Moving Words 2002 Poems-1

DIARY OF A BAD HOUSEWIFE

She spread herself
so
thin
there wasn't enough
wife
left
to butter her
husband
with.

Deanna D'Errico

EARLY SPRING

A jogger darts by.
Green willow fragrance follows,
trying to keep up.

Karen Kimball

DON'T ASK

We raised the question and first it hovered vaguely
like a spook at a seance, and then we raised it again
even higher until we both had to salute it.
So we thought we'd better table the question
but it rattled the plates and cutlery and would not
take polish. What left but to call the question?
Here it came, romping like a puppy gone goofy over
its own name. We couldn't get rid of it.
No, we said, bad question, we don't want you,
but we answered it anyway, and now I live alone.

J. Morris

About the Poets:

Deanna D'Errico is an Arlington-based freelance writer and editor. She holds an MA degree in English from Ohio State University and is co-founder and former managing editor of Belles Lettres: A Review of Books by Women. She has been active in the Arlington community as an "arts activist," volunteering time to Arlington schools and programs to help ensure the provision of high-quality arts education and to keep its value prominent in the public consciousness. She's currently an editor for WordWrights! Magazine and host of a monthly literary reading series at Hot Shotz coffee shop in Arlington. Her first chapbook will be published by Argonne House Press in 2002.

Karen Kimball is a native Washingtonian. She graduated from Wakefield High School in 1958 and received a BA in Philosophy from George Mason University, a J.D. from MasonÌs School of Law, and a Masters in Labor Law from Georgetown University. She lived in Southeast Asia for nine years. Before retiring last year, she was a trial lawyer for various Federal agencies. She has three grown children and four grandchildren.

J. Morris has published fiction and poetry in many literary magazines in the US and Great Britain, including The Southern Review, The Missouri Review, Prairie Schooner, The Christian Science Monitor, and Five Points. His chapbook, Pregnant Blue, is forthcoming from Flarestack Publishing.

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