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About gmpwrite

My real passion is writing and exploring life as a novelist, poet, and lyricist. My novels MONOGAMY SUCKS, sequel RELATIONSHIPS SUCK, DEAR HEF, LETTERS FROM CYBERSPACE and my first poetry collection BACKYARD POETRY are available on Amazon and Smashwords. Working on launching new versions novel LETTERS FROM CYBERSPACE and short story SWINGING WITH THE SUPERNATURAL as a novella, and my second poetry collection based on my lyrics by end of 2017

Today my first poetry collection BACKYARD POETRY is available on Amazon and Smashwords

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Today I launched my first poetry collection BACKYARD POETRY on Amazon and Smashwords.

This book is a long time coming as it brings together many of my long form poems dating back to the late 1990s that I have shared on this poetry blog BACKYARD POETRY and in smaller pieces on Twitter as @gpwriter.

I initially fell in love with writing poetry in college while attending California State University Long Beach in the mid-1980s. Sure, I had read a lot of poetry in high school, but I never dared to write it. During two poetry classes at CSULB, I was not only asked to try my hand at poetic verse, but I also learned the basics and poetry rules. The responses to my poetry in these classes was promising, but after leaving college I abandoned writing poetry (or anything except journalism stories) for 13 years. In spring 1998, I finally broke through my fear of writing and tried my hand at poetry once again. What followed was a torrent of poetic words that are the basis for this poetry collection.

Twitter has also been a revelation for my poetic muse allowing me to share my work and gauge immediate reaction. Overall, the reaction to my Twitter poetry has been inspiring, but this collection returns me to my original goal of publishing my expanded poems. I initially sent an earlier version of this collection to various literary publications and publishers who responded with indifference or even snobby hostility. The inspiration for my poem BACKYARD POETRY came after a snotty note from some poetry editor, criticizing the honest and political nature of my poems.

So, in the following collection, you will not find poems that adhere to poetic convention either in subject matter or execution. I believe literary rules are meant to be broken.

In my poems, I explore controversial subjects of modern life in intriguing ways such as wondering if the Crucifixion would have been televised, or reimaging ethnic cleansing and Guantanamo Bay as the subject of sardonic ads. My challenging poetic works feature the same honest, unflinching style and prose as my novels MONOGAMY SUCKS,  RELATIONSHIPS SUCK and DEAR HEF.

Above all, it is collection seeking to strip away poetic pretensions.

Or as I write in the first stanza of the title poem BACKYARD POETRY, “I despise the poetry of exclusion.”

Kudos also to graphic artist Dancinee Jennings for putting together the book’s cover. She has also created covers for my previous novels, MONOGAMY SUCKS, RELATIONSHIPS SUCK and DEAF HEF.

BACKYARD POETRY will be the first of many poetry collections I will be launching in the coming years.

Enjoy.

GP

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DVD NIGHTMARE

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DVD NIGHTMARE

The other day
a woman was
trampled
by a crowd of
Christmas shoppers
at a Wal-Mart.

They were making
a mad
dash to buy
$29 DVD players.

Consumed
by
consumer lust
no one stopped to
help her.

So much for the
Christmas spirit.

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This was real life
entertainment.

When the crowd
cleared,
the woman was found
laying unconscious
on top of a DVD player.

A Wal-Mart spokesman
said he hoped
the trampled woman
would continue
to be a customer
after she recovered
from her injuries.

Maybe next time
she’ll lose her life
over a TV.

All in the name
of rabid consumerism.

File this under the horror section
in your local reality store.

Later it was discovered
the woman may have intended to
fake the whole thing as she done previously,
but this time things went horribly awry.

Sometimes justice does come to those who wait.

George Pappas
Copyright 2016


TRICK OR TREAT?

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TRICK OR TREAT?

Trick or treat?

Neither is what they seem.

The scary things don’t hide in closets
but in our hearts and souls
as we confront
our lost dreams
our twisted hopes,
our love turned so bitter inside.

Left alone in the darkness of our imaginations.
We are the bogeyman and the bogeyman is us.

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Tricked for treats?
Treated to dirty tricks?

