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Improvijazzation Nation - Issue # 50


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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.
They try
To dam you up
Damn them!
Dam them all...


"An Open Letter"
Copyright 2001 Brent M. Parker

Dear World,
(including Myself)

Please refrain
>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
and unrest
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,

had disappeared.

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.




Belinda Subraman

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,

his hands

frozen around the phone.



Belinda Subraman

2500 Morehead , #6

El Paso, TX 79930




Dan Lukiv
  A loveless
  A eunuch.
  spring-humming    birds,
      as peculiar as gone-to-seed
                 dande    lions,
                                            quiver with
        x = y-precision;
                       they chase kinfolk
     from the red juice-feeder.
      as graceful as a whisper,
                           as gentle-looking as a sleeping
                     they dart and hum--
               tiny heli-planes,
     zigzagg    ing
                         pecking order-beasts
       that d i s a p p e a r
  See the pearls
  That men dive
  Too deeply
  Like rage
  At the bottom
  Of Dylan Thomas'
  A porch light whitely
  Attracts brown moths
                          take off
  That land and              and
             Land and 
                              take off,
  But later,
  On the cool deck,
  They'll twitch and die
  Like expatriated fish.
  did you hear the
raintrain traintrain traintrain traintrain traintrain traintrain traintrain tra

             (Thanks to  Anita Virgil for  her train-poem
             in  One Potato Two Potato Etc  (Peaks Press,
             Virginia, USA, 1991))
  did you hear the frogs
        croaking                        croaking

                       at the pond?
  HAIKU 17
  On horse-dung
  He prunes and weeds and--
  He's gift-wrapped
  With "please" and "thank you"
  And silk ties,
  His wife counts fat-grams
  On a rosary,
  And his two children
  Ride the honor roll.
  But he does not like himself--
  That's his secret.



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,, 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).




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 (, 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, (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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