All copyright © 2003 remains with the authors.
All copyright © 2004 remains with the authors.

Michael Cole

You're exiting the office
in a business casual manner
descending through the
mezzanine in a counter-
clockwise procedure. The balustrades
don't ask for much and all
the exits are automatic
The clouds have been
relieved by the elevators
after eight hour service
Pulling away from the parking garage
it's hard to tell if the horns
from behind are for you

Michael Cole, 11:12pm


I'm trying to rewrite my heroes
But nobody even knows
the meaning in their names
without annotation and endnotes

The poet laureate told a casual acquaintance
that all of his unforgettable moments
are protrusions of his wang
as everyone hustles towards the multiplex
and you can't blame them
that so and so is one poetic piece of ass
There. Let's say it all in unison.
The chorus enters to explain the opening credits.

Michael Cole


Poetryetc is a listserv relating to poetry and poetics which provides a forum for poets to debate their critical and creative work. The list has over the years run a number of projects for its members, of which Snapshots has been the most enduring.

Every Wednesday, Poetryetc members were invited to post short poems on any subject or in any form they chose. The idea was to make a poetic collage of instamatic “snaps” of that day that reflected the international membership of the list. The project has generated an astounding number of poems.

The first two runs, of six weeks each, and the first ten weeks of the third run, are archived at Wild Honey Press under Poetryetc Project. The rest - amounting in all to a run of a year - are archived here.

Poetryetc, like its affiliate Salt Publishing (, was founded by Australian poet John Kinsella. Salt is managed by Christopher Hamilton-Emery (, while Poetryetc is owned by Alison Croggon ( Poetryetc is now archived at and anyone interested can join from that url.

To contact the listowner: Alison Croggon

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