The Poetry Question

Discovering the Relevance of Words

Thank you, and Farewell for Now.

Dear Readers:   For now, The Poetry Question is taking an extended hiatus. It has been an absolute honor to work with you all, and have the distinct pleasure of … Continue reading

February 24, 2016 · 1 Comment


  Funny, chaotic, spilling over with breathy exuberance, centered in the imagination but anchored in the relational points of who we meet and greet and love in our daily lives, … Continue reading

August 21, 2015


SEEKING SUBMISSIONS FOR… ***SEEKING SUBMISSIONS*** The Poetry Question is currently accepting submissions for THE POWER OF POETRY The Power of Poetry –  Personal Essay on The Power of Poetry in … Continue reading

July 9, 2015 · Leave a comment


Poetry Speaks For Itself (except it can’t actually speak at all) —- Taylor Mali Deconstructing the difference between the message and the messenger. I sat on a panel at the … Continue reading

July 6, 2015 · Leave a comment

On the Dark and the Light

Notes: Since I wrote the first draft of this essay over two weeks ago in a hotel room in Munich, something terrible has happened in America (again). A white terrorist, … Continue reading

June 29, 2015

POWER OF POETRY #1: I’m Uncomfortable Too. – by Wil Gibson

  The first time I remember hearing the word “poetry” it came from a family member who was making fun of poets. How dumb they were for thinking their words … Continue reading

May 20, 2015 · 1 Comment

…But What Else?

It’s a non-story, really. A guy has a name that sounds ethnic, but the guy is white. This is not stop the presses material. But it was, shall we say, … Continue reading

May 13, 2015 · Leave a comment

6 Words: ‘My Name Is Jamaal … I’m White’

NPR ran a follow up story this morning to a post made by our very own Jamaal Allan on The Poetry Question from 2013.  Follow up story below was posted on … Continue reading

May 6, 2015 · Leave a comment

Jason Isbell On Poetry

  @poetryquestion They aren't the same, by any stretch, but poetry is relevant for those of us who write anything lyrical. Still Glück maybe. — Jason Isbell (@JasonIsbell) April 16, … Continue reading

April 16, 2015 · Leave a comment

An Open Letter To The Kid I Yelled At Yesterday When I Didn’t Get My Chicken Fast Enough

The author suspects that he might have a problem with his endless reserves of seething anger. This anger just bubbles, like those lazy volcanoes in Hawaii that always seem to … Continue reading

July 8, 2014 · 1 Comment

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