My poetry

partially autobiographical, sometimes biographical, hopefully creatively crafted

Monday, December 19, 2011

Red Bras and Bad Girls

This poem was published in The Blue Jew New Yorker, August on 2010, Issue #8, Ahavas Golus.

Red Bras and Bad Girls

The day I furtively wore a red bra
the world did not come to an end.
Civilization did not fall and momma did not have a
heart attack
although, she did accuse me of colluding with terrorists
and other bad girls.

The day I furtively wore a red bra
the nasty, bible-toting misogynist
with his broken-down house and battered wife
did not pretend to ignore me
instead he gawked perversely.
As he stared, he bellowed and muttered,
“You are going to hell, harlot,”
and “Damned, damned to hell, the little slut”
as drool oozed from his lips.

The day I furtively wore a red bra
the nosy, old bats that lived next door
with their prune faces and freeze-dried, atrophied vaginas
did not totter over in shock. However, they did stare and slowly whisper
drawled, excited obscenities
that smacked more of envy and forgotten orgasms
and less truly of astonishment.

Monday, September 06, 2010

9 Days

1. We have changed the email address for the journal; you can now reach us at

2. There are 9 days left to submit for the September's contest. The website is

3. The prize is 1st place prize is $25 but we hope to add money for the 2nd and 3rd place prizes in October. Currently, the 2nd place prize is submission to the next month's contest, at no cost.

Good luck to everyone who has entered for September!

Saturday, August 28, 2010

September Contest

New contest submissions being accepted for September; please come check us out:

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

August 2010 The Human Subversive Winners

The Subversive Human, is proud to announce the winner of the August 2010 Poetry Contest. First place winner is Patricia Gomes for "Have You Heard" and the second place winner is William Carr for "Undertow".
Both poems can be seen at the website, for the next 30 days:
The Editors, The Subversive Human
Venetia Sjogren Ghozlan
Sharon Osagie
Omar Sjogren

Friday, August 20, 2010


The "Subversive Human" website is LIVE. Right Now. Today. Yup yup yup. Me and Sassy duone it.

Hello Friends & Family,

Today, Sharon, my brother Omar and I, launched a new poetry ezine, "The Subversive Human" located at
We will post the link on the old, "Subversive Human, an Online Journal" and our other blogs, indefinitely.

Please check it out! If you are a poet, consider entering our poetry contests.
A big thanks to everyone who have supported us.


Editors of The Subversive Human, An Online Journal
Venetia Sjogren Ghozlan
Sharon Osagie
Omar Sjogren*

Thursday, August 12, 2010

A Couple of Updates

1. The submission deadline for The Subversive Journal's August contest draws close. Sharon and I have our, BUT we would welcome some more submissions. Remember, there is some prize money involved. Visit us at

2. I am back at work but waiting for my disability claim to be adjudicated.

3. The Bionic Bong is publishing three of my haikus, the ones in my series, "Haikus for a Post Human". I don't post my poetry on Multiply because of their TOS yada yada.

4. The Blue Jew New Yorker is publishing my poem, "Red Bras and Bad Girls".

5. My Poem "Island Bays" has been short-listed for the Frederick van Eeden contest at Holland Press. Final judging is in September. Woo Hoo

Thursday, August 05, 2010


I didn't do much writing or even reading today. Since I was discharged from the hospital, I spend an inordinate amount of time sleeping....I took a look around blogland today and noticed that blogland is looking a bit abandoned? Where are all my internet friends. I wandered through Yahoo, over to MSN and Blogger...I miss 360 where you you "network" and blog, all at the same time. I beloong to Facebook, that that's strictly social networking, not blogging. ..and while I lobe Bloggers and Wordpress, I miss the social networking aspect of 360....sigh.

I return to work Monday, until my federal employee disability is either approved or denied. I hooe returning to working does not screw it up...

The working out..slowly but actually is a lot of fun. I found opensource software that will allow people to upload directly at the site. My brother is doing tome research on getting us a domain (whatever the hell that means) and seeing what the web design cost would be. I hope to have our own site up and running by January of 201 1. I also want to do a chapbook contest and found some real decent prices completely outside of Lulu or other self-publishing places. If we do a chapbook contest, that will have to be considered in the summer of 2011. It's too complicate a process to set-up.Sharon has been a big help and has a lot of ideas. Bert, is my fave chicken (pulls feather out of hair) and we have an annual contest in his honor. Tammy has a shoulder for me to cry on... Joycie is a DOLL BABY. *giggles*


Please submit a poem or two to my new online journal, The Subversive Human :

*waves nite nite*

Sunday, August 01, 2010

Poetry Contest

New online journal is accepting submissions for monthly poetry contests. Themes vary month-to-month. Prize is $25 USD. Deadline is by the 15th of each month. Notification of winner is the 25th, of each month. Submit no more than (5) poems.

Visit The Subversive Human, an Online Journal at for specific submission guidelines.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

All Work and no Play...

1, For those who are unaware, I was in the hospital for 9 days. I am out but am on a 24 continuous IV Infusion.

2. I have been working on The Subversive Human, an Online Journal launch, for the last 3 weeks. Sharon, my brother and I have been reading submissions and reviewing stats. Most of our submissions are from the USA and Canada, although we are starting to get page hits from India, England, Australia and New Zealand.

3. To all the Multiply/FaceBook/Yahoo poets - you really should check the journal out and submit. The prize is $25 USD:

4. Today, I will be working on my own poetry. A couple pieces of good news. The Blue Jew New Yorker is considering my piece, "Red Bras and Bad Girls", which is actually a Secluded Paradise write. I am working on a re-write, with assistance from one of their editors.

5. I have been short-listed for the Frederik van Eeden Poetry competition award; this is an international contest and the decision will be made the latter part ,of September. I had submitted my poem, "Island Bays" which was a Sacred Songplace write. The prize is a 100 pounds. How much moola is that???? LOL

6. I will be writing and submitting all day...I have to force myself NOT to look at the journal site but I am proud of it. Sharon has been a HUGE help and she is actually not just one of the judges but an editor. One of my brothers, is a judge and we may add another editor later...Tammy has offered to be an editor, but T, c' got a lot on your plate! Still, if you keep offering, I am gonna snap you up....

Tuesday, July 27, 2010


OMG, some of the poems that we have been receiving for the August contest are freaking AMAZING