Saturday, September 20, 2014

Guest Editor Erica Guo

Erica Guo has worked on the staffs of Blueshift Journal and Transcendence Magazine, and with Victoria Erdel, co-founded Cenzontle Magazine. Erica will choose the Five-Two Poem of the Week for November 24-30, 2014. Submit to Erica with the subject line "Five-Two Poetry for Guo" and email to G_SO at YAHOO dot COM, following the usual guidelines. Deadline is October 31, 2014.

I will be accepting regular submissions at the same time.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

A-Z Challenge: B

To maintain the flow of submissions year-round, each week I'll challenge you to write about crimes beginning with a particular letter of the alphabet. We'll cycle through the alphabet twice a year. Notice we will come back to A in the second week of September, The Five-Two's anniversary.

This week's letter is B. That can refer to battery, bunco, burglary, etc. The challenge is, of course, optional. The Five-Two is open to any interpretation of crime, poems about being wronged, anything that strikes you as "criminal".

Monday, September 15, 2014

Catherine Wald


God, the world's first and biggest liar,
that crazy-ass creator with no
qualms about conjuring woman
from a stolen body part,
claimed the fruit would
kill them;

still, Eve felt no need
to resist the hissing, refuse
to flirt with wily words.
Why should she not have
grabbed (not timidly)
and devoured (not nibbled,
not tasted) that perfectly
ripe reality?

Afer seizing his share, Adam-
come-lately counseled cover-
up. Eve shrugged. Fed up
with patriarchs, she
was ready to see
past paradise.

Catherine reads "Eve Shrugged":

Catherine confesses: "The story of Eve eating the apple, and then getting punished, has bugged me since I was a little kid. I decided to retell it as if Eve was proud of what she'd done, without permission—and that it led her to a better life."

CATHERINE WALD is an author and poet with an unimpressive criminal record. Her chapbook, Distant, burned-out stars was published by Finishing Line Press in 2011.