To Be Real – Thoughts about Rachel/Caitlyn/Laverne 3

“It’s got to be real. To be real. It’s got to be real.“ The chorus from Cheryl Lynn’s 1978 disco hit, To Be Real,  keeps running through my head as I think about Rachel Dolezal, a white woman who’s been passing herself off as a Black woman for quite a […]


What Can I Do for You?

Let me know what I can do for you.  This is a statement I received from several people recently after my husband’s stroke.  I feel blessed to have so many people who care and who want to help.  I have also found myself asking the same question recently to friends, […]


How are you gonna hurt my feelings? 1

I had a great time visiting my family in St. Louis recently.  Our trip was cut short but before the call came that shortened the visit and altered my world, my sister and I shared a big laugh.  She is a wise woman with a wicked sense of humor and […]


Can I poet with you – Ntozake Shange 2

I had originally hoped to post a poem a day during Poetry Month (April) which has officially ended although there’s a big celebration of poetry, Mass Poetry Festival in Salem from May 1-3, featuring such poets as Rita Dove, Nick Flynn and Marge Piercy. Work obligations interfered with life desires […]

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Can I poet with you – W.H. Auden 2

Funeral Blues by W.H. Auden was made famous by the movie Four Weddings and a Funeral, when one of the key characters mourns the unexpected death of his partner.  It turns out, the poem was written in a different milieu, which I will share at the end of this post. […]


Can I Poet with You? – Lucille Clifton

It is downright unfair to pick a couple of poems from a prolific poet to represent them.  In each of my entries during my observation of Poetry Month, I pick one or two poems (or a few more in the case of Langston Hughes).  I cannot find my tattered paperback […]

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Can I Poet with You? – Clarence Major

Clarence Major is a poet, novelist and painter. I have a tattered copy of Swallow the Lake, a volume of his poems that was published by Wesleyan University Press. ISOLATE by Clarence Major                              She knew more […]


Can I poet with you – Robert Frost

Lo and behold that some famous poems by well-heralded poets that I had to read for school, still speak to me. I didn’t understand the truth of the Road Not Taken when I first encountered it. Now, as someone who has gained some knowledge and experience from my years on […]

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Can I Poet with You – June Jordan

Eloquent and fiery, activist June Jordan remains one of my favorite poets although her output stopped when she passed in 2002.  There are so many poems I can choose but this quiet one is what I’ve decided to share.  It is quiet and vivid. Roman Poem Number Six by June Jordan […]


May I poet with you – Al Young

Following is a favorite poem from “back in the day” that still touches me, thrills me reading it now. the song turning back into itself  2 A song for little children by Al Young Always it’s either A beginning or some end: the baby’s being born or its parents are […]


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Can I poet with you? Langston Hughes 1

One of the poets I love the most is Langston Hughes.  I read his book, The Sweet Flypaper of Life,  when I was in high school.  IIt photos of the view from a Harlem woman’s window by Roy Decarava.  It was the first book I remember with photos of a […]