Michael Pruchnicki


Michael Pruchnicki Poems

1. Sidewalk Ophelia 2/2/2008
2. Chicago Botanic Gardens 2/2/2008
3. Jump Boots & Silver Wings 2/2/2008
4. What Is Poetry? You Ask! 2/2/2008
5. Change Your Tune 2/3/2008
6. Dunce's Lament 2/4/2008
7. Rising Early On Double Nine Day 2/4/2008
8. Anchor To Windward 2/5/2008
9. Swallow The Anchor 2/5/2008
10. Dear Miss Yrotaval 2/5/2008
11. Where Are They? 2/5/2008
12. Fragments On 18th Street 2/5/2008
13. Lyrical Grenades 2/5/2008
14. Dearest Meaghan 2/6/2008
15. We'Re All Equal, Right? 2/6/2008
16. Battlepoem 1/29/2008
17. In The Midnight Sun 1/29/2008
18. Closet Drama 1/30/2008
19. Colloquy Of Ravens 1/30/2008
20. Step To The Danse Macabre! 1/30/2008
21. A Town Called Limbo 1/30/2008
22. Casualty 2/1/2008
23. The Dear John 2/1/2008
24. American Tanka 2/1/2008
25. Morning Watch 2/1/2008
26. Jump Boots In The Door / Gi Tanka 2/1/2008
27. Check It Out, William Blake! 2/1/2008
28. Gone To Jesus 2/1/2008
29. Mother's Day 2/1/2008
30. Third Floor Front 2/6/2008
31. When All Is Said And Done, Mes Amis! 2/7/2008
32. Chicken Feed On The Fortymile 2/8/2008
33. Active / Passive Pantoum 2/8/2008
34. In Good Company 2/8/2008
35. Raggedy Rhymster 2/8/2008
36. Senryu At Little Big Horn 2/8/2008
37. Autumn's End 2/8/2008
38. Rejection Letter 2/9/2008
39. Vote For Obama! 2/15/2008
40. Beware Of Banishment, She Said 2/15/2008
Best Poem of Michael Pruchnicki

Knight Of The Mournful Countenance

I read cervantes' novel don quixote
in visitation grammar school

the good nuns knew I was not
the average neighborhood thug

so they left me to read dumas
and jack london or whomever

and to illustrate the hijinks
of eighth grade hooligans

in pencil and ink comic book style
the nuns may have guessed

my ulterior motive in ridiculing
the thugs who menaced me

every day after school
with a sound thrashing

if my cartoons didn't meet
their approval

so I drew and sketched
in broad strokes our comedy!

Read the full of Knight Of The Mournful Countenance

Closet Drama

In a back bedroom upstairs stands an antique armoire-
a four by eight foot clothespress of Spanish dark maple-
ornate cornice and frieze overhanging double doors,
brass hinges and doorknobs gone verdigris,
carved diamond shapes inset in each door panel-
a facade behind which odds and ends hang and lay
in skewed disarray like discarded costumes,
soiled and stained with sweat and greasepaint.

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