Cajeta (Gimme Some Sweet!)

“Gimme some sweet!” we scream blessed by your MAD words BAD words GLAD words SAD letting them scorch palates y quemar nuestros labios like Holy Wafers in the Devil’s mouth. Give us a taste of life your loco— salty and caramel-kissed— with every candy-flip of the page forming crystalizations of lithium-pink opiate rock (candy) on… Continue reading Cajeta (Gimme Some Sweet!)

Stonewall Jackson’s Way (1862)

Come, stack arms, men! Pile on the rails, Stir up the camp-fire bright; No matter if the canteen fails, We'll make a roaring night. Here Shenandoah brawls along, There burly Blue Ridge echoes strong, To swell the brigade's rousing song Of "Stonewall Jackson's Say." We see him now, — the old slouched hat Cocked o'er… Continue reading Stonewall Jackson’s Way (1862)

Verses Upon The Burning Of Our House (1666)

Written by Anne Bradstreet¹—the 'Empress Consort of Massachusetts'²—July 10th, 1666 after the burning of her house. Copied from The Columbia Anthology of American Poetry (Columbia University Press, 1995). In silent night when rest I took, For sorrow near I did not look, I wakened was with thund’ring noise And piteous shrieks of dreadful voice. That fearful… Continue reading Verses Upon The Burning Of Our House (1666)