The Power of Eating Disorders
I want to get close
I am afraid.
Afraid of what you might see.
Everything that makes me who I am.
The truth of my own reality.
The reality that I am scared.
Scared of not being perfect.
Scared of looking stupid.
Scared of being in the way.
Scared of getting comfortable.
Getting comfortable means stability,
Stability means forever.
I dread forever.
So, I am ready,
to move on,
to continue my journey,
To continue my life....
I AM READY!
Mary Pat uses her gift of poetry in hopes to help others find their own special gifts. http://www.reflectingrace.com
Celebrate National Poetry Month With the New Yorker Poetry Bot The New Yorker
Just in time for National Poetry Month, the New Yorker Poetry Bot is back! Launched in 2017, to celebrate the magazine's ninety-second anniversary, the bot ...
U.P.’s first state poetry champ preps for nationals The Detroit News
Michigan student Tajah-Rayne Davise advances in national poetry competition.
Poetry spot: 'Turn on Other Lights' by Kelly Nelson AZCentral
Poetry spot is part of a collaboration with local poets to bring poetry closer to the center of our everyday lives.
Throwing Weight Into Sound: Kaveh Akbar on Poetry and Power The New Yorker
Kevin Young interviews the poet Kaveh Akbar about politics, poetry, and his poem “The Palace,” which appears on newyorker.com.
April brings spring, Paris and poetry. But no hugs The Gazette
Somewhere along the line well-meaning members of American society decided that hugging one another when greeting or saying goodbye was an appropriate ...
"Poetry on the Porch" will host two poets to discuss poetry in the South The Daily Tar Heel
The Love House, the headquarters for the Center for the Study of the American South, which is hosting the Poetry on the Porch event with Southern Culture ...
8 More of the Best Poetry Podcasts for Your Ears Book Riot
For your listening pleasure, we've rounded up some of the best poetry podcasts out there, from classics to five-minute poems.
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Wirt County woman to present poetry book at Parkersburg library Parkersburg News
PARKERSBURG — Debbie Richard of Elizabeth will be talking about her new illustrated collection of poetry, “PIVOT,” at 2 p.m. April 27 at the Parkersburg a.
8 excellent Latino poetry books for National Poetry Month NBCNews.com
April is National Poetry Month, and we look at the diversity and breadth of the Latino experience through books and anthologies by acclaimed poets like Richard ...
'Don't Be Late for Poetry' Afro American
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17 of the Best Poetry Books, As Recommended by Acclaimed Poets Oprah Mag
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Poetry That Bears Witness to a Changing Natural World The New Yorker
Dan Chiasson on David Baker, a poet of American anti-pastoral who renders both the landscape and the forces that imperil it.
Fourth Poet in Salina Poetry Series to Read Tuesday KSAL
According to the library, Plunkett is a poet, coder and dog enthusiast. She was named a Best New Poet of 2018 and was the winner of the 2017 Missouri ...
Thirty days of poetry; rinse and repeat The Sudbury Star
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A Night Of Exploring Caribbean Narratives Through Food And Poetry WJCT NEWS
Miami is the backyard of the Caribbean and it's National Poetry Month, so naturally there's a convening that will blend South Florida's Caribbean roots over food ...
Instagram Poetry: You Might As Well Accept It Daily Utah Chronicle
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Robots and poetry come alive at Black Imagination conference The Architect's Newspaper
The Architect's Newspaper is the most authoritative voice on architecture and design in the United States.
Maria Carillo sophomore wins top prize in statewide poetry contest Santa Rosa Press Democrat
Zoya Ahmed, a sophomore at Maria Carrillo High, was awarded the top prize for a poem blending sound and spice.
Rain poetry to be introduced at Arts Festival Stillwater News Press
The Stillwater Public Library will be promoting poetry while bringing a new arts concept new to Stillwater during this weekend's Arts Festival.
High standard of performances at Feis Verse and Poetry Impartial Reporter
There was a great show of talent from local young at the 'Verse Speaking' and 'Own Poetry' Sections of this year's Fermanagh Feis.
