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Poem
Aug.23.2011
JACKSON SOUNDTRACK   I am five years old and in Kindergarten Michael Jackson’s Thriller has just come out The song I remember most is “Beat It” Alex Maynard, the son the late Bob Maynard and the late Nancy Hicks Maynard has just turned three I remember him dancing around the house singing “Beat It, Just Beat It”   Five years later I am now in fifth...
Poem
Aug.23.2011
THE BIG APPLE FEBRUARY 1, 2009   The streets are empty but the subway is crowded Manhattan on a Sunday evening   Mom and I are heading back to the Affinia 50 Hotel on 3rd Avenue and East 50th Street after spending a day at the Whitney and the Guggenheim   We exit on 5th Avenue The sun is setting over Central Park It looks like a jungle as twilight...
Poem
Aug.23.2011
DREAM TEAM   It is the early morning of April 9, 2009   I am dreaming about meeting Barack Obama The scene takes place in a fictitious marble Washington, D.C. building with columns and a dome like that of Greek and Roman architecture   There are fifteen of us sitting around a round table with a red tablecloth Red napkins are neatly folded in front...
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Nov.30.2008
San Francisco Chronicle
Let's face it, because of weather-related delays, long security lines and crowded planes, traveling during the holidays is a hectic time. Offering designated security lines for families is an improvement. As a person who has baby-sat, I know that a stroller or a car seat are necessary objects to have for babies and for young children; when accompanying children...
Poem
Aug.25.2008
Circus in the Sky Poems 1982-1988
My name is Tennessee.And all its people are inside of me.My lungs are Nashville.My heart is Chattanooga.My veins are its rivers.My kidneys are Memphis.And Lookout Mountain Is my head.
Poem
Aug.25.2008
Electric Chocolate Poems 1988-1989
Wednesdays are my favorite daysbecause they start with a Wand Wednesdays are the middleof the week andI like the middle. I started liking Wednesdaysabout seven or eight years agoand I never changedfrom my favorite day. Wednesday is the poet’s daybecause the Roman god of the middle of the weekis Mercury, a poet’s godand the German god of the middle of the weekis...
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Aug.25.2008
Airborne Poems 1990-1996
Some people saywe have earth,fire, air and waterin our bodies:a complete chart of elements. If an element is one of the partsthat make up a wholea substance that cannot easily be brokenthere is an element of truth to the saying“Ashes to ashes, dust to dust”and a reason to discoverthe gold and silvermines that are within.
Poem
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Aug.25.2008
City Beautiful Poems 1998-2006
THE BUFFALO REVIVAL(For Pte Oyate, the ancestral Buffalo nation)On Animal PlanetThe wild American buffalo herdroams within the boundaries ofMontana’s Yellowstone National Park land,running thirty-seven miles per hour, tall and wide,goatees hanging from their chins,long noses flat to their skulls,closed mouths giving a serious look,their shaggy bulk wobbling along...
Poem
Aug.25.2008
City Beautiful Poems 1998-2006
It is a cold, dry day in mid-Decemberin Santa Fe, New MexicoDad, Mom and Idrive in our rented indigo blue Buick Centurydown old Santa Fe TrailOur destinationThe Museum of Indian Arts and Culturessits at the end of the trailI look out the right side window at the desertthe Sangre de Cristo Mountains in the backgroundA light yellow coyote appears from behind...
Poem
Aug.25.2008
City Beautiful Poems 1998-2006
DIVA LATRODECTUS HESPERUSThe Black Widow spins into tanglesher complicated, criss-cross castle of a webher shiny black one-inch bodydistinguished by a red hourglass shaped insigniaglowing on her belly in the Arizona desert nightWaiting for beetles and cockroachesinstead she attracts a male Black Widowhalf her size marked with red dotsalong his backwho crawls into...