Tag: poet

May 20, 2017 – Reaching For Roots

I was invited to a conference of an organization called Exchange. I really knew nothing about this so I was eager to find out more about it. This is an organization that does so much for our youth, I’m still processing all of it. I was also made aware of ACT the Art Conservatory for…
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May 19, 2017 – Allowing

It’s interesting to view life from my poet self. It’s a very different way of being than my everyday, here I am self. I’ve discovered over the years that my strongest writing comes about when I am in my deepest turmoil. Surprise there, huh? That seems to be a rather common thread for poets. Lately,…
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May 18, 2017 – A Predominant Occurrance

I’m in a place of having to share this thought that has been circulating in my mind lately. So, I see myself as a person with a great deal of integrity. I also am a very loyal and dedicated friend. I love from a very deep place inside of me and do my best to…
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May 12, 2017 – A Month Of Gratitudes

Seems like the track I’m on this month revolves around being very grateful for so many things. My main focus, however, is the gratitude I have for writers that inspire me, mentors that have pushed me forward and believed in me, and powerful women that encourage me to follow my own path of creating something…
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May 11, 2017 – Empowerment Through Humor

Roxane Gay was another amazing force that came to UT for my MFA. Though my area of concentration was poetry, there were also fiction and non-fiction writers that greatly impacted me. I didn’t really know about Roxane before she came as part of the Lectores Series, so I was pleasantly surprised by her presence on the…
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May 6, 2017 – Patricia Smith/Persona and Personification

So this is a tale that still gives me goosebumps. I was in my second term of my MFA Program at the University of Tampa, when a classmate approached me and suggested I read this book titled, Blood Dazzler. I read it in one sitting and was blown away. I put it away for a…
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May 5, 2017 – Henry Rollins/No Apologies

I was turned on to Henry Rollins about 10 years ago by a friend. We were in Barnes & Noble and I was desperately looking for something new. She directed me to the book Eye Scream, by Henry Rollins. I was immediately intrigued by the cover and figured, what they hey, why not? Henry is…
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May 4, 2017 – Books And My Passion For Reading

I’d like to share several days of blog posts talking about books. Books that have inspired me. Books that have given me strength. Books that have changed my life. Every day I am grateful that I can read. I cannot imagine a life without books and they joy they bring to me. Reading was one…
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May 3, 2017 – A Clearer Understanding Of Trauma Recovery

I have made a point of not stepping neck deep into the political arena, simply because I haven’t had the energy to be combative. There is an irony in that statement. I grew up with a very combative and angry father. He raised me to be equally combative and angry. He also assured me that my…
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May 2, 2017 – Mental Rewind

I have made incredible progress over the past four months and do feel a great sense of transformation. Change never comes easy and it’s wise to realize that change is trial and error, trying and failing, moving forward, falling back. I made the mistake of feeling just a bit to sure I had overcome some…
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