Stanley Plumly, Lyrical Poet Influenced by Keats, Dies at 79 The New York Times
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Matwaala seeks to highlight the immigrant experience in verse The Hindu
U.S.-based Matwaala, a South Asian diaspora poetry collective, which celebrates the poem and the community rather than only the poet.
Project CommUNITY: 'Poetry and Chill' after school workshops KOCO Oklahoma City
Maggie Carlo talks to the founder of "Poetry and Chill," Gregory II, as well as Douglass High School 8th grade student, Zinari Reginald Waldrup, about the ...
How to Write Poetry About Conflict The Atlantic
In the late '70s, Carolyn Forché traveled to El Salvador on the eve of its civil war, knowing little about the country. Crucially, she understood how little she knew.
Mazin Mamoory tours France with his rebellious poetry The Arab Weekly
Mazin Mamoory is one of the poets of the Iraqi group Cultural Militia, which represents a band apart in the Iraqi poetry scene.
Lydia Sigourney was a famous poet -- but was she a good poet? Hartford Courant
In Hartford's Asylum Hill neighborhood, west of downtown, sits a small park with an entrance marked by a banner-like sign that fairly shouts, “Sigourney Square ...
As a doctor in the ICU, I sometimes feel helpless. Poetry provides solace STAT
The first time I was in an intensive care unit as a medical student, I wondered if I should pray. The patient was unconscious. A tube secured in his mouth ...
Review: Kelly Fordon's new poetry is an unsentimental look at marriage and motherhood - Michigan Radio
Review: Kelly Fordon's new poetry is an unsentimental look at marriage and motherhood Michigan Radio
In her new collection of poems, Goodbye Toothless House, Michigan writer Kelly Fordon takes aim at the idealized facade of marriage and motherhood. Ann.
Linda Gregg, award-winning poet of lines like ‘chiseled marble,’ dies at 76 Washington Post
Linda Gregg, an award-winning poet whose muse followed her in her wanderings from the wilds of California to the rugged hills of Greece, from the Texas desert ...
A Poetic Body of Work Grapples With the Physical Body at Risk The New York Times
In “The Tradition,” Jericho Brown witnesses and celebrates vulnerability and resilience in a country that too often scorns or condemns them.
Lady Brion: Power Through Poetry Afro American
Brion Gill, known on poetry stages internationally as “Lady Brion” wields her gift like a cudgel, or waves it like silk depending on the occasion. Yet, she ...
Shaping the world through poetry Sentinel & Enterprise
In celebration of National Poetry Month, the Leominster Public Library is hosting a poetry reading event featuring U-Meleni Mhlaba-Adebo, author of "Soul ...
The life and death of Chinese poetry’s mystical martyr SupChina
Obscure during his lifetime, Zha Haisheng has — since killing himself in 1989 — become one of the most popular and influential poets of contemporary China, ...
Interview: Judith Viorst, Author Of 'Nearing 90' NPR
Judith Viorst's new collection of poetry is called Nearing 90, though she's quick to note she's only "a girl of 88." She's still writing, looking forward to grandchildren ...
A young poet shaped by religious language The Christian Century
Nate Marshall is a poet and rapper whose work about growing up on the South Side of Chicago, Wild Hundreds, was awarded the Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry ...
A Conversation With U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy Smith NPR
To kick off National Poetry Month, NPR's Korva Coleman talks with the nation's two-term poet laureate about the importance of poetry during divisive times.
The Universal Notebook: The art of poetry The Forecaster
“When you are a famous poet in America,” John Ashbery once observed, “you are not famous.” Unlike most everything else in America, including many other art ...
Poetry spot: 'His Gun Shooting, a Vigilante' by Sylvia Chan AZCentral
Poetry spot is part of a collaboration with local poets to bring poetry closer to the center of our everyday lives.
Poetry at work strategy+business Today
The brilliant poet Wallace Stevens spent his career in the insurance industry. To what extent did these two aspects of his life nourish one another?
