On The Edge Of Never ~ A Poem By Walt Page, The Tennessee Poet

It's hard on a man when he realizes that he's not as young as he used to be. When so many things that he used to do have become more difficult. When a 40 pound bag of dog food seems twice as heavy now. When his back tells him, “No more today” and the pain... Continue Reading →

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When Does It End? ~ A Post By Walt Page, The Tennessee Poet

This is not poetry, but I felt it was important to let you all know what I have been going through and why you may not have seen me making comments on your poetry. I think many of you don't know that I deal with a variety of conditions. Over the past year I have... Continue Reading →

Best Blogs – Spring 2019 Edition!

I am truly honored to have been nominated and included in the Spring Edition of the 2019 Best Blogs! I am humbled to be included in such a prestigious list of talented bloggers. My thanks to Dorinda Duclos of Night Owl Poetry for her nomination and to Neha for finding me worthy of inclusion. 😊❤

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Hello Everyone,

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Spring Blog Nominations, I appreciate you taking the time to mention your favorite blogs! This is what I love most about this community…  how generous people are to give a shout out to fellow bloggers and artists, and build this strong network that we have. Without much further adieu, below are your favorite blogs followed by a few of my favorites! Do Check out the nominators and their recommended blogs, I believe all of the nominators are some of my personal favorites, also do check out my previous blog recommendations and stay tuned for future ones!

**Please note they are in no specific order, just based in the same order as nominations in my comments. My personal recs are listed at the end. 🙂 They are all equally great in my eyes!

Best Spring Blog Recommendations:

Nominator: Carol Hopkins…

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Gerry Stewart, The Scotland we know is a ghost

A wonderfully powerful and poignant poetry piece on changes in the Scotland we used to know.

DODGING THE RAIN

Walking in a Summer Haze

A tower rises from sleeping fields
like a recurring childhood dream.

It fades from sight, slipping
off the edge of our world.

Cross the dark gallop of woods
held back by this ancient spur of land.

We are lost, rolled into hay bales
and forgotten in the waning sun.

Your tongue tastes of dusty apples
gathered for the coming winter.

In the sad, heavy pull of dusk,
crows paint the trees with rasping wings.

If we hover over the city we will meet
the violet sky in its crawl towards night.

We are cradled together,
a shell thumbprint in limestone,
fighting the weight of time.

October Orchard

The first bucket for windfalls,
sweet rotted mush,
shrivelled apples girning faces.

The children shimmy up
jaggy, lichen-strewn branches.
Laughter flutters in the leaves
followed by thudding rosy rain.

My old bike basket fills.
The bruised offerings left

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How to Write a Haiku Poem

A wonderful reminder from Colleen Chesebro on how to write a Haiku poem.

Colleen M. Chesebro

It’s always good to go back to the basics and refresh our memories about the various syllabic poetry forms we use in our weekly Tanka Tuesday Poetry Challenge. Today, let’s review how to write a Haiku. Here are a few links for you to read. Enjoy! ~Colleen~

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Haiku is an ancient form of poetry invented in Japan. People focus on the syllable counts, but that’s just the basics. Here’s how to write a haiku poem.

Source: How to Write a Haiku Poem

Source: How to Write a Haiku in 4 Easy Steps

Source: How to Write a Haiku Poem: Haiku Examples and Tips

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First Native American to be named U.S. Poet Laureate, Joy Harjo, a Member of the Muscogee Creek Nation

Congratulations to our new U.S. Poet Laureate, Joy Harjo!

THE POET BY DAY

Harjo at “Legacies: A Conversation with Sandra Cisneros, Rita Dove, and Joy Harjo”, 2017 courtesy of Gage Skidmore under CC BY-SA 2.0

“I can hear the sizzle of newborn stars, and know anything of meaning, of the fierce magic emerging here. I am witness to flexible eternity, the evolving past, and I know we will live forever, as dust or breath in the face of stars, in the shifting pattern of winds.”Joy Harjo, Secrets from the Center of the World


I don’t think I’ve seen Laureate news spread as quickly as this announcement today by the Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden: that is, the appointment of Joy Harjo as the nation’s 23rd Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry for 2019-2020. Harjo will take up her duties in the fall, opening the Library’s annual literary season on Sept. 19 with a reading of her work in the Coolidge Auditorium.

Harjo is…

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Short Poem: Under the Sun

A very creative short poem on darkness and light by my friend Dr. Agonson.

Tale Told

Though beauty surround me everywhere,
and all the birds are singing in the air,
though far the woes of all my life
are scattered, gone is all my strife,
it still within me burns, a flame,
a dreaded, long, eternal pain.
I cannot escape, I cannot reclaim
that which was lost for all my gain.

I’ll go away into the night,
I go to end this long fought fight,
and I will take with me your name;
I will hold it without shame.
Everywhere is nowhere now,
and night and day are one.
And though I’m lost, believe somehow
I’ll find my way under the sun.

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Promote Yourself Monday, May 27th, 2019

A great opportunity for exposure and to promote yourself on Go Dog Go Cafe!

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Promote yourself Mon

Welcome to Promote Yourself Monday.  All Go Dog Go Cafe readers, guest writers, and baristas are invited to post one link to one specific post (600 words or less please!) from your blog into the comments section below.

If you post a link, be sure to read some of the other great writing people have linked to.

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