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[Rachel Rostad, "To JK Rowling, from Cho Chang." Video via YouTube.] Found via Laura at Tutus and Tiny Hats.

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Failing, Flying, & Handstands

Via Academy of American Poets, “Failing and Flying” by Jack Gilbert: Everyone forgets that Icarus also flew. It’s the same when love comes to an end, or the marriage fails and people say they knew it was a mistake, that

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Not the Brilliantist Mad Lib Ever

But, you know. I followed the instructions: Health Madlib Poem. Go to : and fill in the parts of speech and the site will generate a poem for you. Feel free to post the Madlib or edit it to

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Poetry Break: This Deserves a Signal Boost

[TW rape culture] “Snow White and Sleeping Beauty Address Their Creator” It’s one of those days when I can’t let myself have more to say about it. But I’m glad I watched it. Not surface-glad, because it is not a

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School Pictures

From late last week. Yes, I sat for my school picture today barefaced. Because let’s be honest when was the last time you saw me in make-up? Second, even by second period my whirlwind of teaching has made my hair

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Poetry Break: Taylor Mali’s “Undivided Attention”

We started construction on our building addition today — right the fuck outside my window. So I find myself needing to teach with the passion of a John Deere busting up concrete and the mystery of men crossing themselves as

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Thoughts on a Chakra: Svadhisthana

(Lucille Clifton reading her poem “homage to my hips.” Found via YouTube. Text available here at Poem Hunter.) These hips are full of scar tissue. They need movement to keep from seizing up. They don’t tolerate being told to stay

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Poetry Break: To a Daughter Leaving Home

The poem, by Linda Pastan, is here. The reaction is from me to my mom. Dear Mom, I don’t remember learning to ride a bike. In fact, I remember Dad taking the training wheels off of mine and having it

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Poetry Break: Advice for Newbies

Two posts in a row about writing. Folks who know me were probably taking bets on when that was going to happen. I am working my way through the Poetry 180 series, and today was the day I happened to

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Poetry Break: It’s Okay to Enjoy the Ride

“Introduction to Poetry” by Billy Collins: (Text here.) Sometimes, I am very goal-oriented with my yoga practice: entering the full expression of a particular pose, working a muscle group to its limit, creating a specific mindset. In balance, this is

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Poetry Break: Skin Deep

New poetry disclaimer: Pretty much none of the poetry I post will be my own. Ever. Unless I write something fantastically bad and far enough removed from myself that I can laugh at it. This is not that poem. This

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National Poetry Month: Poetry Quickie

I have watched this two times in two days and cried both times. That is all.

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But is she pretty?

Close up of my face from the nose to the forehead.

I found this via The Pragmatic Yogi and, since tomorrow marks the beginning of National Poetry Month in the US, thought it would be fitting to share. (Note: I have embedded the unedited version.) The other day at school, two

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