Reflections on Barbie, her frumpy aunt, and Sunshine eyeballs

Over at High Calling Blogs they’re celebrating Marcus Goodyear’s new book of poetry, Barbies at Communion: and other poemswith a bit of a Barbie-fest. My first thought was that I couldn’t possibly join this party, not me. Not with my tragic, Barbie-less childhood. But then I realized…my Barbie-free childhood makes great grist for the mill! […]

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Monster (Supermarket Zombie)

  Monster she saw him between the baked goods and cereal isles towering tall, shoulders wide lumbering forward his thick fingers grazing slipping over carnival-colored boxes claiming them, one at a time… Lucky Charms, Fruity Pebbles, Count Chocula Zombie in the supermarket large and hulking wearing flannel pajama bottoms a jean jacket you could use […]

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Random Acts of Poetry…After

After after the stormafter the cold and chillafter the sky cracked openand fell, crashingwith the weight of it allafter the darkness seemed certainthe sun broke throughtore wet curtains of gray asunderand pierced every dark placewith saving light During the season of remembering, I see echoes of His story everywhere. For TUC’s beautiful daughter, who is […]

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Random Acts of Poetry…Poem, Interrupted

Poem, Interrupted Crystal castles decorate(Good morning, sweetheart! You’re up early!)bending blades(Done brushing your teeth? Good job! Do you mind…)of spent-gold(…getting yourself some cereal for breakfast? It’s a little early still)grass, bent and burdened(no, we don’t have any more of that “bad-for-you-cereal,” please eat what we do have)under layers of transparent(no, sweetie…please don’t give the cat […]

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Listen The world screams into life’s subway-clatter of turnstiles groaning cell phones ringing voices droning it screams with all the audio-visual clutter it has to offer glossy ads bearing impossible dreams of contrived bodies adorned with gleaming carats of debt the world flashes its wares on screens of unnatural blue light garish colors clamoring to […]

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Heat….Poetry Friday

The desert of Snow Canyon, near St. George Utah (taken in October 2009) Heat This is yourforty yearsin thedesertthis dusty pathis theSinaiof your wanderingthis sandbetween your toesis the sandthat wears downcallouses of slaverythis dry sunis theheatthat burns offfear and indecisionthis strange breadis themannathat feeds your soulthat builds your strengththat sets your resolveas youstumbleinto thepromised land […]

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A link in the golden chain (a villanelle, a haiku, and an exasperated gasp for free-form thought)

LL of Seedlings in Stone has thrown a very challenging prompt this week! Write a villanelle. A what? A villanelle is an Italian form of poetry that uses a complex and very limiting form and rhyme scheme. The idea is to disprove the notion that writing to a tight form prevents the effectiveness and beauty […]

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