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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“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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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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When I compiled my list of poems to post throughout National Poetry Month, it didn’t occur to me how close to home “The Good Life” by Tracy K. Smith would hit. Especially during the pandemic. Because of the mishandling of COVID-19 by the president, the unemployment rate jumped 4.4% within a month, with a forecast …

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