Poetry




John D. Porter



Many of these poems were inspired by an actual event, or by
the memory of an experience. Some were triggered
by something seen, or by something heard,
or by a taste or a scent or a touch.

Please note that the poetry on this page may not be suitable for children.


For Greg
(2009/08)

Lenny Breau, Live--Ottawa (Le Hibou)
(2008/08)

Accumulation
(2008/04)

Stone
(2007/05)

Slow Dance At Dawn In The Church Of Funk: Burning Man 2002
(2003/04)

Chantelle
(2002/11)

Poems About Hands
With These Hands: Caladan4.
Mojave Desert, California. Summer Solstice. Full Moon. 3 a.m

(2002/10)
With These Hands: Burning Man.
Black Rock Desert, Nevada. Late Summer. Mid-Afternoon.

(2002/10)
With These Hands: A Man Goes Down.
Moscow Road, London W2. Autumnal Equinox. Noon.

(2002/11)

Mea Maxima
(2002/01)

Starfall, Live
(2001/11)

Vacuuming
(2001/10)

You're OK and I'm Glad
(2001/09)

Picnic Snaps
(2000/03)

Now I Lay Me
(2000/01)
    Featured in Poetry News (June 2000)

ProActive
(1999/12)

Endothermic
(1999/12)

Mango
(1999/06)

Morning. Berkeley. Cusp.
(1999/05)

Alba
(1999/03)

Cripple
(1998/12)

Carol's Hands. Carol's Face.
(1998/10, rev. 1998/11)
    Featured in Poetry News (June 2000)

Troia, Live
(1998/10)

Garbage, Live
(1998/09)

Tori Amos, Live
(1998/09)
    Featured in Poetry News (June 2000)

Makiko Esumi, Sitting By A Window
(1998/09)

Fracture Poems
240 Edgware (Radius, Ulna, compound)
(1998/09)
Cenotaph (Tibia, Medial Maleosis, compound)
(1998/09)
Compound Right-Hander (Scapula, Acromion)
(1998/08)
Headlong (Fibula, Lateral Maleosis, greenstick)
(1998/11)

Shonen Knife, Live
(1998/08)

Free Range Eggs
(1998/08)

A Poem About A Little Mermaid
(1998/08)

Kyoto Poems
Nanzen-ji: Konchi-in
(1998/07)
Backstreet, Gion
(1998/07)
    Featured in Poetry News (June 2000)
Geisha, Midnight, Gion
(1998/07)

Summer -- Reruns, Sequels
(1998/07)

The Opium Eater And The Maiden Fair
(1998/06)
    This poem was inspired by a poem, "waste," written by Robin Sommo, posted in rec.arts.poems.

Alida Valli, Walking
(1998/06)

What My Father Killed, I Made Meat
(1998/06)

New Math
(1998/06)

Watch
(1998/05)

Contact
(1998/05)

Altar Boy
(1998/05)

Sip
(1998/05)

Enfants au Paradis
(1998/04)

Summer of '65
(1998/04)

Undercover S.K.A., Live
(1998/03)

I Have A 12-Year-Old Girl In My Crosshairs
(1998/03)

My Lai
(1998/03/16)

Geometry
(1998/03)
    This poem was inspired by a line written by }Angel{, posted in rec.arts.poems.

Magnolia, Grey As Ashes
(1998/03)

Levee
(1998/02)

Valentine For Sylvia
(1998/02/11)
    Published in Doug Clark's Lynx: Poetry From Bath

Devonian Tarmac Apres La Deluge
(1998/02)

I'm Bummed, But Maybe I Should Feel Fortunate And Flattered
(1998/01)

Laudanum
(1998/01)

Kitchen
(1997/12)

All I Remember From A Previous Life
(1997/12)

Insomnia
(1997/12)

Mail Call
(1997/12)

Maybe Tawana Brawley Lived A Couple Of Thousand Years Ago
(1997/12)

Marginalia
(1997/11)

Evening Commute
(1997/11)

Late Afternoon, November
(1997/11)

