Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Rate This Poem

photo © Mark Butkus 2011

Rate this poem on a scale of Mussolini to Trotsky
Rate this poem on a scale of cloud to trouser
Rate this poem on a scale you imagined loudly
in the moment you got up to use the toilet
before you realized you were lucid dreaming
and not really in your childhood apartment.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Into the Change

photo © Mark Butkus 2011

So here we go
Into the change,
Into the maelstrom,
Into that chaos, that unknown,
That duality, that reality,
All of that love and suffering,
Joy and sorrow
That comprises terrestrial existence.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Panthers vs Broncos: Who has the Best Fight Song?

photo © Mark Butkus 2012

Super Bowl L is upon us. While Vegas odds makers have the Carolina Panthers as 5 1/2 point favorites to win the game itself, the Bar None Group looked into which team had the better fight song. If we were taking odds on the fight songs the point spread would change considerably.

Let's first look at the Carolina Panthers fight song.

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Charles Bane Jr.'s The Chapbook — Why?

photo © Mark Butkus 2008

Because the heart is a climbing hill
and you are near its’ rise.

Because you are near when far,
and I feel ever close;

Friday, February 5, 2016

Things I've Lost at the Sand Bar

photo © Mark Butkus 2015
Late night at the Sand Bar in Barra de Navidad, Jalisco, Mexico.

My friends,
On more than one occasion.

My budget,
I only came in for one beer.

Friday, January 1, 2016

Poem One


What's the expected first line
on the first day of a New Year?

I don't know either.

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Elegy for an Almost Friend


Just because I don't have a _____ story
doesn't mean they didn't live a life.

Yeah, I knew them to see them,
And remember that big old ____ _____.

Saturday, December 19, 2015

First Lines Second Thoughts — Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol


First Lines Second Thoughts is a look at the first lines of well known literary works. On second thought, do these opening words stand alone as poetry? Today, in keeping with the spirit of the season we look at the opening lines of Charles Dickens' timeless A Christmas Carol.

Rather than write pamphlets and essays to address the issues of poverty and social injustice in Victorian England, Dickens conveyed his thoughts into A Christmas Carol. A book so cherished that it has never gone out of print since being published this day — December 19 — in 1843.