The scary stuff?
Your best friend
letting you down over again.
Your lover hurting you because they can.

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Treats and trickery on All Hallows’ Eve.

The real horrors of human nature
to contemplate.

There are zombies, vampires, and monsters
everywhere you look tonight.

They are always there.

You work for them.
You try to love them.
You struggle to understand them.
You call them family.
You regard them as good friends
and trusted allies
who are selling you out all the while
with handshakes and smiles.

Trick or treat?

Neither is what they seem.

George Pappas
Copyright 2016


CAUGHT IN A VICIOUS CIRCLE OF RAGE

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CAUGHT IN A VICIOUS CIRCLE OF RAGE

Holy wars
with unholy consequences.
Lost souls everywhere
buried in the rubble
of our towering dreams.

Air rage.
Retaliatory strikes.
No place to hide,
living every day now on the front line,
wounded to the bottom of our frayed souls.
The silence is deafening.

Caught in a vicious circle of rage we can’t shake.
Is cruelty all that remains?
Kill or be killed
our familiar shattering game.

Buried under mountains of dust and blood,
so many passionate dreams.

In the aftermath,
civilization feels like a folly,
real enlightenment a fantasy,
even love seems a cruel conceit

Waging ancient battles
that are never resolved,
lost in the dark ages again with
suspicion and mistrust as our only friends

Picking up the pieces again.
Caught in a vicious circle we can’t seem to shake.
Is cruelty all that seems to remain?
Kill or be killed
our familiar heartbreaking game.

George Pappas
Copyright 2016

 

 


CONTAMINATED HEARTS AND POISONED WAVES

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CONTAMINATED HEARTS AND POISONED WAVES

Contaminated water.
Contaminated hearts.

They polluted Surf City
and said the water was poison.

I believe it was more than a sewage spill.

It was the bile from
our contaminated hearts
and souls which polluted the Pacific Ocean.

Poisoned waves crashing on a dirty beach.

We are the human virus
polluting the water,
polluting the beaches,
turning our oceans
into dirty cesspools
of contamination
like our cities,
our ghettos,
our suburbs,
our land,
our streets,
our sewers
our homes,
filled with waste
from our polluted bodies
flowing everywhere.

I am drowning in
polluted water
which has spilled over
from my contaminated heart.

Cowabunga, dude.
Surf is down in the sewer.

We can ride poison waves
to our dirty demise.

George Pappas
Copyright 2016


A Hometown Refugee

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A HOMETOWN REFUGEE

He’s lost.
A refugee of this country.

Forgotten,
dumped
and discarded
at freeway exits
like trash.

His grizzled
broken face
is
expressionless
as he holds up a cardboard sign
which reads “HOMELESS VET NEEDS HELP.”

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He has a million mile stare,
gazing beyond the passing cars,
the freeway and concrete
into a world only he knows.

It’s a place
beyond sadness,
beyond anger.

His is a soul obliterated
beyond recognition.

His tattered clothes
hang loosely from his bony frame.

He’s waiting,
hoping,
searching
for some sign of charity.

On patrol,
he springs into action,
deceptively quick,
grabbing meager
offerings from the drivers
waiting at the stoplight.

His reconnaissance continues throughout the day.

Where’s the TV cameras documenting his plight
as with the refugees in far away lands?

Here’s a refugee
in a country
he once defended.

A defender of our broken shame
even if he no longer has a home to defend.

Just what does the
ultimate sacrifice
mean to him now?

George Pappas
Copyright 2016


Across A Broken Highway

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ACROSS A BROKEN HIGHWAY

What’s in a color
of a
different
hue?

Beyond blue.

Once again, failing to acknowledge
the humanity shining through.

The same heartbreaking tale
told so many times before.

This one of a broken soul
dragged
from the back of
a car bumper.

His life’s blood
spent
and
spilled
callously
across a broken highway.

His torn body
discarded
left behind
like road kill.

Yet his demise is quickly forgotten
in a barrage
of human interest stories
until the next dark day
reminds us again
how little has really
changed.

George Pappas
Copyright 2016