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:


The Diane Rehm Show

'A Poet's Glossary,' by Edward Hirsch
Washington Post
Edward Hirsch's “A Poet's Glossary” is an instant classic that belongs on the bookshelf of every serious poet and literature student. This exhaustive resource surveys the landscape of poetry — its forms, devices and schools — and traces the ...
A Special Readers' Review: A Celebration Of PoetryThe Diane Rehm Show

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The Eastsider LA

Last Call for Poetry in El Sereno
The Eastsider LA
EL SERENO — Readers at The Writer's Underground open mic recite poetry from memory, notebooks or off their phones. Each person attends the monthly reading at the Eastside Cafe for a different reason. Some are new to poetry and this is their first push ...


Jacksonville Daily News

Students recognized in Poetry Slam
Jacksonville Daily News
They read poetry collections and learned about poetry, the different elements and poetic techniques, before they began writing their own poetry and practiced performing their poetry. “Slamming” is in part about expression. The top 16 student poems were ...


MiamiHerald.com

O, Miami poetry festival brings Jose Marti to life
MiamiHerald.com
AL DIAZ / MIAMI HERALD STAFF. Lourdes Gutierrez, left, and Alida Cardo hold white roses given to them by Ivan Lopez, who dressed as Cuban poet Jose Marti to promote O, Miami poetry festival, on Tuesday, April 22, 2014. AL DIAZ / MIAMI HERALD STAFF.


Bloomberg

Riza Dreams of Poetry After Mom Risks Safety in Bangladesh
Bloomberg
Even at her age, Riza, a poetry-obsessed math whiz, understands that her mother's factory job was an essential, if eventually damaging, step in her family's quest for both security and prosperity. Standing in the front yard of her school, she imagines ...

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Poetry Month 2014: We Need Writers So We Can Continue to Exist
Huffington Post
We're past the halfway mark, but happy Poetry Month, anyway. It's still April after all. And while taxes (for most of us) are done, poetry is still going strong. And what a busy scene we have here in Detroit. All month, my poetry plate has 'runneth-ed ...

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New York Times (blog)

Claudia Rankine Wins $50000 Poetry Prize
New York Times (blog)
Claudia Rankine has been named the eighth winner of the $50,000 Jackson Poetry Prize. The award, run by the nonprofit organization Poets & Writers, is “given annually to an American poet of exceptional talent who deserves wider recognition.” In an ...
Claudia Rankine awarded Jackson Poetry PrizeThe Malay Mail Online
Jamaica-born poet Rankine wins $50000 Jackson Poetry Prize; judges praise ...Times Colonist

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Dodge Poetry Festival returns to Newark with Pulitzer Prize winners and slam ...
The Star-Ledger
The Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry festival returns to the New Jersey Performing Arts Center and Newark's Downtown Arts District for its fifteenth biennial this fall, bearing a roster of about 50 of the field's most celebrated writers and slam poets. Among ...


Salinas poet laureate unveils city's official poem today
Monterey County Herald
SALINAS >> James B. Golden is clearly grateful to be Salinas' first poet laureate, less for the title itself than for the chance to say thank you to the city that reared him. Golden is unveiling the city's official poem at 4 p.m. today at City Hall. In ...


CBC.ca

Writers' Trust introduces new $25K Canadian poetry prize
CBC.ca
The Latner Writers' Trust Poetry Prize, sponsored by the Latner Family Foundation and administered by the Writers' Trust, will recognize a mid-career Canadian poet's "exceptional body of work" and "hope of future contributions to Canadian poetry ...
Writers' Trust launches $25000 poetry prizeQuill & Quire (blog)
Latner Writers' Trust Poetry Prize to give $25000 to Canadian in mid-careerEdmonton Journal
New prize to award $25000 annually to Canadian poetsNational Post

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Footprints to Mantaro Valley (a poem in Spanish and English)

Footprints to Mantaro Valley (English version)In what retreat art hid?-Where... Read More

The Goat and the Rope [a Poem: in Spanish and English]

The Goat and the Ropewhere there were devils I saw... Read More

The Gaul of La Laguna de Paca

Part OneI tell you a legend of long ago Of... Read More

Five Mixed Poems, with Notes [now is Spanish and English]

1.Night in Jamaica [Peruvianism: 1810]It was a rainy night... 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

Article on Poetry and Two Poems

Writing Poetry for TomorrowWhat does a man need to be... Read More

Learn About Love From Poet Rumi

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

Arizona Blue--Gunfighter: The Wolves Nest [Chapter One of Seven: The North]

[Episode Five]Arizona Blue-GunfighterThe Wolves Nest-in the North[Episode Five]Northern Minnesota Area?Winter... Read More

Three Poems: Phantom of the Rocks; Lady from Lima & Bell Ringer of de Copan

Phantom of the Rocks[Huancayo, Peru]Night falls deepUpon the traveler!Low, over... Read More

Since Youve Been Gone...

My life has changedin so so many waysIt seems to... Read More

Writing Innovative Poetry

Writing innovative poetry, the kind of poetry that reputable literary... Read More

Savage Nature: The Life of Ted Hughes

One of the most important poets of the post-war period,... Read More

Two Poems: Boyhood, and Old Age [with a note on style]

BoyhoodOh me! Thy glorious days have flown! I mealy noticed,... Read More

Three Sweet Poems, and Two Not So Sweet [now in: SPANISH and English]

1) End PoemWherever you are today- Is where you were... Read More

Spell of the Andes: (in English and Spanish)

Note: written 4-15-05, while driving through the Andes of Peru,... Read More

How to Write Bad Poetry

"All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling."--Oscar WildePeople write poetry... Read More

Why I enjoy Writing?

During interviews and general conversations with the public,one of the... 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

Portrait Of The Artist As A Young Dog

Emlyn Williams Theatre, Mold, North Wales: 20th February 2003Clwyd Theatr... Read More

Man Unbowed [A poem]

Man UnbowedUnbowed by sin, the world of man, stands Upon... Read More

Eight Poems

Out of the eight poems provided here [all previously unpublished],... Read More

I Saw the Universe

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

The Dead God of Copan (in English and Spanish)

English VersionAnd the Death God said: "Let it rise to... Read More

Become A Poet In Ten Minutes

Have you ever sat there staring at the paper, ready... Read More

Storm Rising along the Lima Coast

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