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Poems That Flow to the Brim

This week with all of the hoopla about snowfall, deadlines, and fleeting meltdowns, I had the distinct pleasure of not only meeting a new poet but encountering her work. Antoinette Brim’s debut collection, Psalm of the Sunflower was a delight. We had an opportunity to correspond about her debut collection. My first question is– Psalm … Continue reading


Rita Dove Quotable

I love this woman, this poet. I have ever since I remember reading her poetry in high school. Imagine my amazement when I discovered she was a black woman! “Have you ever heard a good joke? If you’ve ever heard someone just right, with the right pacing, then you’re already on the way to poetry. … Continue reading

The Mic Was Still Open

With my college days almost two years behind me, my daughter being grown and now school-aged, I must admit that hitting up the open mic has taken the back seat, maybe even the trunk. I do, however, make time for readings which are quite different in a lot of ways. But what Derrick Weston Brown … Continue reading

Some Things I Did When I Wasn’t Blogging

-I had Thanksgiving dinner for the first time at a buffet. It was lots of fun. No dishes. Same food. Easy to clean-up. -My Dad took the bus from NYC to be with me and his granddaughter. It was an interesting experience. Some fatherhood posts are forthcoming. -On my weekly trip to the library I … Continue reading

Interview with Tara Betts

How did you come up with the title? What does Arc & Hue mean? The title, Arc & Hue, is culled from a poem in the first section about a little boy and I drawing on the sidewalks outside my mother’s house in Kankakee, IL. I kept thinking of how, as adults, we try to … Continue reading

Upcoming Reading

Catching My Breath

It feels like a week since I’ve had time to post.  But there’s good reason, I’ve been busy. I started a new gig with Split This Rock working with Sarah Browning & company (Melissa, Katherine, Jaime, Alicia, and Reggie), activist-poets based here in Washington. Here’s a short interview I did with Sarah on a previous blog, Poetic … Continue reading

Reading at Strathmore Mansion in Bethesda

  Author Marita Golden and I will read from the anthology It’s All Love. This reading is a lunchtime event.  This reading will begin promptly at 11:30am on Thursday, October 22. For more information about this anthology and or the Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright Foundation (which the book benefits) click here.