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Improvijazzation Nation - Issue # 50
breakfast on the porch
covered with dry leaves
sixteen days later
breathing barbecue smoke
from World Trade Center pyres.
joan payne kincaid
Copyright 2001 Brent M. Parker
Everyone is on a fun ration.
When you have too much
It cyphons off someone's supply.
To dam you up
Dam them all...
"An Open Letter"
Copyright 2001 Brent M. Parker
>From telling me
What to do
When to do it
How to do it
Why to do it
Where to do it
And who to do it
To, for or with
Who the Hell died and made you God,
When the Hell did you become so damned
Your dear friend,
"I want my poetry."
Copyright 2001 Brent M. Parker
.to be read solemnly from books
and spoken spiritedly in conversations.
.to be dissected in college classrooms
and magnetized to refrigerator doors.
.to be searched for in libraries
and stumbled across on friends' coffee tables.
.to create comfort
as it rests on dressers
and runs through minds
The call came on the freeway…
Turn around and go see family B.
I knew this would be hard.
I had been invited in
to the intimate end
of a person’s life.
For three weeks
I had treated
pain, rash, infection,
counseled the family
on end of life matters,
listened, encouraged, prepared.
Now in a compassionate
but professional way
I was calling and reporting a home death,
stating there was no trauma to the body.
Our man died of lung cancer
with a loving family around him.
Birth date, address, next of kin,
then cleansing and dressing the body,
calling the funeral home for the pick up…
But just as I was leaving
I realized the daughter, the chief caregiver,
I asked, was Babette around?
They called to her.
I met her on the stairs.
I said , " I just wanted to give you a hug."
We held each other for a moment
in that wordless cosmic way
with a hug that breaks the heart of death
and holds the hands of healing.
3500 Morehead #6
El Paso, TX 79930
The last time I saw Mr. M. …
we shared a moment,
a smile, a twinkle,
fleeting, yet beyond life.
I reminded him
to take his pain medicine.
I opened the child-proof lid for him
and labeled the bottle
"por grande delor"
and left it on the bedside table.
We laughed at my Spanish.
I left telling him
to call me, call me, call me
if he had any problems.
He was found the next day
in the floor,
frozen around the phone.
2500 Morehead , #6
El Paso, TX 79930
I'm a poet, novelist, and short story and article writer. My work has appeared 1024 times in publications such as The Canadian Children's Annual, Canadian Writer’s Journal, A Journal of Contemporary Canadian Poetry and Poetics, Ahoy, Mamashee, Planet of the Arts, Green's Magazine, Firm Noncommittal, The Artist’s Journal, Redoubt (Australia), ars poetica (Australia), Deepsouth (New Zealand), Purple Patch (England), Psychopoetica (England), Current Accounts (England), Breakfast all Day (England), Children International (England), Splizz (Wales), Electric Acorn (Ireland), Green Apples (Slovenia), Students on the Net (Singapore), temps libres (Belgium), Anthology Magazine (USA), Electronic Magazine of Multicultural Education (USA), The Sunday Suitor Poetry Review (USA), Haiku Headlines (USA), You Can’t Take it With You (USA), The Blind Man's Rainbow (USA), Fresh Ground (USA), Up Dare? (USA), Writer's Forum (USA), Writer’s Exchange (USA), Poetree (USA), MOON Magazine (USA), Poetry Magazine (USA), artisan, a journal of craft (USA), Arnazella (USA), Emotions (USA), Hear Our Voices! (USA), Words of Wisdom (USA), Creative Juices (USA), the aardvark adventurer (USA), The Poetry Explosion Newsletter (USA), The Armchair Aesthete (USA), Poet's Market (USA), Syncopated City (USA), The Sunflower Dream (USA), The Herb Network (USA), Laughing Bear Newsletter (USA), Nomad's Choir (USA), Our Journey (USA), Improvijazzation Nation (USA), Pegasus (USA), Omnific (USA), Planet Magazine (USA), The New Horizon, *spark, To Do, Quesnel Community News, The Westcoast Reader, Over the Edge, The Writers Publishers, The Cariboo Advocate, Quesnel Writers, Prime Areas, The Cariboo Observer, Quesnelnews.com, The Alberta Teachers’ Association Magazine, The Word is Out, Minor Hockey News, The Little Gazette, The Source, The Poet's Corner, The Path Not Taken, Pierian Spring, Repository, Origins, The Charlatan, Quack, The Challenger, Time for Rhyme, Alpha, Waves, Shadows and Light, Teacher, McNaughton Yearbook, The Student Voice, Tale Spinners, The Brunswickan, Wordspinners, The Buzz, Western People, The Speaker, canadian content, Coffee Break, Meditations, Carson Communique, Authors, CannedPhlegm (USA), Point Judith Light (USA), Entre Nous (USA), The Neovictorian/Cochlea (USA), Japanophile (USA), Poetalk (USA), Wildflower, Piedmont Literary Review (USA), Moose Bound Tales and Other Stories (USA), Poetic Bridges (USA), The Journal of Poetry Therapy (USA), The Green Tricycle (USA), Timber Creek Review (USA), Fuel (USA), Poet's are Heroes, Too (USA), Poetic Realm (USA), Poetic Voices (USA), Writing (USA), Sidewalk Tales (USA), PandaLoon (USA), Poetic Page (USA), Afterthoughts, and Education Perspectives.
