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June 25, 2017 – Olena Kalytiak Davis

This is another book I was assigned to read during my MFA program. I had to go through this one a couple of times because it definitely requires a slow read. I can best describe the poems as “thick” filled […]

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June 24, 2017 – Ani DiFranco

I saw Ani DiFranco in concert a few years ago. She did a long spoken word piece. I fell in love. I bought her book. I read it often.   Day 23: Verses by Ani DiFranco         […]

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June 23, 2017 – Audre Lorde

I have recently delved into the world of Aurde Lorde and am completely enamored with her work. I intend to read as much of her work as I can get my hands on. Brutal, truth, no holds barred, and she […]

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June 20, 2017 – Saul Williams

I’ve been a fan of Saul Williams for some time now. I purchased this book almost 20 years ago when it first came out and fell in love with what this man could do with so few lines. Since then […]

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June 15, 2017 – Nayyirah Waheed

This book, was gifted to me several years ago and I never got around to reading it. I picked it up today, its stark, white, plain cover with just four letters followed by a period in the bottom right corner […]

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June 14, 2017 – James Baldwin

I’ve been on a kick lately reading Baldwin’s work. It never ceases to amaze me how much I have grown through the works I have been reading over the last two-and-a-half years. I get a smile on my face realizing […]

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June 11, 2017 – Terrance Hayes

After reading Terrance Hayes first book of poetry I was hooked. I have since purchased all of his work and revel in the beauty of his craft. He has created new forms of poetry which greatly intrigues me because they […]

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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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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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