The poetry of Steven Harz / “Falling”

Falling    Today my promise to you is to overcome my fear of heights tomorrow so that I can begin to climb and float and soar eyes open and looking down so that I can practice repeatedly falling off of rooftops falling out of trees and falling from balloons until I have earned and learned…

Poetry / “Scorched earth love”

Scorched earth love   You preferred to make love slowly, as if you were afraid that any increased speed would cause friction that would spark the oxygen we hadn’t yet used, sending up the room around us.   I preferred the speed of passion and impurity, because with my dying-from-the-inside-out, scorched earth approach to love,…

“Cradle of the Earth” is featured at ‘The Voices Project’

My poem, “Cradle of the Earth,” was recently featured at The Voices Project – more about this initiative below. Please read the piece here! The Voices Project is a non-judgmental venue for women, and also men, to express their personal stories and observations through poetry to promote social change. We publish the work of women and…

10 second love story: “The sacrament of sorrow”

The sacrament of sorrow   After the box opened, allowing us to walk again among the most of the living and some of the dead, we lifted each other up so often and so high that he were forced to begin practicing to fall.   But while we were at such great heights, and searching…

10 Second love story: “Tie-Dyed tomorrow”

  Deep in a well called yesterday your love letters to me water damaged and smelling like the year before last are attached with twigs to the mossy stone wall attempting to dry while the fairy tale’s damp blue ink separates on the pages surrounding me with a tie-dyed tomorrow absent of us for now,…

10 second love story: “End table eternal smile photograph”

End table eternal smile photograph   I used a glove box Bic pen to draw a decades-old treasure map on the back of one of your turn-of-the-century love notes   Under an edge-of-town half-moon sky a chain link fence circles the footprint of a couples skate roller rink under what is now an empty construction…

10 second love story / “Favorites”

Favorites   If I were a town square public library I would make you the final page of my favorite book that I don’t want to read because I never want the story to end.   If I were a 20th century record store I would make you the grooves in the vinyl of my…

10 second love story: “Holy water shot glass”

Holy water shot glass    Intoxicating and excruciating, a baggy Bob Marley T-shirt hanging off your shoulder when we first met I felt, drunk on you, I should be forced to walk a sidewalk straight line and touch an extended finger to my nose.   On weekend barstools we alternated playing the game and arguing…

10 second love story: “Context”

Context   I might tell you how much I enjoy being with you, as if you couldn’t tell (I am that transparent) but it would be without true meaning.   I should let you know how each of your kisses paralyze me for a beautiful brief instant (which is why I have to pull away…

10 second love story / “Somehow”

Somehow   I spend a lot of time above a pen and before a keyboard, trying to let you know how I feel and what you mean to me, usually to no avail and causing greater confusion. I’d like to somehow write away the trail of devastation that you are now forced to walk in…

“Working on mysteries” – story from free book weekend!

My book of quick love stories, “Descending the Beanstalk,” is free on Amazon no through Monday at midnight. Contained in this collection is the piece titled, “Working on mysteries,” which takes you back to young love, and impending loss, and who’s title pays homage to the music of the time, in this case Bob Seger….

Free book weekend: “Descending the Beanstalk”

My book of short love stories, “Descending the Beanstalk,” is free on Amazon in ebook format now through Monday, September 18 at midnight. Synopsis: “In this collection Steven Harz draws from our past and hurls it towards the present, and in doing so connects a long-lost high school love to the recent loss of a…

10 second love story: “Drops of us”

Drops of us    Each night I undress shedding myself of clothing and consciousness and emotion then once I’m asleep my thoughts of you in joy and sorrow leak then pour into warm sheets and onto the cold floor so to keep them from seeping between the floorboards and gone forever I’ve covered my room…

August Newsletter: Poem of the Month and 99 cent book sale!

Greetings from Backroad Poetry,   Our Poem of the month is, “My suction cup arrow shot in the dark.” This piece is included in the book, ‘Country Songs and Backroad Love Notes,’ which is on sale in ebook format during the month of August 2017 (paperback is $8.95). Below is a link to the book…