Discussion On Assets Started By B. Sharise Moore

I live in a pretty nice neighborhood in Baltimore. It’s been a Black, middle class enclave for more than 50 years. However, many of the neighbors are older and dying. And according to my cousin, who’s lived in the neighborhood for over 50 years, many didn’t have children and their homes are going back to Read the full article…

A Poet’s Toolkit :: 20 Poets Worth Reading By B. Sharise

Ntozake Shange Sonia Sanchez Tyehimba Jess Harryette Mullen Victor Hernandez Cruz Larry Neal Jayne Cortez Quincy Troupe June Jordan Amiri Baraka E. Ethelbert Miller Yusef Komunyakaa Rita Dove Shel Silverstein Sterling Plumpp Sylvia Plath Gwendolyn Brooks Etheridge Knight Camille T. Dungy Elizabeth Bishop

A Poet’s Toolkit: POETIC FORMS from A-Z By B. Sharise

ABC A poem that has five lines that create a mood, picture, or feeling. Lines 1 through 4 are made up of words, phrases or clauses while the first word of each line is in alphabetical order. Line 5 is one sentence long and begins with any letter.   Acrostic Poetry that certain letters, usually Read the full article…

A Poet’s Toolkit :: 10 Poetry Prompts for Writer’s Block By B. Sharise

Write a haiku about a mirror. Your poem should express jealousy. Write a shape poem about a skyscraper or city skyline. Your poems should express loss. Write a persona poem about a candle. Your poem should express wisdom. Write a list poem about your first kiss/intimate experience. Write a free verse poem about a conversation Read the full article…

A Poet’s Toolkit :: A Brief Glossary Of Poetic Terms By B. Sharise

Alliteration: the repetition of consonant sounds at the beginning of words Assonance: the repetition of vowel sounds at the beginning of words Figurative Language: Language that is not meant to be taken literally Hyperbole: an exaggeration Imagery: the use of descriptive words or phrases that re-create sensory experiences for the reader. Metaphor: a comparison between Read the full article…

For Those Who Find Yourself Embarrassed By “Riots” In Baltimore By B. Sharise

For those of you who find yourself angered and/or embarrassed by the “riots” in Baltimore:   your indignation is no loom. it will not stitch together the broken of that Black man’s spine nor will it make him stand. your disgust is no potter’s wheel it will not shape him warm-blooded laughing and living anew. Read the full article…

Tetsuo and Youth: A Dictionary-esque Album Review

Lupe Fiasco:   (noun) a West Chicago raised, enigmatic, often polarizing, skateboarding, ever-ranting, rapping rubix cube.   Tetsuo and Youth:   (noun) Lupe Fiasco’s 5th studio album, named such because Fiasco “likes the way it sounds.”   Your browser does not support the video tag.   Stand Out Tracks   Mural–   a hook-less, 8:45 Read the full article…

The Plastic Gate: Thoughts About Last Night’s Pacers/Wizards Game, Celebrity Worship & Extreme Poverty

America’s entertainers (professional athletes, musicians, actors/actresses) are a version of British royalty; I’m convinced of this. After the game, Joe and I went down to the family and friends guest area to slap hands with David West and the other Pacers players. There’s a small, 3 foot high plastic gate there that separates invited guests Read the full article…

For Richard Sherman: A Sermon On Centerfield

I pledge allegiance to the fans of the united states of america and to the hypocrisy for which we stand, one scoreboard under a mob with trash talk and concussions for all. as american as apple pie football is religion with its’ opening day kick-off christmas and superbowl like easter’s resurrection all praise ye saints Read the full article…

Miguel & The Mosh Pit Of Rapey R&B

I’ve been a sucker for a good falsetto since El Debarge. There’s something about the heavy treble and melodic keys in “Oooh, I Like It”, “Time Will Reveal”, and “Love Me In A Special Way” that always manages to trigger an 80s nostalgia like nothing else can. Thusly, I became somewhat of a casual fan Read the full article…