From my very first post I wanted to pay homage to the speech which inspired the title of my blog, Ain't I a Woman? by Sojourner Truth. Such a beautiful speech, such a beautiful name, such a beautiful woman. It is one of my favorite pieces. I strive to emulate this style in my own work. Poetic and powerful. Honest and unafraid. Memorable. And I like brevity. It too is beautiful. This is the standard I wish to be held to as I explore the question with you ~ ain't I a writer?
"Obliged to you for hearing me, and I do have a few things more to say..."

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Friday, April 30, 2010


      National Poetry Month ends today, and I'd like to close it by sharing this poem. The poet, Deborah Digges, took her own life last year during poetry month. I am not usually attracted to dark poetry, but this one speaks to me. Tell me what it says to you.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Tired Writer, Bad Writer

     It has been an exhausting week, and yes I know it is only Thursday. My kids are home from school this week, a relatively unhealthy drama is being auditioned for me (I'm not an actress), and Jazzmouth: The Seacoast Poetry and Jazz Festival was inspiring but tiring as always. It was great fun to watch former US Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky doing the white guy boogie to our local jazz band. I have written quite a few new poems over the last week, certainly more than usual. One I actually like a lot. Submitted my column due out next week. Finished three short papers for my writing workshop last night. Got a few other submissions lined up but not out yet. But still have a lot of writing to do so ~ am going to get back to work now.
     But first I thought this looked very interesting and would like to see the whole thing. If anyone knows how I can please let me know.

Bad Writing - Official Trailer from Morris Hill Pictures on Vimeo.