Archives for September 2018

Tweetspeak Poetry: The Problem with Laura Ingalls Wilder, part 1

Published August 17, 2018

The Problem with Laura Ingalls Wilder: part 1, Legacy

Tweetspeak Poetry: Children’s Book Club: ‘Two Friends’

Published August 10, 2018

Children’s Book Club: “Two Friends”

‘Rainlessness’

Rainlessness
 

Drought is talented

chooses some streets, cedes others

 

The sky committee dithers over details

which house gets a proper rainbow

 

which zone deems dew

a deluge

 

Count each fleck of moisture

drop huddled to drop seated beside velvet drop

 

WACOAN: School Safety

Published August 2018

an interview with Dr. Marcus Nelson, Waco ISD superintendent; David Wrzesinski, safety coordinator, Robinson ISD; and Jenipher Janek, crisis response team leader for Education Service Center Region 12.

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Over the last six years in Region 12 — which serves over 161,000 students across 12 counties and 77 school districts, plus charter, private and parochial schools — Janek says there have been 70 human losses, mostly of students. Some of those have been medical, some accidental, some vehicular. There was one homicide.

“The majority have been suicides,” Janek said. “It’s the No. 1 reason why we are called to schools, and it accounts for half of the fatalities.”

 

School Safety

‘August’

August
 

The beautyberry bush blooms just as school
starts. The green berry cluster comes out

about the time the yellow school bus pulls up.
Summer’s green purples, like the bruise

on my middle-left toe, taped to its buddy.
Suddenly purple takes over my yard,

the neighbors’s yard, the doctor’s office,
the post office. Every where we are hurt

can’t hold back, can’t wait for fall.
Behold, our pain!

Berries unripened, astringent beauty
unharvested.

Tweetspeak Poetry: Reading in the Wild: July 2018 Pages

Published August 3, 2018

Reading in the Wild: July’s Pages

‘Revenge’

Revenge

is juvenile

sic ’em with a poem

get the last word

in rhyme, attempt ragtime

say it slant

leave love