Broken Wings

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It’s a draft. I throw caution to the wind on this one, whatever that means …“Broken Wings” by Jose Vilson Grounded No lift while G_d sweeps the air from under me I am the celestial being no more My tarnished feathers scatter in the distance Shattered bones clank down the …






On the 1st Day of Christmas …

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I got a gift from my stepfather. It’s weird because frankly I don’t expect anything from him and never have, but indeed I have this wrapped present in front of me, and it’s been sitting there waiting for my approval. I wonder what it is now that I’ve waited this …






Short Notes: Lo Que No Ves

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A few short notes: – What I’m Listening To: Zion, “Zun Da Da” Babyface, “Wonderful Tonight” (originally by Eric Clapton) Juan Luis Guerra, “El Niagra en Bicicleta” – I was getting my students in line when some conversation came up about candy between me and the kids in the front. …






Short Notes: Don’t Stop Believing

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Believe it or not, mi gente, I do listen to the oddest of tracks. My latest iPod additions include: Robbie Williams, “Millenium” Journey, “Don’t Stop Believing” Feist, “1234” Timbaland feat. One Republic, “Apologize” John Lennon, “Happy XMas (War Is Over)” The New York Knicks suck. And I’m in pain right …






Student of the Month

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I have this one girl in one of my classes who’s awesome. She’s one of the sharpest students I’ve ever had as far as math. She’s funny, too, because she’s better at math than most of the people in the room. She’s got these big brown eyes that, even when …






And The Crowd Goes Wild

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By the way, I didn’t know my last blog was blocked from comments, but that’s fine. It was a post I just needed to exhale. Thanks for your concerns again, though. On my way back from Florida, I had to think of what poems I wanted to perform for the …






And I Wonder …

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“Find your dreams come true And I wonder if you know What it means To find your dreams …” I’ve been forced to do a lot of reflection as far as my father’s terrible health right now. The growth I’ve gone through since I’ve seen him has been tremendous. I …






Flash Flood Warning

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The G_d around me and not the G_d I am tapped twice on my shoulder before the storm hit In rumbles calling for home sanctuary You must rest, that G_d said I laughed, for the tempest brewed up Free merriment Mid-Manhattan debauchery with workers of the same Taxing Grey And …






Peanuts Have To Shower, Too

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Yesterday, I had the wonderful opportunity to be part of my friend AnnMary’s baby shower. I wish I took pictures, but I swear to you, there are enough picture takers at that party that those pictures will suffice. Now I would love to tell you all the details, but really …






Sh**, G_ddamn, Get Off Your @ss and Write

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Much of my effort for the last 3 weeks or so has been geared towards my blogging, an extension of my article writing / column writing ambitions. That’s also means my poetry, my one true love, has been neglected for some time. I wrote a couple of pieces here and …






Too Cool For School

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I’m surprised by the serendipity of this August 1st. A few quick notes: 1) I’m the featured artist on RainTiger’s Poetry Site for August 2007. Thanks, mi gente. 2) As I said before, I’m a BlogCritic, and my latest article about the recent Rock the Bells concert featuring Rage Against …






Courage to Teach

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Every morning for a good 3 weeks or so, I’d been reading Teaching With Fire: Poetry That Sustains the Courage to Teach, a poetry compilation compiled and edited by Sam Intrator and Megan Schribner. Even though I haven’t finished it just yet, it’s already one of my favorite books of …