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Julie Valin has been writing poetry since the first Loverboy album came out. She had a normal childhood, but continued writing anyway. Her poems have appeared in Watershed, Red Fez, Heavy Bear, Primal Urge, Chiron Review, and more. She is the co-founder and publisher of the acclaimed after hours poetry press, Six Ft. Swells. By day she is a copy editor, book designer, and poetry teacher in the schools. By night she is a cold-beer- loving gypsy and avid appreciator of the show "Rescue Me"--after her daughter goes to sleep. Her new book of poems, "The Distance Between" is available on Amazon. She lives in Nevada City, CA with her husband and 4-year-old daughter.

After reading the many submissions that arrived from coast to coast, the semi-sober judges of Six Ft. Swells Press, have unanimously chosen the winner of the 2014 Who Left Who Poetry contest! The last poem submitted minutes to the midnight deadline, stood out; alone like Achilles on the battlefield, a true poetry champion that caused us to raise our glasses high and remember that poetry can kic...

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The Financial Lives of the Poets by Jess Walter
"I just fell in love with Jess Walter's "Beautiful Ruins", and I was really happy to see that he's been able to do his magic with this book too. The striking element in Walter's writing (in these 2 books at least) is his sense of humor, and that's..." Read more of this review »
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“What Do Women Want?"

I want a red dress.
I want it flimsy and cheap,
I want it too tight, I want to wear it
until someone tears it off me.
I want it sleeveless and backless,
this dress, so no one has to guess
what's underneath. I want to walk down
the street past Thrifty's and the hardware store
with all those keys glittering in the window,
past Mr. and Mrs. Wong selling day-old
donuts in their café, past the Guerra brothers
slinging pigs from the truck and onto the dolly,
hoisting the slick snouts over their shoulders.
I want to walk like I'm the only
woman on earth and I can have my pick.
I want that red dress bad.
I want it to confirm
your worst fears about me,
to show you how little I care about you
or anything except what
I want. When I find it, I'll pull that garment
from its hanger like I'm choosing a body
to carry me into this world, through
the birth-cries and the love-cries too,
and I'll wear it like bones, like skin,
it'll be the goddamned
dress they bury me in.”
Kim Addonizio

Ernest Hemingway
“Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know.”
Ernest Hemingway

Charles Bukowski
“That's the problem with drinking, I thought, as I poured myself a drink. If something bad happens you drink in an attempt to forget; if something good happens you drink in order to celebrate; and if nothing happens you drink to make something happen.”
Charles Bukowski, Women

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