Author Archives: SW

Arboring Resentment

When I was younger, Arbor Day sort of used to be a thing. At some point during the school day, we’d receive little conifer saplings in long, perforated plastic bags which we were then urged to go plant somewhere. I … Continue reading

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Prelude to a Hairball

Several years ago, when 30 seemed like an age that I’d never be, I made a vow to myself: “If you’re still single when you turn 30, self, you need to get a cat.”  I love cats, and my family … Continue reading

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Unexpected Poetry #6

In lieu of a thoughtful, well-written post, I bring you a poem from, again, my public library’s announcements. The rhyme scheme is, well, forced at best, but you can’t deny the subject cries out for it. (And seriously, who uses … Continue reading

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Unexpected Poetry #5

And now we turn to Craigslist, the source of all great literature (and where grammar and spelling go to die after they’ve given up all hope on life in social media). I call it “Broken on the Inside.” Let the … Continue reading

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Unexpected Poetry #4

I’m not sure if this entirely qualifies as poetry, but in a public library’s blurb, included was this list of journals in which a certain poet has had works appear. I think I found the missing verse of “We Didn’t … Continue reading

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Unexpected Poetry #3

And now, a haiku from the same monkey article, with only two words deleted for syllabic reasons. Reports of monkeys riding on backs of wild pigs have not been confirmed.

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Unexpected Poetry #2

This time, we draw from none other than the New York Times Magazine. More specifically, from an article about a rogue monkey in Tampa. Read on. What’s a Monkey To Do in Tampa? That fall, it materialized in a low-income … Continue reading

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