“Spitting Words” on PoetryNook

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Writing a new poem each week for PoetryNook was a good discipline. At most poets can win a generous sum of cash for their work and some feedback.

At the least, you have a new poem each week. Since I first submitted on June 25, 2019, I have 48 new poems. Most were written for the contest.

I’m feeling more like myself in the past few weeks than I have all year. I’m writing—and finishing—projects. Most important, I’m feeling excited and inspired. Once again I’m up at night tapping out poetry and plots on my phone notepad… until I fall asleep and forget them.

This is one of those forgotten poems written in a half-dream state. I remembered it today when I was trying to find a poem for PoetryNook. I actually found five or six forgotten poems, so I’m good for a while.  It’s not about anyone in particular.

It was a dream that left a trail of ink, so I followed.

Spitting Words

So, what do you want?
I asked, and you told me words…
so I unleashed them.

I gave you molten
slap on the cheek, hot sting words—
mace-in-your-face form.

I let them slip cool
off my tongue, chilly and dark
slicing razor thin.

I shot them out sweet…

Read the rest on PoetryNook.com

Enter PoetryNook.com’s free weekly poetry contest
 for a chance at cash prizes. Previously published work welcome.

About Angela Yuriko Smith

Angela Yuriko Smith is an American poet, author, and publisher with over 20 years of experience in newspaper journalism. She is a Bram Stoker Awards® Finalist and HWA Mentor of the Year for 2020. She co-publishes Space and Time, a publication dedicated to fantasy, horror and science fiction since 1966. Join the community at spaceandtime.net
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2 Responses to “Spitting Words” on PoetryNook

  1. Marge Simon says:

    Just so’s you know, Poetry Nook no longer pays winners. Apparently Frank is trying to make his site pay for itself. But it is a good way to challenge yourself to post a poem per week. There is still a judge for each contest, one top winner and sometimes an honorable mention.

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