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My Breast by Hedy Tripp

My Breast by Hedy Tripp

Welcome to this week's edition of Sunday Morning Lyricality, featuring a breast cancer story-poem by Minnesota writer, Hedy Tripp. "In the spring of 1996, I was diagnosed with stage one intraductal breast cancer and had undergone a modified radical mastectomy. I am a breast cancer survivor, and so far, am still cancer free. In my research, I...

My Breast by Hedy Tripp

In My Dreams by Riki Kölbl Nelson

Welcome to Sunday Morning Lyricality, featuring a weekly song or poem by a Minnesota writer, followed by a prompt to help you write your own poem. Poetry and dreams share this in common — they often awaken an inner wisdom that also seems, simultaneously, somehow to come from beyond us. The poem "In My Dreams" implies that sometimes...

My Breast by Hedy Tripp

Letter by Letter by Bill Meissner

September returns. Students return to school and their letters, while the Jewish High Holidays (or literally translated, the “Days of Awe”) approach. In Bill Meissner’s poem, “Letter by Letter,” the themes of learning, forsaken ambitions, disappointment and regret, the passing of time, and the sorrow of contrition, converge with a sprinkle of hope that things are, nevertheless, somehow all right. This is a poem that for me perfectly captures the paradoxical joy-grief of September, a season that poignantly reminds me that things pass away, thereby heightening my awareness that life is beautiful.

My Breast by Hedy Tripp

My Vegan Child by Ozzie Mayers

Parents, during different developmental stages in their children’s lives, often wonder/worry how their children will navigate new life challenges—and with what degree of ease or difficulty. Ozzie Mayers wrote “Vegan Child,” he explained, “as an attempt to cope with the transitions his younger child was going through from adolescence to young adulthood.” As the poem unfolds, readers are gifted with a tender portrait of both the poet-father and the child to whom this poem addresses. Posing questions without answers, musings full of speculations, Ozzie offers readers a personal window into a process and format for asking questions living inside each of us that might be worth our time exploring.

My Breast by Hedy Tripp

the day i stole a yellow boat by Colleen TwoFeathers

One of the “founding mothers” of a small poetry blog created as a safe haven for women to read and critique each other’s work, Colleen TwoFeathers is not afraid to explore whatever moves her deeply or tickles her funny bone. I’m especially moved by poems she writes related to seasonal changes, birds, grandchildren, depression, and a vast array of social justice issues. the day i stole a yellow boat paints a strong visual portrait of how slowing down and spending time in nature can often bring oneself back to the center of one’s poetic life.

My Breast by Hedy Tripp

Sebeka, Minnesota by Simon L. Eckman

Music often exists in the sonic realm, much the same as the spoken word. What is spoken word, but simply vibrations cultivated by our vocal musculature? Listen as Simon’s lyrical guitar “speaks,” as it contacts his inspirations, such as nature and spirituality. Be mindful of where your mind wanders when listening to a “song without words.”

My Breast by Hedy Tripp

Going to Be OK by Lisa Deguiseppi

Sometimes, this isn’t a more perfect time for a hopeful, optimistic song. With her acoustic guitar and bass/percussion accompaniment, Lisa Deguiseppi shares with us her words for moving forward. We’ve all had the urge to throw in the towel, and this piece stands as a beacon for better days to come. She reminds us that it is not foolish to look to see the light at the end of the tunnel, but a necessity, to be okay.

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