I start and I stop and I try it again,

the unending fight to live up to my pen…

Thank you, Asheville!

Lots of love and many thanks to those of you who voted for me as a Mountain Xpress “Best of WNC” poet for the third year. I had hoped to give each of you a kiss….but I’m afraid I don’t have that much Dr. Pepper chapstick. Thank you also for voting for me as a Mountain Xpress “Best of WNC” social media personality. This is my first time being named in this category and, since I predominantly use Twitter and Facebook to make people laugh, it’s an immeasurable honor, although I may ask one of my mathematically inclined followers to try to measure it anyway.

Barbie Angell’s blog

I love National Poetry Month….

April 3, 2015 | comments

April is National Poetry Month. As a poet, I’m required to have this knowledge and not just wait around for someone to post about it on Facebook…. and then look it up on Snopes to see if it’s actually true.
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If you have a child, then you may know about all the poetry that happens in April. Even schools who don’t normally have poetry in their classes will seize the day (so to speak) and break out the Shel Silverstein, Dorothy Parker or may snag a local poet to come perform for the kids. I’m one of those fortunate local poets.

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The ALL-CAPS-exclamation-point season….

December 24, 2014 | comments

I have seen a lot of all-caps-multiple-exclamation-points posts from middle-class white people on social media this month. Their issue? That people are saying the wrong holiday greeting to them. They’re Jewish or agnostic or Wiccan or whatever and someone happily wished them a “Merry Christmas.”

I get being upset or annoyed by that. I really do. But going ALL CAPS & exclamation pointy on people?….I don’t get that. See, here’s the thing, for the first time in your life, you’re the minority. I’ll bet the majority of America celebrates Christmas. Maybe not the Christian version, and perhaps they also have a menorah lit in the window, but chances are, Santa is somewhere in their holiday season.

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Robin Williams, social media & the end of my rapidly fraying rope….

August 12, 2014 | comments

There’s a bumper sticker which reads, “If you’re not outraged, you’re not paying attention.”…. Well, I’m paying attention and I am absolutely, unequivocally outraged.

To those of you who are attacking people for being upset about the death of Robin Williams…. STOP.

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1 year anniversary of Roasting Questions & upcoming shows….

February 25, 2014 | comments

Photo credits…. Hop West book release ~ by Rodney Smith. Mended Heart artwork ~ by Erin Scholze. Greg Garrison at Walk A Mile ~ by Barbie Angell. Bombs Away Cabaret ~ by Sandy Jones.

And now I’m going to do something which I rarely do….promote myself. Please bear with me, this is not something I do well. Sure, I’m great at letting everyone know which bands and plays to go see, and I’m almost always right when I warn people to buy tickets because a show will sell out, but I am no good at reminding people to come hear me perform.

To further illustrate my point, this is the first time I’ve used my website to mention one of my shows in several months, maybe a year. I have an email list to send out newsletters, but I only sent out one and it was in early 2013. Yep, the shoemaker’s children have no shoes and the girl who loves to promote everyone else never says a word about her own work.

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