Month: July 2014

Oh, Happy Day

Walt Whitman is unbeatable at expressing, to use a word of his, athletic joy. The opening lines of “Song of Myself,” pictured above, are worth committing to memory for they express a private, but generous, feeling of celebration. Today, I feel like celebrating. The sun is shining here in Aspen, Colorado, happiest of happy places, where […]

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I, too, Am America

“Langston Hughes, although only twenty-four years old, is already conspicuous in the group of Negro intellectuals who are dignifying Harlem with a genuine art life. . . .”wrote author Du Bose Heyward in the New York Herald Tribune in 1926. Despite such praise, Hughes was derided by his fellow black writers of the time for allowing race to be a […]

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Transgender in the Air

  A few weeks ago, I finished Jeffrey Eugenides’ Pulitzer Prize-winning “Middlesex.” For those who haven’t read it, it’s about a hermaphrodite named Calliope, then Cal. The book’s merits have been sung far and wide, so I won’t repeat them here. I did want to share a passage from the novel that I loved though. […]

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Recital

I can’t get over the week I spent in a tiny Colombian town for the 30th Annual Encounter of Women Poets. It was a week of many firsts for me. But, the biggest one was reciting my poems for the first time. I could not have asked for a better place to do so. The […]

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It Existed

This post was written from Roldanillo, Colombia, a tiny town toward the west of the country.  I was there all week attending the Colombian Women Poets Festival for the first time ever. So I had time for a quick post featuring U.S. Poet Laureate Mark Strand, taken a few months ago in a páramo, a cloud forest located […]

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“The Napkin Trick” in Dagda Publishing

  It’s been done before: The inten­tion of con­ver­sa­tion starts and ends with a slow walk around a famil­iar, short block – the light purse or empty pocket. (Tonight after all should only call for some cash.) A set of doors is cho­sen but not broached, and reluc­tance comes as a reminder of iso­lated drinks where […]

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