Category Archives: Cultural icons

Lupe’s Feast Day

Today, December 12, altars to Guadalupe grace thousands of home throughout the Americas. Originally manifesting Mexico, her presence has spread south and North through both continents and today, while continuing as patron saint to Mexico, she is also the patroness … Continue reading

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Hero Of Her People

She died as she lived, in service to her country, hanging on as long as she could, after a lifetime of exemplary service, to oppose the current threat to American democracy. This is a picture of Ruth Bader Ginsburg as … Continue reading

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Anachronistic License

My Poetic License includes permission to play with time – move it backwards and forwards, but also, juxtapose the object of past and present into a different reality. In the case today, the two poets presented at d’Verse Poet’s Pub … Continue reading

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Forgotten Technologies

NaPoWriMo Day 17 and we’re asked to right a poem about forgotten technology… Pamphlets, Poetry and Broadsheets I wonder what Tom Edison would think to see his money-making invention fuel a counter-cultural revolution? Precursor to all other social media devices … Continue reading

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Song for Yemaya

It took me two days to write a flower poem, though this is not my first attempt to use the meaning of flowers as the floor of a poem.  I was about ready to cheat and throw in an old … Continue reading

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The Didactic Poem

I recently had a conversation with a friend about didactic poetry.  Her poem had been negatively critiqued for being didactic.  The Poetry Foundation defines didactic poetry as, “Poetry that instructs, either in terms of morals or by providing knowledge of … Continue reading

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Another Word on Nonsense…

“The world is mud-luscious and puddle-wonderful.” ~e.e. cummings Archetypically, nonsense can be thought of as one of the Trickster’s devices. The Trickster, as you may know, manifests mythically in dozens of cultures around the world. In Jungian terms the trickster … Continue reading

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Guadalupe – Our Lady of the Americas

Today is Guadalupe’s Feast day.  As so many people do,  I feel a special affinity with her.  So much so that several years ago I collaborated with my fellow poet and author Kathryn Smith in writing, producing and co-starring in … Continue reading

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Tonto and the Lone Ranger

Gore Verbinski directs what I can only call a morality play, holding up a mirror to our culture that, like the very best fiction, is so true it hurts.  No wonder the box office is disappointing. This particular truth, about … Continue reading

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