Thursday, March 31, 2022

Poems as birthday presents

Every day, I read poems in online magazines and pick one to send as a birthday present to my Facebook friends celebrating that day. Sometimes I don't find one, so I send out the one from the day before again. Sometimes I'll even send a poem out for several days or even several weeks, especially when my correspondents really love a poem. Today, I saw a title that sounded like a perfect birthday poem: "For Your Birthday", by Deborah Woodside Coy, newly published in Bombfire Magazine. But it's not right for my purposes, as lines like this might give people the wrong idea: "I’ve memorized the geography / of your body." (Andrew Shields, #111words, 31 March 2022)


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