Attended a reading/workshop by Sarah Brooks last night at the Juneau Public Library, part of the First Friday Literary Series. In addition to sharing some very moving and personal work, Brooks led the group in a few writing activities, two of which evolved out of the found poetry school. Here are two poems that came from scavenging headlines in the library’s magazine area.

Bitch or bust
get it off your chest
no amount of bursting
will be tolerated

all cheat sheets
not sanctioned by the National
Association of Restroom Republicans
will be confiscated
unless the prevailing
media attitude shifts
violently toward
rather than emersion
of scandal

let those chest
bursting secrets
out the passenger
door of the minivan
to the moon

great lakes tube flies
hatching in your zen
garden will do less damage
than years
of secret swallowing

a little something
that might help you
lose weight
cast bamboo
make a rock solid

a new era
bitch don’t bust
get it off your chest


I am the reason you will need
flu fighters
intelligent cameras
a reason to selectively
purchase and consume only
produce items listed
on the organic top 20

I am the reason you will need
to stop those annoying
embarrasing yet
arrousing sex ads
from popping up

I am the reason for
the bee crisis

Reach out and touch someone....

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