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Your questions about remembering and forgetting and “re-creating” are ones that I’ve thought about too as I’ve worked through my poems and essays about my parents. An interviewer, Okla Elliot, once asked me the following question: “In Lightning and Ashes, you make use of what seems like direct family sources (such as the poem “A […]

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I still can’t write about it and I don’t know why. I know what I want to say … but it’s not enough to say it.  Perhaps all I can do is to wait for it to pass.  Will I know when it’s over?  I don’t know. Here are two poems written in honor of […]

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I called my dad today, as I do every day, and he picked up the phone but for the first time said nothing but one word, yes? I started talking about the weather and the colors of the forest around our house. Everything is turning red and yellow, I said. It rained last night, I […]

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  When I think of summer, I think of time not passing. I think of the beach and the constancy of one sound that was present before anyone could hear it. I think of  my young lightweight body, darkened, pressing to the warm sand, as fine and white as flour. I think of the waves […]

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I looked at the floor and thought of chess.  This made me feel sinful. I was not supposed to have frivolous thoughts while in church.  The floor of the neo-Gothic church was made of black and white marble squares that made me think of the size of the chess pieces that would match the size […]

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Can you feel good about feeling bad? How difficult is it to admit to the reason of feeling bad? Is it possible to live a life when the choices are easy and the mind is clear? I have a strong suspicion that your answers are also mine. Aren’t our life experiences similar?  Don’t we experience […]

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Have you ever tried to write haiku? I have attempted to write haiku several times throughout the years. But I have never succeeded. Finally, I had to ask myself a question: What is it about haiku that makes it difficult to learn? The first thing that comes to my mind when I think of haiku […]

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Poetry exchange with the Muse

I found an interesting poem about poetry last night after teaching my ESL Writing class at Howard Community College. I saw a poster with this poem on a wall (close to room 118) in the Duncan Hall. Later, I tried to find this poem on-line but couldn’t. After a long search I had decided to ask for help and voila!  […]

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I had an enlightening conversation with Panos about poetry this past Saturday evening. Panos is a poet who says he is not a poet.  He writes poetry and says he doesn’t write poetry.  He writes his poems in Greek and translates them into English saying that translating is impossible. Panos is Greek.  He comes from Cyprus, so I wondered […]

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