#Micropoetry Monday: Opposites


He was a hard-boiled journalist
who believed that truth was so soon buried,
he would outscoop his colleagues
so that he could put it all out there ASAP;
she was a soft-hearted historian
who believed that by letting the dust settle,
the truth would either present itself
or degrade altogether.

She had an overactive imagination,
he, an overactive pituitary,
yet it was she who told the tallest stories,
him being the only one who understood any of them,
for his head was as much in the clouds
as her feet were off the ground.

He was journalism,
she, reality TV.
When they came together,
they created the fake news
that surpassed every rating
they’d ever had.

#Micropoetry Monday: The Writer’s Life


The creative life was not a lonely one,
for those who were captivated by her creations
were led to wonder about their creator.

The newspaper had given her all the facts:
Who had taken her daughter out of the world,
the date & location her silencing had taken place,
what he had done to her
& the manner in which he had done it,
but the why eluded her.
To get that answer,
she had to go to the only one who knew it,
for without the why,
the rest would not exist.

Through her writing,
her readers saw her soul first,
her flesh,
And when they met her,
they saw not a personality,
but a person with one.

Poem-a-Day April 2019 Writer’s Digest Challenge #9. Theme: Love/Anti-Love #aprpad


The Drive-By Media Whore

Constance Porter had coined Tunnelgate,
& Graffitigate,
plus half a dozen others.
Con had never met a strawman she didn’t love
or a gotcha question left unasked,
for the exploitation of even the most useless information
feathered this goose’s nest egg
by getting people to care too much about things
that didn’t amount to a molehill of beans,
distracting them from the real, less interesting news.


#Micropoetry Monday: The Writer’s Life


Her poetic license had no expiration date,
for she went around putting line breaks
where she thought they should be,
inserting the Oxford comma wherever she went,
omitting needless words,
& clichés,
for just as brevity was literary minimalism,
clarity was literary purity.

When she brainstormed,
her fingers were like lightning
across the keyboard,
her words like thunder
as she hammered away at a clump of words
to create a viable human-interest story.

It was reading, writing, & arithmetic
in grammar school,
academics, arts, & athletics
in college.
Sara Lee Storey excelled in the arts,
writing about the academics, 
& editing the words of those
who wrote about athletics.

Something for Everyone: Resecting at the Sunday Breakfast Table


Something for Everyone: Resecting at the Sunday Breakfast Table

Resection (noun): Surgery. The excision of all or part of an organ or tissue.

For the Swen family,
The Deseret Daily Dispatch was like a game of “Operation.”
There was the crossword for cross-eyed Aunt Luz,
who tended to scrabble when it came to Sudoku,
for her numbers were often puzzling.
Grandma Posy read the obituaries,
always saying she was going to be next.
Joey Bischoff, aged 12,
whose E.I. was higher than his I.Q.,
ate the Sports section & Wheaties for breakfast;
his Irish twin, Jackie Oh,
would read her horoscope with horror & fascination.
Janey Rebel, at 6,
much to her daddy’s chagrin,
liked making paper dolls out of the society pages,
or drawing moustaches on the women
& dresses on the men in the funnies.
Perusing the personals was Mrs. White, the maid,
who played matchmaker on herself.
Mr. Swen, the brooder of the brood—
the rooster of the roost—
treated the op-eds as an appetizer to the business section.
With a sniff,
he’d claim that all the opinions smelled
like the late Mrs. Swen’s cooking,
which she had let burn while she read Dear Libby
or Helen’s Household Hints—
advice she never took & hints she never got,
for her tombstone read:

Here lies Anna Fox Swen,
beloved mom & Mrs.,
who just wouldn’t listen.


12 More Feature Article Ideas for a College Newspaper


Not just the product, but the process. (I wrote a story on how our Lit Mag, Hurricane Review, came to be.)  This is where being involved in something, be it a club, organization, etc., can help you write a great story, because it’s like you’re undercover, except you’re not.

Advice column. This, of course, is dependent upon getting letters from students.  Same goes for Letters to the Editor.

Anniversaries of faculty, buildings, scholarship programs, etc.

Crosswords (make the clues humorous, if you can) & comics (i.e. editorial cartoons, preferably one that leans left and one that leans right).

Intramural sports (as these are underrepresented; for example, there is a “fastest student” contest at our college as well as archery on St. Valentine’s Day).

Hybrid humor (this can be a mock resume, horoscope, or even a syllabus).  I never realized how much I appreciate and respect the work that graphic designers do until I saw how they laid out this piece.


Jobs you can get with an English major. (This falls into the “Useful Information” category.)

“Guinness Record” profiles, such as youngest/oldest student, student with the longest last name, student who has clocked the most volunteer hours, etc.

Green living (such as how to repurpose/upcycle old issues of your school’s lit mag).

Plays, concerts, poetry readings, etc.  If you’re packaging it as a feature story (rather than a hard news article), implement sensory details.  “Just the facts, ma’am” tell them about it; touch, taste, and smell take them there.

Awards ceremonies (I made sure to pull out my favorite line from of each winning piece in our college’s annual literary contest. If you’re a lit girl like me, this makes for a richer story).

Jobs for students. This might help other students find work outside the restaurant or retail sector.  Plasma donation is a given, but the work-study program offers students the chance to make money while studying (when there isn’t work to be done, of course).

What I don’t suggest:  Articles on study tips (as that falls into the “Who Cares?” column), stories about how damn high textbooks are (we all know this), or music playlists.  If you have a reviews section (book, movie, music, video game, app, etc.), put that in the online version of the paper, as that is information you can get from Google.  Keep print prestigious.