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Poetry 2023


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Poetry 2023

Our Brew is the "only website that publishes good poetry in our neck of the internet", so said a poet, so here's a selection of last year's offering.


Botong Paints Balagtas

Commemorating the 235th birth anniversary of the Filipino poet-hero Francisco Balagtas. The genius behind 𝘍𝘭𝘰𝘳𝘢𝘯𝘵𝘦 𝘢𝘵 𝘓𝘢𝘶𝘳𝘢 and 𝘖𝘳𝘰𝘴𝘮𝘢𝘯 𝘢𝘵 𝘡𝘢𝘧𝘪𝘳𝘢

By Marne Kilates

Botong Paints Balagtas
Commemorating the 235th birth anniversary of the Filipino poet-hero Francisco Balagtas. The genius behind 𝘍𝘭𝘰𝘳𝘢𝘯𝘵𝘦 𝘢𝘵 𝘓𝘢𝘶𝘳𝘢 and 𝘖𝘳𝘰𝘴𝘮𝘢𝘯 𝘢𝘵 𝘡𝘢𝘧𝘪𝘳𝘢.

The Strangers They Become

Children disappear into the grownups they become, into adult chassis behind facial hair, they vanish

By Vincent R. Pozon

The Strangers They Become
Children disappear into the grownups they become, into adult chassis behind facial hair, they vanish

Plantita's Poem

"It took to the light, up-turned, like a woman in yearning."

By Susan Ople

Plantita’s Poem
“It took to the light, up-turned, like a woman in yearning.”

Reads Likes Comments

A poet likens unheralded poetry to the basket carrying the helpless Moses, needing attention and love

By Andrew Dickens

Reads Likes Comments
A poet likens unheralded poetry to the basket carrying the helpless Moses, needing attention and love.

All Over Again

DEMOCRACY isn't something you launch and let be. It is a tug-o-war, one that is relentless

By Vincent R. Pozon

All Over Again
DEMOCRACY isn’t something you launch and let be. It is a tug-o-war, one that is relentless.

Chaos Revisited: Manuel Baldemor's Blue

By Marne Kilates

Chaos Revisited: Manuel Baldemor’s Blue
By Marne Kilates

Ugma Damlag

An overseas Filipino worker worries for his country in this most difficult time, fervently hoping to inspire with a poem

By Gerwin Vic E. Bhuyo

Ugma Damlag
An overseas Filipino worker worries for his country in this most difficult time, fervently hoping to inspire with a poem.

The Promise

Ted Kooser, former US Poet Laureate, says Jane Hirshfeld is one of the country’s finest poets

By Jane Hirshfield

The Promise
Ted Kooser, former US Poet Laureate, says Jane Hirshfeld is one of the country’s finest poets.

After the Movies

All boys squint and swagger after watching a cowboy movie

By Andrew Dickens

After the Movies
All boys squint and swagger after watching a cowboy movie.

Quantum Love Poem

By Marne Kilates

Quantum Love Poem
By Marne Kilates

Moment

By Carol L. Gloor

Moment
By Carol L. Gloor

Carrying Burdens

By Vincent R. Pozon

Carrying Burdens
by Vincent R. Pozon

Proteins Folding Into Molecular Origami

"wonder if we’ll ever be loved Or held until the tormentors go away"

By Andrew Dickens

Proteins Folding Into Molecular Origami
“wonder if we’ll ever be loved Or held until the tormentors go away”

Easter

Easter Poem

By Marne Kilates

Easter
Easter Poem

Stress Test

The chest tightens as I struggle to stay longer on the treadmill. It is an early stage. “Look forward, think of something pleasant, a pleasant time in your life,” the doctor advised

By Vincent R. Pozon

Stress Test
The chest tightens as I struggle to stay longer on the treadmill. It is an early stage. “Look forward, think of something pleasant, a pleasant time in your life,” the doctor advised.

Chagall's Jew Praying

Chagall's Jew Praying

By Marne Kilates

Chagall’s Jew Praying
Chagall’s Jew Praying

The Patience of the Sun

By Vincent R. Pozon

The Patience of the Sun
By Vincent R. Pozon

Modified Magritte

By Marne Kilates

Modified Magritte
By Marne Kilates

Migraine

Twelve per­cent of the pop­u­la­tion have migraines. Former national poet laureate Ted Kooser picks out a poem for sufferers

By Barbara Schmitz

Migraine
Twelve per­cent of the pop­u­la­tion have migraines. Former national poet laureate Ted Kooser picks out a poem for sufferers.

Baby Photos of the Universe

With the capability to see galaxies 13.6 billion light-years away, the James Webb telescope is poised to capture glimpses of the universe during its early stages of formation

By Vincent R. Pozon

Baby Photos of the Universe
With the capability to see galaxies 13.6 billion light-years away, the James Webb telescope is poised to capture glimpses of the universe during its early stages of formation.

Getting Out of Bed After Surgery

How hard it is to get out of a hospital bed after an operation. You can hear the machinery creaking.

By S.C. Hahn

Getting Out of Bed After Surgery
How hard it is to get out of a hospital bed after an operation. You can hear the machinery creaking.

Young Man with Our Oborus

By Marne Kilates

Young Man with Our Oborus
by Marne Kilates

Marne's Cafe: The Mystery in the Reverie

By Marne Kilates

Marne’s Cafe: The Mystery in the Reverie
By Marne Kilates

Bowling in Heaven

Here’s a love­ly poem that imag­ines the after­life by Emi­ly Rans­dell

By Emily Ransdell

Bowling in Heaven
Here’s a love­ly poem that imag­ines the after­life by Emi­ly Rans­dell.

Mostly in Monsoon Weather

By Marne Kilates

Mostly in Monsoon Weather
By Marne Kilates

That We Be Like Dogs

By Vincent R. Pozon

That We Be Like Dogs
By Vincent Pozon

Coffee Break

A much-acclaimed poet talks about the suddenness of death

By Kwame Dawes

Coffee Break
A much-acclaimed poet talks about the suddenness of death

Everyone’s Gone to the Mall!

By Marne Kilates

Everyone’s Gone to the Mall!
By Marne Kilates


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