Stephen Denehan's PALMS AGAINST AN OILY WALL Forthcoming this Fall

Golden Antelope has just signed on to publish an Irish poet, Steve Denehan, whose mix of wit and worry is classic.  Here's a sample: 


Free Coffee


There are too many hand-wrung poems

too many grief pornographers

too many poems about loneliness

written by the lonely

hunched over pained pages

by lamplight

in search of the cure


there are too many poems crafted

to within half a half-inch

of a merciful death

or a merciless life

poems revised again and again

until whatever meat

has been stripped

and the bones

pared down to pupil-sized points


there are too many poems about nature

the glory of it

the harshness of it

too many poems with words like cicada

and cerulean


and primordial


there are too many poems and poets

full stop

too many preeners and posers

too many poems written

just to be written


far, far too many poems read aloud

theatrically laden

with bizARRE inflecTIONS and unnatural                                                 pauses

to near empty rooms of dutiful neighbours

enablers and loose-enders

glad of the free coffee

and sense of belonging


there are especially

too many poems about love

breathless, stomach leaping, heart fluttering

moon dancing, sun shimmering, aching, soul shaking, heart breaking



this poem

is for you