If poets have taught me anything, it’s the importance of generosity — to be generous to others and ourselves.
Indeed, the difficult work of creating is a labor we all share in.
As such, I firmly believe that, as writers, we have an obligation to lift up one another — to help our peers navigate this wonderfully complex craft.
What I’m trying to say is this: you’re always welcome to ask me for opinions or critique or reading suggestions or absolutely anything!
Having said this, I thought I’d share some pieces that I hold near and dear and invite you all to post your favorites as well: poems that spark joy, lines from your own work — anything and everything!
• Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib’s “Carly Rae Jepsen and the Kingdom of Desire”
• Christopher Soto’s “All the Dead Boys Look Like Me”
• Tyree Daye’s “Neuse River”
• Hieu Minh Nguyen’s “Apology, Sort Of”
• Jane Wong’s “Twenty-Four”
• Eloisa Amezcua’s “Long Distance”
• Rosebud Ben-Oni’s “And All the Songs We Are Meant to Be”
• Paige Lewis’ “I Love Those Who Can Walk Slow Over Glass and Still Hold”
• Albert Abonado’s “The Greeting”
• Leila Chatti’s “Reciting Poetry in the Psychiatric Ward”
• Tiana Clark’s “Equilibrium”