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Hades (poem)

There is Hades’ fury burrowed
into those smile lines,
Black holes in your sky eyes.

A micro fisherman sits
in your sailboat of a smile.
Your tongue, the bait.
Those who you thought
Were closest to you
are like starving fish,
drawn to your every word,
but even when they suck
that tongue dry,
they’re still famished.

Your eyes don’t drizzle,
nor do they pour—they monsoon
at the thought of others deeming
you as evil just because you wear
darkness on your sleeve
better than most.

It’s a crime to think that a human
is all good or that a human is all evil.
Those who have figuratively killed men
have still loved their children,
saved bumblebees from drowning
in pools, helped their arthritic
neighbor rake leaves.

(Those who have actually killed in the name of cold blood…
Were their hearts always that Arctic cold?
I’m still having a hard time having compassion for everyone,
especially the ones who wronged in ways that leach hope from humanity.)

Those who have loved wholly and deeply
have still lied when it served them,
walked past homeless women
and didn’t spare a single coin
from their jingling pockets,
drove past a turtle attempting
its suicide tread across sliver
of rush-houred highway.

So the next time you see
some Hades behind someone’s stare,
know that you’re no different.

Light isn’t a standalone beacon.
Darkness is her companion;
the reason why we keep seeing stars.

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📖INTERVIEW: “The Long Body That Connects Us All” by Rich Marcello

Provocative and profound, Rich Marcello’s poems are compact but expansive, filled with music as seductive as their ideas, and focused mostly on how to be a good man. This is a collection of deep passion and wisdom for fathers, husbands, and sons, but also for mothers, wives, and daughters, many who began with a longing for the things they were taught to desire by their forefathers, only to later discover a different path, one lit by loss and welcoming of the vulnerable, one made of the long body that connects us all. Click here to purchase on Amazon.


Hello there, Rich! I’m happy to be kicking off spring equinox with another wonderful interview. Needless to say, this book sounds like an inspiring collection of poetry, but what exactly inspired it?

I wanted to publish a collection about what it means to be a good man in the modern world. There are many great poets out there, but few these days are writing on this topic. With all the divisiveness in the world these days, much propagated by violent men, I wanted to show some of my own experiences about being open and vulnerable with the hope that some of my specific experiences would generalize.

That is so beautiful. I absolutely love your vision. Speaking of which, what are some central messages you strive to instill into your readers?

Thematically, the collection is about what it means to be a good man in the modern world––a timely topic given all that’s going on these days.

With all the divisiveness in the world these days, much propagated by violent men, I wanted to show some of my own experiences about being open and vulnerable…

Wonderful. So more on you as a poet… What sparked your interest in the written word?

I’ve been writing poetry all my life. I also have written over sixty songs and my publisher, Langdon Street Press, has published three of my novels: The Color of Home, The Big Wide Calm, and The Beauty of the Fall. I am currently working on my fourth novel, The Latecomers.

How exciting is that? I’m really happy for you. And a little bit more about you as a writer if you don’t mind… Who are some of your poetic influences?

I love Merwin, Audre Lorde, Mary Oliver, and Kay Ryan, to name a few, but really, I love just about any poet who writes from a deeply emotional place.

Absolutely. It’s those courageous writers who unapologetically write from the depths of their own psyche that really impact other writers and readers alike. So, I musk ask: What does a day in the life of Rich look like (writing-wise)?

I write every day for four or five hours in the morning. I’m a big believer in going from one kind of dream time (sleeping) to another (writing) right away, so I find working in the mornings is best for me. The rest of the day I focus on family, friends, and the causes I believe in, like climate change.

That takes quite of bit of discipline. I applaud you for dedicating so much of your time to your creative side, all while maintaining that “writing/life” balance. That doesn’t come easy. Before we wrap things up here, are there any concluding words that you’d like to share with everyone?

Thanks for taking the time to check out my work. If you are so inclined, feel free to drop me a line about any of my work, or about anything you feel like discussing.

My pleasure, and thank YOU! It was such a joy speaking with you. May boundless creativity continue to flow your way 🌞


Commercial PhotographyRich Marcello is a poet, a songwriter and musician, a creative writing teacher at Seven Bridges’ Writer Collaborative, and the author of three novels, The Color of Home, The Big Wide Calm, and The Beauty of the Fall. Previously, he enjoyed a successful career as a technology executive, managing several multi-billion dollar businesses for Fortune 500 companies.

