“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 long, 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 Nu’utupu 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.”

Ariana Brown – Wolfchild
“The coyote that brought your ancestors to this land retches a river of dead women, springs for your throat.”

Sam Rush – Neverland
“When I was a little boy, I played Peter.”

Sarah Kay & Phil Kaye – When Love Arrives
“Love will tell you you are beautiful – and mean it – over and over.”

Rudy Francisco – My Honest Poem
“I was born on July 27th. That makes me a Leo. I don’t really know what that means.”

G. Yamazawa – 10 Things You Should Know About Being an Asian from the South
“8. When someone calls you Chinese, correct them.
9. Upon correcting them, tell them your full name in your native dialect.”

RJ Walker – Deceit & I
“So I lied, like Cain was in the corner taking notes.”

William Nu’utupu Giles – Captain America
“We are dying to belong, and I am beginning to understand the metaphor of Captain America’s weapon.”

Ryler Dustin – My Old Man
“The old man keeps me up. He rocks in his old chair, cursing and asking someone to feed the cats.”

Guante – Small Talk
“So, like, when my girlfriend’s parents ask me what I do for a living, um, I pull a straight razor out of my back pocket.”

Toaster – Scoop Dunk
“The only way to protect yourself is to be aware of everything all the time forever.”

Sam Sax – Kaddish
“I could afford the flight to New York. I could afford the time off work. I could afford one night in a cheap motel.”

Sabrina Benaim – Unrequited Love in 9 Parts
“4. There are baseballs falling out of my mouth.”

Neil Hilborn – This is Not the End of the World
“I’ve been thinking about becoming a box inside a locked room inside a dark house at the dark end of the street. I wanna go away until I’m gone.”

Ashlee Haze – Ode to Fuck Boys
“Oh, Fuck Boy, your basicness be amazing.”

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


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