Monday, November 24, 2014

John David Muth


I can't see anything
except the car.

An LED light flashes
from the dashboard
gray and opaque
like the soul of a teenage girl
teasing her killer.

If she's screaming
I cannot hear her.
.22 caliber hail
ricochets off the roof
brittle bone branches
snap in the dark.

The power is out
but the cherry-scented candle
makes the room smell nice.
Its light takes my mind off the cold.

I hope a tree falls on that damn car.
Haven't liked it since I bought it.
Not enough trunk space.

Gerald So reads "November Storm":

John confesses: "My power went out during Hurricane Sandy. Attracted by the cracking of tree branches and the heavy rain on the roof, I looked outside. The only thing I could see was the flashing LED light from my car alarm. It inspired an eerie, otherworldly feeling."

JOHN DAVID MUTH was born and raised in central New Jersey. Currently he is an academic advisor working for Rutgers University. His poetry is usually sarcastic or satirical in nature. Occasionally, he inserts a little murder here and there.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

A-Z Challenge: K

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 kidnapping, killer, knockover, 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".

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.

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