Poetry Pub

Here at the Poetry Pub you will find examples of the poetry of Jeff Reeve. Some of the poems will include illustrations, either photos or art works. In some cases the illustration inspired the poem, and in some the poem inspired the illustration. Creativity has many outlets and inlets.           

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i still have your shirt

The paintings by Barbara Monicelli were inspired by the poem "i still have your shirt".   

      by Barbara Monacelli
     translated - The Absence


      by Barbara Monacelli
     translated - The Wait


  •  i still have your shirt 


     the cream colored silky one

     that i spilt wine on

     the night i fixed you dinner


     i hung it in my closet


     i was standing beside as you gazed out

     i must have been twisted much too close

     when you suddenly laughed and turned


     i see it every morning


     i was enchanted by the scent of your hair

     so at first i didn’t notice my half full glass

     tap the pliant edge of your breast


     i feel its softness every night


     funny how life gears down to slow

     motioning the end of a once upon a time myth

     with the sight of your chest painted in chianti red


     as i rub my cheek upon it


     a ghastly gasp escaped your lips

     as the glass tumbled to the floor

     shattering the evening’s romantic tenor


     wishing for a change of heart


     you departed wearing a blue shirt of mine

     so i could blot and wash before a stain should set

     without a word my shirt returned postage paid


     i still have your shirt  


      Jeff Reeve  

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Jeff Reeve

Lawrence Ferlinghetti

Charles Bukowski

Lawrence Ferlinghetti


Come enjoy an evening of poetry downtown, at the Joplin Avenue Coffee Company on the third Monday of each month. Located at 506 S. Joplin Ave., Joplin, Missouri.  Starting at 6:00pm with an invited, published poet reading some of their poetry. Then at about 7:00pm there is an open microphone for anyone with a desire to share a poem or more. Sign up for one of the ten, five minute slots. No meetings in January and July.


I am Jeff Reeve, a professional writer, poet, and photographer. I reside in Joplin, Missouri.