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:


New York Daily News

Probation leads to poetry in the Bronx
New York Daily News
Free Verse 2, a collection of poetry, prose, and song written by probation Denis Slattery Free Verse 2, a collection of poetry, prose, and song written by probation clients, staff, and community members, is the second in a series of literary journals ...


Telegraph.co.uk

15 best poetry books of all time
Telegraph.co.uk
Remarkable for their succinctness and apparently throw-away insights, these poems delighted their Chinese readers in the 8th century and, in the hands of various interpreters in the 20th, such as Ezra Pound, brought new life to English poetry (as well ...


Poetry is dead. Long live poetry!
Al Jazeera America
It's national poetry month, callooh callay. It should be a joyous affair, what with the villanelles and the Emily Dickinson and the national recitation contest sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts. But like so many holidays, it brings forth ...


Japan's Competitive Poets Know How To Turn A Phrase
NPR
Each spring, Japan is consumed by a contest for style of poetry called Senryu. The poems are just three spare lines about the trials and tribulations of daily life. Copyright © 2014 NPR. For personal, noncommercial use only. See Terms of Use. For other ...


Northwest Asian Weekly

Pocket poetry carries the day
Boston Globe
Thursday is Poem in Your Pocket Day, one of the many programs associated with National Poetry Month, which was established in April 1996. The monthlong celebration was introduced to help renew a claim for poetry's place in American culture, where it ...
Tacoma native receives Walt Whitman Award for poetryNorthwest Asian Weekly

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Bringing Poetry And High Culture To Sao Paulo's Periphery
NPR
Poetry in an unlikely place: In a grim urban shanty town in the middle of Sao Paulo, budding poets from the poorest sections of Brazilian society get together weekly to compose and recite poetry. Copyright © 2014 NPR. For personal, noncommercial use only.


Bellingham Herald

Illinois Poet Laureate talks poetry's place in society, plans Oak Park visit
River Forest Leaves
Named the state's fourth poet laureate in 2003, Stein is the author of six full-length poetry collections, two poetry chapbooks, three scholarly books and two poetry anthologies, including “Wrestling Li Po for the Remote,” published in 2013. His work ...
O, Miami Founder: Florida Poet Laureate Should Be Advocate Of FunWFSU
Washington's poet laureate Elizabeth Austen at Bellingham library April 21Bellingham Herald

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5 Poetry Forms That Make Editors Sit Up And Take Notice
Huffington Post
April is National Poetry Month, a time when poets and would-be bards alike turn their attention to verses both free and formal. If you're going to write poetry, why not try giving your work a unique twist, something that editors of literary magazines ...


TakePart

Well Versed: Why Teaching Poetry Matters
TakePart
In classrooms across the country, Emily Southerton witnesses the magic of poetry and its ability to transform kids. As Teach for America's digital initiative specialist, Southerton is part of the organization's Poet Warriors Project, a nationwide ...


PenBayPilot.com

Belfast Poetry Festival hosts benefit screening of 'Louder than a Bomb'
PenBayPilot.com
BELFAST — “Louder Than a Bomb,” the pounding, searing, award-winning documentary following high school poetry slam teams in Chicago as they rehearse, hope, fight, perform, win and lose, will be screened for one night only on Monday, April 21 at the ...

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Birthday Messages

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

The Last King of Mars [A Poetic Mytho]

[As Told by the Last] King: it was in the... Read More

To My Friend, With Love

All is still; all quiet; The world seems to... Read More

Eight Poems

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

A Hundred and Fifty Dead [Korean War--l952]

There I sat, ninety-five degree weatherOutside; the bookstore caf, was... Read More

It Was Not Me

It was not me as I am now. It was... Read More

Opposites Do Attract Quite Well

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

Expressing an Emotion - The Art of Writing Poetry

Writing poetry is an art, a way of expression, finding... Read More

Exalted Poetry; Two poem [and commentary]

Bells for Belphegor!...Where immortal veils never meet Belphegor, Arch devil... Read More

Testimony to the Night [In English and Spanish]

In the quiet of the arctic night- In its deep... Read More

The Dead God of Copan (in English and Spanish)

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

Im Sorry Mom! A Mothers Day Poem

Mother's Day Poetry,I'm Sorry Mom!I'm sorry for the troubles ... Read More

Banana Republic

Like a cat I slumber, blissfully unencumbered, Through eighty per... Read More

My hero, my best friend, my Grannio (a.k.a my Grandmother)

She raised me like I was her own daughter from... Read More

A Case of The Fears

Chicken Soup is good for a coldSleep is good for... Read More

Lifes Too Short

Time goes by to quickly to hold your feelings inside... Read More

Farewell to Lester Graybill

I never met a man, who could shake my hand,... Read More

A Ship to Remember

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

The Treasure of Catalina Huanca (In English and Spanish)

Note: written after seeing the little adobe 16th century church... Read More

Rules for Writing Poetry

You've been writing poetry since that first assignment in your... Read More

Poetry and Popular Culture

Is poetry too complicated for the average reader? Is it... Read More

The Time Has Come and Buzzing

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

The Ballad of: Brawling Mad-dog Sergeant Rook [Now in: SPANISH and English]

English VersionA bunch of us guys in the hutIn ?Nam... Read More

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

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

Two Poems and a Short Story

1)dying in the bar [sluggishly]yet, I would crawl too upto... Read More