Tanya Donelly, Live
(1997/11)

The Lords of Acid, Live
(1997/11)

Wormcast
(1997/10)

The Art Of Perfect Diving
(1997/10)
The Science Of Perfect Diving
(1997/10)

Nobel Induction
(1997/10)

Head Shot
(1997/10)

Magnolia Leaves, Sudden Breeze, October Moon
(1997/10)

Dittohead
(1997/10)

Fred
(1997/09)

I Met This Stripper In Dallas
(1997/09)
    Published in Agnieszka's Dowry Vol. 7 in the Fridge Magnets

Reflections
(1997/09)
    This poem is a variation on a poem written by my friend, Jim Standish,
    "Reflections on a Shiny Ten-Speed."
    Jim's poem is also reprinted here, by permission.

I Was Drinking With The Engineers On Friday Night
(1997/09)

Hollow Birds
(1997/08)
    Also posted in Jennifer Ley's hypertext poetry and graphics mazepages:
    The Astrophysicist's Tango Partner Speaks

I Met This Model
(1997/08)
I Met This Model (2)
(1997/08)
I Met This Model (3)
(1997/08)

Aerogel (2)
(rev. 1997/08)

Repeat Infection
(1997/08)

Sneaking Benyllin
(1997/08)

Link Wray, Live
(1997/07)

Attraction
(1997/06)

Pseudo-ku Poems
Cafe, Berkeley 1
Cafe, Berkeley 2
Cafe, Berkeley 3
Lilith Fair, San Francisco
Top Fuel Trials, Sears Point
Dick Dale, Live
Berkeley Nocturne
Under Campanile, Winter
(1997/06,07,08,11)

Original Sin
(1997/06)

Commencement
(1997/05)

Integration By Parts (I Love You)
(1997/05)

Kittens And Puppies
(1997/05)

Sleeping, Breathing, Dreaming, Drowning
(1997/05)
    Published in The Bard's On-Line Anthology (October 1997, now defunct)

Moving Day, Generic (Ver. 1964.1)
(1997/05)

Near
(1997/04)

Sting
(1997/04)

Helium
(1997/04)

Slow Dog
(1997/02)

Born Before My Mother
(1996/12)

Frames Of Reference
(1996/12)
    Published in E-zine Makar, Winter 1997 (Vol 3)

Tallman
(1996/10,97/02)

Aerogel
(1996/09)

Vanilla
(1996/08)

Mouche
(1996/07)

Kissed By A Honey Bee
(1996/07)

Slotted
(1972/04)
    A surviving piece of juvenilia.

The Castle
(1970/03)
    My oldest surviving piece of juvenilia, recently unearthed by a family member.



All original works on this page are copyrighted
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John D Porter, all rights reserved.

This page is always under construction and is updated from time to time.
Comments are welcomed.

Changes last made on: 2009.08.13


JDP



In Spring '97, I spent an enjoyable afternoon with some r.a.p. poets,
listening to and reading poetry. David Huang took some pictures.
I'm the guy with the red hair, black shirt and blue jeans in the middle of
this one, getting ready to read Helium.

Jim Standish started the "Legends Cafe" poetry readings
in Palo Alto and David was there, with camera. Alas, this series came to
an abrupt end but, happily, has found a new home in Palo Alto as "Dolce Poesia."
David Huang gave me this picture. I was reading Sting.

The '99 SF Bay Area Poetry Picnic, held in early May and organized by Dancing Bear,
was a heady mix of poetry, food & wine (thanks, Zoe), wind and sunshine.
Again, David H was there, with camera.
In this one, I am reading I Met This Stripper In Dallas.



Many years ago, I coordinated an informal Usenet/Internet research project
into the "Parker Hulme" murder case, the subject of Peter Jackson's acclaimed
and Award-winning film "Heavenly Creatures."

What does this have to do with poetry? Plenty, as it happens.
Why not pop over to Adam Abrams' page and find out the fascinating details?



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John D Porter

Scientist, film buff, occasional scribbler.

Residence: Oakland CA USA





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