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:


Bellingham Herald

Illinois Poet Laureate talks poetry's place in society, plans Oak Park visit
River Forest Leaves
Illinois Poet Laureate Kevin Stein will help Oak Park celebrate National Poetry Month during a public event at the Hemingway Birthplace this April. Stein speaks at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 26 at 339 N. Oak Park Ave.; a donation of $10 is suggested and ...
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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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.


Hamilton bookstore to host 'Poetry Bash'
Ravalli Republic
Farrenkopf is also the community outreach coordinator for Sapphire Lutheran Homes, which is why he's teaming up with Mara Luther and Shawn Wathen, co-owners of Chapter One Book Store in Hamilton, to throw a “Poetry Bash,” an open-mic event for ...


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 ...


Defining poetry
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
In the Post-Gazette's April 10 issue, letter writer Ellen Garbuny's comment about haiku (“Haiku 'How To' ”) is correct. Haiku is defined as a non-rhyming poem of three lines with syllable counts five-seven-five, respectively. Just because a poem has ...


Toronto Star

Rhyme 'em, cowboy
The Economist (blog)
APRIL is National Poetry Month in the United States. Alongside all the readings, festivals and workshops, one much-loved offshoot is Cowboy Poetry Week, now in its 30th year, which takes place from the 20th to the 26th. (Lots of events are listed here.).
City of Poets: Four Poetry Titles from L.A. to San FranciscoKCET
Free poems? Poetry class writes rhymes on the spotGW Hatchet (subscription) (blog)
Poetry has the power to agitate, says Toronto's poet laureateToronto Star
Shelby Star -Paste Magazine -Baltimore Sun
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Minneapolis Star Tribune

Finding poetry in Georgia's Caucasus Mountains
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Russian poet and novelist Mikhail Lermontov (1814-41) had been in the Georgian Caucasus before me. These mountains are the setting of his signature work, the 1840 novel “A Hero of Our Time.” Lermontov was a short, bowlegged man, prematurely balding ...


'Hartford Loves Poetry' Finale Set For Saturday
Hartford Courant
HARTFORD — The city-organized festival "Hartford Loves Poetry" culminates Saturday with an afternoon grand finale at the downtown Hartford Public Library, where a cultural range of speakers will read poems in more than 20 languages. The event follows ...

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Nina Cassian, Exiled Romanian Poet, Dies at 89
New York Times
Nina Cassian, an exiled Romanian poet who sought refuge in the United States after her poems satirizing the regime of President Nicolae Ceausescu fell into the hands of his secret police, died on Monday at her home in Manhattan. She was 89.

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Spectator.co.uk (blog)

Poetry in motion — and bridges and graves
Spectator.co.uk (blog)
The most recent challenge, to incorporate a list of poets' surnames — motion, bridges, wilde, gray, cope, hood, burns and browning — into a poem or piece of prose, presented ample opportunity for showing off. My invitation to cram in extra names of ...

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Live For Today...

Isn't that what they say?But what does that mean?There's no... Read More

Contract of Death [Now: in SPANISH and English]

Contract of DeathI heard today, the preacher say: "Daniel has... Read More

Ode To Quetzalcoatal [Now in Spanish and English]

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

Two Poems Written During Recovery

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

Rhymes of an Ordnance Man [Vietnam War: 1971]

Rhymes of an Ordnance Man [Vietnam War: 1971]An eleven part... 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

Two Poems and an Analysis [?Witness,? & ?An Old Love?]

Two Poems and an Analysis ['Witness,' & 'An Old Love']WitnessMy... 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

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

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

Why I enjoy Writing?

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

In The Midst Of All

In the midst of darkness, there is light. In... Read More

The Merchant of Copan [In English and Spanish]

English VersionThe Merchant of Copan [480 AD]Advance: The ballgame at... 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

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

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

Listen as I Share: WE

You speak simple, completley understandable justifications I respect them, respect... Read More

Walt Whitman, Romance With a Stranger

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

The Dead God of Copan (in English and Spanish)

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

Infected Ideologies [a Poetic Portrait]

the disease of extremism is infectious-; whoever cannot think of... Read More

A Dose of Laughter

I'm not well. Can't you tell? Kinda low, so,... Read More

Three Poems: The Monkey Man of Lima, Plus Two More

What Hides behind the Minute?What hides behind the minute? It... 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

Lifes Too Short

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

Stone Beds [A Poem and an Advance]

Stone Beds [Pompeii's surge]Advance: after the great eruption of Pompeii's... Read More