The Poetry Question

Discovering the Relevance of Words


  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

The Garage Of The Mind, or, Constantly Covered In Huff-able Substances

In the spirit of experiencing life as poetry, the author has decided to review things in his life that have nothing to do with literature or music in a segment tentatively called … Continue reading

June 24, 2014 · 1 Comment

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