Reader Poem — Cynthia Stewart

Cynthia Stewart wrote this poem in response to the October Poetry Prompts:

North Star

Part One

in the ice chapel she worked furiously
to keep in rough touch with the heat.
when the chalice dropped, she
fell towards the floor to capture it
in her right hand.
do not say his name so quickly
it makes the oppression more real
she said to herself
do not say the name of any person.

Part Two

exist in the in-between spaces of life
where nothing touches you with red
wine and crushed persimmons.
keep your feet covered as you brush
over the tiles
your head covered as you accept the
falling snow through the ceiling’s absence..

let lacy movements embrace you tonight –
Clare Schuman’s fluttering fingers
turning music in the paper wind.


October Poetry Prompts

Prompts are drawn from the media—print, broadcast or social.

Terry Wolverton offered these prompts to collaborating poet Ramón Garcia:

• Don’t say his name (Los Angeles Times)

• I never thought Michiko would come back
after she died. (“Alone” by Jack Gilbert, Poetry)

 • Einstein ring helps weigh a black hole (

• “Live from the Gutter” (song title, from What a Time to Be Alive, Drake and Future)

Collaborating poet Ramón Garcia offered these prompts to Terry Wolverton:

• …no one can be slain in absentia or in effigie. (Freud, “The Dynamics of Transference”)

• These first three Steps are the acceptance Steps. (Paths to Recovery: Al-Anon’s Steps, Traditions and Concepts).

• Narcissus, the solitary, is the very image of the adolescent. (Octavio Paz, The Labyrinth of Solitude).

• Bloom is aware of conspicuous omissions…(Christopher Benfey, “The Wonder-Wounded Harold Bloom” in The New York Review of Books, October 8, 2015).


October Collaborating Poet—Ramón Garcia

Ramon Garcia

In October, Ramón Garcia will collaborate with Terry Wolverton on new dis•articulations poems.

Ramón García is author of The Chronicles (Red Hen Press, 2015), Other Countries (What Books Press, 2010) and Ricardo Valverde (University of Minnesota Press, 2013), He has published poetry in a variety of journals and anthologies including Best American Poetry 1996, Ambit, The Floating Borderlands: Twenty-Five Years of US-Hispanic Literature, Crab Orchard Review, Poetry Salzburg Review, Los Angeles Review, and Mandorla: New Writing from the Americas. A founding member of the Glass Table Collective, an artist collective formed in 2008, he is a professor at California State University, Northridge and lives in Los Angeles.

Winner, dis•articulations Reader Poem for September — Trista Hurley-Waxali


Trista Hurley-Waxali is the author of the poetry chapbook Dried Up. Her work has appeared in the journals FORTH, Enclave, and Street Line Critics, well as in the Procyon Short Story Anthology 2014 (Tayen Lane Publishing, 2015). She has performed at the O’bheal Poetry Series in Cork, Ireland and in a Helsinki Poetry Connection Poetry Jam TransLate Night Show. Trista lives in West Hollywood, where she is working on her first novel, At This Juncture.

Her poem, “Placement,” appeared on the site on September 23:

Each month of dis•articulations 2015, we invite readers to submit poems based on the monthly prompts, fevered writing or dis•articulations poems. Every month we select our favorite Reader Poem and award a $25 prize.