Russell Matney

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How to write a poem


Get a pen and get a notebook and open the pen and open the notebook and sit down.
Title it: [insert awesome title]. Try: “How to Write a Poem.”
Take mental breather. Look…


First thing this morning


She says:
we were driving
and you pulled over to turn around
and it was muddy
and another car, a BMW, swerved and flipped over
and it’s driver, a Beagle, flew out…


In the skywaves


Once I’m there and back again and then a few weeks later
I find the receipt in my desk and say, yeah, I went there, I remember that.
I saw a foreign couple take a picture in a…


It’s for suckers


transitions and line breaks are very important
to me
but I hate change. I fight it! like a madman!
for instance
I’m supposed to be a fully-fledged adult by now, but
I’ve been…

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Go where any prompt takes you.


Here’s the thing, Cat


Since we met, I’ve been your biggest fan
I pet you.
I show you love.
I don’t mind that your belly swings as you scamper down the hall.
I don’t mind your dandruff or that…


Great Owl Circle


1.
I had an uncle who was always so fun
And I learned later it was because he was bad
Or, maybe just wild. Maybe.
Anyway, the most fun
Was when he tossed my dad’s exercise…


Everyone accept death


This isn’t a real fear
but sometimes
I think I’m dying, a little bit


The last place you look


This won’t help you
Because we’re all different
But if you want,
I’ll tell you how I found it.
It was a lazy Sunday night
I picked up a Yoo-hoo
Arizona green tea…


Nobody’d notice


Nobody’d notice
But I wear colorful stripey socks
Under my shoes and long pants


How to write a poem


Get a pen and get a notebook and open the pen and open the notebook and sit down.
Title it: [insert awesome title]. Try: “How to Write a Poem.”
Take mental breather. Look…