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:


Martinsburg resident finds new niche in performance poetry
Myrtle Beach Sun News
A new addition to the Book Faire and Chocolate Fest activities, the performance poetry program will feature Hairston and about five other poets presenting their work during two 90-minute performances at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., April 25, on the square in ...

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NJ.com

Caldwell to celebrate National Poetry Month
NJ.com
CALDWELL — On April 22, Caldwell University will host "Saints, Sinners, Mothers & Lovers: Readings from Poetry & Memoir" featuring Angela Alaimo O'Donnell, a writer and a professor at Fordham University. O'Donnell will read from her poetry books ...


USA TODAY

Obama's day: A visit from Italy (and poetry)
USA TODAY
President Obama ends the week Friday by meeting with a major ally and paying tribute to poetry. In the morning, Obama welcomes Italy Prime Minister Matteo Renzi to the Oval Office. Among their topics: The battle against the Islamic State, Russian ...
Obama guidance, press schedule April 17, 2015. Itay PM Prime Minister Renzi ...Chicago Sun-Times

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From love to grief to gaiety
The Economist
Merrill, who would grow into one of the great American poets of the 20th century, spent his life practising a strange kind of alchemy, as Langdon Hammer shows in his new biography: he turned love and memory, both short-lived and lifelong, into poetry ...
National Poetry Month: Langdon Hammer's James Merrill: Life and ArtCommonweal (blog)

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Seattle Globalist

Voicing truths through poetry at Youth Speaks Seattle
Seattle Globalist
Since 2003, Youth Speaks Seattle (YSS) has been synonymous with the youth-led poetry movement. It's an organization that has brought poetry to classrooms, coffee shops, and community centers around the city through writing circles, workshops, open mics ...


STLtoday.com (blog)

Seventh-grade poets share their understanding of world
STLtoday.com (blog)
The poet claims you don't have to suffer to be a poet: “Adolescence is enough suffering for anyone.” John Ciardi's words are included in “Poetry on Our Terms,” a book of poems by seventh-graders. Certainly the students aren't always in pain. The book's ...
Poems That Make Your Skin BristleIt Makes Your Skin BristleWall Street Journal
Succulent poetry in the best possible tasteIrish Times
PAPERWORK: Come share the poetry in your lifeThe Times (subscription)
Fremont Tribune -KEVN Black Hills Fox -7x7
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The Providence Journal

Poetry project helps hikers see Block Island's beauty
The Providence Journal
Poetry of the Wild, started by Rhode Islander and ecological artist Ana Flores, highlights the natural beauty of the island and its inspiration for artistic expression. Through Poetry of the Wild, hikers exploring the island will come upon "poetry ...

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Deseret News

Obama: World would be 'pretty barren' without poetry
Deseret News
Obama and his wife, Michelle, celebrated National Poetry Month at the White House by inviting student poets to a workshop and reading by Elizabeth Alexander, the American poet who wrote and delivered a poem at Obama's frigid inauguration in January ...

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News & Observer

Haiku devotees gather in Chapel Hill to promote poetry
News & Observer
The N.C. Haiku Society hopes to help change that during National Poetry Month with its annual conference on Saturday in Chapel Hill. The conference features a series of haiku and senryu workshops along with a walk through nature. Among the speakers is ...


Toronto Star

Poetry: the latest must reads
Toronto Star
Unease is arguably the dominant mood of our cultural moment — and Karen Solie taps into it brilliantly in her fourth collection, The Road In Is Not the Same Road Out (Anansi, 92 pages, $19.95), a follow-up to her Griffin Poetry Prize-winning Pigeon.

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Four Poems: Grendels Nature...the Racetrack...Counting days...[Now in English and Spanish]

English Version1) Grendel's DivorceYou must know that I do not... Read More

Eight Poems

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

Looking Out the Rear Window

The funeral rite concluded With the pastor shaking hands, Offering... Read More

Poetry ?Reborn? Emerges In Thriller Mystery Novel

Since Mohamed Ali?then Cassius Clay?announced that he had written "The... Read More

A World That Doesnt Care

War bombs may explode demolishing man and land. Hurricanes may... Read More

Five Poems

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

Colorful Talk

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

Changes

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

Two Poems on the Traditions of Peru [in English and Spanish]

Atahualpa's Game [Peruvian]Sometimes, it's not wise To share your wisdom... Read More

For My Mother

I cannot bear to think of when you will be... Read More

The Last King of Mars [A Poetic Mytho]

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

Africa - Wheres The Profit?

A poetic comment that just welled up inside my head... Read More

Whats A Prisoner to Do?

What's a prisoner to do when justice fails and... Read More

To My Friend, With Love

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

Ole Bulky Jeeps & Paper, Ink and Rain [two Peoms]

Ole Bulky JeepsThrough late summer's heat These bulky shaped jeeps... Read More

Life is a Fantasy

LIFE IS A FANTASY!A pink-eyed rabbit, fuzzy whiteHops in bedrooms... Read More

Tale of the Brick Maker, of San Jeronimo, Peru [In English and Spanish]

Tale of the Brick Maker, Of San Jernimo, Peru... Read More

Choices

You can do and you can be whatever you want.... Read More

I Saw the Universe

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

I Hate The Wait (Weight)

I get up in the morningAnd want to stay in... Read More

Ode To Quetzalcoatal [Now in Spanish and English]

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

Black Blood, in Jeremiahs Vines - A Poem and an Article

Black Blood, in Jeremiah's Vines [A Dream Poem]And I heard... 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

Kens Poem

How wonderfully sweet to be a dweller dwelling... Read More