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Archive for the month “March, 2012”

I’m Back

Hey everyone out there,

So I’ve been out. Combination of spring break and catching up on midterm work for classes. On top of that, I decided to give myself a bit of a mental break and have been reading a lot. I finished Middlesex, The Importance of Being Earnest, Pride and Prejudice, and A Farewell to Arms in the past week. But good news, I haven’t been neglecting poetry. I’m finishing up a reread of Marie Howe‘s new book: The Kingdom of Ordinary Time.

In the meantime, I thought I would share some of the unbelievable springtime growth that’s been happening around me. Namely, bluebonnets:



More posts soon to come.  Till then, take care and enjoy the springtime.

Combat Steve

Aphorism Challenge – Week 5

With slight delay, here’s this weeks Aphorism Challenge.  With spring break and sxsw growing ever closer, crunch time is starting for most of my classes.  I’ll post when I can.  Without further ado, here’s the aphorism I picked for the past week.

Photo courtesy of Cory Hahn

Life is like an apple.  Sometimes it’s sweet, sometimes it’s sour.  But at the end of the day, you can’t resist taking a bite.
– Stephen Recker

My Poetry – a working draft “Gutter Dam”

This particular draft is very rough, in fact… I already have several ideas on where it’s headed. As an example of how this works, I’m going to post up a later revision of this poem in a week or two to show the progress. I hope you enjoy this for what it is.

Combat Steve

Gutter Dam
by Stephen Recker

When I was younger, and it would rain,
I would go out to the curb,
rain jacket put on with misaligned buttons, and try
to build a dam to stop the water flowing by.
First, the mud would just wash away.
I learned to add sticks and rocks to strengthen it,
but all it would do would be to slow it down
before it rose and went around the side.


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