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A Poet’s Personal Journey

J was a graduate student when I met her. We were in the same poetry writing class in the mid-80’s. I was an undergrad. (I was in my mid 30’s, divorced, with three children, two teens and a pre-teen.) She … Continue reading

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Summer of Love 2017

It’s the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love 1967. Maybe I’ll get around to doing a Haight-Ashbury Tour before the summer’s out. Or get out there and take some pics. If I can get passed my agoraphobic panic. I … Continue reading

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Write to Be

Over 20 years ago, I said to a poet friend, “I don’t know how to be.” I didn’t. Still really don’t. But I know, to be, I have to write. When I read, I become the work, the poem. When … Continue reading

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Clowns and Dicks at Open Mic (aka Mike)

Some folks write “mike.” I prefer “mic,” cuz it’s truncated “microphone.” I love open mic. I was disappointed when an established poet said she hates open mic. She’s no major poet, but she’s got a name, regionally speaking. I think … Continue reading

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Sometimes I’m So Scared

Sometimes I feel so scared. I heard recently, somewhere, that “courage isn’t the absence of fear, but the ability to take action in spite of it”. Something like that. Hell, how many therapists told me that? “It’s ok to be … Continue reading

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By Vocation, Not Profession

No, of course this is not a professional blog. It’s a personal blog. In fact, it’s “an experiment”. I figure out how to use the “machinery” as I go along. This blog is soul, not ego. (Well, can’t escape ego. … Continue reading

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