Lift Off 13: grow a new one

The only thing
that can kill
a poet’s
heart
is a
woman
with an
astonishing
soul
turned
off

She’ll break
it in so
many
pieces
he’ll
never
find
it,
flung
far &
away

Grow a
new one
he’ll
need
to say

Find a
petri
dish,
quick

Stephen Bett has had eighteen books of poetry published: Un/Wired (BlazeVOX Books, Buffalo, NY, 2016); The Gross & Fine Geography: New & Selected Poems (Salmon Poetry, Ireland, 2015); Those Godawful Streets of Man: A Book of Raw Wire in the City (BlazeVOX Books, Buffalo, NY, 2014); Journal for Breathing Arizona (Ekstasis Editions, Spring, 2014); Penny-Ante Poems (Ekstasis Editions, 2013); Sound Off: A Book of Jazz (Thistledown Press, 2013); Re-Positioning (Ekstasis Editions, 2011); Track This: A Book of Relationship (BlazeVOX Books, Buffalo, NY, 2010); SPLIT (Ekstasis Editions, 2009); Extreme Positions: The Soft-core Industry Exposed (Spuyten Duyvil, NYC, 2009); Sass ‘n Pass (Ekstasis Editions, 2008); Three Women (Ekstasis Editions, 2006); Nota Bene Poems: A Journey (Ekstasis Editions, 2005); Trader Poets (Frog Hollow Press, 2003); High-Maintenance (Ekstasis Editions, 2003); High Design Refit (Greenboathouse Books, 2002); Cruise Control (Ekstasis Editions, 1996); Lucy Kent and other poems (Longspoon Press, 1983).

His work has also appeared in well over 100 literary journals in Canada, the US, England, Australia, New Zealand, and Finland, as well as in four anthologies, and on radio.

His “personal papers” have been purchased by the Simon Fraser University Library, and are, on an ongoing basis, being archived in their “Contemporary Literature Collection” for current and future scholarly interest.

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