Yesterday, I ran across an oldFather Knows Best TV episode,a show I loved as a child, wantingmore than anything to havea nickname other thanStinky Pants. Kitten or Princess?Who was whom? I don’tremember. I do recalltaking a thick piece of cardboardand drawing outlines of my feet,then cutting them with the scissorsI wasn’t supposed to use.I inserted a piece of stringto go between my toes, big knoton the bottom, then attachedthe rest to either side of my foot.Didn’t my toes feel free and cooland princess-like? At leastuntil I took a step or two,tried to walk away from the yardin front of my house. Untilthe center knot pulled throughand there I’d be flappingand fretting on my way backto where I’d trythis process over and over,never really getting it right,all the while calling Oh, Bud, Oh,Bud, Oh Bud.
Karla Huston, Wisconsin Poet Laureate (2017-2018), is the author of A Theory of Lipstick (Main Street Rag: 2013) as well as 8 chapbooks of poetry including Grief Bone, recently released from Five-Oaks Press. Her poems, reviews, and interviews have been published widely, including the 2012 Pushcart Best of the Small Presses anthology. She teaches poetry at The Mill: A Place for Writers in Appleton, Wisconsin.
BMP Celebrates National Poetry Month
The theme of teaching and learning poetry, and our emphasis on student poets, speaks directly to the action of poetry in our country and global community. Never has the education of our students been so threatened, and never has truth been more challenged than in the current political climate. The truth emerges through education and the resistance and questions of our youngest generation, and it is their lead we absolutely must follow if they are to live in a society that fosters their achievements, liberation, and justice. Truth emerges through poetry as well — poetry bears witness to what truths seem impossible to speak any other way. Its constraints limit the temptation to misconstrue, obscure, and bury.