Archive | March, 2012


Piotr Gwiazda’s “Messages”

Piotr Gwiazda’s new book of poem Messages is a beautiful book that certainly has something to say. Pond Road Press has come up with a unique and interesting kind of publication. Messages is essentially a chapbook of poems, 45 pages, followed by 13 pages of an interview with the poet. This format allows the reader a sampling […]

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Poetry & Graffiti on the Red Line

Knowledge Commons, DC is “a free school for thinkers, doers, and tinkerers…” It’s a creative and innovative organization run by the magnificent and energetic Lucy Burnett. Knowledge Common’s core belief is that everyone should be able to take classes and everyone should teach classes. I’ve participated twice now in their programs and have loved the […]

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Spring’s Slow Walk

This past week, as I walked to my car in the early morning, I heard songbirds everyday. Soaring melodies and low laughs. The sun was just warming the horizon, adding its cast of morning orange to the black sky. This is how we do Spring in Washington, D.C. It’s slow. We’ll have a 70 degree […]

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“Poetry Out Loud” at Banneker

I became a convert. A couple of weeks ago, I served as a judge for the Poetry Out Loud competition at Washington, D.C.’s Banneker Senior High School and I became a convert. I used to think that poetry recitation contests were a little dry and that I’d rather use my energies to help students write […]

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