This month, I celebrate Talicha J, one of the first poets I began to follow after I started actively writing poetry again. I don't remember where I first encountered her work (it’s been about four years, after all), but I appreciate her ability to get to the heart of whatever she is writing about. Numerous [...]
Thursday night, I went to Everett Poetry Nite at Cafe Zippy for the first time. I’d been meaning to head up there for over a year, but had never got around to it, as the thought of fighting rush-hour traffic was totally unappealing. On this occasion, though, one of my online friends, Talicha Johnson, was [...]
Truth from one of my favorite poets, Talicha J.
I wanted to get out there and DO something, participate in the change, lift the weight of the onslaught on justice with my own bare hands. But I didn’t know how. I kept asking, “What do I do?” and everyone kept telling me the best place to start was my talent, to raise my voice. In The Issues, Sharon Olds writes, “Don’t talk to me about Politics. I’ve got eyes, man.” That line plus the current state of our nation sparked this poem. So I thank blackpoetsspeakout for creating a place for us to make noise and demand change in a positive way. This is my voice, this is me saying I will not be silent. I will use my words to assist our cause.
Today's poem was inspired not by a prompt, but by a line in a new poem posted today by Talicha J, Something has tried to kill me and failed… My poem is not as evocative, nor is it a response to Talicha J's poem; it's an impression based on a photograph I made yesterday. Either way, the line [...]