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Sunday, June 13, 2010

Obscene Allure: a oil spill poem

Deluges in brash clouds, storm brewing beneath seas. It’s beautiful, or would be, if the tiger cat orange/black mushroom cloud sent to my computer via PBS wasn’t spewing pollution into the Gulf. Beached oil isn’t nearly as attractive, resembling in consistency and hue of severe diarrhea, running... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Disability Poem not mine

Note: I requested and got permission to share so here it is. Natalie's Illum's Poem: Yesterday at 7:27pm He tells me I am not disabled, or that she doesn't see me as "handicapped." I try not to twitch, resist the urge to see him as naive. I add his imploring to the paper cranes of old lovers' quotes... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, February 19, 2010

A Trio of Dodoitsus

As I mentioned yesterday a Dodoitsu which is a fixed folk song poetry form of Japanese origin. They are often about love or are humorous. It has 26 syllables and is composed of four lines of 7 syllables, 7 syllables, 7 syllables, and 5 syllables. It is not rhymed and is non-metrical. US You and I,... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, February 5, 2010

Letters Reaching

(inspire by an awesome benefit reading at Food for Thought Books tonight) As a political poet word junkie kind of girl, slowly becoming a lady I struggle to craft verse that bring more peace, love, and justice on to my/our blue planet. My thoughts are thirsty to forge words dedicated to obliterating... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Another Brother

(for Jason Mattison, Jr, murdered this week and many other martyrs ) Your friends didn't believe you died until they entered homeroom and found your chair empty. One Mor Matthew Shepard, younger, darker, more flamboyant You hated the pedestrian sound of your your name, vowed to change into Jaysen... Sign in to see full entry.

The Flesh in Violation

inspired Qwo-Li Driskill's awesome comment WBAI today) This body transgresses accidentally- in grocery stores, at bus stops, on corners of street hailing cab. This body transgresses purposefully hold girl's hand in park dancing in autumn's first fallen leaves stealing public kisses. Tape political... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

A Child's Wisdom

Author's Note: My latest 30 poems in 30 days effort. I'm now 1/6 done. Investigators confiscate snakes, turtles, iguanas, and solitary scorpion- all illegal to own in Detroit- from owner under arrest for other issues. Scorpion finds new home with Animal Cruelty Officer and son. Boy tells camera... Sign in to see full entry.

The Dog Wronged

Author's Note: The 6th 100 day poem. The theme for today was to write about a social injustice. Case of embedded collar angers me creating raised, garnet welts that range from neck to midsection. Rendering pretty, yellow dog fearful, nippy, and unfit for re-homing. Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Organizer Haiku

Survive... organize to fight injustice... All else iimmaterial. Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, October 8, 2009


Author's Note; A National Coming Out Day Poem My mother blamed women studies coursework, badly behaved men, and the self-loathing she assumed existed within my personal psyche for the bisexuality I confessed that summer evening on Sasha's borrowed cell in Jana's house a baker's dozen summers' ago. I... Sign in to see full entry.

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