Love is an exploding cigar which we willingly smoke.
Got a light, hon? --Lynda Barry
Blender of Love Digest Valentine 2000

Romance in the Snow

St. Valentine's Day is nearly upon us.

Big things are afoot.

Romance can be signified by giant red heart-shaped boxes of chocolates.

The Ex-Files is a good read.

Be my Valentine?

--Kirk, Blender-Keeper

Front Page Picks
She Walks In Beauty By Lord Byron.
Submitted by Mary Beth Priest. In the short story j.b. and me by David Seeley, the mentor instructs his protégé to whisper the first stanza of this poem in the ear of the woman he would woo as they were pressed together. I've never tried it but I think the mentor might be on to something.

Untitled By Becky (
Imaginary Heights By Jen Meyers
The Party By
Evergreen Magnets By Calypso
These four works are all here because of something that caught me in the last line or two...

untitled 1 By kevin urenda.
Rescued from a Post-It Note.

Sonnet for Christine By Graham Storrs [website].
Written for his wife "who tends to get hung up on mortality"-- I understand the feeling completely.

To Darin By Angela Worrell Larson
The day you were born the sky lit fire By Eric Michael
SCENE 15 By Misti Velvet Rainwater.
wish i may By Madison.
These four works all deal with the stars and romance.

guess who By erin.
Few poems have this much with meter.

Anatomy of a Crush - Part 2 By Tanqueray Cowboy.
What seems to be an e-mail excerpt, it seemed hauntingly familiar.

Tribute to a Fisherman By Toklas.
A wonderful piece to end this section with... Toklas brings the same magic to a longer piece that has mostly only been found in shorter works.
Heart on Sleeve Corner
All the remaining heartsongs sent to the Blender last month.

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