One poet’s favorite poems for children

I’ve been working on a book of children’s poems, adding new ones to verses I originally wrote for my girls years ago. At the same time I noticed a post by poet and translator A. M. Juster on social media. He asked us to share our favorite children’s poem.

For me that was hard because there are so many. I posted a quick response and then realized one of my top favorites is actually a book-long poem, but it’s a poem anyone of any age can enjoy. Continue reading “One poet’s favorite poems for children”

A Poem for these times: The Golden Riddle

Back yard bench and Caladiums
Photo: Indie Art South

The Golden Riddle

At night through my open window, I can hear
the couple across the street as they argue.
Blind anger mixed with fear makes a brawl
no one will win. They don’t paint their house
or mow their grass. Their porch is filled with trash.

Angry words often steal into my yard
where our children play.
We all hope they’ll sell their house one day.
Yet one question burns relentlessly.

How am I supposed to love them
like I love me?

(Kay B. Day/A Poetry Break/Ocean Publishing)

Poets come together on Zoom for ‘Reading in the Air’

Poetry has long been a favorite habit for my family. In times past, we had to go to a physical venue to hear poets read. Technology like Zoom has changed that, and now everyone can hear fine poets read online. Three talented women, Jane Greer, Marly Youmans, and Sally Thomas, will share their work in a special program, ‘Reading in the Air.’ Continue reading “Poets come together on Zoom for ‘Reading in the Air’”

ESPN archive has rare article on forgotten talent of Kobe Bryant

By Keith Allison from Hanover, MD, USA - Kobe Bryant, CC BY-SA 2.0
Kobe Bryant; Lakers at Wizards 12/2/15; By Keith Allison from Hanover, MD, USA – Kobe Bryant, CC BY-SA 2.0

I did a driveby on twitter yesterday, and noticed a lot of tweets expressing sorrow and RIPs over “Kobe.” I only know of one Kobe—basketball legend Kobe Bryant, and he was young. Once news officially broke about the helicopter crash that took Bryant, his young daughter, and others’ lives, I realized the worst was true. Somewhere in the back of my mind, there was an association with Bryant and music. So I started hopping around the Web to make sure my memory was right.

It was. Continue reading “ESPN archive has rare article on forgotten talent of Kobe Bryant”

Jennifer Reeser’s ‘Indigenous’ collection puts majority of other poets to shame

I knew what to expect from the poems of Jennifer Reeser in her new collection Indigenous. I knew I’d get what I’d gotten every time I read her poetry. Brilliance. This woman who speaks a number of languages, including Russian, French, and more than one Native American language, simply put, puts the majority of US poets to shame. Don’t believe me? Continue reading “Jennifer Reeser’s ‘Indigenous’ collection puts majority of other poets to shame”