America’s Gift


Overweight in backward hats,
Challenging the stupid stats,
Waddling their selves around,
Reggaetón and rap resound.

Clouds of marijuana smoke
Titillate their womenfolk:
Pouting tattooed baby-mamas
Bulging out of loose pajamas.

Welcome to modernity:
Unpromising maternity…
Our services prolong this scene—
Forget whatever might have been…


write a poem in which you muse on the gifts you received at birth — whether they are actual presents, like a teddy bear, or talents – like a good singing voice – or circumstances – like a kind older brother, as well as a “curse” you’ve lived with (your grandmother’s insistence on giving you a new and completely creepy porcelain doll for every birthday, a bad singing voice, etc.). I hope you find this to be an inspiring avenue for poetic and self-exploration.



PROMPT #28: write a concrete poem. Like acrostic poems, concrete poems are a favorite for grade-school writing assignments. A concrete poem is one in which the lines are shaped in a way that mimics the topic of the poem.


REVOLTING                ☻
V                 L                  I         W
E               U  A              N         O
R             F        C           A         R
S            W  E  A K       N         S
E          A                S      E        TRASH

(inspired by John Wall Barger and Jessie Raymundo)