Sunday, November 17, 2019


—Anonymous Photo

—Ishmael Reed

tonite, thriller was
about an old woman, so vain she
surrounded herself with
        many mirrors

it got so bad that finally she

locked herself indoors & her

whole life became the


one day the villagers broke

into her house, but she was too

swift for them. she disappeared

        into a mirror
each tenant who bought the house
after that, lost a loved one to
       the old woman in the mirror:
       first a little girl
       then a young woman
       then the young woman's husband

the hunger of this poem is legendary

it has taken in many victims

back off from this poem

it has drawn in your feet

back off from this poem

it has drawn in your legs
back off from this poem

it is a greedy mirror
you are into this poem from  
       the waist down
nobody can hear you can they?
this poem has had you up to here
this poem aint got no manners
you cant call out from this poem
relax now & go with this poem

move & roll on to this poem

do not resist this poem

this poem has your eyes

this poem has his head

this poem has his arms

this poem has his fingers

this poem has his fingertips

this poem is the reader & the

reader the poem

statistic: the US bureau of missing persons re-

        ports that in 1968 over 100,000 people
        disappeared leaving no solid clues
        nor trace     only
a space     in the lives of their friends


Two readings in our area today: Sac. Poetry Center presents Anara Guard and Lois Ann Abraham for Prose in the Afternoon, 25th & R Sts., Sac., 4-5:30pm. And Poetry of the Sierra Foothills features Sally Ashton, Wren Tuatha plus open mic at Caffé Santoro in Diamond Springs, 1-3pm. Scroll down to the blue column (under the green column at the right) for info about these and other upcoming poetry events in our area—and note that more may be added at the last minute.

For more about Ishmael Reed, go to his website at, including his bio at

For a comprehensive list of “Poems on Poems” by Ted Nellen, see

—Medusa, wandering around inside of the poem ~

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