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:


NPR

How One Poet's 'Genius Grant' Became A Gift To Future Generations
NPR
Chase helped Clampitt find a small, clapboard house that became the 72-year-old poet's first major purchase. The next year, Clampitt was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Chase reads from notes of conversations between Clampitt and her husband, Harold ...

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Poetry longlist for the National Book Award
Washington Post (blog)
“Gabriel” (Knopf), Edward Hirsch's devastating elegy for his son, who died at the age of 22, is among the books on the longlist for this year's National Book Award in Poetry. One of the most celebrated poets in the country, Hirsch wrote the popular ...
Poetry Longlist Announced for National Book AwardsABC News
National Book Award 2014 Longlist for Poetry Released, But It Missed These ...Bustle
Free Samples of the NBA's Poetry Longlistmediabistro.com

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National Book Foundation Names Poetry Finalists
New York Times (blog)
The National Book Foundation on Tuesday released its longlist of poetry nominees for the 2014 National Book Awards. Five finalists will be announced on Oct. 15, and the winners will be recognized at an awards gala on Nov. 19 that will be hosted by ...


FanSided

Blake Griffin Showcases His Dramatic Side with 'Slam Poetry' Commercials
Bleacher Report
... his long line of priceless television spots. In a commercial titled “Slam Poetry,” Griffin waxes poetic on some of the game's deeper subjects, including the transformative properties of tear-away pants and the knowing gaze of the promotional ...
Clippers' Blake Griffin drops some slam poetry in new ad campaignCBSSports.com
Blake Griffin shares his gift of spoken word poetrySportingNews.com
Watch Blake Griffin read slam poetry in new commercialsFOXSports.com
thescore.com -FanSided
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Line by Line, E-Books Turn Poet-Friendly
New York Times
When John Ashbery, the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, first learned that the digital editions of his poetry looked nothing like the print version, he was stunned. There were no line breaks, and the stanzas had been jammed together into a block of text ...

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Fox News

UM Arabic poetry translator wins 'genius' grant
Detroit Free Press
U-M Professor Khaled Mattawa said he will use the grant to expand his Arabic poetry translations. Khaled Mattawa will receive a $625,000, no-strings-attached stipend paid over the next five years. Members of this year's MacArthur class join 897 other ...
Pittsburgh poet Terrance Hayes named MacArthur FellowPittsburgh Post-Gazette
UM professor of Arabic literature wins MacArthur 'genius' grantThe Ann Arbor News
Professor, lawyer with Pittsburgh ties earn MacArthur 'genius grants'Tribune-Review
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Poetry conference at WCU cancelled after director reassigned
The Delaware County Daily Times
“The West Chester conference is by far the best conference, of any kind, that I have ever attended, and its cancellation would leave an irreplaceable gap in the world of formalist poetry,” commented Susan McLean, a member of the forum. “I think that ...

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Stephen King, ?Falling,? and My Father?s Poetry
Daily Beast
But what he did write with enormous passion and inspiration is poetry. And high school teachers today certainly could do worse than to teach “Falling.” The language, as you say, is rich. And as you know it's more than that. To read that poem is to ...

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Birmingham Mail

Nominate your favourite poem for Poetry Please radio show
Birmingham Mail
Roger McGough will introduces two special editions of Poetry Please at the festival. The first will feature much loved poems inspired by the Midlands in all its modest splendour. The poets; Liz Berry, Jacqui Rowe, Bohdan Piesecki and Stephen Morrison ...


Carnegie Library opens poetry series
Pittsburgh Post Gazette
Two of Pittsburgh's acclaimed literary artists, Toi Derricotte and Vanessa German, will launch a new series of poetry readings at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh on Saturday. They will read from their works in the Andrew W. Mellon International ...

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Colorful Talk

"I heard what you said, Red. Yet, I have to... Read More

Ode, to the Mighty Midget Omac [In English and Spanish]

Part One Midget HistoryI am thirty-six inches tall, that is... Read More

The Butcher of Lima and Footprints to Mantaro Valley (Two Poems)

Footprints to Mantaro Valley (Peru; in English and Spanish)In what... Read More

The Time Has Come and Buzzing

Most of my poems are written late at night, often,... Read More

Become A Poet In Ten Minutes

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

Opposites Do Attract Quite Well

When I am climbing up, you are stepping down. When... Read More

The Exit Poems [Iron and Fire & No Heroes]

The Exit Poems [And Socrates]Iron and FireIron can be... Read More

Rocks

Take some time to stop and look at nature. Pick... Read More

Africa

AFRICA (to africans in diaspora)africa here i come, africa africa... 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

Walt Whitman, Romance With a Stranger

The concept of brief encounters, even romantic encounters, with a... Read More

A Ship to Remember

Hammers. Timbers. Iron. Steel.They're laying down a mighty keel.As ant-like... 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

Birthday Messages

I WANTED TO SAY IT WITH A BUNCH OF FLOWERS... Read More

Asha of Darfur [A poem with a commentary by the author]

Asha of DarfurCry, cry-oh little Darfur woman For your sister... Read More

Passion and Poetry, and Life

Ironically, the passion that can neutralize the repulsion for difficulties... Read More

Write Your Way to Fame

Have you ever thought about how nice it would be... Read More

Find the Magic

FIND the MAGICFind the Magic As you release old bondage... Read More

Ode To Quetzalcoatal [Now in Spanish and English]

Ode to QuetzalcatlQuetzalcatl the GreatNo one knew his true name,... Read More

Anne Bradstreet, To My Dear and Loving Husband, A Discussion

"To My Dear and Loving Husband" was written by America's... Read More

How to Write Bad Poetry

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

The Power of Eating Disorders

I want to get closeI am afraid.Afraid of what... Read More

Three Poems (While in Transition/English and Spanish)

Here are three more poems by the author, Dennis Siluk,... Read More

Two Poems Written During Recovery

Since my wife and I are moving, or preparing to... Read More

Daybreak at Pikes Creek [a Poem]

Daybreak at Pikes Creek [Summer of 2005]Daybreak by Lake Superior... Read More