Interview with Neil Hilborn :)

This is one of my favorite poets :)

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Tell PoetryPasta about your book :)   No, really.  :)

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The Parlor of My Dotage – by Donal Mahoney

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In the parlor of my dotage
I have a grand piano where
the ghost of Shostakovich 
plays “Chopsticks” every night
while I in my recliner 
drink vodka in pajamas
and cheer old Shosty on.
Tonight the concert’s interrupted
when Granny in her nightcap 
dashes from her bedroom 
and shouts in high soprano  
“Send old Shosty home.
I need a good night’s sleep.
I have Mahjong in the morning.”
Through my bullhorn I shout back, 
“I won’t send old Shosty anywhere
until his concert ends at dawn.
Then I’ll put my parka on and saddle up
the horses and take the master home
Old Shosty swears that global warming 
is no problem there at all.”
Nominated for Best of the Net and Pushcart prizes, Donal Mahoney has had poetry and fiction published in various publications in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa. Some of his earliest work can be found at
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Send PoetryPasta your Halloween or scary poems!

There is still time to send PoetryPasta your very own Halloween or scary poems :) I found some examples for inspiration for you :)


Halloween Poem 2nd Grd

(Fiona is a 2nd grader)



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The Hemingwrite – a MODERN typewriter!


I want one of these :) (Valeri Beers)

Originally posted on Valeri's poems & random thoughts :


This hasn’t been released yet, I want one :)  When I type on my computer I *do* get distracted.

A modern day twist on the typewriter helps people craft prose without the risk of being distracted by social media and other apps like Facebook, Twitter, checking your email or playing games.


About the Hemingwrite:

“The Hemingwrite is-a single purpose, distraction-free writing composition device. It combines the simplicity of a 90s era word processor with the modern tech we all require like cloud backups and integration into our favorite document editors like Google docs and Evernote.”


  • 6+ week projected battery life – Pull a Thoreau and take the Hemingwrite to your off-the-grid cabin in the woods
  • 1 million+ page memory – Never worry about having to delete old documents
  • Best typing experience with the highest quality mechanical keyboard switches – remember those old keyboards with great tactile feedback? This…

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Mz Hyde – Halestorm


some scary music to inspire you :) (Valeri Beers)

Originally posted on Valeri's poems & random thoughts :

I thought this was apropos for Halloween/something scary/something unexpected

I am inspired to write by listening to music, so here is some inspiration :)

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Last Night As I Was Sleeping – by Antonio Machado

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Opening the Heart Through Ecstatic Poetry: Coleman Barks at TEDxUGA

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Haunted Houses – by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807 – 1882)

All houses wherein men have lived and died
Are haunted houses. Through the open doors
The harmless phantoms on their errands glide,
With feet that make no sound upon the floors.

We meet them at the door-way, on the stair,
Along the passages they come and go,
Impalpable impressions on the air,
A sense of something moving to and fro.

There are more guests at table than the hosts
Invited; the illuminated hall
Is thronged with quiet, inoffensive ghosts,
As silent as the pictures on the wall.

The stranger at my fireside cannot see
The forms I see, nor hear the sounds I hear;
He but perceives what is; while unto me
All that has been is visible and clear.

We have no title-deeds to house or lands;
Owners and occupants of earlier dates
From graves forgotten stretch their dusty hands,
And hold in mortmain still their old estates.

The spirit-world around this world of sense
Floats like an atmosphere, and everywhere
Wafts through these earthly mists and vapours dense
A vital breath of more ethereal air.

Our little lives are kept in equipoise
By opposite attractions and desires;
The struggle of the instinct that enjoys,
And the more noble instinct that aspires.

These perturbations, this perpetual jar
Of earthly wants and aspirations high,
Come from the influence of an unseen star
An undiscovered planet in our sky.

And as the moon from some dark gate of cloud
Throws o’er the sea a floating bridge of light,
Across whose trembling planks our fancies crowd
Into the realm of mystery and night,—

So from the world of spirits there descends
A bridge of light, connecting it with this,
O’er whose unsteady floor, that sways and bends,
Wander our thoughts above the dark abyss.

I am related to him somehow (Valeri Beers)

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What a blank page says to a writer


from :


A blank page is certainly intimidating, but it’s also your chance to write anything you want!

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