Monthly Archives: July 2015

Crass Thoughts and Penis Poetry

Today I went on a poetic binge exploring a wide range of diverse poetry sites, journals, and blogs. I was out to take in art, be exposed to creative perspectives, and appreciate the varied styles that make up the poet’s voice. I … Continue reading

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Do Not F@#! It Up

I was fifteen when I was locked away. The State found me mentally unfit to be held accountable for my actions, and placed me in a treatment facility. For seventeen years I was incarcerated for a crime I didn’t commit, … Continue reading

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Writing and Couple’s Therapy

“All of us are scared: of looking dumb, of running out of ideas, of never selling our copy, of not getting noticed. We fiction writers make a business of being scared, and not just of looking dumb. Some of these … Continue reading

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Five Minute Exercise: Home

Home. The place where I Rest in between the sheets Of a bed I call my own. Home. Where wake up calls Are the unreasonable request Of young children Not the voice of a loud speaker megaphone. Home. The place Where … Continue reading

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That Time You Left

We could feel the tempo Slow To match the rhythm of pirouettes Gracefully falling From the mouth Of heaven’s sweet calling I Defy God Refuse to go on Refuse to let go Of the beautiful broken things Trying to set … Continue reading

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Forty-Six and Two

As performed by the amazing talent from the O’Keefe Music Foundation.

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She Knows Everything About Everything

She arranges odd angles in the same space Over & over again Muttering something about It’s never enough Or maybe She’s never enough Like a tornado Touching down & picking up She runs from room to room Ensures every rule … Continue reading

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Waves of Touching Humility

A few days ago as I made my way home from the longest seven months of my life, I came close enough to shore to get just enough of a phone signal to discover that I had been featured on … Continue reading

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Of God and Cancer

In 2006 I lost my mother. Cancer came back for a second bout; took what it was unable to take in the first fight. After her passing I opened up my closet to find the best outfit to hold myself … Continue reading

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The Measure of a Man

As far back as I can remember I have lived in a caffeine addicted world. At the age of twelve I began drinking horribly strong black coffee to demonstrate that I was a man; and not just a man, but … Continue reading

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Therapy

Over the last five months I’ve been struggling desperately with my depression and the effects of this damn PTSD. For a while it reached the point where thoughts of self-harm became pervasive to my internal dialogue. To speak honestly, there were more than a few … Continue reading

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Anton

His name is Anton. With the busted leg. A 57 year old elementary school grounds keeper; A 30 year veteran of the Polícia, Insisted that in Portugal, You must speak Português. I tell him, Eu falo Português muito mal. He … Continue reading

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In Glass Houses We Stone Each Other

“There are many reasons for our lamentation, from fear that religious liberties will be taken away to worries about social ostracism and cultural marginalization. But of all the things that grieve us, perhaps what’s been most difficult is seeing some … Continue reading

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Homecomings

Words are not usually hard for me to find. I tend to have a way with them. Now, however, as I watch my journey draw to an end to soon place familiar soil beneath my feet, I struggle to express my excitement … Continue reading

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She and the Abyss

The abyss. It’s where she lives. It’s where she calls home. She knows it’s her job To keep it in its place. To maintain all forms of order Lest chaos take the race. The abyss. Makes its home in her. … Continue reading

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