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Saturday, April 25, 2015

Join Philadelphia for the Day of 100 Poets


Celebrating Philadelphia's Young Poet Laureates; Siduri Beckman and Sojourner Ahebee



Larry Robin, Moonstone Arts Center Director


Siduri Beckman and Sojourner Ahebee

Joyce Haines, Octavia McBride-Ahebee and Marva Jackson
 I want to send out a heartfelt thank you to Marva, Gaby, Lillian, and Joyce for coming to the Moonstone Arts Center’s poetry reading featuring Siduri Beckman, Philadelphia’s 2013 First Youth Poet Laureate, and Sojourner Ahebee, one of the 2013-2014 National Student Poets. Of course, a huge thank you goes out to Larry Robin for organizing this event which happened March 26th at the Brandywine Workshop. 
Lillian Dunn, Editor of Apiary Magazine, and poet Octavia McBride-Ahebee

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Double-Dutch by Sol Robbins
* One of My Favorites
Double Dutch
BY GREGORY PARDLO
The girls turning double-dutch
bob & weave like boxers pulling
punches, shadowing each other,
sparring across the slack cord
casting parabolas in the air. They
whip quick as an infant’s pulse
and the jumper, before she
enters the winking, nods in time
as if she has a notion to share,
waiting her chance to speak. But she’s
anticipating the upbeat
like a bandleader counting off
the tune they are about to swing into.
The jumper stair-steps into mid-air
as if she’s jumping rope in low-gravity,
training for a lunar mission. Airborne a moment
long enough to fit a second thought in,
she looks caught in the mouth bones of a fish
as she flutter-floats into motion
like a figure in a stack of time-lapse photos
thumbed alive. Once inside,
the bells tied to her shoestrings rouse the gods
who’ve lain in the dust since the Dutch
acquired Manhattan. How she dances
patterns like a dust-heavy bee retracing
its travels in scale before the hive. How
the whole stunning contraption of girl and rope
slaps and scoops like a paddle boat.
Her misted skin arranges the light
with each adjustment and flex. Now heather-
hued, now sheen, light listing on the fulcrum
of a wrist and the bare jutted joints of elbow
and knee, and the faceted surfaces of muscle,
surfaces fracturing and reforming
like a sun-tickled sleeve of running water.
She makes jewelry of herself and garlands
the ground with shadows.

*Gregory Pardlo, "Double Dutch" from Totem, published by The American Poetry Review. Copyright © 2007 by Gregory Pardlo. 
Source: Totem (The American Poetry Review, 2007)

Hey Philly, we can claim him !!! Gregory Pardlo Wins the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry

  

Gregory Pardlo-Photo Thomas Sayers Ellis



Hey Philly, we can claim him !!! Gregory Pardlo wins the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry.
   He won for poetry collection "Digest". Judges cited Pardlo's "clear-voiced poems that bring readers the news from 21st Century America, rich with thought, ideas and histories public and private." 
Pardlo- AP Photo/Kathy Willens

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Singing Our Song in a Strange Land by Furaha Youngblood



Writer Furaha Youngblood


   Great news!!! Furaha Youngblood's debut novel is now available on Amazon. She is my dear friend!!! Our paths first crossed in Cote d'Ivoire, where we had both lived for many years. We were part of a writing circle there and now to see how our writing lives have blossomed is a real joy!!!! Congrats, Furaha !

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Because Phyllis Wheatley Set Out Alone, We Don’t Have To; A Homage to Wheatley by Solmaz Sharif

Because Phyllis Wheatley Set Out Alone, We Don’t Have To!
A Homage to Wheatley by Solmaz Sharif, A Lecturer in Poetry at Stanford University and my daughter’s teacher !!!!

Poet and Stanford Lecturer Solmaz Sharif
The Phyllis Wheatley Monument  by Meredith Bergmann /Boston