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new poem/song. “major renovations….”

Photos of Barbie Angell by Rodney Smith - Tempus Fugit Design © 2013
this was actually written as a song, but i don’t write music….yet.  : ) i’m open to ideas & revamps if anyone wants to work on this with me.

major renovations….

another visit to the doctor,

he assures me i will mend.

another phone call from my preacher

while i smile and pretend.

another misstep in my dreamscape

and i slip back to the past.

another memory meshed with cobwebs….

another love that couldn’t last.

another taxi to a new bar

with friends who buy another round.

another vacant understanding,

my heart is screaming without sound.


another splintered promise.

another fractured dream.

another architect is hired….

constructing who i want to be.


another truckload full of bandages

absent prayers and desperate screams,

and the contractor is overwhelmed

constructing who i want to be.

another semblance of a pretense.

another white knight lets me down.

the barren landscape of my future,

“i love you’s” littering the ground.

and then the truth electrifies me,

it leaves me shaking where i stand….

no construction crew can help me,

i need to trust in who i am.

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Barbie Angell

Release Date

March 5, 2024


“Barbie Angell Uncensored” is a dazzling fusion
of poetry, comedy and tragedy

ASHEVILLE NC – Poet, playwright and raconteur Barbie Angell performs “Barbie Angell Uncensored: An Unfiltered, Uninhibited and Unapologetic Event” at 8pm Wednesday, March 27, 2024, at LaZoom Bar & Gorilla. The 90-minute show is a melange of works spanning Angell’s career, including her poetry, excerpts from her autobiographical play “Death by Sparkle,” pieces from her children’s book “Roasting Questions,” and rarely performed mature works.

A multitalented, multi-hyphenate personality based in Asheville since 1999, the always colorful Angell is recognized around town for her work as a poet, playwright, columnist, emcee, artist and fashion designer. She has been voted “Best of WNC” poet by Mountain XPress readers for 10 consecutive years, and her skills as an emcee have made her a sought-after host for local festivals and large events such as Planned Parenthood’s Condom Couture and the Reproductive Rights Rally. 

Angell has written sketch comedy, co-authored “The Kids Show: Definitely Not for Kids,” and penned one act of “Grimm’s Fairy Tales” for Montford Park Player. She is currently creating and selling upcycled clothing in her own fun and funky signature style – some of which will be available for sale at the event, along with original artwork and prints.

Equal parts stand-up comedy, poetry slam and public confession booth, “Barbie Angell Uncensored” promises to be emotional, unsettling, hilarious, and as unique as Barbie Angell herself!

Tickets are available at for a suggested donation of $20.