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Indefinite Hiatus

Well, this has been in the back of my mind for some time and the introduction of the obnoxious Block Editor on WordPress has been the final deciding factor for the blog.

As of today, I will be taking an indefinite hiatus from blogging.

I have pondered taking this action in the past, but continued on despite my misgivings. There is a silver lining in that I will be able to submit the poetry I write to actual publications, which I was often unable to do after posting them on my blog due to many of the publications’ submission requirements.

I want to take this opportunity to thank any and every person who has liked, viewed, or commented on my content; whether it was from the original book reviews, movie reviews, editorials, Music Mondays, or the more personal posts, please know that I would not have been able to grow as a writer without your patronage and I will be forever grateful.

I have been able to learn so much through this journey, and believe now is an appropriate time to move on to something new and exciting.

I remain,

Erik Shinker
Perpetually Past Due

Ombre

Silk, spanning a spectrum
progressing from
burnt coffee to golden wheat.
A field of change, traveling through
the seasons, yet
frozen in time.
Cascading toward enchanted ovals,
it frames her face, in parallel with
delightful dimples bordering a
softly-summoned smile.

by Erik Shinker

A Reflection

I repeat the words through habit like
a childhood prayer that no longer holds meaning;
words spoken for the simple
feel between lips; indoctrinated
into the idea of partnership.

I am lacking;
I must couple.
But what if I am unable to adapt and
it hurts not only me, but her most of all?
But for all my appearance of empathy,
it’s really a reflection of me.

by Erik Shinker

REBLOG: Belonging

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In the book “The little prince” the fox asks the little prince to tame her. When she says “ if you tame me, then we shall need each other. “ – what she really feels is the need to belong to someone and someone to belong to her. To be a part of something more than ourselves is to belong. I would call belonging a part of feeling connected.   

Who do I belong to? And who belongs to me? Do I belong to myself first? Do I belong to a larger community or do I feel orphaned? Does our culture orphan us by forcing us to split out unwanted parts of ourselves? Why are these parts unwanted in the first place?

Not acknowledging parts of ourselves, especially the ones that are not approved by our society, our community, or even our parents is to create a split within…

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REBLOG: Such a Fun Age (Book Review)

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Hey y’all, so Such a Fun Age was the book club pick for The Reading Rush and I ended up loving it. If you want to learn more about some controversy surrounding The Reading Rush and how it negatively affected the Black reading community, I’d highly recommend checking out this video.

Such a Fun Age is also the Unfriendly Black Hotties book club pick for August. They’ll be having a live show at the end of the month to discuss it. I’m really looking forward to that live show because I really want to dissect this story with other readers and I think it will bring forth some great discussions.

Goodreads Synopsis


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REBLOG: Let’s Talk Disability

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Let me preface this post by saying that what I have written is based on what I have been thinking and feeling. I have been listening, researching, and reflecting from others who either have disabilities or from other parents who have children with disabilities. I am bringing this topic up because I think it is one that needs to be discussed more frequently so that it is not looked upon with negative connotations.

So the word I want to discuss today is “disability.” I will admit, this word has been a difficult one for me to accept when it comes to Rhett. In my mind, he can do absolutely anything he wants to do, which is true. The way he accomplishes things may look different than what others do, but he can still reach any goal he wishes. The word disability has become sort of taboo, which is what needs…

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Hiccup and Coo

The world is fuzzing sound;
blurred by brand-new sensation
as you learn and
grow and
stretch,
day by day.

Body wracked by hiccups,
feeding and pooping and
farting and burping.
Bodily functions endear at this early age;
each one a victory worthy of celebration.

We wait for you to wake, though
you find the most solace in sleep.
You are a cooing gift
we were happy to
receive.

by Erik Shinker