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REPLAYS: BRYSON TILLER – LIKE CLOCKWORK

REPLAYS: BRYSON TILLER – LIKE CLOCKWORK

In an industry where the price of fame can change a person for better or worse, Bryson Tiller has remained himself through it all.

REVIEW: MEDUSA RETOLD – SARAH WALLIS (FLY ON THE WALL PRESS)

REVIEW: MEDUSA RETOLD – SARAH WALLIS (FLY ON THE WALL PRESS)

The epic sets apart internal and external narratives through the usage of italic sections, but these lines start to blur as the story unfolds, reinforcing that our internal lives are inseparable from the outside world. 

#TPQ5: KDK

#TPQ5: KDK
What will KDK include in today’s #TPQ5? Find out inside!

“IT’S RIGHT UNDER OUR FEET THE WHOLE TIME” – TALK TO ME: JENI DE LA O

“IT’S RIGHT UNDER OUR FEET THE WHOLE TIME” – TALK TO ME: JENI DE LA O

there are thousands of Amanda Gormans submitting poems right now, being read and rejected right now, by readers and editors who simply haven’t the refined palate to discern a truffle from button mushroom. 

REPLAYS: RUSS – MISUNDERSTOOD

REPLAYS: Russ – Misunderstood

I admire his appreciation for the craft. His consistency and his ability to have people relate to him through his songs is why his fanbase goes hard for the rapper.

#TPQ5: TYLER PENNOCK

#TPQ5: TYLER PENNOCK
What will Tyler Pennock include in today’s #TPQ5? Find out inside!

#TPQ5: DAMIAN WARD HEY

#TPQ5: DAMIAN WARD
What will Damian Ward include in today’s #TPQ5? Find out inside!

#TPQ5: MAGGS VIBO

#TPQ5: MAGGS VIBO
What’s Maggs Vibo included in today’s #TPQ5? Find out inside!

“MUCH OF POP CULTURE STEMS FROM MY CULTURE” – TALK TO ME: CHRIS L. BUTLER

“MUCH OF POP CULTURE STEMS FROM MY CULTURE” – TALK TO ME: CHRIS L. BUTLER

I think you have to be a bit selfish if you’re going to employ this style as a writer. When I say selfish I don’t mean greedy, but rather authentic.

REVIEW: TRICKS OF LIGHT – THADDEUS RUTKOWSKI (GREAT WEATHER FOR MEDIA)

REVIEW: TRICKS OF LIGHT – THADDEUS RUTKOWSKI (GREAT WEATHER FOR MEDIA)

He seems to consider care to be of utmost concern, not just for family, but also for strangers.

#TPQ5: ALICE CURLEY

#TPQ5: ALICE CURLEY
What will Alice Curley include in today’s #TPQ5? Find out inside!

#TPQ5: EVAN WILLIAMS

#TPQ5: EVAN WILLIAMS
What will Evan Williams include in today’s #TPQ5? Find out inside!

REVIEW: BREEZE BLOCK – JAKE HAWKEY (LUMPEN/THE CLASS PROJECT)

REVIEW: BREEZE BLOCK – JAKE HAWKEY (LUMPEN/THE CLASS PROJECT)

There’s the story — love, relationships — and the reader follows the dots Hawkey has so carefully placed. In the same poem, the dots are connected between pop culture and the reader

#TPQ5: WALE AYINLA

#TPQ5: WALE AYINLA
What will Wale Ayinla include in today’s #TPQ5? Find out inside!

POWER OF POETRY #128: JANE ROSENBERG LAFORGE

POWER OF POETRY #128: JANE ROSENBERG LAFORGE

Our classmates were the children of rock stars, writers, critics,visual artists, film editors and movie executives. But everyone in the neighborhood seemed famous to us, just for having been there.

#TPQ5: MIKE HICKMAN

#TPQ5: MIKE HICKMAN
What will Mike Hickman include in today’s #TPQ5? Find out inside!

REVIEW: WISCONSIN DEATH TRIP – JESSIE LYNN McMAINS (BONE & INK PRESS)

REVIEW: WISCONSIN DEATH TRIP – JESSIE LYNN McMAINS (BONE & INK PRESS)

They are unafraid to show the awfulness and bitterness, old beliefs and traditions, terrible acts inflicted by the people who inhabit the snowy state.

#TPQ5: KATRINA LIPPOLIS

#TPQ5: KATRINA LIPPOLIS
What will Katrina Lippolis include in today’s #TPQ5? Find out inside!

