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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Book Details: Format: Softcover Title: Quiet Kid Author: Grace Carras Publisher: Finishing Line Press Genre: Poetry Release Date: 11 August 2020 Length: 36 pages Rating: 5-stars Review: Never have I experienced such raw power and emotion from 36 pages as I did while reading the work of Grace Carras. Her perfectly crafted scenes and imagery, …

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Ever feel stuck? Like you’re filled with so much motivation to create something that your brain is bursting at the seems? That your physical body goes through the motions because your mind is sussing things out. Building worlds. Building ideas. Handcrafting lyrics and paragraphs like verses. Testing out waters with other friends to see what …

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What was I supposed to take from this book? I’ve never read anything by Melissa Broder. Not completely, anyway. I thumbed through So Sad Today and found the content somewhat entertaining. And I heard about Last Sext, but never realized the two books shared an author. When I connected the two, I got interested. What …

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