Welcome to the Town of Feeling

Happy, Sad, Mad and Glad, Moved in down the streetCautious 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... Read More

A Case of The Fears

Chicken Soup is good for a coldSleep is good for the FluWhen I get a case of the FearsWhat is a person to do?It is not bacteriaAlthough it can eat away my soulIt is not a virusYet, it can keep me from feeling wholeI know what will do the trick,What... Read More

I Hate The Wait (Weight)

I get up in the morningAnd want to stay in bedOh, so nice and warmLike fresh from the oven bread.My day is oh so busyI wish that I could stayIn the quiet of my houseIf only I could play.Relax and play like Children doNo matter where they areNever worried about... Read More

Why I enjoy Writing?

During interviews and general conversations with the public,one of the most difficult questions for me to answer(timely and thoroughly) is,"Why do you enjoy writing"?So due to the challenge manifested in such a question,I pondered on creating an answer. Many reasons came to mind,but after digesting much"time for thought",I managed to... Read More

Growing

Growing hurts sometimes; saying goodbye to friends, to things you've known and done to things you wanted to do. Growing heals sometimes the shattered dreams and hopes of a life you once knew leading you to a new knowledge... Read More

Kens Poem

How wonderfully sweet to be a dweller dwelling on the road of goodbye. Bittersweet tears fall as I think of all the places I'll never see, all the faces I'll never know, all the joys I'll never share, as I head for the... Read More

Find the Magic

FIND the MAGICFind the Magic As you release old bondage Come out of hiding And see the starsFind the Magic As you expose the pain Let the tears flow And find beauty in your bodyFind the Magic As you scream from the beating Run from the threats And feel the... Read More

Ocean Heal Me

Ocean Heal MeOcean heal my wounds Let your waves curl and foam on my body Wash away blood, heal scarsOcean renew me with your power As unceasingly you roll Giving strength that's been drainedOcean keep me warm Wrap me in your brine Caress me with your tidesOcean disperse my tears... Read More

Bleed

now is not the time to open open that great door again not the time to be more tolerant not the time to play to winnow is not the time for justice evolution mercy choices not the time to pet the puppies yipping with pathetic voicesnow is not the time... Read More

Joined

JOINEDHeart beat of man pounding - yet unheard joined becomes the beat of a nation.Words of man written - yet unread joined becomes a proclamation.Sounds of man spoken - yet unheard joined becomes a production .Lines of man drawn - yet unrecognized joined becomes an illustration.Beings of man humming... Read More

In The News:


Edward Hirsch on the 'soul-making activity' of poetry
Washington Post (blog)
The celebrated poet and teacher Edward Hirsch spoke publicly for the first time Wednesday night about “Gabriel,” his upcoming book about the death of his 22-year-old son. His comments came toward the end of “The Life of a Poet,” a presentation at the ...

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CBA: Power of Poetry
WAVY-TV
PORTSMOUTH, VA. (WAVY) – April is National Poetry Month and a good time to reflect on the power of poetry. At Chesapeake Bay Academy, upper school students are encouraged to express their feelings and emotions through poetry. Synnika Lofton, Upper ...


Poetry Pairing | 'The Salutation'
New York Times (blog)
Visit the Poetry Pairings page to find out more about our collaboration with the Poetry Foundation, and to read ideas for using any week's pairing for teaching and learning. Poetry Pairings, Poetry Pairings. Comments are moderated. FAQ ». Submit ...


Al-Arabiya

'Become Iraqi to become a poet': Arbil poetry festival builds bridges
Al-Arabiya
In his poem “Nothing but Iraq” the great Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish wrote: “For poetry is always being born in Iraq, so become Iraqi to become a poet, my friend.” With the first poets considered to stem from the region as far back as the ancient ...


Education Week News

What's Wrong With Poetry Books for Children: A Teacher's Lament
Education Week News
Take a perennial favorite, Shel Silverstein's Where the Sidewalk Ends. Because poetry lends itself to being read aloud, most teachers of young children (myself included) keep a copy of this beloved book on a shelf by the daily schedule, cover faced out ...
Why Poetry MattersHuffington Post
The Great Poets' Brawl of '68The New York Review of Books (blog)
Off the Shelf: Take time for poetrySequim Gazette
San Francisco Examiner -Downtown Devil -Moose Jaw Times-Herald
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Nashville Scene

Celebrate Poetry Month Tonight With Poetry Bomb and Poet's Corner
Nashville Scene
Technically, this event is titled “Poetry, Printmaking and Popsicles,” but we thought “Poetry Bomb” would better get your attention. Now that we have it, we should say it's actually the culmination of an event that's been going on all month — National ...


