RWB Poets at NYC Poetry Festival, July 26, 2015

July 28, 2015

Claudia Serea hosted. The readers were John Barrale, Wayne L. Miller, Zorida Mohammed, Mark Fogarty, and Anton Yakovlev.

Pictures on Facebook.


RWB Workshop Poem of the Week – July 22, 2015

July 24, 2015

Janet Kolstein


There were two ways to go,
and he stood to let me pass,
cigarette smoke swirling around
and above our heads
back in the days when it was so.

Should I face him?
Brush up against him missionary-style,
chest and loin,
swish, swish.

Should I politely turn my back on him?
My rear to his fly,
carefully trying not to topple
the glasses of wine and beer
making wet rings on wood
in the darkly-lit bar.

The controlled cacophony was a smile,
late night music
of new beginnings.

What songs were played,
and what I heard,
lay chilled as chardonnay.


WCW – Geraldine Green

July 20, 2015

Wednesday, August 5, 2015, 7 p.m.

Williams Center for the Arts
One Williams Plaza, Rutherford NJ

Plus the words of William Carlos Williams
and open readings from the floor

Contact: John Barrale – john.barrale@gmail.com

Geraldine Green is a freelance creative writing tutor, mentor and published poet. She lives in Ulverston on the Furness Peninsula Cumbria, UK, where she was born. Her latest collection Salt Road was published in 2013 by Indigo Dreams. Geraldine is writer-in-residence at Swarthmoor Hall and a guest tutor at the Hall and also at Brantwood Coniston. In September 2011 she gained a PhD in creative writing titled: An Exploration of Identity and Environment through Poetry from Lancaster University. A frequent visitor to North America, she has a two-week poetry tour planned for August 2015 where she will read at a variety of venues in New York, Connecticut and New Jersey. Geraldine blogs at geraldinegreensaltroad.blogspot.co.uk.

from Salt Road into the Bay

I walk out into wind,
salt & flat-caked mud
baked white in the sun,
tread among samphire,
spiked as yet unplumped
shoots of bright green
small pockets of prayer
parcels of ozone and ask:
are you really samphire,
that bright jewel of
Picked, plucked,
remembered from Lear?


RWB Workshop Poem of the Week – July 15, 2015

July 17, 2015

John Barrale

Grandmothers— like the Parrots
on the Wallpaper in My Room
When I Was Thirteen

They were older goddesses,
constant and there
like the sun
and the rain,

their faces rough sketches
in the weather of years
I hardly remember.

Each was a queen,
their feathers like jewels
and carefully formed,

the greens and yellows,
though faded,
still a clear idea

like the outline of birds
on a wallpaper’s pattern,

or the faces of the old
on porches I passed

where death was slowly sewing

and bones were threads
in October’s knots,

the claw-like hands of old friends
spread over a game of cards
and a bowl of seeds,

the truth hulled,
and picked over
in softening beaks,

the shells tossed in yards
where the sunflowers were dying
and no one walked.


RWB Workshop Poem of the Week – July 8, 2015

July 9, 2015

Anton Yakovlev


Deep in love with her well-put-together past,
she nurses sunsets like deluxe hash browns.

She is a retired labyrinth walker
afterglowing in the backseat
of a vintage convertible.

She gets into elevators
in which only light can travel.

Her memory cannibalizes
a ballet of half-erased movements.

She sips coffee all day in a beachside shack
that closes at 3 p.m. every afternoon.

Beach tractors go in circles every morning.

Her death is fundamentally simple.


GV – Seventh Year Poetry/Music Magic

July 8, 2015

The Magic Circle returns to GainVille Café on Thursday, July 30 to begin its seventh year with the poetry of RON BREMNER along with featured musician BRENDAN FOGARTY.

Ron’s work has appeared in the Rutherford Red Wheelbarrow anthology, International Poetry Review, Paterson Literary Review, and elsewhere.

Irish piper Brendan will be making a second encore for the group at GAINVILLE CAFE, 17 Ames Ave., Rutherford.

The Red Wheelbarrow Poets’ Bring-Your-A-Game open mic will follow, with generous reading times.

17 Ames Ave., 7 PM
$7 donation includes coffee/tea and dessert
(201) 507-1800
Note switch of days this month to Thursday!


RWB Workshop Poem of the Week – June 24, 2015

June 26, 2015

Zorida Mohammed

The Lost Parents

He rented her out
in the summer,
when no one would notice.

Always to a man,
a man with a car,
one of her father’s friends.

She’d been warned to heed the renter’s bidding.

They lived in the car,
and sometimes in a motel.

She was 13.

Her mother had disappeared early on.
Her siblings were “vipers.”

She searched and found her mother
in a mental hospital.
Or was it a an old folks home?

She forgave her everything.
The visit made her almost high

But the silence that followed
when her mother melted back into her world
plunged her into a wilderness.

Even her forgiveness
was not trick enough.

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