poetry for real life

K'in Poetry Spotlight! Beaten Drum Woman by Stephanie Deal

Stephanie Deal grew up in Los Angeles during the 1980s. "My father was full blooded Native-American: Tohono O'odham, and I have never laid eyes upon him. My mother is a gentle woman who never deserved to be treated as the world saw fit. I learned to read for the first time when I was ten years old; I took to it like a fish to water. Books are one of my greatest joys, followed only by my husband and my children. I have made many mistakes in my life, and for it I have suffered. But I have survived and persevered, and am better for that suffering. I write about a number of topics, but closest to my heart is the topic of surviving domestic violence." Stephanie is currently attending college to become a teacher. This is her first publication. 

Read Stephanie's Poem Here

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K'in Poetry Spotlight! Burial Practices by Caroline Malone

Caroline Malone was born and lives in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains in East Tennessee. Her forthcoming poetry collection Dark Roots explores the meaning of family, heritage, and identity.

Read Caroline's Beautiful Poem Here

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K'in Poetry Spotlight! Down the Hall by Frannie McMillan

Frannie McMillan’s poetry has appeared in or is forthcoming from The Coachella Review, Broken Bridge Review, Front Range, and others. She is currently at work on her first chapbook, A Map of Beautiful Things.   

Read Frannie's Beautiful Poem Here! 

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K'in Poetry Spotlight! To My Struggling Son by John Berry

John Berry is a native Virginia poet writing from his home in the Shenandoah Valley. John has published two books of poetry, Wobbly Man (Red Dashboard Press, 2016) and Medicine (Foothills Publishing, 2017). John hosts The Sock Drawer Poetry Series on WinLife TV, and is working on his next book, The Lawnmower Poems to be released in late 2018. 

Read John's Beautiful Poem Here

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K'in Poetry Spotlight! Listen by Georgia Dennison

from Listen

For years, 
    oral lore was decanted,
        the sediment disturbed, distributed,
by hasty men. 
 
    Until, women, who were uninvited, 
            came anyway, respirate, 

aerating the narrative....

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Georgia Dennison was born in Plymouth, Massachusetts and now resides in Montana where she is an MFA candidate and writing instructor at the University of Montana. She hosts the Second Wind Reading Series and is a poetry editor for Cutbank Literary magazine. Her work has appeared in Pacifica Literary Review.

Read Georgia Dennison's Beautiful Poem Here

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K'in Poetry Spotlight! Aids to Navigation: A Dead Man Ode by Lauren Reed

Lauren McKenzie Reed received her MFA in Creative Writing from West Virginia University, where she taught for six years. She also has an MA in TESOL and, in addition to teaching and publishing, she has studied and worked in several countries, including Australia, Hong Kong, China, Ukraine, Mali, and Germany. 

Read Lauren's Beautiful Poem Here

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K'in Poetry Spotlight! "There Are Six People in this Bed and All of Them Are Women" by Rowan Lynam

Rowan Lynam is a genderqueer writer and journalist living in Chicago.

Read This Amazing Poem Here! 

 

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K'in Poetry Spotlight! Two Poems by henry 7. reneau, jr.

Must Read K'in Poetry! 

henry 7. reneau, jr. writes words in fire to awaken the world ablaze: free verse that breaks a rule every day, illuminated by his affinity for disobedience, a phoenix-flux of red & gold immolation that blazes from his heart, like a chambered bullet exploded through change is gonna come to implement the fire next time. He is the author of the poetry collection, freedomland blues (Transcendent Zero Press) and the e-chapbook, physiography of the fittest (Kind of a Hurricane Press), now available from their respective publishers. Additionally, he has self-published a chapbook entitled 13hirteen Levels of Resistance, and is currently working on a book of connected short stories. His work was nominated for the Pushcart Prize by LAROLA.

You don't want to miss his beautiful poetry in the first issue of K'in! 

Check it out HERE!

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The Story of Light by Peggy Shumaker (from Poetry Foundation)

The Story of Light
by Peggy Shumaker

Think of the woman who first touched fire
to a hollow stone filled with seal oil,
how she fiddled with fuel and flame
until blue shadows before and after her
filled her house.....

Read the rest of this amazing poem at Poetry Foundation. 

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"Maker of the Song She Sings...." Good Morning from K'in!

We are the makers of the songs we sing! 

Read 'The Idea of Order at Key West" by Wallace Stevens at Poetry Foundation

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