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Bigfoot Kept Lumberjack as Love Slave

May 25, 2012 1 comment

Wife Says Man “Not the Same” Since Return from Forest

by Lou Amyx

for John Wood, with apologies to Thomas Hardy

It’s true. For who could be
Called same that loved so free,
Keen, and wild as we upon that ridge in native wantonry?

Who would dare to claim
These dusky stars the same
As those which lustered bright at that convergence of our twain?

I was just a lumber-
Jack, off to fell a number
Of small saplings. Framed in shadows dappling, I remember . . .

Tho’ fearsome when we met, he
Soothed my dread and set me
High upon his mantlepiece — his prize; and he became my Yehti.

Joy was his task. Watch
My tender Sasquatch
Gently love my eyes and lips, neck and nips, belly, hips, ass, crotch.

Consummation comes;
My steaming vessel runs
Upon his iceburg; seas prolapse, and the black sky hums.

Fate has cracked the world
This titan valley, hurled
Us each to disparate peaks, then watched the lovesick plan unfurled.

Fate traced our course
Coincident — that coarse
First meeting. Glad melding. Grim cleaving. My enduring curse.

Dare not apprise of this
Beast the mere size of his
Shoes! Measure instead the insatiate sighs of His

Disconsolate Love
Who yearns here to prove —
I belong returned to him, and to that high mountain grove.

He read poetry to me
Beneath the oak tree
And the aspen. Now I miss him, and feel all things are parody.


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Poetry by Lou Amyx may be seen in The Arena, The Naugatuck River Review, Tidal Basin Review, at Melusine.com as the winner of the 2011 Vivienne Haigh-Wood Poetry Prize, and soon in The Southern Poetry Anthology, Volume IV: Louisiana. A chapbook, The Bracelet, is available from Finishing Line Press. The recipient of creative writing MFA and English MA degrees, Lou teaches freshman writing classes at McNeese State University in Louisiana.

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Happy New Year

January 3, 2010 15 comments

Happy New Year 2010 from Beth and Dave (Montreal graffiti)
Anonymous graffiti artist, Montreal (photo by Beth)

We thought we’d take advantage of this first Sunday of the New Year to thank everyone for your support over the past year. We appreciate every comment, every link, and every submission. Here’s wishing you the very best in 2010.


(By the way, this card isn’t the only thing that will be slightly late this month. The Health issue won’t begin until the middle of January, through no fault of its hard-working editors, but rather because the Words of Power editors can’t count. One way or the other, though, you can expect an uninterruped stream of fresh and exciting content. Stay tuned!)

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Sitting in the darkness, waiting for the internet to return

October 18, 2009 3 comments

A freak storm that dumped up to six inches of wet snow, depending on elevation, on the Pennsylvania part of qarrtsiluni headquarters has left Dave without internet at home, making the production of the podcast impossible. We hope to resume service by Wednesday at the latest. Please stay tuned… and please support meaningful efforts to combat climate change.

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A Note from the Editors

September 1, 2008 Comments off

Hi everyone. We had planned to announce a new theme today, but network connection problems have forced us to delay, knowing that we will not be able to handle the volume of early submissions professionally and promptly until the current communication problems are resolved. We hope to be able to announce within a week, or by September 15 at the latest.

Rest assured that the submissions period will be one month long regardless of when we start. And the Transformation issue will continue at the current pace of one post a day through nearly the end of September. So please stay tuned.

We wish our American readers a happy and safe Labor Day. Can it really be autumn already?

—Beth and Dave

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