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CLETIS T. STUMP
Poet Laureate 
2018

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CLETIS T. STUMP, ARTIST

INTRODUCTION

     My belief is less is more until it isn’t. When reading poetry, each person brings a lifetime to the poem and needs an opportunity to make poetry personal. Haiku and other short forms of poetry are similar in this respect. Poets should not preach but must give the reader enough to convey the poet’s essential vision. It is that balance I try to attain. 

     Consider each of the following poems carefully. Read the poems again and again. Read them aloud. See what you can find inside.

"Extraordinary. Striking. Vibrant Haiku"
Dr. Don Noyes-More Ph.D.

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Emotions are most effectively conveyed through the eyes of all living things.

Poetry isn't real but it is the best reflection of real we have created.

My poems are my eyes. Have a look.

                                                          CLS

 

 

         / lake ripples /

white swans in white light

 

 

river dreams

          to homes before this home

 

there have been many

          clearly defined / segmented / tied

to each other

             / I am this now / was always

this boy / this man / this river

 

 

Death steals from the living

                No sun on sun filled days

    No color in fields arrayed in color

 

                         Heavy feet

       leading nowhere on dirt roads

 

 

this // this desperation //

            // swallowed by alleys // // fifty bucks

to matter //

                                      // dead while living //

 

 

arched / she reaches for me /

/ I hold back / make her wait /

/ then my breath / gently /

    / wind in soft places /

 

 

Clickety clack women

                 High heels on pavement

 

 

Summer

        grandmother on the porch

blue jeans / t shirt / feet up

         ... old people toenails / neon red

 

 

on her dresser

a fault mirror

 

 

Breakfast

the eggs seem reluctant

 

 

Porch dozing

 

Grandmother's snap strip fingers

                   breaking beans

 

CLETIS T. STUMP

POETRY CONNECTION HOSTED BY CLETIS T. STUMP

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