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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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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I was introduced to the words of Amanda Gorman in the same way most of you were – through her inauguration poem recited on January 20, 2021 when President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris were sworn in as the leaders of this country. As the nation took in a collected sigh of relief, …

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Once again: “Your Life” by Andrea Gibson “I Carry Your Heart with Me” by e.e. cummings “Explaining My Depression to My Mother” by Sabrina Benaim “Ohm” by Saul Williams “Why are Muslims So…” by Sakila & Hawa “14 Lines from Love Letters or Suicide Notes” by Doc Luben “Some Things You Need to Know Before …

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