Linda Gregg, award-winning poet who explored love and loss, dies at 76 Los Angeles Times
Linda Gregg, an award-winning poet whose muse followed her in her wanderings from the wilds of Northern California to the rugged hills of Greece, from the ...
Hanif Abdurraqib and Morgan Parker Chat Poetry and Blackness in America VICE
By now, you should know about Morgan Parker—she's a tour de force in the world of poetry, author of the collections Other People's Comfort Keeps Me Up at ...
#NaPoWriMo: 10 poets from India who are embracing (and excelling at) National Poetry Writing Month - Scroll.in
#NaPoWriMo: 10 poets from India who are embracing (and excelling at) National Poetry Writing Month Scroll.in
This April, like every year since 2003, is bringing us some fantastic daily poetry. Here are 10 poets worth following.
Metaphors, Medicine, And The Poetry Of Science Science Friday
April is National Poetry Month, a time of readings, outreach programs, and enthusiastic celebration of the craft. And for a special Science Friday celebration, we'll ...
San Jose students give new meaning to ‘trashy poetry’ The Mercury News
Inspirational verses written by the 20 student winners of the "Litter-ature" competition are being installed on 500 trash cans in the city.
Poetry Night at COS April 25 - News Siskiyou Daily News
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Five Cambridge poets will see their work imprinted on the sidewalk this fall The Boston Globe
The poems tackle topics including climate change, spring, and an encounter with a nightingale.
Ann Cannon: Poetry recommendations for the kids in your life Salt Lake Tribune
Dear Readers • Here's the deal. Little kids like poetry. No, really. They do! Especially if it has a good beat and you can dance to it. It's only after we send them off ...
A Young Poet, a Mysterious Stranger and an El Salvador on the Brink of War The New York Times
Carolyn Forché's “What You Have Heard Is True” recalls her 1970s journey in the company of a revolutionary who wants her to bear witness to his country's ...
5 New Books on Poetry Pulitzer Winner Forrest Gander’s Reading List Vulture
Poet Forrest Gander, who earned the 2019 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry, on five books on his reading list: C.D. Wright's Casting Deep Shade, Arthur Sze's Sight Lines, ...
Reviews: Four collections of poetry: Lee Ann Roripaugh, Ilya Kaminsky, Ed Bok Lee and Freya Manfred - Minneapolis Star Tribune
Reviews: Four collections of poetry: Lee Ann Roripaugh, Ilya Kaminsky, Ed Bok Lee and Freya Manfred Minneapolis Star Tribune
POETRY: Collections take on an "annihilatrix" tsunami, trauma and aging with power and insight.
How poetry can help kids get to college Detroit Free Press
Poetry has tangible benefits for kids who read and write it, the executive director of Detroit nonprofit InsideOut Literary Arts writes.
Five Poetry Collections you should read for National Poetry Month Student Life
s many college students know, April is the penultimate month of the academic semester. But a more importantly and less commonly known fact is that April is.
In age of fast Twitter fame, these poets work in slow obscurity. They're on to something. - NorthJersey.com
In age of fast Twitter fame, these poets work in slow obscurity. They're on to something. NorthJersey.com
In Rutherford, in a building named for William Carlos Williams, group members meet in obscurity to argue and perfect their work.
“A golden age of poetry and power of which this noonday’s the beginning hour…” - Ukiah Daily Journal
“A golden age of poetry and power of which this noonday’s the beginning hour…” Ukiah Daily Journal
Abraham Lincoln died at 7:22 am. yesterday, 154 years ago. America doesn't write much public poetry these days. Plenty of poetry, of course, but not much ...
Avant-garde literary festival hits Dublin The Irish Times
A generation of Canadian, Irish and indigenous writers is to perform in UCD and NLI.
Kate Clanchy: ‘Poetry makes children feel important, that they’re heard’ The Guardian
The writer and schoolteacher on poetry's power to inspire the young.
