The Poetry Question

Discovering the Relevance of Words

POWER OF POETRY #34: “Some Slightly Connected Thoughts on Crafted Vulnerability, Stage Fright, Beauty, and Gratitude” – STEVIE EDWARDS

I am trying to write poems that stand inside of uncertainty and still find things to praise. And I don’t think it matters if I praise my sore legs that keep walking me home from work each night, or if I praise the relief of night rain in my first Carolinian July, or if I praise an idea of a home I miss, or if I praise the mild infection in my right nipple for not being cancer, or if I praise my friend who has stomach cancer but keeps living beyond the rational limits doctors have suggested—it is all praising living. It is all beholding the terrible beautiful uncertainty of being human and saying thank you. I don’t think there’s anything more beautiful than gratitude, and poetry helps me to access it.

October 5, 2015 · 1 Comment

POETS ON POETS #1: “Muriel Rukeyser’s “Calling” and the Power of Poetry” – JOANNA PENN COOPER

  Faith is found here, not in a destiny raiding and parceling out knowledge and the earth, but in a people who, person by person, believes itself. Do you accept … Continue reading

August 10, 2015 · Leave a comment

REVIEW: BACKCHANNEL – EMILY SKILLINGS (POOR CLAUDIA)

I untouch you and move headfirst into the couches of this unholy season I read. A lot. There are times I regret that. Say, if the person I’m seeing is … Continue reading

July 1, 2015

POWER OF POETRY #2 – EBONY STEWART

    “Power of Poetry” by EBONY STEWART I remember being eight or nine when my parents finally got divorced. Or should I say, when my mother finally gathered all … Continue reading

May 26, 2015 · Leave a comment

Gabriel Garcia Marquez – Truth and Beauty in Magical Realism

March 6, 1927 – April 17, 2014 For some reason I didn’t read One Hundred Years of Solitude until my sophomore year of college. I was taking a class on … Continue reading

April 17, 2014 · 1 Comment

Perception in the Water

Beauty is a collection of insecurities that someone, long ago, successfully passed off as desirable. We rarely hear people say that someone is beautiful for a reason that they think … Continue reading

March 24, 2014 · 1 Comment

The Daily Prompt – March 13 – The Beauty of Music

Rules: 1. Use the prompt in the way it’s intended (starting a sentence, the title of the piece, theme, etc) 2. You may write in any format you see fit (fiction, non-fiction, … Continue reading

March 13, 2014 · 1 Comment

QOTD – How Do You Feel About Poetry?

In its inception, the poetry question was simple: is poetry relevant in the 21st century. Through our meandering exploration of the written word it has become more… or less, depending … Continue reading

October 11, 2013 · 1 Comment

Poems for Fathers

Here are a few of my favorite “Father” poems. If you have a good one, please share it in the comment section. My Papa’s Waltz BY THEODORE ROETHKE The whiskey on … Continue reading

June 16, 2013 · 5 Comments

QOTD – Do You Hear The People Sing?

I composed this tweet while driving1 to my step-father-in-law’s2 retirement from the Missouri Air National Guard.         2. I usually refer to him as Bill to avoid … Continue reading

June 13, 2013 · 2 Comments

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