A Poem Based off of a Reversal

A "Charming" Marriage   the moment rings bound our two hearts as one the spell was broken   bright periwinkle eyes now void and exhausted from keeping the secret   a figure like a man’s dream now broken and disfigured...

A Poem Based off of a Memory

“Never Again”   A breeze gently reaches out, It carries the bees’ sound, the butterfly’s path, the flower’s perfume.   Pulled away, ripped from peace. Contemplation will have to wait. Chaos takes its’ turn… again.   ...

Response to Poem: "American Gothic" by John Stone

"American Gothic" by John Stone Painting "American Gothic" by Grant Wood Love it. I see a writer filling in details and a backstory of what could possibly be felt but is not seen in the poem. A paintings moment has been pulled into another...

Response to Poem: "Winter Landscape" by John Berryman

"Winter Landscape" by John Berryman Painting "Hunters in the Snow" by Pieter Brueghel (1565)   No matter how aweful my day may be, any title that uses any words relating to cooler weather is going to get an immediate smile out of my face, as I...

Response to Poem: "A Hand" by Jane Hirshfield

"A Hand" by Jane Hirshfield A poem with, what I find to be, a positive message. Our hands, like the leaves of a tree, are more useful when open.  Closed hands can hold, but they can also hang on.  Open hands can support and hold without being...

Response to Poem: "Naked girl and mirror" by Judith Wright

"Naked Girl And Mirror" by Judith Wright This poem took quite a few readings before I could even come close to having some type of vision. Writings that I have a difficult time connecting with, in a sympathetic or apathetic way, are difficult...

Response to Poem: "What do women want?" by Kim Addonizio

I hear anger. This writing sounds to me like a woman who's thoughts and dreams have been stifled. Who's been judged wrongly and feels bitter and resentful. What's interesting and somewhat confusing to me is that within the beginning of the poem it...

Response to Poem: "The Street" by Stepen Dobyns

Not being familiar with either poem nor painting, I couldn't help but wonder who inspired whom? The words written perfectly describe the image we see, but the words are also quite descriptive that I could also see where an artist would be able to...

Assignment: Coming to terms with place.

“Chicago” Hardworking, both blue-collar and white. Built on the backs of steel and rail workers. Now counting on strong minds, to make up for obsolesced strong backs.   Bustling and quick-witted, always alive.  Political and aggressive,...