“In a time of destruction,” writes Maxine Hong Kingston, “create something: a poem, a parade, a school, a vow, a moral principle; one peaceful moment.”

Create something. What a fabulous call for positive change. All around us, things fall apart. The stock market. Marriages. World leadership. Writing a poem is a small radical act, a way to change the creative balance of the world, a small insistence on possibility.

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Writing a poem is an extension of paying attention. And what isn’t worthy of our notice? Just as everything can be destroyed, everything can create a spark. A pinecone. A cold night. Trash cans clanking in the alley. Everything is a seed just waiting for our wonder to help it grow.

seven degrees—
even the barbed wire fence
wears diamonds

And the fabulous side effect: writing a poem helps offer perspective. It allows us to both step deeper into a moment and to hold it at arm’s length. It allows us to see beyond the self and to see the self as an integral part of the whole—a creative part, no less.

I hope to see you in one of my workshops or to speak with you about your poems one on one. And here are poems for you to read.

Let’s play.

Rosemerry’s new book, Naked for Tea, was a finalist for the Able Muse Book Award and is now available! Click here to purchase




Poems of Grief: There’s a fabulous resource for folks looking for poems: verse.press. Here you will find lists of poems on varying themes. One of mine was chosen by Drew Myron for poems of grief.

In Stitches: Fiber artist Grace Gee Ajemian (www.gracesgee.com) made a gorgeous scroll of one of my poems, Yet Another Layer. What a joy to be part of this collaboration!

Getting the News from Poems: inspired by recent headlines of division and aggression, I wrote this poem published in the Colorado Independent  

Poetry Voice: Kierstin Bridger and Uche Ogbugi featured me on their fabulous podcast—we talk about darkness and collaborations, storytelling and more.

A Daily Dose of Poetry:
Read my daily poems on my blog.

PDF of Rosemery's 2018 Schedule here! (for printing and emailing)