Billows

Billows

My rushing sigh Flows in and out Like the ocean surf That writes in the dark On reams of slimy kelp With the ancient ink Of primeval octopi.   It’s as if the storming, Obsidian face of waves Is a mirror for my own Inner workings and words That I wish to speak But...
Fragments

Fragments

Two broken   Youths in the wild wood Watch the dying daylight fade Among the ancient ferns,   Too broken   To see the colors As they flame across the sky And promise them warmth.   One, broken,   Walks through the night shade, Following the...
Three Powers of Personification

Three Powers of Personification

When you take the leap and attempt writing poetry, you’ll find a multitude of tools at your disposal. Some are self-explanatory, some are surprising, and some are downright strange. All you need is practice. You can arrange rhyme, metaphor, and simile in a variety of...
Three Unique Ways Poetry Affects Us

Three Unique Ways Poetry Affects Us

I have a couple confessions to make.   First, I am biased toward poetry, not because I believe it is inherently better than other art forms (like novel writing), but because poetry is largely misunderstood. People interrogate poetry to gauge its worth, asking...
Friendly Rain

Friendly Rain

You have never seen life until you’ve stepped in a fall of rain, as Autumn slow and long creeps to hidden music, a Tuesday song on a steel-gray morning, in a chair you’ve kept for the Friend who may yet come. Alarming as it may be, but no sweat in the thought, you...
Fortress

Fortress

I’m used to thinking this city of the world proud and impregnable, with our ideals the bunting, vividly shaded on election day, with the hum of hymns for social justice ringing in my ears—hear ye, hear ye! This just in, pick it up yourself from your local village...

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