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February 3, 2019

My childhood could be summed up by one activity: playing basketball.  It was the thing to do. Within minutes of being off the bus, it was over to my neighbors where we played two-on-two until sundown.  

And this is where it started.  While balling with my brother,...

September 29, 2018

“Mama taught you how to fight, fight

Before taught you how to write, right?

& daddy locked down in the cell, can’t kiss you night night”

Letting my students loose on lyrics from

Hip-hop artists of their picking proved

To be the key to unlocking the cryptic but convincing


September 27, 2018

Sit down

Your deadline is fast approaching

Often times when stuck

I pick up my coffee mug

And sip

Searching for inspiration

For stimulation

This is part of the process

Next sentence or stanza goes down

Some in rapid succession

Others word

                        by word...

May 19, 2018

Kinesthetic empathy.

That’s how Donald Glover, musically known as Childish Gambino, was able to keep people hooked into watching his latest music video “This Is America.”   In just under two weeks, his video has been streamed over 140 million times.  It’s officially gon...

March 25, 2018

Security for our citizens

how do we get there?

Marching starts

conversation starters

now we need willing listeners

on each side

questions seeking solutions

Passive      No      More

We're playing the long game for change

Saddle up, sprinters

channel that...

March 24, 2018

I was nervous and anxious before standing up in front of packed house.  I only knew half the people.  I wondered what place poetry had in public.  A packed bar was about to hear this poet profess his Ph.D. on poverty.

At the release party for No...

March 21, 2018

It’s been one month since the release of Not So Simple.  Close to 400 copies have been sold.  Over $1,200 has been raised for Project Understanding.  Thank you, thank you, and thank you for your ever-present encouragement and support.

I’ve included m...

November 17, 2017

Oh say can you see

The man

by the dawns early light

Sitting on the pavement

what so proudly we hailed

Vietnam Vet’s cap on

at the twilight’s last gleaming

Accepting anything you have to offer

In the land of the free and the home of the brave

Our veterans are heralded as heroes...

April 2, 2017

It’s not often you can use sidewalk chalk on the middle of a major street; yet in the sleepy beach town of Carpentaria, this was exactly what happened.  When I popped off the Amtrak Surfliner Saturday afternoon, I was surprised to see Linden Blvd. shut down in an effor...

February 9, 2017

What would you think if I sang out of tune, would you stand up and walk out on me? Lend me your ears and sing you a song, and I’ll try not to sing out of key. I get by with a little help from my friends.” - The Beatles “With A Little Help From My Friends” 1967

Hello “H...

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