Writing – ideas & samples


Po-Po-Poetry – David Bickham – National Poetry Month

I met David Bickham about 18 years ago when he was living in Boston.  He promised me that he would get me to his hometown of Jackson, Mississippi one day to share my experience with cultural economic development.  We kept in touch over the ensuing years and he always contacted […]


Po-Po-Poetry: Toi Derricotte – Cave Canem – National Poetry Month 2

This selection for National Poetry Month features Toi Derricotte and accomplished poet and champion of Black poets. She is co-founder of Cave Canem* – the seminal/critical/crucial support organization and network for Black poets. Black Boys Play the Classics – by Toi Derricotte The most popular “act” in Penn Station is the three […]


Po-Po-Poetry Month – Antonia George

I am way behind on posting another poem.  My computer went down and I’ve been pretty busy.  Now that these excuses are out-of-the-way, here’s another poem in celebration of National Poetry Month*  from a young poet. Antonia George.  I got a broadside of her poetry, After 21, a year or […]


Grandchildren Underfoot and a Pig in the Cellar – writing journey

I had an essay published in the Boston Globe Sunday edition  last week.  The print title is “Two is company, three’s a crowd-pleaser.” The online title is Grandchildren Underfoot and a Pig in the Cellar.  It is about how my house has more than enough space for my husband 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 […]