Poem: Cotton Candy Man

Feb 15, 2016 by Bethel Swift
He is always walking, walking / noiseless, in the bitter cold. / A single, slender stick a’ shoulder / strong and sure enough to hold . . .

Poem: Physical Therapy

Nov 15, 2015 by Bethel Swift
  This session is brought to you by the numbers 9 out of 10 . . .

Poem: Comforting June

Jun 15, 2015 by Bethel Swift
Gentle Wind whispers, / after so many storms . . .

Poem: Cento à la Quiche

May 15, 2015 by Bethel Swift
A cento is a "patchwork" poem comprised of lines from other poet's poems. I wrote this poem as a homework assignment for Poetics 2 through The Chicago School of Poetics. Some punctuation was changed. Citations follow the poem . . .

Poem: Kwansabas for Luda

Poem: Kwansabas for Luda
Mar 15, 2015 by Bethel Swift
This poem is part of a larger project that I am working on to honor the life of Dr. Ludmilla Finkelstein. The Kwansaba is an African American poetry form based on the seven principles of the Kwanzaa celebration. Typically a praise song, the form (seven lines of seven or fewer words with seven or fewer letters in each word) was invented in the 1990s. This poem contains three Kwansabas written in October 2013, while studying at Kennedy King College, under Professor Martha Vertreace-Doody. I am posting it today, to mark the anniversary of Luda's birth (March 19, 1913) . . .

Poem: Sullen Suffering (Portrait of the Artist as Victim)

Feb 15, 2015 by Bethel Swift
I don't mean to criticize, (though I'm told You can handle that sort of thing) / but here I crouch, tugging at Your invisible cloak, because I am pulling apart at the seams . . .

Poem: Midday - Skating at "The Midway"

Jan 15, 2015 by Bethel Swift
Somehow I didn’t notice them— / all flailing arms and slipping feet— / until they slid down right in front of me / solemnly stating, “We need help.” ...