The Color of Home was published in 2013 by Langdon Street Press, and melds together honest generative dialogue, poetic sensory detail, and “unforgettable characters who seem to know the complete song catalog of Lennon or Cohen.” The Big Wide Calm was published in 2014, also by Langdon Street Press. The US Review of Books stated, “Marcello’s novel has a lot going for it. Well-written, thought-provoking, and filled with flawed characters, it meets all of the basic requirements of best-of-show in the literary fiction category.” The Beauty of the Fall was published in 2016. Faulkner Award Winner Mark Spencer commented, “Few novels are as intelligent and relevant as The Beauty of the Fall. Almost none is as eloquent, compelling, heartbreaking, and ultimately, uplifting.”

As anyone who has read Rich’s work can tell you, his books deal with life’s big questions: love, loss, creativity, community, aging, self-discovery. His novels are rich with characters and ideas, crafted by a natural storyteller, with the eye and the ear of a poet.

For Rich, writing and art making is about connection, or as he says, about making a difference to a least one other person in the world, something he has clearly achieved many times over, both as an artist, a mentor, and a teacher.

Rich lives in Massachusetts on a lake with his family and two Newfoundlands, Ani and Shaman. He is currently working on his fourth novel, The Latecomers.

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📖INTERVIEW: “Phoenix’s Journey Of Poetry Part II” by Lamecca Butler

In the poet’s own words: “A collection of Poetry! I share my life experiences through my poetry. The collection of poetry is a journey that I have been writing over the years. Love, relationships, sex, and everyday problems that go on in the average black woman’s life. My story is just put in poetry form.”


Good morning, Lamecca! I’m grateful to be speaking with you on this wonderful day. Thanks for being here. What inspired the creation of your book?

My inspiration for this book was the fact that I self-published my first poetry while homeless. I wanted to keep the momentum going.

That’s amazing. I can’t imagine the hardship you must have faced, so the fact that you pushed forward regardless is proof of your personal power and the power of poetry to guide you out of difficult times. When did your love of writing come about?

I began writing as a little girl. It was my best form of expression.

Poetry is definitely a great tool to authentically express oneself. What is the central message you’re attempting to put into the world through this collection of poems?

My message that I’m striving to convey is that I have been through more than most can fathom, so if I can do it, anyone can do it.

How empowering! I admire your can-do attitude. So, what gets your creative juices flowing when sitting down to write?

I literally base my poetry off of emotion. I write from my personal experience or the emphatic view from afar.

I have been through more than most can fathom, so if I can do it, anyone can do it.

Emotion (any emotion, really) and experience (both good and bad) are the muses of all muses. Thank you again for taking some time out of your day to have this lovely chat. 💛


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Wolf🐺Tribe (poem)

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📖INTERVIEW: “Moon Chaser: Running from the Sun” by Brooke Lynn Knight

Moon Chaser: Running from the Sun is a collection of poems displaying conflicting emotions of a toxic relationship. Moreover, it is an intense story of two forces colliding in a rush of passion and pain.

Hi, Brooke! As a fellow moon chaser, I’m especially excited to be having this interview with you. First things first: What inspired this book into being?

This collection of poems was inspired by my personal experience in a toxic relationship with a sociopath.

Such darkness could definitely result in a sea’s worth of poetry. I can vouch for that, unfortunately and fortunately (?). How did your passion for poetty come about?

I have been writing for most of my life and it has always been a true passion of mine.

So, a lifelong poet. I can most certainly relate. 🙂 What are some central themes that are showcased in this collection?

The collection of poems convey the raw emotions of a toxic relationship. It is meant for an audience that can truly relate their experiences and understand that they are not alone in the struggle and confusion of relationships such as these.

I’m glad you created a book that has the potential of reminding people that they really aren’t alone in their relationship struggles and toxicity in general. What are you biggest influences in general?

I am influenced by pure, unmodified emotions and experiences.

Those type of emotions really are what poetry is all about! So, how doesn’t your writing process typically look like?

I prefer to take my time during the writing process. It is important that I feel the poetry pour out as opposed to producing when I am nor ready. It is time-consuming but well worth the wait when completed.

That is so very true! I must ask… Will you continue to produce more poetry?

Yes, I am excited to pursue my dream of becoming a well-known and admired poet and author.

It is important that I feel the poetry pour out…

Excellent! I’m happy to hear that. Don’t ever put that pen down. Do you have any remaining thoughts that you would like to get off your chest?

I thank everyone who has taken the time and taken the chance to read my first collection of poems and hope that you all will follow me on my journey as I continue to produce more raw works of art.

And I thank YOU for chatting with me about your wonderful book of poems. May inspiration consistently flow to you ceaslessly! 🌝


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