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Under overhang,
Mantis, praying for respite
From incessant rain.



“I wrote this on the back of my hand…”

I wrote this

on the back

of my hand:

“Dangled lip

pressed as teeth to

tourniquet, to old

chin, with a hole in it—

laughed, embarrassed, 99 more words

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Lanier's Last Turn : : Precious

 I composed the first poem after Lanier’s death thirteen days before his memorial.  It was not a difficult poem to write because it was true to what happened.  781 more words


Poems, feelings, risks, safe spaces: On newness

June 15, 2015, was the year anniversary of my escape from domestic violence.

In May of that year, I decided to take on a self-imposed poem-a-day challenge in June, to distract myself from the mental replay of all the little anniversaries leading up to that big one on the 15th. 1,084 more words

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New poem at The Awl

Happy (and a bit anxious, given the subject matter) to have some brand new work of mine up at the wonderful site The Awl, entitled “ 40 more words


Two poems by Kaddy Benyon

The Blue Hour

This intense, clear pristine blue
that in any other mind could be turquoise,
aqua, a warm clear sea around a Grecian

isle. Here, lodged just under the arctic, 359 more words


For Edgar, love Annabel

It was many a year ago, ’tis true,
In a kingdom by the sea,
A maid was I, when right on cue
Arrived Mr. Edgar, A.P.; 271 more words

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