Category Archives: backstage passes

This category gives a behind-the-scenes look at certain poems.

On “The Darlings of New Orleans” (#15)

On September 14, 2009, John had the idea of combining The Big Easy’s rich history and sensuality, the aftermath of Katrina, and pop voodoo into a poem personifying New Orleans as the zombie madame of a lively undead whorehouse. Martin … Continue reading

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On “Kickball on the Washington Mall” (#11)

While performing some minor edits on “Spring Break in Omaha” on September 2, 2009, Martin came up with a couple of ideas for our next poem: – Twitty City (in Henderson TN) – Conway Twitty’s graceland before it became the … Continue reading

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On “The Vaunted Champion of Indianapolis” (#16)

Continuing the trend of looking at the world through the eyes of children, we moved from Sin City to the Midwest for our next poem. We shifted our focus slightly, looking at one younger child in a suburban environment rather … Continue reading

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On “School Trip to the Vegas Strip” (#35)

In a flurry of emails sent back and forth August 15 and 16, 2009, we debated what to write for our next poem, having just finished, more or less, the tenth since March. Martin initially wanted a volley with a … Continue reading

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On “Honeymoon Suite in Honolulu” (#49)

We had written nine poems. Actually, we may have written eight. We may have written “Honeymoon Suite in Honolulu” concurrently with “A Lone Star Stomachache.” But the process was different. Rather than writing start to finish, we wrote lines out … Continue reading

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Poetry Catastrophe Poetry

In the article “The Poetry of Catastrophe” in The New York Times, Sam Tanenhaus notes the rich lineage of disasters set forth in literature. He observes that poetry, particularly non-narrative poetry, defies logic, order and sense, and thus is well-suited … Continue reading

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On “A Lone Star Stomachache” (#27)

This was the first of our poems to address a whole state rather than a city. On August 09. 2009, John began with the following words: I haven’t figured out which city to use yet.  I started with an eating … Continue reading

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