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Dying Flower

Deep down
there’s a place where I
have learned to suppress desires, to
let them wither and
die

My silent suffering is

rooted in the fragile… 9 more words

Jessie Mae-- Installment Two

The sudden chiming of bells startled him. Looking back out the windows, he saw that Jessie Mae was no longer standing where she’d been before. He at first ignored the doorbell thinking it must be her at his door, but the bells became one long sonorous clanging as if though someone were resting a palm against the bell. 802 more words

Jessie Mae - Installment One

I’m currently revising one of the short stories for my short story anthology (date of publication TBA) and decided to feature one of the stories here in installments. 1,099 more words

Americanah -- A Review

In her latest novel Americanah, one of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s characters says that “You can’t write an honest novel about race in this country.” The character, Shan, goes on to say later in the novel that, “…if you’re going to write about race, you have to make sure it’s so lyrical and subtle that the reader who doesn’t read between the lines won’t even know it’s about race.” For this reason, I almost decided not to write a review of the novel. 752 more words

A Love Poem, I Think

A poem in the works:

Why do we not trust
the judgment of those
who show us they
don’t love us?
The unraveling
of love… 312 more words

Spoken Word vs. Traditional Written Poetry

As a developmental writing instructor at a community college, I’m accustomed to having to explain the differences between the various genres of writing. I understand that a student needs to comprehend the differences in purposes for writing a persuasive or argumentative essay as opposed to, say, an analytical essay. 1,433 more words

The Jackfruit

Like a piece of jackfruit
she settled where she fell.

Her skin frightened those who were
tempted to taste her. No one touched her
and she started to rot. 124 more words