Wednesday, November 19, 2014

30 Days of The Five-Two (2015)

"Inaugurated in 1996 by the Academy of American Poets, National Poetry Month is now held every April, when schools, publishers, libraries, booksellers, and poets throughout the United States band together to celebrate poetry and its vital place in American culture."

For the fifth consecutive year, I'm joining the celebration with a blog tour. My tours don't solicit guest spots on your blogs. Instead, I invite you to post about poetry. If you don't have a blog, email your entry to G_SO at YAHOO dot COM and you'll be my guest here at The Five-Two.

Many participants blog about Five-Two poems, but your entry can be as creative as you like:

  • Interview a Five-Two contributor
  • Discuss a favorite poem not from The Five-Two
  • Submit for one of four Poem of the Week slots; theme: fooling or being fooled
  • Post your own poetry or fiction in response to a Five-Two poem
  • Contributors, discuss your poems in greater detail
  • Voices of The Five-Two, discuss your performance in greater detail

I'm fine scheduling multiple tour stops on the same day or about the same poem, and I'm glad to add entries even after April 1. To book a date, email G_SO at YAHOO dot COM, and I'll add it below.

Participants and promoters of the tour may download the badge image above and add it to their entries or follow these instructions to copy-and-paste the image HTML code.

All April revenue from Five-Two and Lineup books and merchandise is donated to the nonprofit Academy of American Poets, supporting poets at all stages of their careers and fostering the appreciation of contemporary poetry.


04-01-15 - Wednesday -
04-02-15 - Thursday - B.V. Lawson at In Reference to Murder
04-03-15 - Friday -
04-04-15 - Saturday -
04-05-15 - Sunday -
04-06-15 - Monday - Poem of the Week
04-06-15 - Monday - Charles Rammelkamp
04-07-15 - Tuesday -
04-08-15 - Wednesday -
04-09-15 - Thursday -
04-10-15 - Friday -
04-11-15 - Saturday -
04-12-15 - Sunday -
04-13-15 - Monday - Poem of the Week
04-14-15 - Tuesday -
04-15-15 - Wednesday -
04-16-15 - Thursday -
04-17-15 - Friday -
04-18-15 - Saturday -
04-19-15 - Sunday -
04-20-15 - Monday - Poem of the Week
04-21-15 - Tuesday -
04-22-15 - Wednesday -
04-23-15 - Thursday -
04-24-15 - Friday -
04-25-15 - Saturday -
04-26-15 - Sunday -
04-27-15 - Monday - Poem of the Week
04-28-15 - Tuesday -
04-29-15 - Wednesday -
04-30-15 - Thursday -

Monday, November 17, 2014

William G. Rector

ESCAPE FROM DALLAS

From the picture
in the cross hairs
(the President's head)
the rest of the gun

has been fashioned.
Turning at high speed
three black screws,
boom, boom, boom,

fix parts together.
Pleased with
what you've done?
Pull the trigger.

Nothing happens
because it already did.
Your head echoes.
The Book Depository

is soon overrun
by readers who
thumb every room
but don't find you

or the weapon,
which is in your head
and no longer looks
like what it did.


Bill reads "Escape from Dallas":




Bill confesses: "I think every murder occurs in a mirror. The victim and killer are there confined, but so are those who observe from afar. Dallas was a mirror as wide as the country and as small as a wound, and we won't escape it."


WILLIAM G. RECTOR is a physician who is also a poet. Perhaps that early training in pathology led him to an interest in crime, as a number of his poems concern criminals, although usually in an historical context.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

A-Z Challenge: J

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 J. That can refer to jail, job, justice, 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".