DISINTEGRATION – PAUL ROBERT MULLEN (ANIMAL HEART PRESS)

DISINTEGRATION – PAUL ROBERT MULLEN (ANIMAL HEART PRESS)

Very often I felt as though the poem depicted a moment I was forgetting; frantically trying to remember the details to, as to savor some beautiful moment.

REVIEW: WORN – ADRIENNE CHRISTIAN (SANTA FE WRITERS PROJECT)

Review of Worn by Adrienne Christian (Santa Fe Writers Project, 2020)

And when she writes of family, it’s of more exclusion – the striking disconnect from those with whom we are supposed to be connected.

#TPQ5: ERICA ABBOTT

#TPQ5: ERICA ABBOTT
What will Erica Abbott include in today’s #TPQ5? Find out inside!

“AN EXERCISE IN LEARNING TO SURRENDER.” TALK TO ME: JONATHAN KOVEN

“AN EXERCISE IN LEARNING TO SURRENDER.” TALK TO ME: JONATHAN KOVEN

I think there’s a level of trusting that people will empathize with my story, and if not my story, then the music of my words.

REPLAYS: Streets by Doja Cat

REPLAYS: Streets by Doja Cat

Whether it’s released during an album’s rollout, planned or unplanned, music listeners ultimately choose the success as we see in Doja Cat’s single, ‘Streets’.

#TPQ5: CARSON SANDELL

#TPQ5: CARSON SANDELL
What will Carson Sandell include inside in today’s #TPQ5? Find out inside!

POETRY IN CINEMA: WE DON’T TRUST THE NATURE INSIDE US

POETRY IN CINEMA: WE DON’T TRUST THE NATURE INSIDE US

Spoken over the shots of a child spilling milk and a mother in tears, the poem reminds that we are made by moments that can not be undone. 

REVIEW: THE SAMURAI – LINDA M. CRATE (YELLOW ARROW PUBLISHING)

REVIEW: THE SAMURAI – LINDA M. CRATE (YELLOW ARROW PUBLISHING)

Or perhaps she felt this unfamiliarity with her body all along and only made sense of the reason why after her discovery of the reincarnation. – Robin D. Hendricks

“I DON’T KNOW IF MY DREAMS SAY ANYTHING TO ME AT ALL” – TALK TO ME: RACHEL CROSBIE

“I DON’T KNOW IF MY DREAMS SAY ANYTHING TO ME AT ALL” – TALK TO ME: RACHEL CROSBIE

When I was younger, I felt more comfortable writing in different character voices. I don’t think I had enough emotional maturity to tap into something completely personal

REVIEW: SENTIMENTAL VIOLENCE — GABRIELLE HOGAN (GHOST CITY PRESS)

REVIEW: SENTIMENTAL VIOLENCE — GABRIELLE HOGAN (GHOST CITY PRESS)

As we all know, though, joy does not exist without violence — not for Tonya, and not for any of us.

REPLAYS: ESCOBAR – Xponentbeatz featuring Kriiispy & Halfofyou

REPLAYS: ESCOBAR – Xponentbeatz featuring Kriiispy & Halfofyou

This column will take a look at songs from week of which I can’t get enough, and deep dive into my own thoughts in regards to them.

#TPQ5: SAMUEL ADEYEMI

#TPQ5: SAMUEL ADEYEMI
What will Samuel Adeyemi include in today’s #TPQ5? Find out inside!

“WHICH REQUIRES ME TO BEND LANGUAGE TO MY WILL” – TALK TO ME: TAYLOR BYAS

“WHICH REQUIRES ME TO BEND LANGUAGE TO MY WILL” – TALK TO ME: TAYLOR BYAS

I absolutely code switch because there isn’t an aspect of my life that doesn’t request that sort of labor from me. It’s built into my life, and therefore it manifests in my poetry. – Taylor Byas

#TPQ5: GAIA RAJAN

#TPQ5: GAIA RAJAN
What will Gaia Rajan include in today’s #TPQ5? Find out inside!
@gaia_writes ‪@Nic_Sealey ‬ ‪@fannychoir ‬ ‪@carmenmmachado ‬ ‪@mfernandespoet ‬

#TPQ5: RILEY DANVERS

#TPQ5: RILEY DANVERS
What will Riley Danvers include in today’s #TPQ5? Find out inside!

REVIEW: LATE SUMMER FLOWERS – JULIAN DAY (ANSTRUTHER PRESS)

REVIEW: LATE SUMMER FLOWERS – JULIAN DAY (ANSTRUTHER PRESS)

Yes, it really is just a ravine, but Day shares the significance of the place, the things that happened there. Place of sport and suicide. Place of celebration.

