Creative & Prophetic Resistance to Injustice: One Lesson from Martin Luther King, Jr.

Fifty-five years ago today, on April 4, 1968, Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee. In a cowardly act of violence, as white supremacy always is, James Earl Ray shot Dr. King from across the street, hidden. Who might have assisted Ray, we will likely never know. What we do know, is thatContinue reading “Creative & Prophetic Resistance to Injustice: One Lesson from Martin Luther King, Jr.”

CRUSHED & CROWNED – Available for Pre-Order from FlowerSong Press

I am so grateful to share that CRUSHED & CROWNED, my newest poetry collection, is available for pre-order from FlowerSong Press. I am thrilled that Edward Vidaurre, and the wonderful people at FlowerSong Press have accepted this book and will bring it out in the Fall of 2023. You can order it at the linkContinue reading “CRUSHED & CROWNED – Available for Pre-Order from FlowerSong Press”

We Have Work to Do: MLK Day 2023

94 years ago today, Martin Luther King, Jr. was born. After a quiet childhood, protected by his family and church from most of the South’s brutality, he would go on to live one of the most consequential lives of the 20th century. His ability to read the world’s economic and racial crises, its spiritual emptiness,Continue reading “We Have Work to Do: MLK Day 2023”

Christmas Eve, Humility, and the Return of Light

On the East coast of the United States, where I live, these last days of December are dark. It’s not fully light until around 8:00 in the morning and it’s dark before 5:00 in the evening. We just passed the Winter Solstice three days ago so we are, quite literally, in the darkest days ofContinue reading “Christmas Eve, Humility, and the Return of Light”

The Smallness of Winter

I wonder what to call it. Winter’s smallness? The paucity of winter? The poverty of winter? I think smallness works. Winter brings with it a kind of smallness, a shrunken quality that, next to the lushness of summer and spring, appears diminished. If summer is rich, winter is poor. If summer feels robust, winter feelsContinue reading “The Smallness of Winter”

Crushed & Crowned Coming Out in Fall, 2023!

I am thrilled and grateful to share here that Crushed & Crowned, my fifth book of poems, will be published by FlowerSong Press in the Fall of 2023! Many thanks to Edward Vidaurre and the good people at FlowerSong Press for getting these poems into the world. FlowerSong Press has created some wonderful books andContinue reading “Crushed & Crowned Coming Out in Fall, 2023!”

An Open Letter to Americans on Immigration

Dear Americans: Raise your hand if you chose your birthplace. I see no hands going up. Raise your hand if you earned, paid for, negotiated to be born in the United States. Again, no hands. I am not trying to be obnoxious. But the questions above mean to assert a simple, clear, but often ignoredContinue reading “An Open Letter to Americans on Immigration”

Poems of Memory & Sorrow- CROSSING THE RIFT: North Carolina Poets on 9/11 and its Aftermath

I once thought Lucille Clifton was the only American poet who wrote anything worth reading about 9/11/2001. For awhile, she was. Her simple, searing poems moved me in a world that had gone mad with patriotism, anger, and revenge. Years later, I was at St. Mary’s College of Maryland for a reading, where Clifton taughtContinue reading “Poems of Memory & Sorrow- CROSSING THE RIFT: North Carolina Poets on 9/11 and its Aftermath”

Pamela Uschuk’s REFUGEE – Poems of Beauty & Anger

Pamela Uschuk is, in my view, one of our country’s best poets. Her new book, REFUGEE, shows precisely why. Her poems rise up from careful craft, scattering beauty, detailed descriptions, merged with an anger at injustice and a persistent hope for the world that we could create. Her insistence, that her poems are not justContinue reading “Pamela Uschuk’s REFUGEE – Poems of Beauty & Anger”

Frederick Douglass: The American Founder

He was born into slavery in Talbot County, Maryland, approximately seventy miles from Washington, D.C. His mother was sent to a neighboring plantation shortly after his birth, he recalled never seeing her in the light of day. He endured the horrific poverty of enslavement as a child, never having clothing for the lower half ofContinue reading “Frederick Douglass: The American Founder”