Ms Suskin has already urged us to make meaning out of the little things, the big things. But what is the most important of all the meanings? Our own meaning. In today’s episode, the poets gathered to explore their own purpose. People will always ask you why you do […]
Today’s exercise asks us to utilize our senses when we write a poem. I’m here watching this video, smelling my sweat, greasy hair stuck to my brow, thinking, duh. But, Ms J Suskin, let us honor the gods with our five senses! Below are my five and a bonus […]
These exercises feel easy and doable (during working hours! Opps). I am grateful for them. They really inspire. Especially with how I tell myself I should be training more. Be more of a champion. Practice daily, all the time, every moment I get, religiously. Today’s exercise features purpose. In […]
My mother is super into webinars, and in daily meditation, and daily practice. So, here I am, sharing in her delights. She sent me a series hosted by a longtime poet and motivator of words within us: Jacqueline Suskin. Now, when I read her name out loud (in my head, […]
Be water, my friend. Bruce Lee Praise to the blocks, the stumbles and locks! They keep villains away, keep terror ad hoc. The purpose of a block is to channel, you know, a flow the consciousness doesn’t know; while laziness allows us to rock peace or pajamas. And what’s […]
A poignant question, and I seem to have but an hour to ponder the thought. Thus I invite you to take your index finger and run it along the cracks of your vanity mirror, get it out of your matrix. This one’s on the penny side to-day. Ride. Is […]
Why not get into the holiday spirit with some lines? These I wrote while traveling this past summer. They feel warm to me, silly, carefree, and yearning. Skim them, or sit on a word for a long time. They are here to keep you company. Personally I like the last […]
You have to be a poet to do just about anything. You have to be a poet to translate another’s words. Only poets care enough about language to clearly convey one person’s thought to a different person’s understanding. Any other type of translator will blur the message. The best […]
“At a distance, you only see my light / Come closer, and know that I am you” RUMI Distance. Distance. Poem or essay or lyric on Distance. What are your thoughts, philosophical or not, on such a topic? [Preamble concludes, deflate the diaphragm, let in air.] That’s […]
Click here for the PDF — A Dirge to Love (Part 12) The end.
Click here for the PDF — A Dirge to Love (Part 11) The climax.
Click here for the PDF — A Dirge to Love (Part 10) Do you agree with the friend, Nicholas? Is his advice advisable? And will the narrator abide?
(Original can be found on the blog Atrapadas en Azul.) My first impression upon entering the poem was of immediate sadness. There are many casual rhymes, natural with Spanish, and a freedom of verse that gives the poem a sense of sincerity, while an intriguing use of punctuation adds […]
Click here for the PDF — A Dirge to Love (Part 9) In this week’s episode, we finally see the narrator taking the GRE, and we hear about “you know who.” How would you have reacted?
Click here for the PDF — A Dirge to Love (Part 8) Are any of the words in this week’s episode new to you? Write a sentence using it, and leave it in the comment section.
Click here for the PDF — A Dirge to Love (Part 7) Ellipses: can they convey a sense of disorientation?
Click here for the PDF — A Dirge to Love (Part 6) In this episode, our protagonist meets a psychic. Does this help?
ivanBRAVE_ADirgeToLove_5 Are Man and Woman doomed? Read what a friend has to say.
ivanBRAVE_ADirgeToLove_4 In this post we see the narrator rebound, writhe in despair, and sing his heart out. What would you do with a broken heart?
ivanBRAVE_ADirgeToLove_3 What ought he do next?