Message to my 16-year-old self by Rachel Burns

And we end our set of poems about change of identity with one that our guest editor, Degna Stone, says "is a change that feels familiar, the move from idealistic teen to cynical grown up..." Home from the late shift serving lobster and guinea fowl to the rich folk at The Stile Restaurant.   I rub … Continue reading Message to my 16-year-old self by Rachel Burns

Challenge by Dominic Nelson-Ashley

Guest editor Degna Stone was attracted to this poem because it shows "the ever changing relationship between a parent and child. The challenge of responding to someone who is constantly evolving to find their place within the world." I knew she was a girl before she arrived. Didn’t have to tell me. A father knows … Continue reading Challenge by Dominic Nelson-Ashley

That’s Not Me by Suzy Bromwich-Alexandra

We're just past the halfway point of our 'change of identity' poems, selected by guest editor Degna Stone. Here's her take on That's Not Me - The defiance of not letting circumstance or the expectations of others define you comes through loud and clear in this poem. And who can resist a poem that references … Continue reading That’s Not Me by Suzy Bromwich-Alexandra

Human Conflict by Rob Etherson

An introduction by our guest editor, Degna Stone: This piece asks more questions than it answers. Mostly it asks us to think about how our ties to our identities influences our ideas of those who are not like us. The thing that makes this piece unusual are some of the identifiers that are revealed at … Continue reading Human Conflict by Rob Etherson

Identity Theft by Marilyn Longstaff

This poem takes a playful look at living under an alias, of reinventing yourself and finding a way to separate your present from your past. Identity Theft He took my name and promised to get back to me. He didn’t, of course, and I wondered what he did with it?   Losing my name meant … Continue reading Identity Theft by Marilyn Longstaff

Blue Butterflies by Elizabeth Gibson

For this second of eight poems on the theme of changing identity, guest editor Degna Stone writes With its rich imagery, this poem doesn’t dwell on any sense of loss but creates a fertile world where strength and beauty is found in what is, not on what might have been. Blue butterflies If my hairs are … Continue reading Blue Butterflies by Elizabeth Gibson

Under His Breath by David Subacchi

Welcome to a series of eight weekly poems on the theme 'change of identity'.Our guest editor Degna Stone has this to say about David's poem: The idea of shifting identity is depicted through responses to life’s changes by subtly changing a given name. There’s a beautiful moment of tenderness toward the end of the poem … Continue reading Under His Breath by David Subacchi