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Exploring Poetry

Until my junior year of high school, I hadn’t given poetry a thought, or a chance. I decided that non fiction, was my first love, and felt it was my last. 455 more words


One today

Though “we are the majority” (Remember — only 26% of the electorate voted for Trump) my position today is not of supporter but of defender. I must pay attention to the difference between fact and opinion; hype and reality; bluster and truth. 153 more words


For the Women of USA, a poem re-blogged, re-titled. The Battle Ahead of You.

The Battle Ahead of You – Fight On


Because today they need us –

today I  claim my connection

to America. And I do this… 148 more words

Advent Again - day 13

“we wait for new heavens and a new earth, where righteousness is at home…”

from “One Today” by Richard Blanco

One sky, toward which we sometimes lift our eyes… 116 more words


The Prompter Room

For Friday, December 2, 2016:

A poem takes back language, reenergizes it, reinvigorates it … Language, and all art, offers a kind of consolation because it speaks truth and it speaks hope. 10 more words

The Prompter Room

City of a Hundred Fires (Blanco)

Blanco’s gentle poetry evokes a strong attraction to Cuba – the land, the food, all of it, including his mother. He concludes “Mail for Mama” by addressing her: “your eyes forever fixed / by a sentence of time, in a garden of never.” And then in “Mother Picking Produce” 171 more words


The Prince of Los Cocuyous: A Miami Childhood (Blanco)

This is a story of in-betweens. Blanco is in between Cuba and Miami, in between waves of Cuban immigrants, in between his family’s expectations of him and his expectations of himself, in between Spanish and English, and in between becoming aware of his sexuality and acting on this awareness. 66 more words