Let us make poetry a 'Feast of April' in our classrooms: Ramnath Subramanian El Paso Times
In El Paso, February fools nature into thinking that spring has arrived, so that by the time April rolls around, the birds, the flowers, and the butterflies are in the full ...
Renowned Poet Joins Georgia Tech Poetry Department Atlanta Jewish Times
Ilya Kaminsky is an internationally praised poet, winner of numerous honors and awards and, most recently, was named Georgia Tech's Bourne Poetry Chair.
Valley Verses: Conway resident to release first poetry collection, “Kairos” The Recorder
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Running on Coffee: And the Pulitzer for poetry goes to... Reading Eagle
Earlier this week the Pulitzer Prizes for the arts and journalism were announced, which included the prize for poetry, awarded to Forrest Gander for.
Movin' on with Nellie: Descriptive riddles and Poetry: a lesson Valley Courier
So, Wikipedia lists April as National Poetry Month. I've written poetry all my life and when I fell in love, I wrote volumes, too. When I teach, I often introduce ...
In turbulent times, Richard Blanco creates 'bridges of empathy' in new poetry book NBCNews.com
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Deaf poet Raymond Antrobus wins Ted Hughes award BBC News
London poet Raymond Antrobus, who was thought to be dyslexic with severe learning disabilities until his deafness was discovered at the age of six, has won ...
‘Terrarium’: A debut poetry collection that is therapeutic, nuanced and bursting with wisdom - Scroll.in
‘Terrarium’: A debut poetry collection that is therapeutic, nuanced and bursting with wisdom Scroll.in
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Poetry round-up: McCarthy delights with second collection in two years The Irish Times
Plus new poetry from Julia Copus.
In David Baker’s nature poetry, devastation lurks always in the background The Washington Post
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Local poet remembers Donald Hall, Jane Kenyon at event Concord Monitor
In honor of National Poetry Month, poet Wesley McNair will offer a recollection of his literary friendship with Donald Hall and Jane Kenyon, which began in the ...
The best recent poetry – review roundup The Guardian
Witch by Rebecca Tamás; Near Future by Suzannah Evans; O Positive by Joe Dunthorne; Discipline by Jane Yeh. Ben Wilkinson. Sat 6 Apr 2019 06.00 EDT.
Stanley Plumly, Md. poet laureate who wrote of nature and memory, dies at 79 Washington Post
Stanley Plumly, a poet and University of Maryland professor who served as the state's poet laureate for nine years and also published well-regarded nonfiction ...
Jammin' for poetry: Students perform prose Eagle-Tribune
NORTH ANDOVER — With April vacation only two or three hours away, 50 or so students and a few adults produced the annual North Andover High School ...
Poetry book of the month: Insomnia by John Kinsella - review The Guardian
The relationship between art and our beleaguered ecosystem fires the Australian poet's new collection.
A Poet and Essayist Meditates on the Deep Roots Binding Humans and Trees The New York Times
C.D. Wright's posthumous book “Casting Deep Shade” offers a guided walk through beech forests and her own wide-ranging mind.
North Carolina Poetry Society announces annual contest winners Richmond County Daily Journal
RALEIGH – The North Carolina Poetry Society (NCPS) has announced the names of its 2019 adult poetry contest winners. Winning poets will receive cash ...
Photos: Renée Adams leads Del Ray poetry walk Alexandria Times
Renée Adams, the creator and curator of a Del Ray poetry fence, led a poetry walk down Mount Vernon Avenue on April 6. During the walk, Adams took ...
An excavation of voices from Tuam’s Mother and Baby Home in poetic form The Irish Times
The physicality of the language on the page felt vital to me, as bodily autonomy was what these women and children were denied.
Petaluma poet Forrest Gander wins Pulitzer Prize San Francisco Chronicle
Petaluma poet Forrest Gander can now call himself a Pulitzer Prize winner. Gander, who earned his master's in creative writing at San Francisco State University ...
