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Vending Machine Poetry for Change

just-published Vending Machine Poetry for Change #3 – foto Smith

Spare Change

B the b u want 2 c
from long ago
to now and go
trussed truth
cooks the goose
grokking gander
grating grinder
never minder truth and dare
be ware you care
for wrong so-longed
and right fought fight
with light not might
persuade b 4 forbade
so spare some change
rearrange the lane
from take to give
to talk to live
let’s get this getting going

— Smith, 10.13.2012

This appears in volume 3 of *Vending Machine Poetry for Change* (which comes out yearly) just published by Vertigo Xi’an Xavier’s *The Poet’s Haven* press —, a chapbook which contains 33 poems by different poets inspired by Mahatma Gandhi’s statement “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.”

This is my first time being in a Poet’s Haven publication . . . sent him a bunch of stuff for four other up-coming anthologies:

Lady has a great poem in #3 titled *WAY, HOW, WHAT*

All profits from VMPFC#3 (as well as #s 1 & 2) go to Poetic Provisions ( which helps the Canton Sunday Picnic and the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank feed the hungry:

“The Canton Sunday Picnic is a grassroots meal that feeds the homeless and those in need every Sunday at Market Square Park in Canton, Ohio. Volunteers cook donated food, often supplementing from their own kitchens, for 80-100 people each week. In addition to non-perishable food donations, the Canton Sunday Picnic also needs items such as cooking oils, herbs and spices, aluminum foil, paper plates, napkins, and plastic eating utensils.

“The Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank provides food and other essential items to member agencies in Carroll, Holmes, Medina, Portage, Stark, Summit, Tuscarawas, and Wayne Counties. Foodbank lists their most needed food items as: breakfast cereal, peanut butter, canned tuna, canned vegetables, and canned soups.”

“Change is inevitable, except from a vending machine.” — Robert C. Gallagher

Vending Machine Poetry for Change #1, 2010 – foto Smith

One Response to “Vending Machine Poetry for Change”

  1. chris says:

    congrats your poems are often lots of fun… I like the way your mind works.

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