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one of those poems i had to pull off the road to write down….

Photos of Barbie Angell by Rodney Smith - Tempus Fugit Design © 2013

“please leave a message….”

i am crushed under circumstances
too heavy to ignore.
i am actively resisting as they seep
through every pore.

my dreams are tragic comedies carousing
through my brain.
they bounce inside my tampered thoughts
to annoy and entertain.

i cannot seem to quell the ache which
i have no right to hold.
so i stand in structured silence as
i watch it all unfold.

and i know my heart will bore of me and
my thoughts will waft away….
still i cannot help but beg, “oh please,
just leave my mind today.”

march 4th, 2011 5:30 pm.

written by barbie angell.

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  1. Would love for you to email me. I love your writings. Powerful stuff. I also adore you as you can tell. God I wish I could write like you do.
    Fuck fuck fuck, born with a wooden spoon in my mouth, and a broken pencil no eraser. LY

    1. thank you. : ) i’ve spent an immensely long time & consumed many cups of coffee to get my writing where it is today….i’m happy to hear my efforts were successful. sorry to hear about your pencil….perhaps you could launch a kickstarter project to get a new one? if you lived here, i’d loan you one of mine. : )

      what did you want me to email to you?

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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.