Bishop Rudolph W. McKissick, Sr. “A 45 year Legacy”

It was a tremendous blessing to contribute my creative energy in the form of a poem to Bishop Rudolph McKissick, Sr.’s 45th Anniversary Celebration. Comforting was my friend Vincent Brown’s comment that he has never known me to write a poem that rhymes. That would be correct, but I knew I had to appeal to […]

Mosaic Literary Magazine: Thomas Sayers Ellis Interview

TSE Interview

Philadelphia Stories: Penny’s Poem is Anthologized

Magazine Celebrates 10 Years of Publishing Philadelphia- Area Authors and Artists Philadelphia Stories celebrates its tenth anniversary with a live auction, art exhibit, and book release  The skinny little cool poem below was selected to appear in the 10th Anniversary Anthology. It was published in the FIRST 2004 literary issue. Am I humbled? Yes. Am […]

The Provocative 32 Hygiene-Stroke

  I like doing it in the morning. It has emerged as a sensual ritual since the deciduous death of my sexy, thirty-two, adult soldiers. Most stand upright and salute when I smile like victors of a daily battle with debris.  I am sole leader of a decay-prevention platoon who boldly confronts caffeine stains; random, […]

Still Standing After The One-Two Punch (Live Recording)

           The following excerpt from Lyrical Soul was read April 12, 2011 at the 35th Annual Cultural Council Awards Luncheon. Originally published in a shorter form, I revised it specifically to reflect my “two-bout” fight. LIVE RECORDING featuring “Penny Dickerson” (Right click the title below and select: open link in new tab) Still Standing After […]

Lyrical Soul

When I first began writing poetry, my offerings were raw, uncontrolled confessions that sought to creatively express an experience I deemed significant. Indeed poetry is expressive, but apparently, many dead, old men accompanied by the presence of a host of pioneering women set standards that defined poetry, but also confined and constricted it. Beyond the […]