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Michael Simms: Meconium

it is sacred, the way
soil clinging to the seed
of a new shoot
pushing out of the earth
is sacred

October 2, 2021 · 11 Comments

Michael Simms: The Seafarer

I can sing the song if you like,
Go on about the going, the work,
The desperate unendurable days….

September 25, 2021 · 12 Comments

Wangechi Mutu: A Necessary Madness

“Females carry the marks, language and nuances of their culture more than the male. Anything that is desired or despised is always placed on the female body.”

September 19, 2021 · Leave a comment

Michael Simms: Writing Prompt #7 | Jumping into the Mud

Here’s an exercise which I call Jumping into the Mud although it’s sometimes called by the more prosaic name automatic writing. The exercise helps to loosen my imagination, and sometimes a decent poem results as well.

September 4, 2021 · 13 Comments

Video: Michael Simms reads five poems of joy and acceptance

Imagine being so in love
The mistakes you make
Keep you on the ground
Imperfect and happy

August 28, 2021 · 21 Comments

Michael Simms: A Conversation with Poet Robert Gibb

‘Having started out as a painter I’ve never lost the sense that I’m working on something that has a tangible existence, separate from my own, and that what matters most isn’t content but the expression of it.’

August 18, 2021 · 9 Comments

Michael Simms: Heart of Glass

In Herzog’s great visual opera
The hero stands on a cliff
Above a valley where a river
Of molten glass carries
Light to the sea

July 24, 2021 · 6 Comments

Federico García Lorca: New York (Office and Denunciation)

I know there are mountains and eyeglasses
And wisdom. But I didn’t come to see the sky.
I’m here to see the clouded blood,
the blood that sweeps machines over waterfalls
and the soul toward the cobra’s tongue.

July 10, 2021 · 4 Comments

Michael Simms: The Four Coups of Joe Medicine Crow

According to the Crow tradition of counting coups, a warrior can earn the title by completing four coups or deeds in battle. The four coups are: lead a war party into battle, sneak into an enemy camp at night and steal a horse, take away an enemy’s weapon, and touch an enemy without being harmed.

July 4, 2021 · 6 Comments

Naomi Shihab Nye, Michael Simms & Friends: Poets for the People of Gaza

Naomi Shihab Nye, the current Young People’s Poet Laureate, and poet Michael Simms gather international poets to share works that navigate themes of identity, displacement, and home in Gaza.

July 1, 2021 · 8 Comments

Michael Simms: Angela fell in love with her monkeys

Hearing about Angela’s monkeys
And thinking of Winchester
Barking at the bursting sky
Reminded me of Moondog

May 29, 2021 · 11 Comments

Michael Simms: Consider the Hummingbird

Consider the hummingbird
How like the mind it is

May 16, 2021 · 5 Comments

Michael Simms: American Ash (text and video)

Old warriors rarely
say anything about
people they killed or
horrors they saw

April 24, 2021 · 10 Comments

Michael Simms: Coming to Terms

There is no lasting happiness
in this world, only
particles of happiness,
fleeting, unpredictable,
transitory as a fragrance
or a falling leaf

April 10, 2021 · 28 Comments

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