The First 50

While growing up in Spanish Harlem - El Barrio as we knew it during the exhilarating years of the 1970s and 80s - diversity was my monarch, acceptance my culture, and faith my freedom.

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13 Social Media Marketing Tips for Authors

Social media has provided writers with an abundance of opportunities. From networking to marketing; it's now possible for their work to reach thousands of readers, in just a click of a button.

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Dreamers Magazine Issue 4

I’m pleased to announce the release of Issue 3 of the Dreamers Magazine. In this issue you’ll find...

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The Body as Poem

A new mother doesn't need words to pray. Her body is a pulsing prayer in motion. If there's a part or fiber of her body not engaged in nurturing I don't know of it.

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Recovery

On a long inland lake shaped like a kidney bean, banked by low cliffs and surrounded by miles of boreal forest, brooded over by a solid grey sky, a lone canoe zigs and zags about the central waters...

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In the Blink of an Eye, Risk Taking, Afterfall

in a split second | life shifts | you fall | not sure if | you heard it correctly | sprawled on the ground | truth has you pinned | writing about death | placing it on paper

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BLAME

Blame the promiscuous breeze of Chernobyl, diesel fumes, warp-walled genes. Blame payback. Blame the consorts of unhappiness, Freud shouting Get a grip.

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The Plumber Takes a Son

Cooler by the lake was no longer heard on the evening news, and in the sunbaked hills that ringed town, the cherries—normally at market by now—clung to the trees like peas.

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Sanctuary, and other poems

I’m a blondish plucked chicken underneath my burgundy scarf though I thought I was bold and tough when I cut my hair short weeks ago ready with wigs and peacock-bright coverings

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Oh Emma; Slow Dancing

If Lady Liberty could open her copper and iron lips and formulate words, would she emit French, a French accent? Would she say your fatigué, your pauvre, your huddled masses?

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I Will If You Will

Good friends are hard to find. Some friendships are centred around convenience; we build attachments to those around us simply because they are there.

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The Nurse

“Nice deep breaths, Mrs. Crandall. In through your nose, out through your mouth…” Helen Crandall was becoming more aware. She was flat...

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The Transient Nature of Feelings

I am on the second floor of the De Young Museum in San Francisco, California, sitting on a marvelous curved, but slightly uncomfortable, wooden bench...

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In the Family Room

Before they leave, his mother and sister and him, for what will turn out to be their last visit to the hospital, Jake, twelve and a half years old, sits in his father’s office in the basement.

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The Storyteller

Two children picked their way down the curve of a beach, in the clear air that follows a storm. The cyclone had strewn junk across their path...

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in the two hour sunset

in the two hour sunset after the eight hour evening I become a goop puddle in your passenger seat. you play that song and I don’t know which words are coming next.

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Metaplasia and other poems

Some human cells adapt to toxic stress by physically becoming other cells. Smoke enough, and tall columns become flat lung lines. Turn 16, and girl lining becomes home-in-waiting. The word for this is metaplasia. It is supposed to be temporary.

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Landscape of Freckles

I am borne of a landscape of freckles. My mother, her father, his mother: the Williams and Shepherds, the English and Welsh. The bounty of peach farms, peace roses and quiet spirituality.

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