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David Huddle: Villanelle for Lady Day

Billie said, “If I’m going to sing like someone
else, then I don’t need to sing at all.” Let’s
just say I was white and knew how to conform.

June 18, 2020 · 2 Comments

David Huddle: Parable of My Family’s Artistic Impulses

My father, affectionately known
by his sons as Doodles, took up painting-by-the-numbers.
His vision of blue jays hung over the toilet to be
reckoned with by any urinating male.

May 14, 2020 · Leave a comment

David Huddle: Parable of the Same Scene Every Day for Years

Consider my mother gazing out her window
over the kitchen sink as she washes breakfast, lunch,
and dinner dishes for fifty-some years.

April 23, 2020 · Leave a comment

David Huddle: Parable of the 4 a.m. Demons

My mind yearns for sleep so innocently it refuses
the perverse truth…

February 25, 2020 · 6 Comments

David Huddle: The NRA as the Official Mascot of the USA

Stupid is the word for a nation
that enables this atrocity five times
a month.

October 8, 2019 · Leave a comment

David Huddle: Bliss Happens

It’s talk that charms the heart. I’ve had it in real
life–folks who conversed with me the way Armstrong
and Fitzgerald sang duets.

August 29, 2019 · 2 Comments

David Huddle: Collusion

Ignorant high school bully that he is,
our fake President tweets out a nickname
for anyone who thwarts or critiques him–
those who care about decency or ethics
or just basic intelligence.

July 30, 2019 · Leave a comment

David Huddle: The Watermelon Sutras

In the act of eating watermelon no one
ever pulled a trigger, spoke harshly
to a child, swatted a butterfly out
of the sky, or told a lie for money.

July 4, 2019 · 2 Comments

David Huddle: She and My Granddad

Granddad–at war with Grandmama all
my life but drawn to women, always polite–
would have said, Yes ma’am, can’t nobody run her.

May 21, 2019 · 1 Comment

David Huddle: America Gave Us

Walt Whitman, Langston Hughes, Louis Armstrong Abraham Lincoln, Barrack Obama, Edward Hopper, Georgia O’Keefe, Frank Loyd Wright, George Gershwin, Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan. . They would have achieved greatness anyway, … Continue reading

April 25, 2019 · 4 Comments

David Huddle: My Presidents

The nation formerly known as the United States of America has revealed its new name –– Trumpiana Unum Aeternitas.           —Fox News, June 22, 2022 . Roosevelt, Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, … Continue reading

April 2, 2019 · Leave a comment

David Huddle: Box of Rocks

Exactly what kind of rocks are in that box our buffoon of a leader is allegedly dumber than, because certain mineral  deposits–say those that contain fossils  of prehistoric forms of … Continue reading

March 7, 2019 · 1 Comment

David Huddle: Is Nothing Sacred?

The bunny that dashed across our street just before dawn this morning–a fast moving rabbit shadow that crackled with holiness for two blinks of my eyes. In Bruce Springsteen’s “Growing … Continue reading

January 22, 2019 · 1 Comment

David Huddle: Composition as Ethical Inquiry

A man who has faith, intelligence, and cultivation will show that in his work. –Walker Evans I hate to advocate drugs, alcohol, violence, or insanity to anyone, but they’ve always … Continue reading

November 3, 2018 · Leave a comment

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