hkauderer (192 Poems)

Herb Kauderer is an associate professor of English at Hilbert College and the author of eighteen books of poetry, most recently 'Frozen at the Edges' from Dark Particle Press. His poem "After" won the 2016 Asimov's Readers' Award. He has written in many other forms as well. Details can be found on his website HerbKauderer.com

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ownership of the matter

Black holes
own all matter.
Anything that comes
within reach
is pulled to heart
& equally held
with every part
of their perfectly
simple beings.

(144 characters incl. spaces)


City Traffic

Corridors of dance improvise
ever-contemporary routines
secure in their lack
of rehearsal or encore.

(100 characters incl. spaces)



in a nearby camp
guitar & two singers play
“Fields of Athenry”
twenty one times in a row
altering styles & tempos

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Discount Bin

Lauren Bacall.
Katherine Hepburn, too.
All their work reduced to one-word

(90 characters incl. spaces)


moveable feast

on artisans’ row
miracles of creation
grow in many flavors
at the hands of craftsmen perched
at folding chairs & tables

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fill in the blank

lantern inside tent
projects silhouette romance
to passers-by who
stop long enough to fill in
their own cast of characters

(124 characters incl. spaces)