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:


Chron.com

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 ...
National Book Foundation Names Poetry FinalistsNew York Times (blog)
Book News: Rankine, Glück On National Book Awards Longlist For PoetryNPR (blog)
Poetry Longlist Announced for National Book AwardsABC News

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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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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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FanSided

Blake Griffin Showcases His Dramatic Side with 'Slam Poetry' Commercials
Bleacher Report
Dunking basketballs and delivering lines—these are Blake Griffin's gifts. He was born to do these things. No one in the NBA can lay down a drier line than the Los Angeles Clippers forward, who recently added three Vizio commercials to his long line of ...
Clippers' Blake Griffin drops some slam poetry in new ad campaignCBSSports.com
Blake Griffin shares his gift of spoken word poetrySportingNews.com
Blake Griffin doing slam poetry about tearaway pants? We got that. (VIDEO)NBCSports.com
FOXSports.com -thescore.com
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Review: 'Voices Beyond Bondage' expands the field of black poetry
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Focusing only on poems published in that era's black newspapers — the main literary outlet for black authors and poets of the time — "Voices" covers the gamut of African-American poetry from 1827 to 1899: odes to freedom and condemnation of slavery, ...
Review: 'Voices' draws attention to black poetsRed Bluff Daily News

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Writing Poetry to Save Your Life: An Interview with Maria Mazziotti Gillan
Huffington Post
Maria Mazziotti Gillan is a recipient of the 2014 George Garrett Award for Outstanding Community Service in Literature from AWP, the 2011 Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Award from Poets & Writers, and the 2008 American Book Award for her book, ...

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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 ...


Wisconsin Poetry Festival Oct. 10-11
Daily Union
The Friends of Lorine Niedecker will host the sixth Lorine Niedecker Wisconsin Poetry Festival on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 10-11, at the Dwight Foster Public Library in Fort Atkinson. The event, designed to celebrate Wisconsin poetry, is free and open ...


Art, poetry and Beethoven's Fifth launch Grand Rapids Symphony's season
The Grand Rapids Press - MLive.com
David Lockington leading Grand Rapids Symphony Grand Rapids Symphony's 85th season and final season under music director David Lockington opens Sept. 19-20, 2014 in DeVos Performance Hall. (Paul L. Newby II |The Grand Rapids Press)Jeffrey ...

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New York Times

Poetry in 'A Sucker Emcee' and Other Stage Productions
New York Times
The actor-playwright Craig Grant, known as muMs (with the D.J. Rich Medina in background), incorporates poetry into his one-man show “A Sucker Emcee,” which is coming to the Labyrinth Theater Company. Credit Fred R. Conrad/The New York Times.

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Wars, Air of Ambiguity [for: Lt. Laura Walker] in SPANISH and English

Wars, air of AmbiguityDedicated to 1st. Lt. Laura Walker (From... Read More

San Francisco [Almost a Sonnet]

(The city by the bay of Northern California, near which... Read More

The Time Has Come and Buzzing

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

The Spirits de Copan

Part oneI see them in the skies I hear them... Read More

Two Poems Written During Recovery

Since my wife and I are moving, or preparing to... 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 Dead God of Copan (in English and Spanish)

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

Elizabeth Barrett Browning: A Discussion of How Do I Love Thee?

"How Do I Love Thee?" by Elizabeth Barrett Browning was... Read More

Spell of the Andes: (in English and Spanish)

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

Famous Poets Quotations - Top 30 Poetry Quotations by Famous Poets

"For this reason poetry is something more philosophical and more... Read More

Five Poems

Poems have different cores, or so I believe, and can... Read More

Expressing an Emotion - The Art of Writing Poetry

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

Breathing-in, Minnesota [a poem: now in Spanish and English]

In early fall, in Minnesota, the rain falls, falls, In... Read More

Joined

JOINEDHeart beat of man pounding - yet unheard joined... Read More

Changes

I am not the one I was before yesterday.I cannot... Read More

Uamaks Aquatic [suspense: now in Spanish and English]

Delicately, my mind was selecting a muffled tune, out of... Read More

Blind Designs [a Poem] and a Note by Rosa on The Other Door

Blind DesignsBorn today, gone tomorrow Like a butterfly with no... Read More

Storm Rising along the Lima Coast

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

Four Poems: Harvest of Apoplectic Horses [Katrinas Pathway]

Four Poems: Katrina's PathwayHarvest of Apoplectic Horses ((Dedicated to: Katrina))... Read More

Preserving Dignity

No one should have to beg or crawl before humanity.... Read More

Poetry in a Nutshell

Poetry is more than just rhyming and prose that is... Read More

Become A Poet In Ten Minutes

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

To My Friend, With Love

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