Working up a sweat with poetic forms

Experimenting with poetic forms How long does it take you to write a poem that you're truly proud of? For me, it usually takes a fair amount of time; and this has led me to a recent realization that I'd like to share. My friends and readers know that I am constantly experimenting with sundry… Continue reading Working up a sweat with poetic forms

Tree corpse, or: Ship of dreams

Trees find purchase in human remains; Some lush, some losing their leaves, some bare; but Screw the symbolism! Am I right? Or was I A seven-year-old, devastated When his beloved tree corpse, Ship of dreams and fantasy voyages to outer space, Was barbarously hacked down in cold sap For being Unsafe, supposedly; In seventh grade,… Continue reading Tree corpse, or: Ship of dreams

Mother, or: Mother

Poetry Partners #102 'Mother O’ Mother, here I Come', a poem by Hassan Safdar of 'Poetry & Narrative Writing' Mother, here I come, here I come. I know it's your day & you shall be seeing around. There I come with a gift in hand. To give you that happiness, which can’t be understood. To… Continue reading Mother, or: Mother

W3 Prompt #12: Wea’ve Written Weekly

Intro Dear friends, Welcome to our W3 Poetry Prompt, which goes live on Wednesdays at The Skeptic's Kaddish. You may click here for a fuller explanation of W3; but here's the 'tldr' version: Part I The main ingredient of W3 is a weekly poem written by a Poet of the Week (PoW), which participants respond… Continue reading W3 Prompt #12: Wea’ve Written Weekly

Young man, or: Old man

Brilliant failed old man sons young man tells him he's clever but the child... Why bother if genius didn't help his hero failure and disappointment ultimate destroyers of families of respect of self- respect His work in graduate school lands him promising job that disappoints with its soullessness even at top of his game he… Continue reading Young man, or: Old man

W3 Prompt #11: Wea’ve Written Weekly

Intro Dear friends, Welcome to our W3 Poetry Prompt, which goes live on Wednesdays at The Skeptic's Kaddish. You may click here for a fuller explanation of W3; but here's the 'tldr' version: Part I The main ingredient of W3 is a weekly poem written by a Poet of the Week (PoW), which participants respond… Continue reading W3 Prompt #11: Wea’ve Written Weekly

W3 Prompt #3: Wea’ve Written Weekly

Intro Dear friends, Welcome to our third W3 Poetry Prompt, which will we shall be publishing on Wednesdays at The Skeptic's Kaddish. You may click here for a fuller explanation of W3; but here's the 'tldr' version: Part I The main ingredient of W3 is a weekly poem written by a Poet of the Week… Continue reading W3 Prompt #3: Wea’ve Written Weekly

On vacation, or: For the funeral

Poetry Partners #49 'On vacation', a poem by Maria L. Berg of 'Experience Writing' We visited And something else disappeared pieces of shared experience taking up residence in the paintings on your forehead and the crook behind a slightly bent left leg The apartment didn't want to keep me so we met in other places… Continue reading On vacation, or: For the funeral