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--Nikki Giovanni

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Beware the ides of March! And beware the other parts to, after all it is in like a lion out like a lamb, and sometimes those lambs can be surprisingly ferocious. Just be careful out there!

The Blender isn't getting nearly as many submissions as it was, say, last summer, but as this month demonstrates in spades, that (almost counter-intuitively) doesn't mean the quality is any less. A number of very good poems didn't make the cut this month because there was so much excellent stuff to choose from.

Given my recent personal relationship disaster zone, I almost wasn't up for writing a Blender feature this month, but I found an almost-completed review of an excellent novel, Kundera's "The Joke".

Read and enjoy!
--Kirk, Blender-Keeper     

Cider, Redux
Accuse, Redux
To Sleep, Redux
Three older prose works by Kirk (Keeper of the Blender) redone using a new phtograph overlay technique. It's not an absolutely original idea, but with the right choice of image and prose, sometimes it works well.

Valentines - Unknown
Submitted by Cryingshame58. How not to write the second line of a romantic poem, from a contest in the Washington Post...very funny in parts.

Gotta know when to walk away - Debra654
Bluffing our way through romance.

Strawberries in the freezer - guiwenneth
There's something about uncertain romance and strawberries (like the old Barnaked Ladies' line "she fed me strawberries / and freezer-burned ice cream")

Untitled - Leela
An arguably over-idealized scene, but I like the play of past and future in the final stanza.

Momentary Deity - Echolocation
"With due thanks to Ernst Cassirer's Language and Myth", fleeting moments that attain epic stature.

Moments - Star of David
More thoughts on moments.

SVD_040214 - Tanqueray Cowboy
Excellent to see Tanq back here on the 'Blender.

The last ride - The Love Dog
Submitted by Harmonica. A sparse description of a journey.

The Reality of Illusions - Ali
The real, the illusionary, the mundane and the mythic.

Untitled - Nikki Giovanni
Submitted by poyen_fpy, this month's top-of-the-page quote.

quote - Mitch Alborn
Submitted by Jon. a quote from the book, "The Five People You Meet In Heaven".

Untitled - Akash
There's a terrific sparseness in some of Akash's work, a really wonderful sense of reserve.

A love note to my husband - Violet
We get the privelege of reading over this guy's shoulder.

Two by RennieLorca (in her various incarnations) I really like the viewpoint of the first one, and the Maggie Mink work has a great close.

Blender Feature Review
A brief review of Milan Kundera's novel "The Joke".

Heart on Sleeve Corner
165 more heartsongs sent to the Blender last month.

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