didn't you babe?
You just turned your back on the crowd
When you got away I never once heard you say

I need you
I don't need you
I need you
I don't need you
And all of that jivin' around

I don't mean to suggest
That I loved you the best
I can't keep track of each fallen robin
I remember you well in the Chelsea Hotel
That's all, I don't think of you that often
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"Single Lines Looking Forward. or One Monostich Past 45" by Francine J. Harris

The joke is orange. which has never been funny.

For awhile I didn’t sleep on my bright side.

Many airplanes make it through sky.

The joke is present. dented and devil.

For awhile, yellow spots on the wall.

Obama on water skis, the hair in his armpits, free.

I thought the CIA was operative.

Across the alley, a woman named Mildred.

Above the clouds in a plane, a waistline of sliced white.

I don’t sound like TED Talk, or smart prose on Facebook.

These clouds are not God.

I keep thinking about Coltrane; how little he talked.

This is so little; I give so little.

Sometimes when I say something to white people, they say “I’m sorry?”

During Vietnam, Bob Kaufman stopped talking.

The CIA was very good at killing Panthers.

Mildred in a housecoat, calling across the fence, over her yard.

If I were grading this, I’d be muttering curses.

The joke is a color. a color for prison.

Is it me, or is the sentence, as structure, arrogant?

All snow, in here, this writing, departure.

All miles are valuable. all extension. all stretch.

I savor the air with both fingers, and tongue.

Mildred asks about the beats coming from my car.

I forgot to bring the poem comparing you to a garden.

Someone tell me what to say to my senators.

No one smokes here; in the rain, I duck away and smell piss.

I thought the CIA was. the constitution.

I feel like he left us, for water skis, for kitesurfing.

The sun will not always be so gracious.

From the garden poem, one line stands out.

Frank Ocean’s “Nights” is a study in the monostich.

Pace is not breathing, on and off. off.

Mildred never heard of Jneiro Jarel.

I’m afraid one day I’ll find myself remembering this air.

The last time I saw my mother, she begged for fried chicken.

My father still sitting there upright, a little high.

Melissa McCarthy could get it.

Sometimes, I forget how to touch.

In a parking garage, I wait for the toothache.

I watch what I say all the time now.

She said she loved my touch, she used the word love.

In 1984, I’d never been in the sky.

My mother walked a laundry cart a mile a day for groceries.

Betsy DeVos is confirmed. with a broken tie.

Mildred’s five goes way up, and my five reaches.
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"Kablooey is the Sound You'll Hear" by Debra Marquat

Kablooey is the Sound You'll Hear



then plaster falling and the billow of gypsum

after your sister blows a hole in the ceiling

of your brother’s bedroom with the shotgun

he left loaded and resting on his dresser.



It’s Saturday, and the men are in the fields.

You and your sister are cleaning house

with your mother. Maybe your sister hates

cleaning that much, or maybe she’s just that



thorough, but somehow she has lifted the gun

to dust it or dust under it (you are busy mopping

the stairs) and from the top of the landing

where you stand, you turn toward the sound



to see your sister cradling the smoking gun

in her surprised arms, like a beauty queen

clutching a bouquet of long-stemmed roses

after being pronounced the official winner.



Then the smell of burnt gunpowder

reaches you, dirty orange and sulfurous,

like spent fireworks, and through the veil

of smoke you see the hole smoldering



in the ceiling, the drywall blown clean

through insulation to the naked joists,

a halo of perforations around the hole

just above her head, that dark constellation



where the buckshot spread. The look

on your sister’s face is pure shitfaced shock,

you’d like to stop and memorize it for later

family stories, but now you must focus



on the face of your mother, frozen there

downstairs at the base of the steps

where she has rushed from vacuuming

or waxing, her frantic eyes searching



your face for some clue about the extent

of the catastrophe. But it’s like that heavy

quicksand dream where you can’t move

or speak, so your mother scrambles up



the stairs on all fours, past you, to the room

where your sister has just found her voice,

already screaming—it just went off!

it just went off! —as if a shotgun

left to rest on safety would rise

and fire itself. All this will be hashed

and re-hashed around the dinner table,

but what stays with you all these years later,



what you cannot forget, is that moment

when your mother waited at the bottom

of the steps for a word from you, one word,

and all you could offer her was silence.
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"Natalia" - From the Dancing in Odessa collection, by Ilya Kaminsky

Her shoulder: an ode to an evening, such ambitions.

I promise I will teach her to ride horses, we will go to Mexico, Angola, Australia. I want her to imagine our scandalous days in Odessa when we will open a small sweets shop - except for her lovers and my neighbours (who steal milk chocolate by handfuls) we will have no customers. In an empty store, dancing among stands with sugared walnuts, dried carnations, boxes upon boxes of mints and cherries dipped in honey, we will whisper to each other our truest stories because to fantasize is our custom.

The back of her knee: a blessed territory, I keep my wishes there.
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"Acquainted with the Night" by Robert Frost

I have been one acquainted with the night.
I have walked out in rain—and back in rain.
I have outwalked the furthest city light.

I have looked down the saddest city lane.
I have passed by the watchman on his beat
And dropped my eyes, unwilling to explain.

I have stood still and stopped the sound of feet
When far away an interrupted cry
Came over houses from another street,

But not to call me back or say good-bye;
And further still at an unearthly height,
One luminary clock against the sky

Proclaimed the time was neither wrong nor right.
I have been one acquainted with the night.
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