POETRY IN CINEMA: A MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH – JESSICA MOOKHERJEE

POETRY IN CINEMA: A MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH – JESSICA MOOKHERJEE

The long drawn out arguments over life and death, over decisions of who to love – are almost meaningless in the ‘heat of the moment’ and when faced with imminent destruction.

POETRY IN CINEMA: THESE HUMANS ARE EXTRAS, EXTRA HUMANS

POETRY IN CINEMA: THESE HUMANS ARE EXTRAS, EXTRA HUMANS

However, there may well be a responsibility in the storyteller to carry the world’s stories. As Wings of Desire shows who bares witness makes all the difference to the end of the story. – Jessica Mookherjee

#TPQ5: KATE (8) VAN PETTEN

#TPQ5: KATE (8) VAN PETTEN
What will Kate (8) Van Petten include in today’s #TPQ5? Find out inside!

#TPQ5: TYLER PENNOCK

#TPQ5: TYLER PENNOCK
What will Tyler Pennock include in today’s #TPQ5? Find out inside!

REVIEW: SPECTRUM OF FLIGHT – DAVID HANLON (ANIMAL HEART PRESS)

REVIEW: SPECTRUM OF FLIGHT – DAVID HANLON (ANIMAL HEART PRESS)

Utilizing the layout of text on the page, suggestive titles and clever wordplay, he creates an intricate narrative that enhances the reading experience.

REVIEW: AT FIRST & THEN – DANIELLE ROSE (BLACK LAWRENCE PRESS)

REVIEW: AT FIRST & THEN – DANIELLE ROSE (BLACK LAWRENCE PRESS)

if Rose decided to give a craft talk on titles alone, I would slam my fist, fanning with twenties, on the table and scream, “Here, take my money!” – Lannie Stabile

#TPQ5: JORY MICKELSON

#TPQ5: JORY MICKELSON
What will Jory Mickelson include in today’s #TPQ5? Find out inside!

REVIEW: LIFE IN SPACE – GALINA RYMBU ( TR. JOAN BROOKS) (UGLY DUCKLING PRESSE/AFTER HOURS EDITIONS)

REVIEW: LIFE IN SPACE – GALINA RYMBU ( TR. JOAN BROOKS) (UGLY DUCKLING PRESSE/AFTER HOURS EDITIONS)

Sex is set against a backdrop of war and politics, so devoid of emotion and joy you can “count the bites and hickeys from dead lovers.” 

POWER OF POETRY #125: THE POWER & RISE OF UNDERGROUND VOICES – Mbizo CHIRASHA

POWER OF POETRY #125: THE POWER & RISE OF UNDERGROUND VOICES – Mbizo CHIRASHA

“From the time of our birthing to these days of maturation, we are all shaped, serenaded and entertained by sweet ancient lullabies, drum beat throbs and early morning birdsongs.”

REVIEW: THE CANDLELIGHT MASTER – MICHAEL LONGLEY (WAKE FOREST PRESS)

REVIEW: THE CANDLELIGHT MASTER – MICHAEL LONGLEY (WAKE FOREST PRESS)

“This is a collection about the power of aging. He shows us how the lives of old poets companion us on our journey….” – Jessica Mookherjee

REVIEW: GRAVITY – LYNNE SCHMIDT (NIGHTINGALE & SPARROW)

REVIEW: GRAVITY – LYNNE SCHMIDT (NIGHTINGALE & SPARROW)

In that moment of vulnerability we are often not our best selves ultimately becoming lost. but sometimes we overcome these bad relationships, saving ourselves in the end.

Review by Chris L. Butler

REVIEW: LET’S PHOTOGRAPH GIRLS ENJOYING LIFE – JASMINE GRAY (BROKEN SLEEP BOOKS)

REVIEW: LET’S PHOTOGRAPH GIRLS ENJOYING LIFE – JASMINE GRAY (BROKEN SLEEP BOOKS)​

This small poetry collection hits hard, it makes us voyeur and complicit in the diminishment of what gender and sex are.

Rev by @jessmkrjy

#TPQ5: LEAH MUELLER

#TPQ5: LEAH MUELLER
What will Leah Mueller include in today’s #TPQ5? Find out inside!

@leahsnapdragon

POWER OF POETRY #124: GOODNESS OLANREWAJU AYOOLA

POWER OF POETRY #124: GOODNESS OLANREWAJU AYOOLA

You see poetry in everything: in nuances, in branches swaying in the gentle breeze, in the laughter of children, in the mirror, in the rustling of leaves, in the taxi, in the news, in the sermon….

@GoodnessLanre

POWER OF POETRY #114: SAMANTHA MOYA

POWER OF POETRY #114: SAMANTHA MOYA

In short, the power of poetry in my life has been many things – a literary exercise, an expression of empathy, an exorcism.

