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Poem: “Adopting a Fourteen-Year-Old in the 21st Century”

Adopting a Fourteen-Year-Old in the 21st Century Teenage girls hate difference, and their mothers. They want concave bellies, current fashion, and to fit in. That was my fear, and her other mom’s: that she might despise our dyke passion, our wheelchairs, Robin’s speech, my respirator, or her own awkward tender girl body. Would the pride […]

Laura’s Labor Day Weekend Column

Labor Day means different things to different people. The Labor Day Telethon For me, it’s hard (try as I might) to escape the association between Labor Day and the Jerry Lewis Muscular Dystrophy Association Telethon. Though it’s been several years since we’ve organized a direct action protest, the Internet continues to provide us with opportunities […]

From the Archives: Old Poem, “You Get Proud By Practicing”

In honor of LGBT Pride Month — and to honor and encourage all kinds of people embracing the risks of visibility and pride — I decided to re-post a very old poem of mine. It remains a favorite of mine, and of lots of other people. It’s been reprinted in a number of places, most […]

“Remembering Siesta Key”: A Poem of the Gulf

Remembering Siesta Key Copyright 2010 by Laura Hershey Ten days each spring, we woke to the smell of salt water, seaweed, eggs my Dad fried in butter, and fresh orange pulped by Nana. Before ten a.m. we wore the scent of sun tan lotion, and tumbled out the door where the Gulf welcomed us with […]

My First Effort at Making a Poetry Movie: “A Call to Arms”

I just learned about, and then learned how to use, Windows MovieMaker. Below is my first artistic effort at creating a poetry video. It’s me reading my poem “A Call to Arms,” and it’s fully captioned. Let me know what you think! By the way, this poem also appeared in the Fall 2008 issue of […]

Poem Draft: “Until the Day”

Like some of my other writer friends, I’ve been mostly keeping up with the April 2010 Poem-A-Day Challenge, a feature of Robert Lee Brewer’s Poetic Asides blog. Every day throughout the month, Brewer offers a writing prompt, an idea designed to spur creativity. I’m not going to post all the drafts I’ve generated over the […]

New Year Blue Moon

New Year Blue Moon Blue moon isn’t blue. It’s the pink that white becomes when mixed with city light and smog. It starts as a smudge behind bare trees. Add a dash of nostalgia, a pinch of anticipation. Then chill. Serve faithfully, even when the moon is new, invisible, and the year is old, less […]

Three Haiku from My Recent Camping Trip

I’m not sure whether the plural of haiku is “haiku” or “haikus.” Poetry experts, let me know what you think. I do know, however, that supposedly “minor” language questions can actually be significant in terms of conveying information. For example, when I was planning our camping trip last week, I checked the web page for […]

On Airports and Personhood

Realizing it’s been too long since my last blog post, I was going to comment on the fact that for some reason, the White House has apparently given two different jobs, two pretty important jobs, to one person. I’ll still try to write about that, probably this weekend. (Remind me, okay?) But first, I have […]

Time to Kill (a draft poem)

Time to Kill Left home early Found parking right away just two blocks away Twenty till Gotta lotta time to kill Now’s the time Now’s the hour Choose a weapon sunshine or television coffee or beer the Post or beat poets All pleasures lethal to time