San Angelo LIVE!

ASU Professor Wins Poetry Award
San Angelo LIVE!
Dr. Chris Ellery, a professor of English in Angelo State University's Department of English and Modern Languages, has won first prize in the second annual Alexander and Dora Raynes Poetry Competition administered by Jewish Currents magazine.


ACWC marks end of poetry month with jam, displays
The Daily News Online (blog)
PERRY – The Arts Council for Wyoming County, 31 South Main St., will celebrate the end of National Poetry Month this weekend with a poetry jam and exhibitions. A poetry open mic night begins at 7 p.m. Friday in the ACWC's Main Gallery. Writers and ...


Insert Bad Poetry Here
Harvard Crimson
When I was in seventh grade, I filled up pages and pages of notebook paper with teen angst—how misunderstood I was, the color of my crush's eyes (green, for the record), and how I dreamed of being somewhere other than middle school. I still have them ...


A Special Readers' Review: A Celebration Of Poetry
The Diane Rehm Show
author of six books of poems and four books of prose, including the recent "A Poet's Glossary." He has received the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Prix de Rome, and a MacArthur Fellowship, and is president of the John Simon Guggenheim ...
'A Poet's Glossary,' by Edward HirschWashington Post

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Whats A Prisoner to Do?

What's a prisoner to do when justice fails and... Read More

Three Poems: Dona Leonors Revenge; The Old Moon; Common Sides [All in Spanish/all in English]

1) Doa Leonor's Revenge [1627 AD]Rafael Ortiz's fate Was... Read More

The Crusader: A Search for the Virtue Inside (an excerpt of an Epic Poem)

On through the darkness she searches the bones Seeking the... Read More

New Poetic Work By Ethiopian Immigrant Promotes Respect, Courage And Cultural Sensitivity

McLean, VA - "The Healing Conscious" tells the story of... Read More

I Saw the Universe

I can see the cerulean blue of the skiesOr the... Read More

Lucky...

You make me smile like I've seldom done before You... Read More

Robert Burns Love Poem: A Red, Red Rose

Robert Burns, a poor man, an educated man, and a... Read More

The Lull of Twilight [Over Mantaro Valley] In English and Spanish

Twilight, was now beginning. As forthe sun, it was down-down... Read More

Lima, City with the Stretched out Wings [In English and Spanish]

Lima, City with the Stretched out WingsIt's an ink-black... Read More

Song of the Great Zimbabwe, and Silver and Inca Blood [Poems and notes]

"Song of the Great Zimbabwe"Across the African, winter's skyIn the... Read More

Tale of the Brick Maker, of San Jeronimo, Peru [In English and Spanish]

Tale of the Brick Maker, Of San Jernimo, Peru... Read More

Learn About Love From Poet Rumi

Learn about love by reading poetry by a long dead... Read More

Poetry ?Reborn? Emerges In Thriller Mystery Novel

Since Mohamed Ali?then Cassius Clay?announced that he had written "The... Read More

Biography of Charlotte Bronte

Charlotte Bronte (1816 ?1855) Novelist and Poet.Charlotte was the daughter... Read More

Growing

Growing hurts sometimes; saying goodbye to friends, ... Read More

Review Of Stephen B. Wileys First Book Of Poetry: HERO ISLAND

Poet Stephen B. Wiley's first book of poetry, Hero Island,... Read More

Ballade of an Inca King

Ah! Leave the gold, wealth and landSays the Inca King?;... Read More

Shadows of the Andes; Ollantayambo; and Cesar Vallejo [Poems in English and Spanish]

1) Shadows of the Andes [or: Song to the Andes]I... Read More

Hindu Poet - Kamalakanta

Kamalakanta was born in Burdwan India in the late 18th... Read More

Three Poems: Liberty, Death, and a Frog [with Commentary on Liberty]

Frog SummerSummer grows hot, for the New-blooded frogs; The bugs... Read More

Storm Rising along the Lima Coast

Storm Rising along the Lima Coast [Summer of 2002]?wind was... Read More

Mechanical Poetry

Do you ever stare at the paper, waiting for poetic... Read More

Thank You To Our Soldiers And A Tribute To Old Glory And A Prayer For Peace

Thank youDedicated to soldiers and their loved onesFor those who... Read More

The Game of Life

When your life becomes unbearable And the light of... Read More

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... Read More