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Bob Ziller: Three Poets and a Fool

William Blake . Vanessa German . World Wide Walt Whitman . T. Rump . Keep America Great! — Copyright 2016 Bob Ziller Bob Ziller is an artist, poet, translator, singer, … Continue reading

July 26, 2016 · 1 Comment

Vanessa German: Hardbadmean Streets

there waz a new girl/woman on the street. before i left yesterday. i saw her. marching the corner between brushton and the brusies. making. hard eye contact at alla the … Continue reading

April 7, 2016 · 2 Comments

Vanessa German: When you ask me to pray for you

when you ask me to pray for you.i go up to the roof of my soul.to the top of that mountain where the sun iz red yellow orange right up … Continue reading

March 22, 2016 · Leave a comment

Vanessa German: The Barber’s Chair

got the Sunday morning haircut at the neighborhood barber shop.talkin pittsburgh.weather.where you from and are your kids ok.the barber man speaks to the atmosphere of my heart and my eyelashes.he … Continue reading

March 10, 2016 · 1 Comment

Vanessa German: My People Know about the Tears

sometimes i hate you. sometimes i hate you and i feel it rising up in my throat spine lips acid a neon shaft of rage through a red needle an … Continue reading

February 4, 2016 · Leave a comment

Vanessa German: Let the Hand Go Free

  let the hand go free. see what happens when yo mind iz not occupied by the occupation of being occupied by the occupation. let the hand go free and … Continue reading

December 4, 2015 · 2 Comments

Vanessa German: At the Afternoon Bus Stop

so i waz downtown at the beautiful bus hour when alla the high school kids and after work mamas are making their way from the hard work n daycare to … Continue reading

November 24, 2015 · 1 Comment

Vanessa German: Blue House

a blue house with stars calling up the almost-evening sky. shining in the sunset her stars and her eyes. where were you when the sky went pink and long over … Continue reading

November 18, 2015 · Leave a comment

Vanessa German: I believe in healing

black madonna on a paper towel from the public restroom at the shadyside hospital emergency room. where i have been too many so many times. up in there. knowing my … Continue reading

October 20, 2015 · Leave a comment

Vanessa German: New Crack in the Neighborhood

there is new crack on the street today plus the first of the month was yesterday which means checks been cashed all night and spent on the block. you can … Continue reading

October 15, 2015 · Leave a comment

Vanessa German: Laughter and Blackness

It is not like i am ashamed of my sorrow. or even ashamed of my rage. i am rage. i am outrage. i am the blues. i am blue. i … Continue reading

October 6, 2015 · Leave a comment

Vanessa German: The Secret Cities of Ohio

there are a million secret cities in the middle of ohio. a million hidden gravel roads pressed deep into the way back like creases on the dark side of god’s … Continue reading

September 29, 2015 · 1 Comment

Vanessa German: Emergency Art

I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve been to the emergency room in the past 18 months. But i’m good at it now. Sad and tired of knowing … Continue reading

September 22, 2015 · 1 Comment

Vanessa German: Riot the Beauty

Riot the beauty. throw it brick-like n elegant as a cruz missile right into the lie. strap it around yo waist. let it be yo lasso n heat shield n … Continue reading

September 17, 2015 · Leave a comment

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