Friday, February 19, 2016

Three Poems by Karla Linn Merrifield


must be
gothic flashback
complete with the bats
of poignant angst, black cats
to scratch the psyche's acne:
Hormone-haunted adolescence;
behind closet doors, libido ghosts

Manuscript Koans

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World's Next Superheroine

             for George Wolff

Florida woman steals Osterizer, sticking
it in her sweat pants.  But officer,
I had some poetry to puree,
she told Lee County's Finest idiot.

Florida woman tokes at dining table
during family Thanksgiving troughing,
later adds a syncopated line to one stanza:
Eat my crotch, bitch-sissssster-in-law.

Florida woman accused of cutting
premature poems' couplets clean off.
Come on, pal, it's just the customary
circumcision of macho sonnets.

Florida woman causes Everglades mayhem
by igniting her Muse's pyre
on the Pah-hay-okee overlook.
Don't you guys know anything about symbolism?

A nine-time Pushcart-Prize nominee and National Park Artist-in-Residence, Karla Linn Merrifield has had over 500 poems appear in dozens of journals and anthologies.  She has eleven books to her credit, the newest of which is Bunchberries, More Poems of Canada, a sequel to Godwit:  Poems of Canada (FootHills), which received the Eiseman Award for Poetry.  Her poem "See:  Love" was a finalist for the 2015 Pangaea Prize.  She is assistant editor and poetry book reviewer for The Centrifugal Eye, a member of the board of directors of Just Poets (Rochester, NY), and a member of the New Mexico State Poetry Society, the Florida State Poetry Society, and TallGrass Writers Guild.  Visit her blog, Vagabond Poet, at

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