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Snowplow Blues

Charles Suddeth

I got the snowplow blues,

Let me tell you the news,

Stuck in this awful snow,

I got nowhere else to go.

I got the snowplow blues,

Just waiting for the crews,

I’ve never been this cold,

So, I’ve been often told.

I got the snowplow blues,

Might as well drink my booze,

Never again will I see home,

That means I just gotta roam.

I got the snowplow blues,

Let me give you the clues,

Hey, I done lost my gal,

She used to be my pal.

[Editor’s note: Mr. Suddeth is home slurping hot coffee]

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To the Unknown Farmer

Charles Suddeth

Back in 1957 or 58,

Indiana, maybe Michigan,

We halted at a roadside rest,

Cornfields swallowing a picnic table.

We dined on fried bologna

Munched stale potato chips,

Washed down with warm punch,

But that corn sure looked good.

My uncle dropped his sandwich,

Grabbed a wicked hunting knife,

Hacked off several ears of corn,

Filled a couple grocery bags.

At camp that night we feasted,

Hot dogs and corn on the cob.

That was the best corn ever.

How much do we owe you?

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First African American woman to publish a book of poetry

Phillis Wheatley was born in West Africa (Gambia or Senegal, 1753. About age 7 she was sold to slave traders and taken to Boston. Her book, Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral, was published in 1773. She was emancipated in 1773, married in 1778, and died in 1784.

On being brought from Africa to America:

Twas mercy brought me from my Pagan land,
Taught my benighted soul to understand
That there’s a God, that there’s a Saviour too:
Once I redemption neither sought nor knew.
Some view our sable race with scornful eye,
“Their colour is a diabolic dye.”
Remember, Christians, Negroes, black as Cain,
May be refin’d, and join th’ angelic train.

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Princess Enheduanna, the daughter of King Sargon of Akkad, lived in Ur more than four thousand years ago and wrote in Sumerian, using cuneiform, a series of wedges that formed an alphabet. (a thousand or so years before Homer) She became High Priestess of Inanna, the Goddess of Love.

Five of her works survive and have been translated into English. Her most well-known work, Nin-me-šara or The Exaltation of Innana, deals with palace intrigue. The other four are hymns: In-nin ša-gur-ra or Inanna…. (translation of second word not provided).  n-nin me-huš-a or Inanna and Ebih. The Temple Hymns. And lastly, Hymn to Nanna. (only 20% of the tablets have been translated so we may see more of her work) Photo is of Innana, not Enheduanna.

Sample of a hymn translated by Betty De Shong Meador

Temple Hymn 7
The Kesh Temple Of Ninhursag,The Lofty
High-lying Kesh
in all heaven and earth you are the form-shaping place

spreading fear like a great poisonous snake

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Green River Writers met at the Kavanaugh Center in Crestwood, Kentucky from Thursday, January 22 to Sunday, January 25. About 20 writers from Ohio and all over Kentucky met to critique each other and to participate in writing exercises. They helped me with a YA fantasy, Osiris Must Die, and a poem, “Hey, Little Snowflake.”


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The Clear Creek Writers will accept entries between September 1, 2014 and January 4, 2015. Winners will be announced before the end of January. Two Categories:

PROSE   – fiction – maximum 1500 words

POETRY- any form – any length – any topic

Only one entry per category will be accepted. Entry fee per category, $10 for non-members; $5 for members. Prizes for each category – First $100, Second $50, Third $25.

Complete Rules: http://clearcreekwriters.org/new-contest-for-2014/


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Just finished the Green River Writer’s Summer Writing Retreat, Kavanaugh Center, Crestwood KY. About 25 writers from Kentucky, Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, and Louisiana met over a four-day period.

They helped me with my YA thriller, Osiris Must Die, and “Ma’at’s Grace,” a prayer for my Osiris Must Die. They also critiqued a poem, “And the Lakes Shall Give up their Dead.”


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My list includes spec writers other writers don’t claim, but I will.

  1. Mr. Forgotten: Albert Payson Terhune wrote Lad, A Dog. I read the collie’s adventures when I was a kid. It predated Lassie. It made me realize animals had dignity. If you accept that animals have human-like feelings then you can accept aliens from outer space and robots as main characters.
  2. Ms. Poet: Edna St. Vincent Millay wrote a long poem, “The Ballad of the Harp Weaver.” She wrote many other poems of the supernatural. Her poetry takes me out of Normal Mode into Spec Mode.
  3. Mr. Fireplace: I visualize Washington Irving sitting in front of a colonial fireplace, telling stories like “Headless Horseman” and “Rip Van Winkle.” How many spinoffs of these 2 tales are there? What would Halloween be without him?
  4. Mr. Steampunk: I didn’t understand steampunk, until someone said to me, “Jules Verne.” Need I say more? A serious dude who predicted computers and far more than just a huge submarine or balloon adventures.
  5. Mr. Pirate: Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island fascinated me as a kid. I was convinced secret treasures lurked everywhere. Astronauts landing on a distant planet, bring me back to this story. Jekyll and Hyde was an early science fiction story that has been retold a million times.
  6. Just call him Professor: Sherlock Holmes was Arthur Conan Doyle’s most famous character, but Professor Challenger was the character for a series of science fiction stories. The most famous one was The Lost World. Hollywood is still mining it.
  7. Really old guy: I don’t know for sure, but I suspect Homer made up the Iliad and the Odyssey. He called them old tales, because bards weren’t allowed to make up new ones. After 3,000 years, his stories are still going strong.What can I say?
  8. Sir, to you: When I was a kid, I loved Peter Pan. Heck, I still like it. Novelist/playwright Sir J. M. Barrie also wrote Mary Rose, which Alfred Hitchcock unsuccessfully tried to make into a movie.
  9. Strange Dude: H. P. Lovecraft wrote about Cthulhu and Necronomican. He was an unabashed racist and possibly mentally ill, but his writing has been very influential, especially with Stephen King. I like him and dislike him, which would probably make sense to him.
  10. Wild Child: Oscar Wilde not only wrote The Picture of Dorian Gray, but he wrote at least 2 books of fairy tales. I’m not sure I’d read them to my little ones, but Oscar certainly lived up to his name.

    Now you know what inspires/scares me!

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The Kentucky State Poetry Society adult poetry contest is an open contest with the exception of the Chaffin/Kash Award category, which is reserved for KSPS members.

TO DOWNLOAD THE 2014 KSPS ADULT CONTEST BROCHURE: http://www.kystatepoetrysociety.org/Contests.html

2014 Deadline August 1!


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I am a little late, but it’s never too late to read your favorite poetry or write your own poetry. (This month, I have done both)
Inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996, National Poetry Month is now held every April, when schools, publishers, libraries, booksellers, and poets throughout the United States band together to celebrate poetry and its vital place in American culture.



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