Workshops with Pat Pendleton

Tuesday, August 19, 2014


Mo' Joe: The Anthology is a wonderful collection of over one hundred poems honoring the elusive Joe the Poet, a character who has evolved in the work of John Roche, editor of this publication available from Beatlick Press

Two of my poems are included:


Jo got lost
She wandered, gathered, observed
sweep, sweep, sweep
away the veils, the chatter, the traffic
Tie on dancing shoes
move, move, move
pedal, steer, drive
Stop and sit, listen, look
Jo took a breath and remembered
who she was

NEW JOE (p. 137)

Joe imagines a better look for himself
no more preppy school teacher
wild artiste instead
grow out shaggy hair, cultivate goatee, revise clothing
order "Dancing with Wolves Shirt" from The J. Peterman
                      Company catalog
blousy and loose for thirty-nine dollars
available in natural, light blue, and indigo
like those worn by Byron, Wilde, or Tennyson
one hundred percent Joe the Poet
so fine with his icy blue eyes and indigo garb