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Ya’alili by 8th Day

My moth­er sent me the link to this music video by 8th Day. The music is great, but what made me smile the most was the lit­tle boy in peyos and a sweat­shirt with a Bat­man patch bop­ping to the beat. I also real­ly appre­ci­ate the mix­ing of...

Prepping This Semester’s Poetry Workshop — 2

Prepping This Semester’s Poetry Workshop — 2

This is from an essay called “Here Today,” in Hay­den Carruth’s Efflu­ences from the Sacred Caves. In my ear­ly years as a poet, I learned more about craft from read­ing this book than almost any­where else: “[W]hen poems gain in flu­en­cy and intel­li­gi­bil­i­ty, and hence in mean­ing, from being print­ed as prose, it is because […]

Prepping This Semester’s Poetry Workshop — 1

Prepping This Semester’s Poetry Workshop — 1

So I’m read­ing The Pen­guin Anthol­o­gy of Twen­ti­eth Cen­tu­ry Poet­ry, edit­ed by Rita Dove, in prepa­ra­tion for the poet­ry work­shop I’ll be teach­ing this semes­ter, and four very dif­fer­ent poems, almost all in a row, by four very dif­fer­ent poets, took my breath away: “Pow­er,” by Audre Lorde, “The Pre­dic­tion,” by Mark Strand, “A Stone […]