Poem-a-Day is the original and only daily digital poetry series featuring over 200 new, previously unpublished poems by today's talented poets each year. On weekdays, poems are accompanied by exclusive commentary by the poets. The series highlights classic poems on weekends. Launched in 2006, Poem-a-Day is now distributed via email, web, and social media to 300,000+ readers free of charge and is available for syndication by King Features.
the bullet was a girl
the bullet is his whole life.
his mother named him & the bullet
was on its way. in another life
the bullet was a girl & his skin
was a boy with a sad laugh.
they say he asked for it—
must I define they? they are not
monsters, or hooded or hands black
with cross smoke.
they teachers, they pay tithes
they like rap, they police—good folks
gather around a boy’s body
to take a picture, share a prayer.
oh da horror, oh what a shame
why’d he do that to himself?
they really should stop
getting themselves killed
|April 15, 2007||This Day||Jimmy Santiago Baca|
|May 29, 2010||Temper||Beth Bachmann|
|October 01, 2014||As a Portent||David Baker|
|May 02, 2013||Belong To||David Baker|
|April 24, 2011||Night School||Micah Ballard|
|February 26, 2014||Costumes Exchanging Glances||Mary Jo Bang|
|September 10, 2012||The Earthquake She Slept Through||Mary Jo Bang|
|January 18, 2011||You Know||Mary Jo Bang|
|April 17, 2006||To the Trespasser||David Barber|
|March 01, 2014||The Dreamer||Djuna Barnes|