Ink Blots: ‘Girlfriends’ by Charles Bukowski

by Kariza Montealegre Memories are stories we’ve kept in the tiny compartments of our heads. If we look into our minds, they’re probably libraries housing books about our past. One part of that library could be named Past Lovers (which could be in the Restricted Section for some *wink*). If given a chance, would you pick up a book from this section? Or, would you just leave it until it gathers dust? If you’re torn, you could probably get some advice from Charles Bukowski’s poem Girlfriends. (It happens to be the 95th birth anniversary of Charles Bukowski, so allow me to…

Ink Blots: ‘Today Means Amen’ by Sierra DeMulder

by Kariza Montealegre Previously, I shared with you Buddy Wakefield’s “apology letter” (“This is an apology letter to the both of us for how long it took me to let things go”), and today, I have another letter! But this time, it’s for you. We all have our struggles, but there are some who get trapped and sucked in by the monster that is depression. If you are in this dark alley of life (I hope you’re not), today’s poem is a light for you. Published in the newly released book We Slept Here, the piece “Today Means Amen“ by Sierra…

Ink Blots: ‘Hurling Crowbirds at Mockingbars’ by Buddy Wakefield

by Kariza Montealegre Welcome to Ink Blots, where I’ll be sharing with you poems—from classic to contemporary and from published to performed pieces—every other Sunday. As Joseph Roux puts it: “Poetry is truth in its Sunday clothes.” Perhaps, this is a good sign to make this a Sunday habit? You plus truth in its most raw form—sounds like a good combination to me! Now, we’re celebrating Bookbed‘s fifth birthday, and today’s featured poem doesn’t stray far from celebrations. Buddy Wakefield’s “Hurling Crowbirds at Mockingbars (Hope is Not a Course of Action)” may come as a heartbreak poem at first but it actually talks about letting…