Poet of the Day – Pamela Sumners

National Poetry Month April 16, 2020 Pamela Sumners LAST RITES   It rained cottonmouths for 30 days after you died. They wore proud boots and took over the streets, slithered and kicked through the steel-plated doors. They sat coiled or casually dropped in your special recliner. They ate the last Tyson’s chicken in Arkansas—they did! […]

Poet of the Day – Ren Pike

National Poetry Month April 15, 2020 Ren Pike old friend   we met in snowsuit suffocation bursting bruised from bully buses enduring lawless endless recess powerless in paramilitary dress singing campfire songs me in hand-me-down stress you riddled and repressed carrying cafeteria tray caution past hostile hoards   we merged into oncoming havoc registrar-recorded rapids […]

Poet of the Day – Mary Ellen Talley

National Poetry Month April 14, 2020 Mary Ellen Talley Armchair Travel               for Aimee Nezhukumatathil   It began with a search for linalool while I was reading a poem, The Pepper Kingdom – Kerala by Aimee with the challenging last name who said on stage her six syllables were butchered in the classroom. Poor […]

Poet of the Day – Christina Lovin

National Poetry Month April 13, 2020 Christina Lovin Geodes   “Even a rock has insides/         smash one and see…”                ~Molly Peacock, “How I Come to You”   Back up that long hill again—familiar ruts and rocks shaking me awake once more after so long.   Not much changed.   You, the same: unbreakable […]