Sunday, March 01, 2015


Loss is a lake
frozen black,
like a smile
for half a mile,
skaters falling
through its
cracked teeth,
down the throat
of winter water
into the stomach
of sand, sediment
and rusty soda cans,
way beneath
the reach of rope
or a stick
from the shoreline's
weeping willow.
Who is that
I hear wailing?

Katherine Gotthardt
copyright March 1, 2015

Saturday, February 07, 2015

Kitchen Haiku

Dusty fork, prostrate
on a floor of throw-rug and fur.
Whom does it worship?


Saturday, January 31, 2015

“Poets Laureate on Art and War” Event at Osbourn Park High School February 14

Former Poet Laureate of Virginia Carolyn Kreiter-Foronda and former Daily Press Poet Laureate Bill Glose will present “Poets Laureate on Art and War” at Osbourn Park High School, 8909 Euclid Ave., Manassas, on Saturday, February 14, from 1 p.m. to 3: p.m.

Appealing to lovers of the arts, Kreiter-Foronda’s readings and presentation will come from her latest book, The Embrace, and focus on the art of Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo. Glose will feature his current book, Half a Man, and focus on his life as a paratrooper and combat platoon leader in the Gulf War.
“Poets Laureate on Art and War” is free and open to the public and hosted by the Prince William County Poet Laureate Program.

  Bill Glose is a former paratrooper, Gulf War veteran, and author of the poetry collections Half a Man (FutureCycle Press, 2013) and The Human Touch (San Francisco Bay Press, 2007). For the past eleven years, he has been the Books Editor for Virginia Living. In 2011, Glose was named the Daily Press Poet Laureate. Other honors include the F. Scott Fitzgerald Short Story Award and the Virginia Press Association First Place Award for Sports News Writing. Now a full-time writer, he undertakes intriguing pursuits—such as walking across Virginia and participating in a world-record-setting skinny dip event—and writes about them for magazines. His work has appeared in over 100 publications, including Army Times, The Writer, Narrative Magazine, and Southern California Review. His website includes a page of helpful information for writers.

 Carolyn Kreiter-Foronda served as Poet Laureate of Virginia from 2006-2008.  She holds a B.A. from the University of Mary Washington and a M.Ed., M.A. and a Ph.D. from George Mason University, where she received the university’s first doctorate and an Outstanding Academic Achievement and Service Award.  In 2007 both universities gave her the Alumna of the Year Award.  She has co-edited three anthologies and published seven books of poetry, including The Embrace: Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo, winner of the 2014 Art in Literature: Mary Lynn Kotz Award from the Library of Virginia and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Her award-winning poems appear in numerous magazines, including Nimrod, Prairie Schooner, Mid-American Review, Best of Literary Journals, Poet Lore and An Endless Skyway, an anthology of poems by U.S. State Poets Laureate.   Visit her website at  

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Some Grief Stage or Other

You never told
us you'd

blackened your own
eye and

maybe even cracked
your head

the stand by
your bed,

neatly folded, cover
creased like

sealed envelope ready
to be

And later, that
dying you

Pretty passive-aggressive if
you ask

Thursday, December 18, 2014

What I Read at My Mother's Funeral

They say mourning is public, grieving is private.  I'm doing both.

Mom passed December 2, 2014.  She was 68 years old.  We believe she had a stroke.  She died peacefully in her sleep, but we were miles away, she in Florida, we in Virginia.

There's nothing more to say.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Who writes this crap, anyway?

Sent By:
    Samantha Kipkalya              On:Nov 11/29/14 1:21 AM

Hello My Dearest,
My Name Are princess Samantha Kipkalya Kones, 24 Years Old Female and never married, I am writing this mail with tears and sorrow from my heart asking for your help at this time, I got your contact while searching for a trustworthy someone who will understand my present condition and come to my rescue here in the Mission Refuge Camp here in Burkina Faso. I have passed through pains and sorrowful moments since the death of my father.
My father was the Former Minister Kenyan road. And Assistant I Minister of Home Affairs Lorna Lobos had been on board the Cessna 210, Which Was headed to Kericho and crashed in a remote area Kalong's called, in East Kenya. The plane crashed on the Tuesday 10th, June, 2008. You can read more about the crash-through the website below

Site: (Du musst Dich Einloggen oder Registrieren um Multimediadateien oder Links zu sehen).
After the burial of my father, my stepmother and uncle conspire and Sold my father's property to an Italian Expert rate the shared which themselves among the money and live nothing for me. One Faithful morning, I Open My father's briefcase and found out the documents which I have huge amount of money deposited in one bank in Burkina Faso with my name as the next of kin. I Traveled to Burkina Faso with the documents to Withdraw the money for a Better Life So That I Can take care of myself and start a new life, on my arrival, the Bank Director Whom I met in person Told me that my father's instruction to the bank Is That the money would only be release to me when I am married or present a trustee/Foreigner Who will help me and invest the money overseas. I am in search of honest and reliable person who will help me and stand as my trustee so That I will present him to the Bank for transfer of the money to His/her bank account overseas. I have chosen to contact you after my Prayers and I believe that you Will Not betray my trust. I put my hope and my trust in you.
Though you may wonder why I am so soon Revealing myself to you Without Knowing You, well I will say That my mind convinces me that you May be the true person to help me. More so, I will like to disclose much to you if You Can helps me to relocate to your country because my stepmother Have assonate Threaten to kill me but God did not allow her to achieve her plans. The amount Deposited with my name is ($8.500.000.00) Dollars)( sum of Eight Million Five Hundred Thousand United State Dollars ) and I Have Confirmed from the bank in Burkina Faso on my arrival.
You will also help me to place the money in a more profitable business venture in your Country. However, you will help by recommending a nice University in your country so That I can complete my studies. It is my intention to compensate you with 40% of the total money for your services and the balance shall be my capital in your establishment. As soon as I receive showing your positive response I will put your Interest Things into Action Immediately. In the light of the above, I will appreciate an Urgent message Indicating Your Ability and Willingness to handle this transaction sincerely with me.
Awaiting your Urgent response. Please do keep this only to your Self for now until the bank will transfer the Fund. I beg you Not to Disclose it till i come over because I am afraid of my wicked stepmother Who Threatened to kill me and Have the money alone, thank God Today That I am out from my country (KENYA) But now In (Burkina Faso ) These Where my father deposited money with my name as the next of Kin. I have the documents for the proof.
Please find a place in your heart to read and understand my condition.

Thanks and God bless.
Sincerely Yours,
princess Samantha Kipkalya Kones

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