love story resolutions

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when she figures out it’s not a love story–
let her go.

regret is for the
moon dust
she leaves behind
somewhere there
in the days you spent
akin to the last rays
at sunset
to the kiss
that lasted
all the hours..


Michele McDannold is the author of Stealing the Midnight from a Handful of Days, a book of poetry available from PUNK HOSTAGE PRESS. She was the Editor-in-Chief at Red Fez Publications for five years and is currently the editor/publisher at Citizens for Decent Literature. She has an extensive collection of flannel and rubber chicken heads. For more, please visit michelemcdannold.com.

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A Little Help From Grover’s Friends/NYE blow off the motherfucking roof reading/performance who knows get there, yeah.

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about a month ago, a good friend of mine, a poet/editor/publisher/organizer that i greatly admire, a person that has been instrumental to inspiring my path in the poeting world..had an ultrasound that detected a growth on his liver. since then, he’s been very ill, unable to work, and unfortunately–doctors have confirmed that Michael has cancer.

i could rage on any number of fronts right now.. over poverty, illness, our society’s lack of support for artists. and i will, no doubt, but it all just seems so futile. i am strongly in the solutions-based camp–actionable items only–but there is no solution that can happen fast enough, that will root out both the cancer and the apathy taking our very humanity to the back of the room and beating its brains out.

all that i know to do right now is bring as much of the underground literary community together as possible in a show of support both emotional and financial. sometimes we’re all we have listening, one poet to another, and that’s enough to stoke the fires until..
well fuck if i know, i’m just stoking fires.

get there if you can, spread the word otherwise… please.

We are shooting for a few months worth of basic living expenses and out-of-pocket medical expenses like medication and transportation to medical appointments etc. #alittlehelp4grover (GOFUNDME where you can donate-https://www.gofundme.com/alittlehelp4grover)

Thursday, December 31st 2-6pm EST at The Trunk, 3353 Franklin Ave., Toledo OH. A Little Help from Grover’s Friends Fundraiser/NYE blow off the motherfucking roof reading/performance who knows get there, yeah. readers/performers: Michael Grover. Julie Demoff-Larson, Craig Firsdon, Barry Graham, Leo Todd Jarrett, Michele McDannold, Stormi, Matthew Sradeja, Cherie Bullock, Gary Bond, Drew Coomer, Dan Denton, Lorraine Ciprioano and more. https://www.facebook.com/events/911183485633746/

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If you don’t know Michael personally, you may know him from his work in the small press literary community.

Even when he’s broke down and busted flat, Michael Grover has always championed the ignored underdog wordslingers of this ranky stanky greasy spoon diner we call the modern American small press.” –Tim Murray, poet and author of ‘Dinosaur Ditch’.

Michael Grover is a native Floridian. He is currently a resident of Toledo, Ohio where he spends a great deal of time working on his own poetry and giving back to the literary community in service as publisher, editor and events organizer. Michael is widely published in the small press. He is the current head poetry editor at Red Fez Publications and the founding editor/publisher of Covert Press. Michael has published several chapbooks, and in 2014, his first novel ‘Lockewood/The Wolves Of Lockewood’.

Michael has published close to 1000 pieces of poetry on Red Fez and read at least 10 times that many. Chances are he’s read, considered or published your work, or published something you liked. He could use a little help right now.” –Leopold McGinnis, Red Fez Publications Founder/President

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https://www.gofundme.com/alittlehelp4grover

Xmas shopping list: Free Hugs, check twice.

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today i consider my
xmas list
arrange the words in my head
that will explain why
i have no gifts
that will explain why
instead i’m printing up pages
worrying over cover art
regretting that last latte i
didn’t need
wondering why i had to go so far
and beg for gas money
wondering why i ever did a fundraiser
to pay for a website
wondering why i gave all those books away
(but i know that one)
why i kept pushing that magical jeep
why i got others to push it with me
i mean, FUCK
i should have thumbed it
i should have followed the kids
& ran the jug around
stood waiting for the pickup truck
at the day labor
i should have taken up a
corner
and either gone
all-out krishna
or hey, look at my tits!..
just some flesh that will
be gone
in barely a speck-view
of the universe.

my friend has cancer

reject the body.
further
reject the systems
that poison us every. day.
that disinterested glaze
slathered around all that
mind-numbing propaganda
hooked on the divide & conquer
as if television still only comes
in black & white
even the rednecks don’t want that anymore

reject any life that is about consuming
to waste
the actual parts that make being a
human
make being alive
make the very air you breathe
in your they set em up you knock em down
doe-eyed slavery
the cutest sheen of
a wonderful life
you’ll ever put a hashtag to

kids, i don’t know.
i think about all this
think about this community
all those tiny hands full of fight
how life is just too damn hard on people sometimes
how you can’t put those hands up to do anything about it
if they’re busy holding all those bags

let it go..
hold on only
to what’s
important

love you


Michele McDannold is the author of Stealing the Midnight from a Handful of Days, a book of poetry available from PUNK HOSTAGE PRESS. She was the Editor-in-Chief at Red Fez Publications for five years and is currently the editor/publisher at Citizens for Decent Literature. She has an extensive collection of flannel and rubber chicken heads. For more, please visit michelemcdannold.com.

walk in your shoes, boy.

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you bought them

they are all so pretty
and waiting
just
for you


Michele McDannold is the author of Stealing the Midnight from a Handful of Days, a book of poetry available from PUNK HOSTAGE PRESS. She was the Editor-in-Chief at Red Fez Publications for five years and is currently the editor/publisher at Citizens for Decent Literature. She has an extensive collection of flannel and rubber chicken heads. For more, please visit michelemcdannold.com.

novelty

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game over
why can’t we just be friends? why can’t i just continue to put my penis in you? why can’t you exist in a sphere with no emotions? why can’t you just be my mommy? why can’t you just take it, hard? harder? why can’t you just let me take care of you? why can’t you just need me all the time for everything but actually not too much? why can’t you forget the weight of a word like love? why can’t you suspend truth? let’s play.


Michele McDannold is the author of Stealing the Midnight from a Handful of Days, a book of poetry available from PUNK HOSTAGE PRESS. She was the Editor-in-Chief at Red Fez Publications for five years and is currently the editor/publisher at Citizens for Decent Literature. She has an extensive collection of flannel and rubber chicken heads. For more, please visit michelemcdannold.com.

Macha

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for Dev

word for word

all of the waters
on a thursday night
there are legs
not at all shaky
and an attitude
sways like hips
in a rock n roll
desert scene


Michele McDannold is the author of Stealing the Midnight from a Handful of Days, a book of poetry available from PUNK HOSTAGE PRESS. She was the Editor-in-Chief at Red Fez Publications for five years and is currently the editor/publisher at Citizens for Decent Literature. She has an extensive collection of flannel and rubber chicken heads. For more, please visit michelemcdannold.com.