REVIEW: INDIGENOUS – JENNIFER REESER (ABLE MUSE PRESS)

REVIEW: INDIGENOUS – JENNIFER REESER (ABLE MUSE PRESS)

In this work full of masterful lyricism, you will find a history once hidden, a story passed from one generation to the next, and traditions held in the hearts of Indigenous peoples.

POWER OF POETRY #113: DIANA RADOVAN

POWER OF POETRY #113: DIANA RADOVAN

Our world is fractured, but it was already fractured before the pandemic. Free-form poetry and hybrid forms are simply reflective of our times.

REVIEW: THE RITUALS OF MUMMIFICATION – JOSEPH D. REICH (SAGGING MENISCUS PRESS)

REVIEW: THE RITUALS OF MUMMIFICATION – JOSEPH D. REICH (SAGGING MENISCUS PRESS)

Each piece almost feels a ritual, setting you firm in the notion that you are not alone in your experience, or your discontent.

POWER OF POETRY #112: MARK MAYES

POWER OF POETRY #112: MARK MAYES

“[Poetry] came via a late-teens desire to be an actor. And in the speech and drama classes I had with a nice lady called Vivienne….”

#TPQ5: ANGELA GREGORY DRIBBEN

#TPQ5: ANGELA GREGORY DRIBBEN

What will Angela Gregory Dribben, who loves living and writing down in a bottom in Southside Virginia, include in today’s #TPQ5? Find out inside!

#TPQ5: JASON B. CRAWFORD

#TPQ5: JASON B. CRAWFORD

What will Jason B. Crawford, Chief Editor for The Knight’s Library, include in today’s #TPQ5? Find out inside!

POWER OF POETRY #111: PAUL ROBERT MULLEN

POWER OF POETRY #105: PAUL ROBERT MULLEN

“Poetry has always gripped me because it is an unquantifiable mystery that holds no more answers than it does questions.”

POWER OF POETRY #110: HALI CROSS

POWER OF POETRY #110: HALI CROSS

Many a poem attempts to say—and she loved him. However, whatever the poet could write about love, it also isn’t. This is why there will never be enough love poems.

Power of Poetry #109: CLIFFORD BROOKS

Power of Poetry #109: CLIFFORD BROOKS

“Poetry captures sparrows, children playing, elderly couples holding hands, the reflection in shop windows….”

POWER OF POETRY #108: ERIK FUHRER

POWER OF POETRY #108: ERIK FUHRER

Love tulips differently in a time of precarity, and love often leaves some something behind.

#TPQ5: SERENA PICCOLI

#TPQ5: SERENA PICCOLI

What will Serena Piccoli, co-founder and director of the well acclaimed Poetry and Sister Arts International Festival, include in today’s #TPQ5? Find out inside!

#TPQ5: CHELSEA BUNN

#TPQ5: CHELSEA BUNN
What will Chelsea Bunn, author of the chapbook Forgiveness (Finishing Line Press, 2019), include in today’s #TPQ5? Find out inside!

#TPQ5: BRYAN LOWE

#TPQ5: BRYAN LOWE

What will Bryon Lowe, an actor and poet born and bred in the Kingdom of Fife, Scotland, include in today’s #TPQ5? Find out inside!

#TPQ5: MICK THEEBS

#TPQ5: MICK THEEBS
What will Mick Theebs, Poet Laureate of Milford, CT, include in today’s #TPQ5? Find out inside!

POWER OF POETRY #104: MARTHA WARREN

POWER OF POETRY #104: MARTHA WARREN

“But instead of giving up, I think of this: My most successful poem ever, in my opinion, was so because it provided comfort.”

#TPQ5: BILL ARNOTT

#TPQ5: BILL ARNOTT

What will Bill Arnott, author of Dromomania and contributor to numerous journals and anthologies, include in today’s #TPQ5? Find out inside!

#TPQ5: MARK FIDDES

#TPQ5: MARK FIDDES

What will Mark Fiddes, who has two sons and two poetry books, include in today’s #TPQ5? Find out inside!

#TPQ5: MO LYNN STOYCOFF

#TPQ5: MO LYNN STOYCOFF

What will Mo Lynn Stoycoff, writer and visual artist from Central California, include in today’s #TPQ5? Find out inside!

#TPQ5: AMY JANNA LeBLANC

#TPQ5: AMY JANNA LeBLANC
What will Amy Janna LeBlanc include in today’s #TPQ5? Find out inside!

