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The Good Engine

I know you and I know your engine. Your engine runs on truth and light and nothing else works, I've seen you try and fill it with the kind of lies people want to hear and it was like watching someone fill their gas tank with sugar. Sweet, but going nowhere.

The Sky Is On Fire

Tell them, “If you’re gone too long, I will light candles for you in the dark. I will burn down a forest just so that you see it." And maybe they won't go.

The Eternal Echo

I know how you felt when I touched you, because I know how I felt when you touched me. So you cannot tell me that you do not think of it often, or wonder why no one will ever be able to touch you like that, again.____The winners of the...Show More Summary

The Egg Timer Of Infinite

In some new world, there are no clocks, so they must measure time in what they miss.Their recipe books say, “Boil the rice until you forget what they look like.”And, “Bake for exactly as long as it takes to remember why you left.”

The New Book Is Out In The Wild

The new book has leaked early on amazon and a few people have managed to pick up advanced copies at Barnes & Noble! Keep an eye out and please take a picture if you see one! Click the picture or here to see for yourself!

The Pain Of Learning

Remember yesterday’s greatest lesson: What hurts you today, won’t hurt you tomorrow.

WD Poetic Form Challenge: Roundelay

Time for another WD Poetic Form Challenge–this time for the roundelay! Find the rules for writing roundelays here. A good, old school French poetic form packed with plenty of rhymes and refrains (plenty of rhymes and refrains). So start...Show More Summary

The Constant Fire And Noise

I have taught myself to see the person a person is trying to be, not just the person they are. Above some, I have seen a nurse, a cowboy, a man made of shadows, a girl who cries beautifully, someone in complete control, someone who overcomes great things, and someone who's love is needed by the world. Show More Summary

Why I Write Poetry: Courtney O’Banion Smith

2 months agoWriting / Poetry : Poetic Asides

Several weeks ago, I posted about “Why I Write Poetry” and encouraged others to share their thoughts, stories, and experiences for future guest posts. I’ve already received so many, and I hope they keep coming in (details on how to contribute below). Show More Summary

Chanso: Poetic Form

2 months agoWriting / Poetry : Poetic Asides

Today’s form is kind of cool, because it affords a bit of creativity. Let’s look at the chanso! Chanso Poems Chanso poems are adaptable to the needs of the poet. This French form consists of five or six stanzas with an envoy that is roughly half the size of a regular stanza. Show More Summary

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 405

2 months agoWriting / Poetry : Poetic Asides

For today’s prompt, write a money poem. The poem could be about currency, having money, not having money, wanting more money, etc. The poem can just mention money in passing or take place somewhere that money is changing hands. Like usual, feel free to get creative with your interpretations of the prompt. Show More Summary

Why I Write Poetry: Steve Cushman

2 months agoWriting / Poetry : Poetic Asides

Several weeks ago, I posted about “Why I Write Poetry” and encouraged others to share their thoughts, stories, and experiences for future guest posts. I’ve already received so many, and I hope they keep coming in (details on how to contribute below). Show More Summary

Why I Write Poetry: Stuart Peacock

3 months agoWriting / Poetry : Poetic Asides

A few weeks ago, I posted about “Why I Write Poetry” and encouraged others to share their thoughts, stories, and experiences for future guest posts. I’ve already received so many, and I hope they keep coming in (details on how to contribute below). Show More Summary

The Shade In The Night

Give me one beautiful thing in the darkness to hold onto. Even if it’s only the ghost of good light.

10 Years Later

10 years ago today, I posted the first entry on a blog called I Wrote This For You. I had just turned 27 a month earlier. I wrote most of the first 100 entries in one big push, in December 2006, and then they just sat there in a word...Show More Summary

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 400

4 months agoWriting / Poetry : Poetic Asides

I have to admit: Today’s prompt kind of snuck up on me. But now that it’s here, I’m taking a moment to soak it in. 400 Wednesday poetry prompts is pretty cool! With 10 April PAD Challenges and 9 November PAD Chapbook Challenges, it means...Show More Summary

The Not-Fully-Seen Beyond of Collaborative ‘Executive Orders’

MobyLives breathes the executive order anew by interviewing three poets about “Executive Orders,” a new project and “online collaboration in which a veritable sleigh-team of poets (more than twenty have participated so far) are creating some binding directives of their own.” Started by members of the Organism for Poetic Research Rachael Wilson, Andrew Gorin, and […]

An Inclusionary Education: Bertha Rogers Guest Blogs

Education Week invites guest blogger Bertha Rogers, a teaching artist with Teachers & Writers Collaborative, to share her thoughts on “Teaching Poetry as a Means to Inclusion.” Rogers writes that although our world is diverse and feels smaller every day, the reality is that the “ways we learn must widen so that inclusion becomes second […]

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