Small Things

The cat food can’s spilled fishy glop along
The counter where dirty dishes are stacked
Beside the sink. I’d put it down the wrong
Side up and juice trickled out while they snacked
(They being the cats) on salmon with sauce
Served in clean bowls. The irony doesn’t
Escape me. Neither does the smell, a cross
Of old tuna, sea brine and redolent
Garbage. I ought to go and dump it in
The trash outside, but the weather’s bad and I'm
Tired. I will live with it, one pet food tin
Won’t kill me. Besides it’s not that much time
Until morning when the dishes and the cat
Mess can be dealt with thoroughly. Now, I
Will shut the kitchen door…and that is that.
Always ways around small things if we try. 

Primarily a formalist poet, Juleigh Howard-Hobson (born 1963 in England) has simultaneously written literary fiction, genre work, non-fiction essays and articles, purposely blunting the modern 'brandable' concept of artistic obligation to any single form or movement. Recognition for her poetry spans decades, from the 1980 ANZAC Day Award (under her maiden name Juleigh Howard-Hunt) to nominations for both Best of the Net and the Pushcart Prize. Individual poems have appeared in scores of venues, across the globe, including The Lyric, Candelabrum, Able Muse, The Flea, Flipside Magazine, Qarrtsiluni, Autonom, Mezzo Cammin, The Chimaera, Fourteen Magazine, New Witch, The Raintown Review, Hip Mama Magazine, Mobius, Hex Magazine, 14 by 14,  The Hyper Texts, The Barefoot Muse, Umbrella, Poemeleon, Soundzine, Caduceus: The Poets at Art Place Vol 8 (Yale University), 2008 Poets' Guide To New Hampshire (NH State Poetry Society), The Best of the Barefoot Muse (Barefoot Pub), Poem, Revised: 54 Poems, Revisions, Discussions (Marion Street Press), The Journal of Contemporary Heathen Thought (Heithin Publishing), Sweet Lemons 2: International Writings With A Sicilian Accent; Legas Sicilian Series Vol XIX (Legas) and many other places. Her first chapbook, Sommer and Other Poems (RavensHalla Arts Pub. March 2007), sold out its first edition and is to be reissued in the spring of 2012. Her second chapbook, The Cycle of Nine, is forthcoming with the same publisher. She is the Assistant Poetry Editor at Able Muse. An interview with her may be found here: