Saturday, September 7, 2013

Shades of Shay

I love poetry and there is a plethora of it online. The problem is finding good poetry, and that's as easy as finding good rap: You've got to know what you're looking for and be willing to wade through the mass produced, commercial counterfeits to find it.

Me, I'm also partial to women, bad-ass women even more. Hey, I like what I like. Today's featured poet is wicked bad-ass. Frankly it wouldn't have been fair to feature others with her. When she enters a space, everything moves around her. Check out a few of her shades:

The Pious Sex Toy
The pious sex toy feels that its daily life
does not reflect its deepest yearnings

Spirit Jars
i have hung spirit jars on the fruit tree outside our bedroom window,
and i have done this slowly, with intent,
like a kiss.

In Water
I was soaking
~in water~
I must have fallen asleep
to my slowed breathing;
my slowed heartbeat;
I must have started to dream.

Pablo Neruda
Pablo Neruda was an intense guy.
We found him in some mom & pop Mexican place in San Antonio,
scribbling on a napkin, 
burning the place down wherever he parked his heart.

Did you get your poetry on this week? If not poetry, what rocked your world? Drop a link and brief description.

Happy blog hoppin'


  1. Shay is a righteous take-no-prisoners bad-ass writer who will F you up with lines peeled straight from the thundering sky. It's no surprise you two have a mutual admiration society. :)

  2. It's meeeeeeeeeeeee!

    Thanks, LaT! I'm lovin' being featured here at Black and Gray! I'm partial to these four, myself, so I love your choices, and am stoked to see them here.

  3. Four of my faves,LaTonya--but it would be hard to pick any of Shay's that wasn't.

  4. It is amazing to me what Shay does with words. I truly admire her talent!

  5. ... her poetry lives on the edge, often shouts "take me as I am, I don't give a rat's ass what you think"- and although I thoroughly enjoy the fictional characters she creates, I also enjoy the many versions of the real shay we find tucked in between the lines... and often she's not as tough as she'd like us to believe - Just read one of my all time favorites "The Dime Priest" and you know her heart cares far more than she would ever have us believe.

  6. She's one of my favourite favourites too. How great to see that Shay is featured here. This is a wonderful post, LaTonya.

  7. Congrats Shay! LaTonya thanks for sharing~ Great picks that make her so recognizable!

  8. Nobody does it like Shay. Nobody.

  9. LaTonya, how cool to feature Shay! I have breathlessly admired her amazing work since reading The Witch of Waxahachie By the Numbers, who is 115 years old. When I read the line "She can hook a squirrel skull through an open pick-up truck window going by at sixty-five in the dark", it blew my doors open to how far out poetry can go , if one is brilliantly talented like Shay is. I have not missed a poem since.

  10. What a wonderfully supportive idea you have here La Tonya...kudos to you!! Smiles and happy reading/writing!! :)

  11. Great choice! And you're absolutely one wants her poetry next to Shay's. She's in a class of her own!

  12. Way cool so many of you took time to comment. No surprise though. Hope you all will check out Blogs Over Easy again. Feature runs every Saturday.


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