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Episode 029: Victory & Quiz Show Guru

Left Hand Poetry

Release Date: 11/12/2020

Episode 032: Avocado (dis)Information show art Episode 032: Avocado (dis)Information

Left Hand Poetry

Well, y'all seem to like it when I dig into the absurdity archive, so I pulled out one of my favorites from one of the weirder corners of my brain. I mean, it's been out in the world for about 8 years now, but it's probably new to you. That's right, this week it's "Avocado (dis)Information". See if you can spot the chemistry pun.

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Episode 031: Thanks to English Teachers show art Episode 031: Thanks to English Teachers

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This episode drops on American Thanksgiving, and as I'm in a thankful mood I chose "Thanks to English Teachers" for this week's poem, inspired by both those who taught me and my wife, who is herself an amazing and talented English teacher. For them, for her, I am thankful!

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Episode 030: Capital Improvement show art Episode 030: Capital Improvement

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I had originally meant to read this poem last week, but as I said then the events of the weekend had moved me to write some new poems. This week, it's "Capital Improvement," a poem inspired by events of the 2012 election that still ring true today - to me, at least.

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Episode 029: Victory & Quiz Show Guru show art Episode 029: Victory & Quiz Show Guru

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This week you get another two-for: "Victory," a piece celebrating the win for President-Elect Joe Biden and Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris and "Quiz Show Guru," an elegy for Alex Trebek.

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Episode 028: Palm Trees in the Fall Just Don't Cut It show art Episode 028: Palm Trees in the Fall Just Don't Cut It

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We're well into the Fall season here on the East Coast, and as I was searching for this week's poem, I happened on this piece, which I wrote while on a visit to Los Angeles a few years back. Think of it as something of an elegy for both deciduous trees and man's hubris.

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Episode 027: Soon ... A Poem for All Hallow's Eve show art Episode 027: Soon ... A Poem for All Hallow's Eve

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This week I bring you "Soon ... A Poem for All Hallow's Eve." Based on something that actually happened to me and then filtered through my fertile imagination, "Soon ..." tells a tale of a non-fatal encounter with Death.

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Episode 026: Phobos show art Episode 026: Phobos

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We're approaching Halloween and so I turn from my weeks of earnestness into something a bit more ... spooky? Not that last week's episode didn't have shades of spookiness, what with all the ghosts of the past haunting those words. But this week we mix together my two written creative loves: Poetry and Science Fiction. "Phobos" is the experience of someone approaching that larger moon of Mars for the first time, about to set foot on an alien world.

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Episode 025: And I Will Then Be Ashes show art Episode 025: And I Will Then Be Ashes

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After a smattering of absurdity, I've been choosing poems that are, in a word, earnest. This week's selection is no different. From Regret and Opportunity, this episode is the poem "And I Will Then Be Ashes." Though earnest, it takes a turn for what I hope is inspirational, which is something that I have a feeling a lot of us can use.

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Episode 024: Golden Leaves, Common Verdance show art Episode 024: Golden Leaves, Common Verdance

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A quiet moment as I remember watching some trees from my office window when I worked in Washington, DC. "Golden Leaves, Common Verdance" tells the story of this time of year when the leaves change from green to an earthy rainbow of hues and then cascade to the ground, leaving nothing but slender branches moving in the wind.

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Episode 023: In Court show art Episode 023: In Court

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We take a turn to the observational this week, with "In Court." I once spent a morning in the gallery of the local courthouse and came out of it with a day's less vacation time and this poem. The poem itself has undergone a bit of revision since it was first published in "Stand Right, Walk Left."

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More Episodes

I had originally planned to program one of my more politically-minded poems that I had already published in one of my collections (Blue.), but over the weekend I was moved by current events to share a pair of poems on my Instagram story. If you follow me there, you've likely already read them. If not, hey, I'm on Instagram, posting photos that I write brief poems about (LeftHandRob).

So this week you get another two-for: "Victory," a piece celebrating the win for President-Elect Joe Biden and Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris and "Quiz Show Guru," an elegy for Alex Trebek.

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