"This work is unlike any other, in its range of rich, conjuring imagery and its dexterity, its smart voice. Carroll-Hackett doesn’t spare us—but doesn’t save us—she draws a blueprint of power and class with her unflinching pivot: matter-of-fact and tender." —Jan Beatty

Archive for September, 2015

Sometimes What You Miss is the Prompt


Daily Prompt

Things you miss: laughing together, the shared quiet of dawn, touching his skin.

Make art about Love’s small gestures.


Sometimes the Prompt is Detailed in the Instructions :-)

Daily Prompt

I’ll give y’all the prompt I gave my Baby Poets last night 🙂

Write a How To piece (poem, story, essay), building something creative and beautiful out of a set of instructions.

I told them if they would send me titles, I’d write one too, using one of their titles, so today, I’ll be writing either How To Walk a Dog or How To Walk Down Stairs.

how to

Monday Must Read! Pam Uschuk, Crazy Love and Blood Flower


Monday Must Read! Pam Uschuk

pam publicity photoThis week meet Pam Uschuk. Political activist and wilderness advocate, Pam Uschuk has howled out six books of poems, including Crazy Love, winner of a 2010 American Book Award, and Wild In The Plaza Of Memory. A new collection of poems, Blood Flower, was released in February 2015.

Translated into more than dozen languages, Pam’s work appears in over three hundred journals and anthologies worldwide, including Poetry, Ploughshares, Agni Review, etc. Uschuk has been awarded the 2011 War Poetry Prize from WINNING WRITERS, 2010 New Millenium Poetry Prize, 2010 Best of the Web, the Struga International Poetry Prize (for a theme poem), the Dorothy Daniels Writing Award from the National League of American PEN Women, the King’s English Poetry Prize and prizes from Ascent, Iris, and Amnesty International.

Editor-In-Chief of Cutthroat, A Journal Of The Arts, Uschuk lives in Bayfield, Colorado. Uschuk is often a featured writer at the Prague Summer Programs, teaches occasional workshops for the University of Arizona’s Poetry Center, and was the 2011 John C. Hodges Visiting Writer at University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She’s working on a multi-genre book called The Book of Healers Healing: An Odyssey Through Ovarian Cancer.

Buy Pam’s Beautiful Books!

Blood Flower: http://wingspress.com/book.cfm?book_ID=193

Crazy Love: http://www.wingspress.com/book.cfm?book_ID=104

Wild in the Plaza of Memory: http://www.wingspress.com/book.cfm?book_ID=141

More of Pam’s books here!


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Hear Pam Read: https://vimeo.com/74141138

Praise for Pam’s Work!

Like Lorca, Uschuk is a poet of the duende, that mystical Spanish conception; she views the poem as a vehicle for fierce engagement with the body and its social realities, often with a metaphysical awareness that transcends and extends the corporeal into the natural world. Working a poetics rare for a North American writer, Uschuk has crafted a poetry equally steeped in nature and political resistance. This is an ecological poetics of engagement, a mythic poetry—part Lorca, part Rachel Carson.”–Sean Thomas Dougherty, RAIN TAXI, 2012

American Book Award–winner Uschuk’s new collection of meditative, delectably powerful poems offers a steady and generous solace that serves as a platform for thought-provoking glimpses into spirit, family, and feeling. She has written of a tethered reality, commonplace secrets, and emotional rescue. And she is political. Among the more than 40 poems, “Red Menace” (“After all of these years / it’s clear what it was / those teachers couldn’t name— / not just the consonants but the roots, / the skin drums”) and “Black Swan” (“Grandfather, what purpose can you discern / now your entitled eyes are soil, / your heart going to anthracite?”) are standouts. In the same vein as her contemporaries Patricia Smith and Joy Harjo, Uschuk is strong in metaphor, urgent in language, and powerful in vivisection.” — Mark Eleveld

DailyPrompt Catch-Up

DailyPrompt Catch-Up


Road trip to visit with my daughter and son-in-law. Early early morning arrival. “What remains for us has always been what’s arriving”~Wayne Miller  Make art about arrival, about what’s arriving.


Did a little bargaining at the farmer’s market. Haggling is an integral part of the shopping experience in many cultures, and should be considered a game, rather than a battle.  Make art about haggling or bargaining.


Dreamt I was weaving a flower chain necklace for a child, whose bright laughter I heard from a distance.  Make art about laughter, the catharsis of laughter, the gift of mirth.


You are the Poem, You are the Song <3

We’re One, but we’re not the same
We get to  Carry each other Carry each other ❤

Sometimes the Equinox is the Prompt :-)

Daily Prompt
Happy Autumnal Equinox ❤
Make art about balance.

Daily Prompt Catch-Up :-)


Daily Prompt missed yesterday 😦 Oops! So make art about a missed opportunity. 🙂


Daily Prompt  “Aging, I am a stowaway in the hold of my being.”~Stanley Moss  Make art about aging, about the stages of growing older.


Opportunity Missed and Taken Green Road Sign and Clouds

Opportunity Missed and Taken Green Road Sign and Clouds

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