5 YA Poetry Audiobooks Read By the Author Book Riot
Poetry is meant to be read aloud! To celebrate National Poetry Month, enjoy these five YA poetry audiobooks, all read by their authors!
Poetry at McLeod returns on Sun. April 28 with activist poet Glenis Redmond Charleston City Paper
The latest installment in the Poetry at McLeod series will feature “Imagination Activist” poet Glenis Redmond. The reception and reading will be held at McLeod ...
The Poetry Café: Feeding mind, body and soul for 11 years | The NC Triad's altweekly - Triad City Beat
The Poetry Café: Feeding mind, body and soul for 11 years | The NC Triad's altweekly Triad City Beat
There is a brick-walled haven on Triad Stage's third and final floor, the Upstage Cabaret, where the Poetry Café lives and breathes on the second Friday and ...
Author Brad Buchanan is recovering from trauma through poetry and prose Stockton Record
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On poetry, tradition, risk-taking, and colonial barbarians Al Jazeera English
A conversation between Indian poet Manash Firaq Bhattacharjee and Palestinian poet Najwan Darwish.
In his nature poetry, earthly devastation lurks always in the background The Daily Herald
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MFA Instructor Kwame Dawes Wins Prestigious Windham-Campbell Prize for Poetry Pacific University
MFA Faculty Member Kwame Dawes was honored for his poetry by the judges of the prestigious Windham-Campbell Prizes. The award was announced in ...
Portland's Café Review marks 30 years of curating poetry from around the world Press Herald
The Café Review began humbly, as 16 mimeographed sheets of paper stapled together. The poets who gathered regularly at Woodfords Café in Portland ...
Poet Hanif Abdurraqib Discusses His Writing Process NPR
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Fourth graders dig into pop music and poetry at CU Boulder CU Boulder Today
As they learn how writers revise their work and use literary devices, the students gear up for a school assembly led by an Australian rap star.
Poetry celebrated at Carnegie event The Turlock Journal
In honor of National Poetry Month, the Carnegie Arts Center presents “Poetry Overturned: Ladies of the Knight.”
The Poetry Of An X-Ray Science Friday
Rafael Campo, a doctor and a poet, turns his experiences in the operating room into poetry.
Petaluma poet Forrest Gander, awarded Pulitzer for reflections on loss, embraces brighter new chapter - Santa Rosa Press Democrat
Petaluma poet Forrest Gander, awarded Pulitzer for reflections on loss, embraces brighter new chapter Santa Rosa Press Democrat
Forrest Gander was pleasantly surprised. Standing in the backyard of his Petaluma home, high on a hillside on the west side of town, the 63-year-old poet, ...
Linda Gregg, Poet of Taut, Vivid Verse, Is Dead at 76 The New York Times
Linda Gregg, who explored beauty, loss, struggle and desire in award-winning poetry that was spare but intense and deeply evocative, died on March 20 in ...
Poetry aplenty at national competition Winnipeg Free Press
Poetry will be in the air this week when Winnipeg hosts the semifinals and finals of Poetry in Voice... - Books - Winnipeg Free Press.
Acclaimed poets to headline Nottingham Poetry Festival West Bridgford Wire
Nottingham Poetry Festival is back for the fourth time and is bigger – and better – than ever, with the 2019 line-up featuring a dazzling array of talent.
These students found rhythm, art and joy through poetry Miami Herald
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TUSCALOOSA 200 MOMENT IN HISTORY: First Poet Laureate Tuscaloosa News
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Three Poets Who Find Meaning, and Material, in Lived Experience The New York Times
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Petaluma poet sur-prized by Pulitzer KGO-TV
PETALUMA, Calif. (KGO) -- A Bay Area poet named a Pulitzer Prize recipient this week was recognized for a book of poems that many would consider "dark.
