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  February 2006
volume 4 number 1
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  Jack G. Bowman
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  Dana Campbell
  Michael Ceraolo
  Peggy Dobreer
  Francisco Dominguez
  Lisa Helene Donovan
  Dale Duke
  Michael Estabrook
  Daniel Gallik
  Daniel garcia-Black
  Kenneth Gurney
  Roger Humes
  Amber Jacob
  Marianne LaValle-Vincent
  Marie Lecrivain
  Gary Lehmann
  Dave Nordling
  Aire Celeste Norell
  Gina MarySol Ruiz
  David W. Rushing
  Dahn Shaulis
  Durlabh Singh
  Kari Thune
  Amy Upham
  Tyler Joseph Wiseman
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Michael Ceraolo
February 2006



Douglas Richardson

    Michael Ceraolo is a forty-something civil servant/poet trying to overcome a middle-class upbringing. His book Cleveland Haiku is available from Green Panda Press (



Things Considered

Wallace Stevens once said
Money is a kind of poetry,
an updating of that statement today seems to be
Computer code is a kind of poetry too
And while I disagreed with Stevens' statement,
and likewise disagree with the current statements,
I realize that such things are matters of style,
and matters of style should never be considered moral issues
But there seems to be a too-strenuous defense of process only,
as opposed to including process as a part of the poem
Process only is masturbation,
and while I'm in favor of masturbation,
I don't want to watch anybody else mastrubate
any more than I want anyone to watch me
Though the prevalence of porn probably proves
that I'm in the minority here as elsewhere

copyright 2006 Michael Ceraolo