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May 10, 2017 – Jamaal May/Passion

Jamaal May is another writer I met at my MFA Program. Talk about a passionate writer and reader. I actually used one of his poems that was on YouTube for my final presentation (teaching a mini class in the last […]

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January 31, 2017 – Month One/Inner Changes

I’ve processed so much information already since embarking on this journey. I am one month into posting on my blog and I look forward to what will develop in February! I wasn’t sure how I was going to be affected […]

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January 7, 2017 – Trusting Words

Today’s understanding is how passionate I am about WORDS and why. From a very young age, I was able to articulate things that likely set the foundation for my father’s disdain for me. He never went past 8th grade and […]

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It’s like swiping a cloth across a grimy window and finally being able to see outside.

I’ve been going through some very intense transitions the past few months. That saying of, “when it rains it pours,” has been quite apt for my current life track. There are so many factors that occur to throw a person […]

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A swollen tongue…

I have been writing poetry for a very long time… I have spilled my life onto the blank page in fits of sadness and rage… I have made confessions that stained virgin paper… I have willed ink to be my […]

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Love the self, then love others

There is no greater glory than to find the internal switch that elicits tears. May they be tears of joy, tears of sadness, tears of rage, they are a sign of the life force in each of us. It is […]

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Life in a birth canal

When you feel like life is one contraction after another trying to push you out into the world, the natural reaction is to hold on, plant your feet, and try to stay within that space of your comfort zone.  The […]

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Understanding the heart of a poet…

I’ve often been asked where my inspiration for writing comes from.  Let’s start out with the most obvious answer…LIFE. The second  answer would be the observation of human interaction. The human experience from my perspective is a most amazing gift. […]

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What is poetry?

The gift of words in poetic form has been a part of us for as far back as we can reach in our evolution.  It has been a form of communication, preserving history, and spreading knowledge.  Though how poetry is […]

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Embracing gratitudes…

Well, today I’m a week into my physical and mental renovation and I’m holding strong.  Didn’t do any walking Saturday and Sunday because I had flooring put in which required a ton of heavy lifting and Sunday my back was […]

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