Art is when you hear a knocking from your soul … and you answer.” Terri Guillemets In solidarity with all women and their children I offer four of my “women poems” written and originally published here and elsewhere between 2011 and 2017 HER POWER LEAPS she’s present returned to bite through the umbilical of tradition, to flick her tongue and cut loose the animus-god of our parents, like a panther she roams the… Read More

“I’m not going to die, I’m going home like a shooting star.” The Narrative of Sojourner Truth Sojourner Truth and Olive Gilbert Ain’t I a Woman is posted here today in honor of Black History Month (February) and International Women’s Day (IWD), coming up on March 8. One of the many guises in which poetry presents itself:  American actress Alfrie Woodard delivers New Yorker Sojourner Truth‘s spontaneous speech, Ain’t I a Woman. Sojourner gave this… Read More

Listen Child I read a poem today and decided I must deed it to some lost, lonely fatherless child… to brace her along her stony path … Listen child, don’t forsake your aspirations or buy the social OS Just let this poem play you like a musician her viola, reframing lonely into solitude and sanctity Let it wash you like the spray of whales Let it drench your body in the music… Read More