Ready, or: Here she comes

An American sentence: Growing in self-confidence, a child visits her friend unchaperoned. What's an 'American Sentence'? Allen Ginsberg, inventor of the American Sentence, felt that the haiku didnโ€™t work as well in English. Ginsberg decided to remove the line structure of the haiku, maintaining the requirement of 17 syllables total. He felt that removing the… Continue reading Ready, or: Here she comes

Narcissus, or: Aidos

Poetry Partners #73 'Narcissus', a poem by enchantedwords of 'Enchanted Words' Let me be a narcissist today, I havenโ€™t felt whole; in this long year of gray. How I crave, To be the violence of the hurricanes And the violet of the skies, How I yearn, To be the magic of love And the tragedy… Continue reading Narcissus, or: Aidos

A note of encouragement for poets

I recently received the following note from a poet I greatly admire: I really want to submit a poem to you from my blog, but I am debating whether any of my work is worthy enough to be featured. Can you be brutally honest with me and let me know if my longer poems are… Continue reading A note of encouragement for poets

The footbridge, or: Overarching

Poetry Partners #4 'The Footbridge', a poem by Michael L. Utley of 'Silent Pariah' That derelict footbridge Has finally failed Stranding us on Opposite shores Of the abyss Words Like rotted planks Litter the gorge Below Desires and dreams Dashed Upon indifferent rocks Silence is all I hear from you Subdued echoes Of regret Perish… Continue reading The footbridge, or: Overarching

Thank you, or: Special

A Panegyric Poem Thirty pairs of little eyes searching for you daily, Every morning, smiling, you welcome them gaily, Concerned enough to hold heart-to-hearts with each, Encouraging them, teaching - nothing's out of reach. Your classroom atmosphere's of kind, loving respect, Assuring young hearts, learning, yearning to connect. Their parents, confident in your wise, gentle… Continue reading Thank you, or: Special

The greater the artist, the greater the doubt…

Confidence is going after Moby Dick in a rowboat and taking the tartar sauce.-Zig Ziglar (1926 โ€“ 2012) Confidence is not 'they will like me'. Confidence instead is 'I'll be fine if they don't'.-Christina Grimmie (b. 1994) Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.-Helen Keller (1880… Continue reading The greater the artist, the greater the doubt…