Chapin City Blues

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

One of my greatest sins was to discredit the works of Tupac (2Pac) Shakur growing up. Like most “disenfranchised,” lower-middle class youths, I was greatly influenced by the company I kept. And the company I kept turned their noses at the thought of listening to anything that wasn’t our style of music. And gangsta rap …

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I watched – as we all watched – the Dakota Access Pipeline protests on television. Watched as the police responded with force protestors wanting the right to clean water. The Right will say that police are often demonized by the media, capturing all the offenses without their side of the story. But we watched them …

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Before composing the list of poems that would be featured on my blog, I reached out to my Twitter and Facebook friends about their favorite poems/poets. One of the first replies on Twitter was the William Carlos Williams poem, “To Elsie.” So here’s to a certain teen librarian – thanking you for helping me choose …

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I’m often drawn to the works of Andrea Gibson. Perhaps it’s because I’m a closeted romantic. Although, if I’m a closeted anything it’s not a romantic. Just ask any of my ex-girlfriends and former love interests. It’s just that their ability to sketch emotions, craft pictures with their words has been something I have been …

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“The Hill We Climb” by Amanda Gorman “Fight for Love” by Andrea Gibson “To Elsie” by William Carlos Williams “A Life of Errands” by Leonard Cohen “American Arithmetic” by Natalie Diaz “In the Event of My Demise” by Tupac Amaru Shakur “Love Calls Us to the Things of This World” by Richard Wilbur “Grief Calls …

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