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  • 313.
    My birthday was different this year

    As I was rummaging through
    the file boxes my wife had left for me
    in the garage
    I found a yellow legal pad
    scribbled with hand written poems
    I had written one night
    in a almost crowded coffeehouse
    waiting for a poet friend from Chicago
    to come up north to read

    The poems talked about
    how I waited and waited
    before too long
    several anxious poets
    ran up to the microphone
    not afraid to trip over themselves
    share their delicate poems
    about romance and almost romance
    detailing having a job they don't like
    and it seemed to me
    they were also not liking much else about their lives
    besides their job they didn't like

    My Chicago artist friend as usual
    was more then an hour late
    which isn't bad considering Chicago
    is almost three hours away
    so most other places
    damn, she would have been early

    When I read the poem
    I wrote about being at a reading
    I didn't want to be at

    I realized I was spending my birthday
    by myself in a coffeehouse
    writing poems
    not making much eye contact
    with people I didn't even like
    although one of the poets
    I think Francine is her name
    came up to me during a break and said 'hi'
    but she didn't remember my name
    or knew it was my birthday
    and a couple of days after my anniversary
    or that I was getting a divorce

    that poem I read
    was a good sign of things to come

    because this year
    on my birthday
    I woke up with a new friend in my bed
    multiple orgasms for her to share
    before having a nice breakfast together
    of eggs, sausage, hash browns and italian toast
    cooked on the George Foreman grill
    and things didn't look or feel
    the same again read more »

  • 314.
    Hillary Clinton Ambition

    Hillary what great ambition
    She wanted to be POTUS of the nation
    She dreamed to be president
    She ran grueling campaign read more »

  • 315.
    Marina Gipps

    Born into an odd name I never wanted
    for it would not cheerlead me
    into stardom according to numerologists
    and Chicago Bears fans read more »

  • 316.
    AARON SWARTZ

    to aaron swartz (chicago,1985, brooklyn, nyc,2013) .


    « silence is so accurate » read more »

  • 317.
    Any Englishman To His Son

    My lad, I like America a lot,
    And she can give us much we haven't got.
    By all means speak like some Chicago tough read more »

  • 318.
    MCKINSEY & COMPANY

    To james o. mckinsey (1889-1937) .

    mckinley (20,320 feet)
    a granitic pluton read more »

  • 319.
    Vietnam War Memorial

    A block of marble
    and twenty six letters of the alphabet
    etch so many young names
    onto history read more »

  • 320.
    PHOTOGRAPHER DEAN HICKSTEIN

    In the department store on Nicollet Mall,

    a photographer photographed me from Chicago. read more »

  • 321.
    Ash Wednesday

    I stood inside
    a majestic cathedral
    in the heart of Chicago.
    The sun broke away read more »

  • 322.
    Baseball

    Can you smell the fresh cut grass and feel the energy of the crowd
    The roaring sound of thousands as they cheer what makes them proud
    The sound of a wooden bat making contact with a fastball
    The joy of millions at home watching their team give it their all read more »

  • 323.
    A 40-Year-Old Man Makes Attempts at Flirting with High School Cheerleaders

    No, I am not
    a feminist.
    If I was,
    do you honestly think read more »

  • 324.
    Paramita

    Life is a dance
    in an unknowing universe- read more »

New Chicago Poems

  1. The Chicago Poem, Jerome Rothenberg
  2. Evening Song, Sherwood Anderson
  3. My Kind of Town, Ima Ryma
  4. Jackie Robinson West, Ima Ryma
  5. Crackling Again, Donal Mahoney
  6. People Who Live Above Stores, Donal Mahoney
  7. Lake Michigan, Kate Harrington
  8. To Conjure Up, Kevin Kiely
  9. Those Good Tomatoes, Donal Mahoney
  10. Caseworker Determining Eligibility, Donal Mahoney
  11. Caseworker: Yams and Plantain, Donal Mahoney
  12. The Great Chicago Fire, Thomas Koron
  13. Cats At Their Bowls Lapping, Donal Mahoney
  14. Shall I Compare She to A Chicago Winter, Lore Me34
  15. Gentleman, Jaipal Singh
  16. Chicago, Morgan Michaels
  17. Lemon Underwear, Donal Mahoney
  18. Cub and Flub, Ima Ryma
  19. Bending, Grabbing, Sorting, Donal Mahoney
  20. Winter on Astor Street, Donal Mahoney
  21. Chicago Dog, Ima Ryma
  22. An Irish Enclave,1956, Donal Mahoney
  23. Harvesting Pumpkins, Donal Mahoney
  24. 3-year old among 13 shot in Sanford Fla..., Luke Easter
  25. Elegy, oskar hansen
  26. Scene from Yom Kippur 1972, Donal Mahoney
  27. Savannah Belle, Donal Mahoney
  28. Gunners Be Gone, Ima Ryma
  29. Chicago, Marissa Liebowitz
  30. Trumpeter Swans - Lincoln Park Zoo, Ima Ryma
  31. Lookıng For A Girl Across The United Sta.., Nicolas GRENIER
  32. Armadillo Home, Donal Mahoney
  33. Chicago, everette johnson
  34. Bag Lady, Donal Mahoney
  35. Coal Bins, Donal Mahoney
  36. Letter to Annie Far Away, Donal Mahoney
  37. Caseworker's Tune, Donal Mahoney
  38. Satin and Grace, Donal Mahoney
  39. On the Road to Chicago, Donal Mahoney
  40. Bells from the Cathedral, Donal Mahoney
  41. Southside Chicago Blues, George Hunter
  42. Chicago [1920's slang], R.K. Cowles
  43. Chicago, Charlotte Lidia
  44. 'Lemon Underwear', Donal Mahoney
  45. Providential Hope In The Windy City, Albrando Lucino
  46. WINGS OF A DOVE, Aldo Kraas
  47. GOING DOWN, Aldo Kraas
  48. Chicago through my eyes, tationa triplett
  49. CHICAGO SAMBA, Aldo Kraas
  50. Yesterday, Nkwachukwu Ogbuagu
  51. Chicago, Cadence Hanshew
  52. Charley Plays A Tune (V5), Michael Lee Johnson
  53. PURPLE OPULENCE, RIC S. BASTASA
  54. Chicago Fire, Kurt Kacich
  55. Changing Of The Seasons, Shel Silverstein
  56. For Selma, Langston Hughes
  57. Brass Spittoons, Langston Hughes
  58. a friend in chicago is in relationship, RIC S. BASTASA
  59. CHICAGO ART INSTITUTE, Michael Pruchnicki
  60. ''The South Side of Chicago'' by David H.., David Hart
  61. Travel Haiku - Chicago, my other Paris, john tiong chunghoo
  62. Chicago, Lea Wilson
  63. Tough Streets Of Chicago, rico avila
  64. 'Shoe Shine Boy', Linda Winchell
  65. Radio Station: Chico, The Latest News, Atef Ayadi
  66. Radio Station: Chico, Irish Tuesday, Atef Ayadi
  67. & Living Like a Gypsy, Mamta Agarwal
  68. my auntie zousy, RIC S. BASTASA
  69. Candlelight, Gus Oloroso
  70. God Bless All, Saiom Shriver
  71. A FILIPINO WRITES FROM CHICAGO, RIC S. BASTASA
  72. caregiver leaving again, RIC S. BASTASA
  73. Chicago, Floyd Crenshaw
  74. One Sided Love, Francis Duggan
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