Chapin City Blues

Writing is writing whether done for duty, profit, or fun.

For the twenty-fourth poem, I have chosen “Declaration” by Tracy K. Smith. More Tracy K. Smith Life on Mars: Poems Wade in the Water: Poems Ordinary Light: A Memoir Such Color: New and Selected Poems Eternity: Selected Poems American Journal: Fifty Poems for Our Time Duende: Poems There’s a Revolution Outside, My Love: Letters from …

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I hadn’t heard of Molly Brodak until a pages of The Cipher appeared on my Twitter stream. I ordered the book (though, I haven’t yet read it) only to learn it was published posthumously. So for today’s poem, I have chosen “Going Back to Sleep” by the late Molly Brodak, as read by Robert Vaughan …

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I’ve chosen Anne Sexton for today’s poem because of my brother. Not because this poem relates to anything he’s felt – at least, not of which I am aware. I chose Anne Sexton because she’s his favorite poet. I chose “Wanting to Die” because I too “have nothing against life,” but that hasn’t stopped me …

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I would like to say that my decision when choosing some of these poems was purely coincidental. I choose some of these poems a month in advance, after all. But it’s not coincidence; it’s just a sad fact of this country. Daunte Wright and Adam Toledo were both stripped of a future by police officers …

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