Thursday, April 29, 2010

Poem In Your Pocket Day.


Celebrate national Poem In Your Pocket Day on Thursday, April 29, 2010!
The idea is simple: select a poem you love during National Poetry Month then carry it with you to share with co-workers, family, and friends on April 29, 2010.
Poems from pockets will be unfolded throughout the day with events in parks, libraries, schools, workplaces, and bookstores. Create your own Poem In Your Pocket Day event using ideas below or let us know how your plans, projects, and suggestions for Poem In Your Pocket Day by emailing

How about this one?  You can print it out and carry it with you-  maybe share it with a friend?

Beach Attitudes

Blessed is the beach, survivor of tides.

And blessed the litter of crown conchs and pen shells, the dead
blue crab in all its electric raiment.

Blessed the nunneries of skimmers,
scuttering and rising, wheeling and falling and settling, ruffling
their red and black-and-white habits.

And blessed be the pacemakers and the peacemakers,

the slow striders, the arthritic joggers, scarred and bent under
their histories, for they're here at last by the sunlit sea.

Blessed Peoria and Manhattan, Ottawa and Green Bay, Pittsburgh,

And blessed their children.

And blessed the lovers for they shall have one perfect day.

Blessed be the dolphin out beyond the furthest buoy,
slaughtering the bright leapers,
for they shall have full bellies.

Blessed, too, the cormorant and the osprey and the pelican
for they are the cherubim and seraphim and archangel.

And blessed be the gull, open throated, screeching, scolding
me to my face,

for he shall have his own place returned to him.
And the glossy lip of the long wave shall have the last kiss.

"Beach Attitudes" by Robert Dana, from The Other. © Anhinga Press, 2008. 

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

New Feature: Free Haiku Classifieds!

OBSOLETE Magazine is happy to announce that we will be featuring FREE classified advertising in our first issue! You may submit as many as you like, but they MUST be in the form of a haiku poem.

Some examples might include:

lonely days, blank screen
un-employed graphic artist
will design for food
-Jenny- 685.555.6666

Nineteen Sixty Nine
Volkswagen for sale to a
hippie with wrenches

please email submissions to

The paper copy of OBSOLETE #1 will hit the street July 1st, but if you have a time-sensitive Haiku Classified Ad,  please indicate the date and I will post it on the blog and  Facebook fan page.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

This morning, I met the devil at the crossroads.....

Out for my morning run, as I approached the point where I turn around to head home, I spotted a mysterious object in the middle of the road. As I got closer, I recognized what it was.... a box of donuts.

How did it get there? Did some bleary-eyed Lutheran leave it on the roof of the car as they hustled the kids into the backseat - in mortal fear of being late for church? Or was it SATAN?