“Poetry is language at its most distilled and most powerful.” — Rita Dove

This isn’t my own. Not yet. The time’s not right. But these are poems that are powerful and that speak to me. Maybe they say something about who I am, or who I want to be. Who knows.

This playlist is about 45 minutes long and includes 14 poems, so definitely set aside some time if you want to listen in its entirety, although it’s perfectly fine to listen to a few at a time, as well. It can get kinda heavy. Please also note that many include at least brief profanity, so the whole playlist is probably not safe for work, or children. Excerpts below.

Joseph Capehart – Wolves
“Soundproof the walls of your heart, they said.”

Sean Patrick Mulroy – Letter to a New Crush
“Maybe uncertainty turns me on!”

Kurt Olson – Lemon Pepper Chicken
“Presentation is everything.”

Paulie Lipman, Connor Marvin, &Eddie Eifler – Go Be Great
“You Good Will Hunting wannabe.”

Sam Sax – It’s Alive
“You didn’t know you had a name until they named you.”

Sam Lai – Chick with a Gun
“Click. Click.”

Sabrina Benaim – Explaining My Depression to My Mother
“It’s just not that much fun having fun when you don’t wanna have fun, Mom.”

Sam Sax – Miracles
“I don’t believe in things like miracles, or mathematics.”

G. Yamazawa – Dear Grandma
“A five-foot tsunami dressed in a kimono, face paint, and culture. How beautiful.”

Anis Mojgani – For Those Who Can Still Ride in Airplanes for the First Time
“Slow down, Quentin. Slow down, Quentin. You don’t have to touch and go.”

William Giles – Ursula
“It is always hurricane season in Hawai’i.”

Guante – Quicksand
“Are you sure you’re drowning in quicksand?”

Sam Sax – Learning to Breathe Water
“Don’t blame the world for how it wants to get its hands around your throat.”

Neil Hilborn – Dear Creationists
“If you’ve never heard of sounding, that’s basically what it is. I have saved you a horrible discovery on the Internet. You’re welcome.”

obviously none of this work belongs to me. all rights to respective writers.


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