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um….that’s not a compliment.

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

This poem was actually started prior to Aiming Low’s request for a submission from me.  I finished it a few days after my piece “A Scarlet ‘A’ is Not My Avatar” was accepted as a guest post for their website.

If you haven’t read my article for Aiming Low yet, I hope this poem inspires you to run right over there and take a look.  If you haven’t ever been to Aiming Low before, plan on staying there a while….that site is wall-to-wall “awesomesauce”.

um….that’s not a compliment.

I’m not the girl inside my pen,

the girl you think you see.

I’m not the poet on the stage.

I’m sorry, she’s not me.

This sparkle which illuminates,

its wattage is all mine.

I know you think it’s all for you

but it’s confidence born of time.

The “you’re really hot. Do you wanna fuck?”

is quite a lovely thought.

And adding, “Please don’t tell my wife.”

ensures my heart is caught.

The fact that we have never met

and I can’t recall your name,

makes me tire of the online world

and all the silly games.


written by barbie angell.

may 27, 2011.


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  1. sardonic….i like that. : ) thank you. i thought the title turned out to be amusing since it is complementing the other piece….i’m such a word geek.

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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.