Welcome to the Town of Feeling

Happy, Sad, Mad and Glad,
Moved in down the street

Cautious watched them, from her window,
Wondering, which one should I meet?

Confused came in with overwhelmed and said,
"The Panics have come to town"

Then Hopeful called the carefulls,
And said that Happy was a clown.

Anxious came in with the news,
Confident had called a town meeting

To take a vote for Mayor,
And to Welcome the new neighbors to Feeling.

Feeling was a busy town,
Always on the go

Happy was voted as Feeling's Mayor,
While Confident decided to go.

Happy took the Mayors Job and took it seriously.

Thinking the town,
Would be so much better off,

If everyone were Happy.

Now Happy asked for their suggestions,
Saying yes to everyone.

Soon, Happy was out and Chaos was in,
Chaos was on the run.

Gathering the folks from Feeling,
Chaos ran from house to house,

While Bored and Lonely ran into town,
And were quiet as a mouse.

While Chaos was running with Crazy,
Happy called Confident and Calm,

They knew that Lazy was out of the question,
For it was nearly dawn.

When the two groups came together,
They wondered "Who will it ever be?"

Who would watch over the town of Feeling,
and keep it rodent free?

Happy, Sad, Mad and Glad,
Were chosen on the spot

Then balanced and joyful came to town,
They were the best house on the lot.

The people that lived in Feeling,
Well, they came and then they went

The time they had with neighbors and friends,
Was definitely time well spent.

When you find yourself in Feeling,
Remember to take it slow,

Making friends in this wonderful place,
Is the only way to go.

Mary Pat uses the recovery process to get to know her feelings in a personal way. You can too. http://www.reflectingrace.com

In The News:


New York Times

Galway Kinnell, Plain-Spoken Poet, Is Dead at 87
New York Times
Mr. Kinnell was a poet whose works could encompass celebrations of East Village street life and meditations on mortality. His “Selected Poems” won a Pulitzer Prize in 1983; he shared a National Book Award the same year. Credit Bob Adelman/Corbis.
Former state poet Galway Kinnell diesBurlingtonFreePress.com
Book News: Remembering Poet Galway Kinnell, Whose Song Said EverythingNPR (blog)
Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Galway Kinnell dies in VermontPress Herald
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The Guardian

Poetry Brothel puts the bawd in bard
The Guardian
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Poetry's ambassador
Elkin Jonesville Tribune
After engaging with contemporary poetry, Griffin said he decided he wanted to try writing some poetry of his own. He said the process was harder than he first imagined, but still something he thoroughly enjoys. He keeps a notebook with him all the time ...


Publishing Poetry in Translation: A Conversation With Lawrence Schimel
Huffington Post
Lawrence Schimel is the editor and publisher of A Midsummer Night's Press, an influential publisher of poetry. Founded by Schimel in New Haven, CT in 1991, A Midsummer Night's Press first published broadsides of poems by Nancy Willard, Joe Haldeman, ...

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Opelousas Daily World

Poet shares the joy of the spoken word with students
Opelousas Daily World
She has also written collections of poetry, including one she hopes to complete in December. Johnson visited the high school to teach Brenda Rodgers' Creative Writing Club students about spoken word with an emphasis on reading poetry from the page and ...
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Poetry calls out from the screen at Silent River Film Fest
Los Angeles Times
Playhouses may be built for theater and clubs for music, but live poetry, by and large, borrows venues created for other means: coffeehouses, art galleries, college lecture halls. So when Worthington, one of three readers at the Silent River Film ...


Stars from heyday of DC's poetry slam scene gather for spoken word reunion
Washington Post
Silvana Straw marched onto the stage with a megaphone, calling out gentrifiers. Jeffrey McDaniel recalled the advantage of being white during a tense encounter with a D.C. police officer. Joel Dias-Porter (a.k.a. DJ Renegade) told of teaching in a ...


Cal Poly professor Kann to read his poetry at Cambria's Wise Owl
The San Luis Obispo Tribune
Stacey Warde and Dell Franklin, publishers of the alternative press journal the Rogue Voice, will also appear. Author and musician Mary Anne Anderson will present her poetry, as well, with open reading to follow (original work only). The Wise Owl is at ...


Star Local Media

Poetry Society of Texas to host awards banquet Nov. 8
Star Local Media
The theme for the banquet is “Autumn's Poetry Palette.” This event will mark the culmination of the 2014 annual poetry contests that ended Aug. 15. The first-, second- and third-place winners in each of the 100 contest categories will be announced at ...


NPR

75 Years Of 'Colossal Poets' And Live Literature At NYC's 92nd Street Y
NPR
Seventy-five years ago on Sunday, writer William Carlos Williams helped inaugurate what would become this country's most famous literary reading series, at New York's 92nd Street Y Poetry Center. The center is celebrating this diamond jubilee with a ...

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