Moments


I am always surprised when I’m acknowledged by name at certain establishments. Today this occurred at the Columbia Museum of Art. I first became a member in 1998 and since then have seen staff come and go. And one of the staff near and dear to all, died a few years ago. I am a […]

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A Poem: Calling


He called my name, my full given name pronounced each syllable that my mother spoke the day I was born.   He called my name, like he knew my gait how each foot landed when I walked to Sunday School in too tight patent leather shoes.   He called my name, as though he were […]

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A Poem: Forced Entry


He broke into me- stole something. Brazen thief   never charged with forced entry, and no one sees the bruise prints the scratch marks on my spirit-   these don’t make police reports. The dignity missing from my step doesn’t qualify as physical evidence.   I shake when I see him. Only my homegirls seem […]

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Woman Wearing Red Glasses


Standing on stage with former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton just a few weeks ago has brought some interesting conversations. Most common questions are “Did I see you on TV standing behind Hillary?” or “I know you must have been excited standing on stage with our next President?” I humbly respond yes that was […]

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Poetically Speaking


April is National Poetry Month here in the United States.  National Poetry Month is the largest literary celebration in the world, with tens of millions of readers, students, K-12 teachers, librarians, booksellers, literary events curators, publishers, bloggers, and, of course, poets marking poetry’s important place in our culture and our lives every April.  It was […]

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A Poet Renewed


When I left for The Watering Hole 2nd Annual Poet’s Retreat held at Santee State Park in South Carolina, I just wanted to simply be a better poet. I didn’t have any other way to say my goal than to be better at my craft in addition to making connections with other poets of color. […]

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