January 19-25, 2009: Peter Schwartz and Dan MacFadyen


week of January 19-25, 2009: 

Peter Schwartz and Dan MacFadyen

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Peter Schwartz
pupil@watchtheeye.com

Bio (auto)

Peter Schwartz (Augusta, Maine has more styles than a Natal Midlands Dwarf Chameleon His work’s been featured on such sites as Arsenic Lobster, Diagram, Opium Magazine; and in such journals as The Silt Reader and the Asheville Poetry Review His third chapbook ‘ghost diet’ will be published by Altered Crow Press in late 2009 See the extent of his shenanigans at: www.sitrahahra.com.

The following work is Copyright © 2008, and owned by Peter Schwartz and may not be distributed or reprinted in any form whatsoever without written permission from the author.


3 hours

8:00

I grew up in one room that
became many rooms, more rooms
than I could possibly count on
I began to see them in terms

of negative space; no matter how
much furniture you stuff into a bed-
room it’s still essentially air A pre-
dominant nowhere

occasionally sideswiping the
lamp or bedpost The nameless
something in half our stories
turned me into

a chameleon
in the dark

9:00

And really, what’s sadder
than dark imitating dark?

my first scent of inferiority
came at just eleven, faking
my first flu to miss a math
test because nothing

added up back then
because a boy under
a hundred pounds can
only hold the world

in his head
for so long

1:00

now I juggle a bagful
of private occupations like bowling pins
I drop one and another
appears with two

more faces and a whole new
hunger; the monotony of replacing
windows has diced my
heart into sections:

part-ghost, part-athlete
part-doctor, part-curator
part-singer, part-butcher

an astronaut turned priest
the man who saw now simply
the man who must
believe.

Dan MacFadyen
macfadyen2@yahoo.ca

Bio (auto)

From Toronto, Ontario Did not do any creative writing until he was 40, some technical writing before that Has been published in several Journals and several poetry anthologies Interest and degree in things environmental Has Two beautiful daughters Recently, a member of the Cornwall Writer’s Society.

The following work is Copyright © 2008, and owned by Dan MacFadyen and may not be distributed or reprinted in any form whatsoever without written permission from the author.

Passport (please)

I talked to you today
or tried to talk to you
about maybe going down south
(because I hate the cold between Us)
but then you reminded me –
you told me
my passport had expired
and what
with all the 9/11 stuff
all the tragedy
and your sharp critical eyes
I would need to get it for sure.