featured poet ~ Amy Barlow Liberatore aka Sharp Little Pencil

featured poets
at my heart’s love songs

another wonderful woman poet

i am pleased to be featuring some of  the most creative,  talented,  brilliant  {really!}  poets of  our time.  i have been fortunate over the past two and a half years to meet this amazing group of  people through twitter and their blogs.  not only are they writers who excite and enchant and entrance their readers,  they are,  one and all,  nice people who are supportive of  everyone in our online poetry community.  the “age of  technology”  has,  in fact,  facilitated the spread of  the ARTS! ~  poetry,  photography,  art,  prose,  music…   i have friends i have yet to meet face-to-face from all around the world.  day or night,  you can visit their blogs and be transported to another time or place or frame of  mind with just a few clicks of  a mouse.  i find it thrilling!  and i believe you will find it equally thrilling to discover their words

just click on the  “Read More”  links on each poem to be taken to a new tab or window to read the rest of  the poem on the author’s blog.  if  you enjoy what you read,  please leave a comment on their blog to let them know.  { you don’t have to say you saw them here. }  i am truly honored that these wonderful people agreed to be featured on my blog ~  my gratitude to them all.

and thank you for coming to our celebration ~  enjoy!


featured poet:
Amy  Barlow  Liberatore
aka  Sharp  Little Pencil

i met Amy in the poetry blogosphere ~  i  think when we both participated at  One Stop Poetry.  she is an extraordinary poet who often deals with extraordinary issues in her poetry  including homelessness,  incest  and  mental illness.  Amy describes herself  as  a  “Poet,  Blogger,  Singer/Songwriter,  Activist.”   her blog is called  “Sharp Little Pencil”  which is a perfect image for her poetry  ~  sharp,  biting,  no-holds-barred  writing that gets to the very core of  things.  and sometimes,  it’s simply…    simply amazing poetry….


Thing 205”    by   Sharp Little Pencil

The Monster paid me an unannounced visit today.
It let itself in through the locked and bolted back door
on its way to another grief.

It took me in its arms as I,
limp as linguine and just as strained,
offered no resistance.

Its cowl became my heavy hood;
the weight of its robe dragged me to half-staff…
lugging laundry downstairs,
crying as I failed…..Read More

{Amy selected this poem,  but i would have as it is possibly my favorite of  all her poems.}

via   Sharp Little Pencil


Bud is Bummin’   by   Sharp Little Pencil

Bud is Bummin’

Bud’s buttressing his building,
same as yesterday and forever.
Paper cup kept jingling:
The classic ask.

I’m boy I’m embarrassingly I’m
so damned late,
I buzz by hi…..Read more

via   Sharp Little Pencil


Moon Beams   by   Sharp Little Pencil

She called ‘round ’bout 10
Didn’t know that just then

the biggest moon ever
was blooming like never

before…..Read More

via   Sharp Little Pencil


The Look   by   Sharp Little Pencil

He enters my bedroom;
I raise my eyes slowly
The unspoken message
unsettling, unholy.

   Dad went and…..Read More

Photo © John Rainsford

via   Sharp Little Pencil


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my heart’s love songs


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7 responses to “featured poet ~ Amy Barlow Liberatore aka Sharp Little Pencil

  1. Pingback: Always and Forever, Ironweed (dammit) « Sharp Little Pencil

  2. Just wanted to say how much I enjoyed your featuring of Amy Barlow Liberatore – a long-time favourite poet of mine and someone I’m fortunate enough to be able to call friend … you’d have to go a long way to find anyone as highly principled, dedicated, talented and just plain fun as Amy- so thank you so much for this!

  3. Amy is an amazing lady! She covers not just myriads of subject matter but more. More than the normal, against the groove types. Nothing of the mundane love and sensuous but other issues that matter. These touch on politics, rights, sex, environment, civil liberties and everything else. Just follow on with the ‘Read More’ and you’ll never go wrong. Great !


  4. Dani,

    First of al you have a beautiful site here. I feel like I’m in a garden. Thanks for featuring Amy. I have been reading her poetry for several years now, and I am always amazed at how talented and lovely a person she is.


    • thank you so much, Sara! ♥ i don’t often get comments about how the blog looks. please come back in the fall to see my red autumn/winter hibiscus. {smile} i love Amy’s poetry and, yes, she is a lovely person, isn’t she? thank you for stopping by.

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