The Poetry Question

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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

There’s No Judgement In Brainstorming, or, Don’t Pee In My Stream Of Consciousness And Tell Me It’s Raining

The following is a dramatized example of the author attempting to come up with a name for his twice weekly column on this site. It is published here for any limited … Continue reading

May 27, 2014 · 29 Comments

QOTD- Where You Runnin’ To?

  Few places make as much sense to me as the forest. Where the pine trees meet the edge of the river is a place I can relate to for … Continue reading

May 19, 2014 · Leave a comment

QOTD- Did You Read About That Whale About To Explode All Over Canada?

I read a story in the news today about a little town in Canada currently living with a massive blue whale carcass on the beach and no ideas on how … Continue reading

May 2, 2014 · Leave a comment

QOTD – April 25 – A Reader of Reviews?

We are gearing up to start our book review section on Monday. The majority of the reviews will be based in the world of poetry chapbooks, and I couldn’t be … Continue reading

April 25, 2014 · Leave a comment

QOTD- Order or Chaos?

It doesn’t take a genius to spot the pattern. The more organized my desk is, the less actual work I’m likely doing. Tidying up is a great way for me … Continue reading

April 24, 2014 · Leave a comment

QOTD- To See, Or Not To See

I keep a book of photographs on my desk next to my computer. Just one of those little books of iconic images shot by famous photographers, the kind you used … Continue reading

April 16, 2014 · Leave a comment

QOTD- To Eat Or Not To Eat?

  Be warned. This is what happens when you sit down to write while hungry. You end up writing about food. It’s a well known fact that “Weird Al” Yankovic … Continue reading

March 28, 2014 · Leave a comment

A short bridge to absolutely nowhere…

I was walking through a residential neighborhood that had artificial streams and ponds the other day, when I saw a bridge that crossed a two foot wide stream. The bridge … Continue reading

August 20, 2013 · 5 Comments

What Bugs You Wednesday

What Bugs You Wednesday? (aka The Airing of the Grievances) ——————————————————————————————————————————————————————– Here’s the skinny – new segment. No rules. Please interact.  Best response will receive recognition (when we’re famous and … Continue reading

July 17, 2013 · 2 Comments

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