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Volume I, Number 1 (Summer 2006)
ISSN 1934-4324

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Cheryl Grady Mercier

Cheryl Grady Mercier studies in Rowan University's Graduate Creative Writing program and is finishing a memoir/biography of an 89-year-old woman. Mercier has won recognition for non-fiction and poetry from the National Writers Association and the Atlanta Review. Drexel Online Journal published her fiction and The Philadelphia Inquirer has published her essays.

Bring Poetry to Our Plebian Pots


Bring Poetry to Our Plebian Pots


Poetry is … bloody work…Poets need to advocate for poetry.

—Edward Hirsch on NPR’s“Radio Times,”

November 2005


A modest proposal, guerilla culture

like London Underground or New York

subway placards that prove transportation

venues value verse. Schools oft post notices

in bathroom stalls where nature orders pause

and leaves minds empty, open to discovery,

all souls humbled on that throne.


An idea for a strong ego, a poet

laureate immune to jest and jibe, might

persuade poetry publications, starved

for readers to submit poems—a

radical national campaign to post

poetry above urinals, in stalls



Literature could be accessible

to bodies relieved and ready for

rhyme and meter, sonnet and sestina

free verse, or villanelle.





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