POWER OF POETRY #102: KAYLEIGH CAMPBELL

“Poetry, I feel, is a tyrannical discipline. You’ve got to go so far so fast in such a small space; you’ve got to burn away all the peripherals.” — Sylvia Plath Poetry has always, and will continue doing I hope, held a special potency. In what are often very short

POWER OF POETRY #101: CHRISTOPHER MIGUEL FLAKUS

POWER OF POETRY #101: CHRISTOPHER MIGUEL FLAKUS

“Through poetry we can reduce the mythic to the mundane and elevate the ordinary to the sublime. We can understand ourselves, and each other, in a deeply necessary and fundamental way.”

POWER OF POETRY #100: BRIAN S. ELLIS

POWER OF POETRY #100: BRIAN S. ELLIS

“These poems are seeds that will one day grow into religions, cultures, planets, multiverses. Snowballs that become avalanches.”

#TPQ5: ROB CULLEN

#TPQ5: ROB CULLEN
What will Rob Cullen, gardener, environmentalist, poet, writer, artist, include in today’s #TPQ5? Find out inside!

POWER OF POETRY #99: MATÉ JARAI

POWER OF POETRY #99: MATÉ JARAI

“Poetry is confession for the Godless. If my mind is a fury, if I can’t make sense of my own feelings, I scribble or I type, and whatever comes out, ‘quality’ doesn’t matter, it’s real and it’s there.”

POWER OF POETRY #98: SK GROUT

POWER OF POETRY #98: SK GROUT

“It seems I cannot escape poetry, even if the thought fleetingly crosses my mind.”

#TPQ5: NAOMI ORTIZ

#TPQ5: NAOMI ORTIZ

What will Naomi Ortiz, writer, poet, visual artist, facilitator, and the author of Sustaining Spirit: Self-Care for Social Justice (Reclamation), a guide on self-care for diverse communities, include in today’s #TPQ5? Find out inside!

#TPQ5: CLIFFORD BROOKS

#TPQ5: CLIFFORD BROOKS
What will Clifford Brooks, Editor-in-Chief of the Blue Mountain Review, include in today’s #TPQ5? Find out inside!

WE HAVE THE GREATEST COMMUNITY

WE HAVE THE GREATEST COMMUNITY

This is not a post about poetry. This is a post about reaching out to the community for help in a time of need. The outpouring of love and help thus far has been beyond overwhelming. We are humbled and grateful.

OPEN SUBMISSION: TPQ POETRY PAMPHLET SERIES #1

OPEN SUBMISSION: TPQ POETRY PAMPHLET SERIES #1

Submit your manuscript today!

THE POWER OF POETRY #80: STEPHEN FURLONG

THE POWER OF POETRY #80: STEPHEN FURLONG

He only stopped when he recognized his shoe was untied. He held such reverence for the laces and he asked us how we tied our shoes.

#TPQ5: KRISTOPHER BIERNATSKY

#TPQ5: KRISTOPHER BIERNATSKY
What will Kristopher Biernatsky, founder of Dink Press, include in today’s #TPQ5? Find out inside!

#TPQ5: BEE WALSH

#TPQ5: BEE WALSH
What will Bee Walsh, author of Manning Up (West 44 Books), include in today’s #TPQ5? Find out inside!

#TPQ5: WARREN CZAPA

#TPQ5: WARREN CZAPA
What will Warren Czapa, longlisted for the Troubadour International Poetry Prize, include in today’s #TPQ5? Find out inside!

#TPQ5: TAYLOR MALI

#TPQ5: TAYLOR MALI
What will Taylor Mali, 4-time National Slam Poetry Champion and former voice of all Burger King commercials, include in today’s #TPQ5? Find out inside!

WE HAVE TPQ SHIRTS!

WE HAVE TPQ SHIRTS!

All sales from this shirt will go to support medical co-pays over the next several months as my wife recovers from a severe traumatic brain injury.

POWER OF POETRY #35: “Dreams/Facts” – Matthew Mayfield

POWER OF POETRY #35: “Facts/Dreams” – Matthew Mayfield: “….I strive to be that ONE person who keeps you closer to Life and
one step away from the trigger.”

REVIEW: JENNY DRAI – :BODY WOLF:

[Facebook] splits at seams : instructions to reduce your look Avoid: just : these : five : food : no : exercise : miracle : fruit the other orchids posing that way But I’m thistle Spectrum of stick you meant poke me my own toe Could be the hatred of mirrors : last year’s

REVIEW: MONICA McCLURE – MALA

  from Petocha Virginity is $$$ in a vintage velvet pouch Touch her if you can for virginity is no real but she is wanting to be touched   Not being a woman, and not having a daughter of my own, I think that I look at Monica McClure’s Mala (Poor Claudia)