Eleven reasons we’re not together (a poem)

And so it comes back around… The July 19th prompt in The Daily Poet: Day-By-Day Prompts For Your Writing Practice, by Kelli Russell Agodon & Martha Silano, is to "write your own list poem using ‘because’ as your refrain word." (Their main point of reference is Juan Felipe Herrera’s ‘187 Reasons Mexicanos Can't Cross The Border’ poem.) As [...]

27 Reasons I Still Have Anxiety (a poem)

This was a tough one. The July 19th prompt in The Daily Poet: Day-By-Day Prompts For Your Writing Practice, by Kelli Russell Agodon & Martha Silano, is to "write your own list poem using 'because' as your refrain word." (Their main reference was Juan Felipe Herrera's '187 Reasons Mexicanos Can't Cross The Border' poem.) The tough part [...]

National Poetry Writing Month: Day #5 (April 5, 2014)

Today's prompt: write a 'golden shovel'…The last word of each line from [Terrance] Hayes' poem [The Golden Shovel] is a word from Gwendolyn Brooks' poem We Real Cool. I made two attempts at this. I'm including both here. For the first one, I used something I wrote in December 1987. Somehow it was clear that I wasn't as smooth [...]