More of my work will soon appear in canadian content, Spaced Out!, Haiku Moment (Yugoslavia), Ammonite (England), Krax Magazine (England), Current Accounts (England), Poetree (USA), and Writer’s Journal (USA).
Additionally, during 2000, I served as a weekly columnist for Students on the Net, an education magazine (on-line) in Singapore. My column, officially endorsed by Lycos Asia, was called "Lukiv’s Corner for Educators."
1) Quibils and Quirks (a 108-chapter children's novel, serialized in The Cariboo Observer, 1997/98/99); 2) Our Television is Weird (a children's electronic book on disk, HMS Press, 1996); and 3) Fireside Reading for the Whole Family (stories, some poetry, McNaughton, 2000).
1) Communications for the Third Millennium: Part I (Quesnel School District, 1998); 2) Communications for the Third Millennium: Part II (Quesnel School District, 1998); 3) Creative Writing for Senior Secondary Students (BCTF, 1997; listed as its 1998 number one bestseller); 4) For Writers Only (Island Scholastic Press, 2000, 2nd edition 2001); 5) "The Master Teacher" (McNaughton, 2000); and 6) Composition: The Nuts and Bolts of Style--and a Few Other Things (Quesnel School District, 2000); The Master Teacher: A Collection (y press, 2001).
COLLECTIONS OF POETRY
1) The Photon Cellar (serialized in The Cariboo Observer, 1994); 2) Poems Straight from Quesnel (Quesnel Writers' Group, 1997); 3) One Little, Two Little, and so on (Island Scholastic Press, 1998); 4) Cariboo-Winter (Cotton Press, 1998); 5) Men and Women (McNaughton, 1999); 6) I Love You (Kids Are Great Press, 1999); 7) Exchange Program (Rainbow Press, 1999); 8) The Germans from Dortmund (y press, 1999); 9) One Little, Two Little, and so on II (The Poets' Corner, USA, 1999); 10) The Wise Man (Writers Brew Press, England, 1999); 11) The Wise Man (serialized in Over the Edge, 1999/2000); 12) The Lead Guitarist (serialized in *spark, 2000); 13) Skipping Stones (Cotton Press, 2000); 14) After the Rain (Borders & Time, USA, 2000); 15) The Winter Sun (Haiku and Tanka Anthology, 2000); 16) At the Home (Poetry Magazine, USA, 2000); 17) Quesnel: Between the Two Rivers (Quesnelnews.com, 2000); 18) Not Just Another Day (Poetree, USA, 2000); and 19) The Ruby of the Universe (presently being serialized in canadian content, 2000/2001); upcoming: Spuds for Jonathan (The Brobdingnagian Times Press, Ireland, 2001);
My formal apprenticeship as a writer includes intensive personal direction from masters such as Canada's Professor Robert Harlow, the USA's Paul Bagdon, and England's D.M. Thomas. I studied creative writing at UBC (The University of British Columbia), and I graduated from The Humber School for Writers' Creative Writing Program and from The Writer's Digest's Advanced Novel Writing Program.
I should add that from 1990 to 1998 I served as the editor of a literary journal called The Challenger. In 1998 I renamed the journal Challenger international (listed in the 2001 Poet's Market, Writer's Digest Books, 2000), and I have served as its editor since then. I have also edited 13 collections of English poetry from Canada, the USA, Switzerland, Slovenia, Columbia, and Russia.
For 22 years I have worked as a schoolteacher (B.Sc. (mathematics), UBC, '76; Teacher Training (kindergarten to grade three), UBC, '77; presently (1999 to 2001) I'm enrolled part-time in a M.Ed. Program at the University of Northern British Columbia), but I have also worked as a learning assistant, tutor, blues guitar teacher, workshop leader, car rental agent, longshoreman, porter on a cruise ship, deck hand on many tugboats, shipyard worker, cook, research assistant, janitor, warehouseman, gas jockey, British Columbia Horseshoe Championship scorekeeper, paper boy, berry picker, speech therapist-assistant, editor, literary agent, and poetry reviewer.
I teach Creative Writing 12 to senior students at Quesnel's McNaughton Centre. That course, which I wrote, is based on Professor Harlow's Creative Writing 202 at UBC. My course has been published by the British Columbia Teachers' Association, and is listed in its Lesson Aids Catalogue.
Many of my creative writing students have had their work published in The Cariboo Observer, The Cariboo Advocate, The Challenger, Kids World Magazine, The Word is Out, Teacher, The Student Voice, Against the Wall, Western People, To the Wall, StudentsWrite.com (USA), TG: Voices of Today's Generation, and Challenger international; and through Island Scholastic Press, Cotton Press, and Rainbow Press.
I have also taught creative writing courses to adults through the Quesnel School District's Continuing Education Department.
As an actor, I have performed in four plays before audiences of up to 4000 at the Convention Center and Civic Center (both in Prince George, BC, Canada).
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