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Posted by : cj on Wednesday, July 26, 2006 - 10:17 AM
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American Open Mike:  New American Voices .

** jason e **


Can You Dig It, Girl?

I washed you out
with a few cold beers,
your pretty face amongst old parts
behind the garage.
You had me under your sheets
before I realized my mistake—
Hooks, lures;
gasping hearts flopping
all over the place.

They say behind every man
is a good woman.
My my,
how things have changed.


The Hawk

The sun begins to warm the day. Soft light filters through the fields. The flora awakens to reclaim its place among the ecosystem of our world. A lone red-tailed hawk sits peacefully on the Braeburn Marsh Bird Sanctuary sign, facing the incoming men with their hard-hats and construction maps. Keys to giant yellow machines hang from thick belts around their waists. Steam from a coffee mug rises into the brisk morning air as they huddle together for the day’s instruction. The proud raptor sits quietly upon his perch, anticipating a good day for hunting. Much time will be spent soaring across the wide open sky, far above the mayhem that’s seeping across the earth. And he knows his life here is near its end. Soon he will have to go away. No one will say goodbye and no one will wish him well. Still, he will go away quietly, and he will go without bitterness.


In Spite of Candlelight

She senses
Something past me
A bit like hope
Cast off my shoulder
To the wall

X, I want to.
O, she can.

I see
Something airborne
A bit like revelation
The tarnished halo
Of her visit

X, tonight!
But O, she cannot.

She feels
Something for herself
A bit like regret
Slipping off the heavy end of a sigh
When she goes


jason e, 33, lives in Geneva, Illinois. Currently unsatisfied with his own work, as well as that of many contemporaries, he is seeking a romantic madness that will awaken his true poetic soul. “It isn’t so much the poems of poets that I’ve been influenced by,” jason says, “but the broken aspects of their lives. Some of my favorite poems, songs, and paintings were created by artists so in tune with the world that the world was hurting them.” He does believe that the struggle to get published is a necessary evil which forces poets to work their hardest, thus fueling their determination. Look for jason at various open mikes throughout the western suburbs with his poetry group The Interzone Poets.


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