“Last Bar in Okinawa” and “Home from College” by Samantha Lê published in Two Thirds North, 2017 issue

I’m happy to announce that my poems “Last Bar in Okinawa” and “Home from College” have been selected for publication in the 2017 issue of Two Thirds North.   To read the online version, please click here. “Last Bar in Okinawa” and “Home from College” is also be included in the 2017 print issue of Two Thirds North,  available for … Continue reading “Last Bar in Okinawa” and “Home from College” by Samantha Lê published in Two Thirds North, 2017 issue

“Six Year Old Boy with Lost Tricycle Looking at Mural on Museum Wall” published by Quatrain.Fish

Thank you Quatrain.Fish for publishing “Six Year Old Boy with Lost Tricycle Looking at Mural on Museum Wall.”  To read the poem online, please click here. About “Six Year Old Boy with Lost Tricycle Looking at Mural on Museum Wall” For this poem, I wanted to capture the abstraction of the mural art in language form, … Continue reading “Six Year Old Boy with Lost Tricycle Looking at Mural on Museum Wall” published by Quatrain.Fish

Quote: Charles Bukowski

“When I begin to doubt my ability to work the word, I simply read another writer and know I have nothing to worry about. My contest is only with myself, to do it right, with power, and force, and delight, and gamble.”

On “Acquainted with the Night” by Robert Frost

The alienation of the cityscape creates a profound sense of isolation, which is represented not just in the images but also in the construction of the lines. Every sentence in this poem begins with “I.”

Robert Frost ~ Clarity through Form and Suspension

The moments of clarity in Frost’s poems, his “momentary stays against confusion,” are achieved through form.

Dread ~ Book Review

Ai constructs the experience of dread and pours it into the reader’s mouth. We swallow, “thinking it tastes like blood.”

An Exploration of Female Desires through the Personae of the Poet Ai

“How free is a woman?” To be a woman is to be in conflict with one’s own desires, as well as society’s desires to put woman neatly away in her place. In contemporary poetry and literature, female desire is often viewed simultaneously as a force of mysterious power and as a source of evil and corruption. A woman’s desires and her identity are linked. This is her sense of self. The self in Ai’s personae is often broken, but is always present, dictating the direction in which her characters take.

Anne Sexton ~ Summoning the Self through the Body

Anne Sexton, a voice trying to define itself in a society where male voices have always been more powerful.