About the poet

Tracie?  Well, she’s just a poet.  She lives in the brutal Northwestern Pennsylvania, where umbrellas blow up.  Educated at Pennsylvania State University, which at this point no longer matters, she learned the steps to master her craft. Considering there is very little demand for poets in the current job market, she eeks out a humble existence writing poetry and selling tires and brake jobs for the machine humans love so much that we built the world in its likeness.

Heavily influenced by life, Rainer Maria Rilke, Martin Espada, Li-Young Lee, and Gregory Orr, Tracie hopes to share her poetry with anyone who wants to understand.

“Beauty is only

the first touch of terror

we can still bear

and it awes us so much

because it so coolly

disdains to destroy us.”—-Rainer Maria Rilke (trans. David Young)

24 Comments

  1. I Like Rilke so much.
    I want to be Friends¡
    Kisses and Blessed Be¡

    • Rilke is my own personal savior. The wisdom in his poetry, despite any meaning lost in translation, has changed the way I view the world. Everyone should love Rilke’s poetry.

      • Just recently introduced to Rilke…. reading his work at a class I’m taking. I should’ve taken a poetry class long ago…

      • The one must read is the Duino Elegies. Although, to even begin to understand its depth, you have to read it several times for many years. I first read it 11 years ago, and I don’t believe I understood a fraction of the meaning in the Elegies until recently. Profound.

  2. Thanks, Tracie.

  3. “The way her body existed only where he touched her. The rest of her was smoke.”

    ~Roy.

    Thank You for liking that humble post. I dare hope there are some more that you may enjoy there:

    #Locus
    #BLACKorWHITE (Poetry)
    #A thousand Monalisas

    // http://apriljournals.wordpress.com/

  4. I hope you enjoy my words as well. Read deep, there is much there.

  5. You have an impressive collection of poems here.
    Intriguing work.
    Thanks for stopping by mine i’ll be sure to follow

    • Thank you. I linked you on my blogroll; hopefully, you will get some more traffic from me.

  6. very nice …you encourage me to keep going with writing poetry!!! (i almost quit a couple of years ago…glad i didnt thou!)

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  9. iz sowwy i posted twice. may i at least proffer this initial atonement?

    Calling Forth Your Riches

    upon first blush
    she was all bitter and stout

    but as i traipsed around her periphery
    the tail-end trace of a smile; a remnant of having that last laugh
    my initial impression controverted

    what is this i don’t even
    not in this place
    was life happening to me?

    then; brief, multiple exchanges
    economic
    autonomic
    cellulosic – each inked with our desired imperatives
    then, 321, i’d complied (twice)

    but what next, dear friends?

    she – a variation on warlike
    and i – god’s warrior

    am bolder than bukowski
    prepared to fight his hearsay

    that plenty of poets have been created
    but not so very much poetry

    therefore
    i am calling forth her riches

  10. really nice blog……

  11. I got what you intend, regards for putting up.Woh I am delighted to find this website through google. “Do not be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment.” by Ralph Waldo Emerson.

  12. ahhh….waiting on tables. mine is somewhat similiar but has a longer route to get to the table. a forklift in a warehouse from a freezer to a truck and then to market and eventually to a table. either approach be very exhausting. i now see all of your influences – rilke being the most familiar to me. i’ll have to check out the others.

  13. great poesie!

    • Thank you. I have to do it.

      • always a trial to bring down
        the invisible walls of IS.
        we have to do it, because
        everything else is living death.
        Thank you for doing it.


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