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What This 'Black Boyfriend' Wants White Fathers To Know

The Huffington Post | Zeba Blay | Posted 08.05.2015 | Black Voices

"I always see it. That surprised face. That face that says, 'Oh shit! My daughter did not bring home a black guy."  This is ...

Read The Poem Bringing Happiness To People Across The World

The Huffington Post | Katie Sola | Posted 07.27.2015 | Good News

This uplifting poem is opening hearts all over the world, from the Hasidic Jewish community of New York to the streets of London. Its cross-cultural m...

We Will Never Leave Earth

Iain S. Thomas | Posted 07.21.2015 | Books
Iain S. Thomas

We will, never, leave Earth. Except as dust and ashes and minerals, returned to the sender, to be light, burning, in someone else's stars.

Two Poets Just Called Out The Black Men Who Hate Black Women

The Huffington Post | Zeba Blay | Posted 07.20.2015 | Black Voices

"These black girls need to watch out, 'cause white girls is winning."  Thus begins the viscerally honest poem, 'To Be Black and Woman a...

Girl Who Fought the Lion

Kanan Dhru | Posted 07.10.2015 | Women
Kanan Dhru

Our society has become so adept at creating Chitras -- filling their minds with fears and insecurities making them under confident, so afraid about what might life have in store for them lest they take the less trodden path. Any semblance of courage left to break out is snubbed so strong that it forgets its own existence.

Dear Mom

Deborah Chang | Posted 06.24.2015 | Parents
Deborah Chang

As a teenager, I often felt at odds with my mom. However, I also know that despite the differences we may have, my mom and I will always share a deep bond of love that will only mature and grow stronger.

A Day in the Life of a Modern Poet

Maya Stein | Posted 06.23.2015 | Arts
Maya Stein

This morning, we are under-slept and under-caffeinated, but the usual weekend lolling doesn't apply when you're trying to cobble together a living through your creative work.

This Poet's Powerful Take On ‘Black Privilege' Will Give You Chills

The Huffington Post | Lilly Workneh | Posted 06.12.2015 | Black Voices

“Black privilege is a myth, is a joke, is a punchline, is a time a teacher asks a little boy what he wanted to be when he grew up and he said alive....

The Simple Words That Reminded Me To Live In The Moment

Skylar Liberty Rose | Posted 05.24.2015 | Fifty
Skylar Liberty Rose

The message isn't to live in fear of what might happen. The message isn't to live in a state of terror and angst. For me, the message is simply to live. Now. Today. To share our gifts and our love and our fears and our vulnerabilities. To live to the fullest extent of who we are. All of who we are. It's all we have. And it's everything.

2015 Poetry Month: An Interview With John Ashbery

Jonathan Hobratsch | Posted 06.24.2015 | Books
Jonathan Hobratsch

John Ashbery is the author of nearly 30 books of poetry. He has won nearly every major American poetry award, starting with the Yale Younger Poets Prize in 1956.

A Poet's Truth, and a Mother's

Jeremiah Horrigan | Posted 06.10.2015 | Parents
Jeremiah Horrigan

In late December, my daughter Annie asked me how to repair a poorly-mounted drawing I'd made for her some dozen years ago. ​The drawing was my attempt to illustrate a favorite poem of ours, "Days," by the English poet Philip Larkin.

The Fur

Iain S. Thomas | Posted 05.23.2015 | Arts
Iain S. Thomas

Be soft. Do not let the world make you hard. Do not let the pain make you hate. Do not let the bitterness steal your sweetness.

Sunrise at High Noon

Amy Elias, MS | Posted 05.02.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Amy Elias, MS

Sunrise at the high noon Angels sent you to my side Doubts arising like the full moon As our hearts silently collide.

"The Shopping Maccabees: A Chanukah Miracle"

Devra Maza | Posted 03.04.2015 | Comedy
Devra Maza

Chanukah had started, the menorah was lit The family had sung, now they'd give gifts and sit

Poet David Baker on His Craft and Process

Ben Evans | Posted 04.22.2015 | Books
Ben Evans

Earlier this month, poet and contributing editor to Fogged Clarity Daniel DeVaughn interviewed the distinguished poet (and poetry editor of The Kenyon Review) David Baker about Robert Frost.

Desire

Amy Elias, MS | Posted 03.30.2015 | Women
Amy Elias, MS

Turn me on With your sweet desire To please - to appease To admire, in this hour.

The Poetics of Sex and Death: In Conversation With Joanna C. Valente and Lisa Marie Basile

Lisa Marie Basile | Posted 03.15.2015 | Books
Lisa Marie Basile

I feel too many women -- poets or not -- are asked to explain themselves, their bodies, their desires. I want to present a world which is already stripped down; its foundation is that it does what it wants. I would like that of my life in many ways.

Admitting Who We Are

Mark Nepo | Posted 02.21.2015 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

So much of our aliveness depends on how open we can remain. This piece looks at how we can let in what matters. Admitting Who We Are So how do we pa...

Beyond Measure

Mark Nepo | Posted 02.16.2015 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

Life waits irrepressibly under all the clouds that come and go. This happens within us as well as in the world. This poem speaks to our need to be where we are.

Jacob: A Poem and an Homage

Kimann Schultz | Posted 02.09.2015 | Fifty
Kimann Schultz

To know me is to know that my founding literary idol is Charles Dickens, to whom my collection is dedicated and for whom the introductory poem of my book was written

On Retreat

Mark Nepo | Posted 02.01.2015 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

It's humbling how fear can rearrange our eyes. This piece describes a personal example of this.

Nectar

Mark Nepo | Posted 01.25.2015 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

Life tries to lure us into the open, the way sunlight opens a flower after a storm. This poem explores the life-force that calls to us. Nectar Like ...

My Father's Spirit Left His Body

Mark Nepo | Posted 01.18.2015 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

This fall, Atria published my new book of spiritual inquiry, The Endless Practice: Becoming Who You Were Born to Be. It's a journey that explores the ...

The Fifth Element

Mark Nepo | Posted 01.10.2015 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

I admit I've known the lift of the beatific ocean of Spirit and the crash of the world's great wave. And no matter what is taken away, I try to accept everything as a blessing. I try to put down my mask and sword and keep entering life.

The Courage Not to Waste Our Gifts

Mark Nepo | Posted 01.10.2015 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

Every single being has an amazing, unfathomable gift that only meeting life head-on and heart-on will reveal. And we can't fully know our gift alone. We need each other to discover the gift, to believe in the gift.