Someone to Watch My Back

Our mother had a tattoo. We didn’t see it until we washed her before the undertaker came. It was two tattoos, in truth. Two brown dots, one above her right breast, one below.

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Austin Kelly – Candid and Authentic Poems

Austin Kelly - Coke and Whiskey, and Grand Delusions of Winter - You kept me company like the other cheerleaders couldn’t, from park to hotel, ride to store...

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For David

I write this to remember, David. I need something more fluid than a photograph, something that comprehends more of you..."

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The poem was still pulsing…

Out I could not venture | Because it was an ungodly hour | The hour of sirens and vagabonds. | In the morning | The poem was still pulsing...

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Infographic: Elements of a Story Explained

The basic elements of a story are: Setting, Character, Plot, Conflict, and Theme. More advanced elements of a story are Point-of-view, Tone and Style.

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We’re here, now.

Two powerful poems by Reinekke Lengelle: “People ask me how I’m doing, and I say, good, he’s still here. He’s here now. We’re here, now.”

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The Window

The boy pulls his chair up to the window. He does this every Wednesday night to watch the woman in the pink towel in the apartment across the tiny alley.

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The Needles

I relax my hands and remember that, when we work together, we know what to do. They guide me to the right place without fail, and slip in easily with a sigh.

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Blogging and Autobiography

Autobiography and Blogging: Is a personal blog autobiography? This is a question that arose while I was studying writing and literature.

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Gelato and Frost

It is a sweltering night the first time I am unfaithful. One of those late July nights where the city clings to you. Hollywood is on fire.

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Poetry and Healing with Roger Sippl

The Sweater: The doctors tell me the main tumor in my chest is the size of a softball. She uses a double strand of yarn and thin knitting needles...

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In Memoriam

“Alison, Daddy died today,” spoke my mom. She had positioned me on a wicker-backed bar stool in the center of my kitchen...

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Incomplete Woman

My last partner threw me away after my legs wouldn’t open for him. He didn’t explicitly say that of course; he said something about a lack of connection.

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Poetry Therapy

Using poetry and journaling as part of therapy is growing in practice. Poetry therapy studies can be taken through various accredited organizations.

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The Prisoner: Free at Last

Read the short story, The Prisoner: Free at Last, by Phil McNichol: "Quite often I fell to my knees and beat my fists against that block."

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Best 21 Books about Therapeutic Writing

There are many books that can guide you as you write your way to healing. Check out 21 books written by experts in the field of therapeutic writing.

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Julia’s Garden

Short story by Jeremy Luke Hill: "He was backing away, his hands held out in front of him to ward off whatever it was that was happening before his eyes..."

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To Hell and Back in Time for Dinner

Creative Non-Fiction Story by A'nah Nymas: "I packed a bag with a few outfits and antiperspirant; I heard it gets hot in hell. Said goodbye to my friends."

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