Listen: Seamus Heaney celebrated - The Poetry Programme RTE.ie
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The Poet Family Who Were Icons of Spanish Nationalism The New York Times
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Chrome extension replaces Google’s canned replies with poetry The Verge
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Two Poems: Black Poncho, and Spirits of de Copan [in English and Spanish]
English Version12) Black Poncho(of Saint Cosme Hill, by Lima, Peru)Lost in the grottos of Peru- By the hills of Huancayo Black Poncho was given A treasure of gold?; By none other than, Demonic goblins!?in the form of scorching fruit; Hence, Black Poncho fooled The goblins of oldBy using his poncho to pull The sizzling golden fruit Through the Andes to Lima, Peru!?Henceforward, he was swindled By a jeweler of dire repute. Thus, his life changed (as so often they do); And now he lives with: Thirty-five dogs, on San Cosme Hill.
Three Poems [Lima; Judges and Evils Creation]
1.Evil's CreationThou knowith evil clings To tender peace-; Nor does it heed one's drowsy Un-enthralled grief?But softly it darkens Twilight's dunes-; With sprinkling shadows Straight from the moon.
Ceasar Vallejo: Black Roses [In English and Spanish]
Cesar Vallejo: Black RosesBow down your head ol' poet- To face God's grace ahead There are no more trenchesTo dig today? In the forest of your head,So-: Bow down, bow down,Ol' barbaric poet! Death rides the horse ahead I hear the crackling of a whip See the crazed eyes of death.He summons you to his den- The devil and his wind,So-: Bow down, bow down Your blood stained brows He will take you to the edge.
Elizabeth Barrett Browning: A Discussion of How Do I Love Thee?
"How Do I Love Thee?" by Elizabeth Barrett Browning was written in 1845 while she was being courted by the English poet, Robert Browning. The poem is also titled Sonnet XLIII from Sonnets From the Portuguese.
Three Poems: The Monkey Man of Lima, Plus Two More
What Hides behind the Minute?What hides behind the minute? It seems, no one really knows; How many times will we wakeup, To count the minutes gone?The rose was dead when I arrived; The sword, was rusty and dull; The window curtain was open, And there was music in the hall.Oh lovely minute, where art thou? One, is not like the other-: Whirling in an earthly orbit, As the boundless world discovers.
Antidotes for an Alibi
Amy King's first full-length collection, Antidotes for an Alibi, insists that we examine the deceptive clarity of our actions and the goals that motivate us. How does one actually get from "A" to "B"-and is there ever really a "B"? What color is the white space between "A" and "B"? Upon closer inspection, surface realities reveal themselves to be porous and fragile, layered with textures and grains that lead the eye on varying pathways.
The Lull of Twilight [Over Mantaro Valley] In English and Spanish
Twilight, was now beginning. As forthe sun, it was down-down over the Mantaro Valley of Peru.
Ambiguity and Abstraction in Bob Dylan's Lyrics
To many people contemporary poetry is a turn-off. The reason for this is that the majority of these poems are boring.
You cannot make someone love you. All you can do is be someone who can be loved.
Whats A Prisoner to Do?
What's a prisoner to do when justice fails and the innocent is escorted off to jail?What's a prisoner to do once stigmatized, caged and abandoned and ostracized?What's a prisoner to do there's no one to trust; the system fails and the outcome unjust?What's a prisoner to do when family decide the punishment is warranted and justified?What's a prisoner to do while confined in a cell; the perpetrator's free and faring quite well?What's a prisoner to do once his reputation is dead and his life has been ruined because of what someone said?What's a prisoner to do when he's not believed, though he's telling the truth, he's thought to deceive?What's a prisoner to do as he sits all alone, no one seems to care; former friends all gone?What's a prisoner to do sitting lost and idle and most of one's thoughts become suicidal?What's a prisoner to do when freedom's taken away and the will to live diminishes each day?What's a prisoner to do when hedged in by strife; with no escape possible; no chance for a new life?What's a prisoner to do when he can no longer see the beauty of the sky or the waves of the sea?What's a prisoner to do when the sun he can't feel, nor the breeze of spring because his fate is sealed?What's a prisoner to do when doomed to despair but still praying to escape the electric chair?Tell me, what's a prisoner to do?Rev. Saundra L.
