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Inked: Daily Passover, THE GAP, & 7 Poetry Collections for Every Reader

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1. Poem: "Daily Passover" I wrote this poem as a response to Juan Felipe Herrera's Five Directions to My House. Daily Passover North of my desk: children tossing balls against thin walls, a chance to make them soar. West of my desk: final afternoon rays clothed for the eve of summer stars. South of my desk: mayas perched on burgundy roofs watching balls of light begin to burn rust. East of my desk: howling, like a song set on fire of a wilderness slipping from memory. Here, at my desk, I stare at the clock, How the arrows never stop. 2. Video: THE GAP by Ira Continue Reading

Daily Passover

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It's National Poetry Month! For sure, poetry has given so much to our culture and society that everyone should get up and read their favorite ode or sonnet aloud. At the height of my discovery, I saw an announcement on Poets.org about an online celebration called Poets-to-Poets, in which young students from grades 3-12 can write and submit poems "in response to those shared by some of the award-winning poets who serve on the Academy of American Poets Board of Chancellors." These are: Poet Laureate of California Juan Felipe Herrera National Book Critics Circle Award-winner Edward Continue Reading

Inked: Write Your White Whale, Value What You Love, & 29 Ways To Stay Creative

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Inked: is a Friday curation of creative inspiration where I share articles, videos, images, Pinterest pins, and the like that can inspire you to do your creative work. This is the first post. Enjoy! 1. Article: "Write Your White Whale" by Steven Pressfield I chanced upon this blog post by Steven Pressfield, renowned author of The War of Art and several books of fiction. It spoke to me at a time when I needed a huge push to get out and finally do something that would scare the crap out of me. The whale is your unwritten book, your unsung song, your calling as an artist. You die grappling Continue Reading