I'm a high school teacher by day, and an adjunct professor by night. I'm a writer at all times, and a dreamer of big dreams.
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POETRY (TRADITIONAL & FREE VERSE)
RESEARCH & SPECIAL INTERESTS
Word Riot publishes the forceful voices of up-and-coming writers and poets. We like edgy. We like challenging. We like unique voices.
Word Riot first opened shop in March 2002 as the literary section of a now defunct on-line music magazine, Communication Breakdown. Each month we provide readers with book reviews, author interviews, and, most importantly, writing from some of the best and brightest making waves on the literary scene.
At Ampersand Literary, our goal is to provide a place where writers and artists can share their work. We recognize that there are few platforms for amateur artists to showcase their talent, and we aspire to create a home for new ideas, where past experience has no bearing on present worth. With our publishing outlet, we hope to inspire a supportive community where artists of all types can share, grow, critique, and thrive.
Poetry is an anarchist's art, and when the muses plague us, the creations that appear after their call are inevitable. The collection you hold here is simply the powerful aftermath from the destructive plague the muses bring in. Readers will be bound to their seats upon reading the first few pages of visceral and highly emotional material, forced to experience old and new sensations. Inevitable uses a mixture of poetry, songs, and short intense prose to lure the reader into several impacting rides and leaves us haunted. Weasel Press is excited to add Amy L. Sasser's latest chapbook, Inevitable, to it's growing collection of intensely written poetry and prose and we are sure you'll enjoy every moment as you read through this book! If you would like an autographed copy, please use the contact at the bottom of the page for your request.
The greatest poetry does not simply happen, but is a result of a finely honed skill. This inspiring book examines how poetry is not always a gift given from the gods or the muses, then breaks into sections, each dedicated to a particular style of poetry. The first several pages of each section are research-driven, covering a full explanation of the style, the form or format, its history, and some if its more well-known practitioners. Each research section is then followed by several original works in that style, following five repeating themes. These themes begin with the usual fodder of poets: love and loss. This is followed with two seemingly mundane physical objects, glasses and keys. The final recurring theme, which might be seen as very concrete or very abstract, is “miscut pockets.” This final focus may be seen as a metaphor for working through this craft of poetry, when words applied incorrectly skew the overall finished product away from perfection. Any aspiring poet can gain valuable insights and inspiration from these pages.
What happens when you wake up and don't know who the man beside you is, or worse, who you are?
in Citizens for Decent Literature #5
The Literary Underground
This poem, since renamed "Wrecked Refrain," talks about how devastating and wonderful it can be when the person you love simply says your name.
This early collection of short stories, songs, and poems includes dreams and heartaches dating beginning in the artist's high school days.