Passion and Poetry, and Life
Ironically, the passion that can neutralize the repulsion for difficulties depends on the effort to overcome these difficulties. The irony resides in the circularity of this principle - which applies to all areas of activity, including poetry: One must make the effort to overcome difficulties to achieve success and feel capable, and one needs this achievement and feeling to have a passion for making this effort.
The Art of Receiving Poetic Critique
You can show your poem to your mom, your spouse, your co-workers, or your friends, but you might not get the responses that you can suck up into your little writing fingers to use in an effort to refine your craft. What does it really mean when someone who cares about you, but not for poetry says, "Wow, this is great.
Never Ever More
Once upon a midnight dreary, coffee cold and vision bleary, all night sat there writing COBOL, coding spread across the bed sheets, changing syntax for the mainframe, having checked my final line, I took the floppy from the drive.Typing with a steady hand, I then invoked the SAVE command, but there below my effectuation, appeared the cryptic communication, "Abort, Retry, Ignore" and nothing more.
Two Poems: Boyhood, and Old Age [with a note on style]
BoyhoodOh me! Thy glorious days have flown! I mealy noticed, now they're gone, How quickly passed the flowers! Time does not stop youth's bells; It was like I was in a spell, And my face now shows the hours!Ah yes! My youthful past days, Still lively in my golden age, When all was quick and new Now wrapped in pictures and books, And friends and family were all I knew And love was shown by friendly looks!#741 6/26/05Old AgeThey stop by to see me now To find what's old and new, They peer into my-everything, And criticize my views; They tell me what I should like, And that I should be grieved-These are my fragile friends That takes the strongest liberties?I mean to take the buzzer off; And put the phone outside the door; In vain I speak to tell them why -I shan't live here anymore!#742 6/26/05A note on Style: some people ask, "What style of poetry to you like the best?" I can never answer that question; it is open-ended to me. If I feel like breaking free from tradition as in the poem of: "Old Age," so be it; and if I feel traditional verse, a stricter formal pattern should be used, as in "Boyhood," and can contribute richly to the poem, so it is.
The Butcher of Lima and Footprints to Mantaro Valley (Two Poems)
Footprints to Mantaro Valley (Peru; in English and Spanish)In what retreat art hid?-Where falling mountains groan In shadow and amongThe rapids of the Rio? Is not your name Mantaro Valley?Beyond the footprints of the Andes--?I can hear your voice in echoesI can hear thy voice, divinely low. I do but know thy by a glanceAs the clouds above me know? .
How to Write Bad Poetry
"All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling."--Oscar WildePeople write poetry for a plethora of reasons, but this article has a sharpened arrowhead aimed directly at the fingertips of amateur poets who wish to be published yet refuse to learn the attributes of a well-crafted poem.
Beautiful Dreamer, Stephen Foster, Americas First Folk Song Writer
"Beautiful Dreamer" was written by Stephen Foster just before his death in 1864 at age 37. The song became one of his most famous and most popular.
The Plane from Iquitos [1959-Part One]
Iquitos & the Amazon Part OneIt was December 2, l959, I was sitting on a small prop-plane leaving Iquitos, Peru for a trip down the Amazon toward the opening, the mouth of the mighty Amazon,--to Manaus. As we flew low one could see the waters of the Amazon, the city always impressed me, but more from this birds-eye view, you could see the mighty river in its squid like form, with all it tentacles [contributories: waters linking to the river].
Africa - Wheres The Profit?
A poetic comment that just welled up inside my head - why cant we just do something - before many more are dead?How pious those politicians are, When up there on T.V.
House of the Goblin [Part Two of Three/with notes]
House of the Goblin [Part Two of Three]Here is where, where the air is stillAnd the mountains shadows disappear! Here is where, unnumbered spirits dwellWhere harp and memory expire?Where the rainbow-leaps, from itsStoreroom-keep, and cries; And the sands along the oceans coastEcho then die?as in sleep?;And where enchantment turns into ghouls!..
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