June 19, 2007

Book Smart - Poetry

ProminencesBy John SwainSun singe, glimmer, then purge,we taste the burnt groundwhere riding people threw coins.Yet you speak perfect wordsnot caring for the meadowlarkin your throat like earth’s old voice.I will pour clean waterfor your thirst when all birds lightfrom where we lay twisting shovels.Despite the chars of our coupling,you open my side with dry fingersallowing the horses to drink.Book Smart ChallengeEntries — either flash fiction or poetry — should be no more than 325 words. The deadline is the first business day of each month (for work to be published later that month). Contestants may submit up to three entries per month. LEO reserves the right to publish any submitted work in print and online. Please do not send originals; work will not be returned. Send entries to leo@leoweekly.com, with “Book Smart Challenge” in the subject line, or mail to LEO, Book Smart Challenge, 640 S. Fourth St., Ste. 100, Louisville, Ky., 40202.