Chapin City Blues

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

When I asked people who their favorite poet is, I knew that Edgar Allan Poe and William Shakespeare would make an appearance. And I was not disappointed. But from the two, I prefer Edgar Allan Poe. So for the twenty-eighth poem, I have chosen “The Raven” by Edgar Allan Poe as read by the late, …

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If anything describes the last year, it’s Franny Choi’s “Whiteness Walks into a Bar.” It’s difficult to ignore the privilege and the denial of that privilege even existing. If white privilege exists, then why xyz? As if that is sound argument. Covid deniers took the street, filled their Facebook walls and Twitter feeds with Q-anon …

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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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