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17 April, 2015: Disciples


by John Burroughs
Clarence looked a little
like a rabbi
and taught us
to play truth
or dare and we
had no doubt
he knew best
how to do it
since he had
a beard and his
own apartment
and we were
just twelve.
“Disciples” by John Burroughs from The Eater of the Absurd. NightBallet Press, 2012. Used by permission of the author.
John Burroughs, a.k.a. Jesus Crisis, is not just a blasphemous cartoon. He co-founded the annual Snoetry winter wordfest, hosts the Monday at Mahall's poetry series in Lakewood, and serves as the founding editor of Crisis Chronicles Press. Find him dropping word bombs on microphones across Cleveland and the Midwest, or at crisischronicles.com.


Explore the magic in the number 12.

Make a list of 12 things and/or phrases that relate to the word “dozen” (eggs, disciples, “cheaper by,” etc.). Write a poem using as many of those words as you can without using the word “dozen.”
Diane Kendig
Chantelle, thanks for posting your poem. My favorite line is "The number of churches in Ashland."
4/23/2015 3:39:48 PM

Chantelle Brady
My favorite number.
When I went to a movie with my dad.
My sixth grade year.
2015 three years ago.
The drinking age transcribed.
When girls start puberty.
Number of Disciples.
One of God's numbers.
The Devil's number doubled.
The number of months in a year.
The largest number on an analog clock.
Half the number of hours in a day.
The number of eggs in a carton.
The ideal family lunch price.
The number of churches in Ashland.
When Taylor Swift turned to pop music.
The magical time when light is brightest or night is darkest.
A number part of everyone's lives including your's and mine.
4/18/2015 8:12:04 PM

READ + WRITE: 30 Days of Poetry is a collaboration between Cuyahoga County Public Library and poet Diane Kendig. Our thanks go to Diane and the poets of Northeast Ohio who allowed us to share their poetry.